Get your headphones on and listen up to our latest episode — February in Review! The transcript for this episode can be found below.
Georgia:You’re listening to Listen Up!, the podcast for all West Texas A&M University news provided to by The Prairie, the WTAMU student newspaper.
GeorgiaThe week’s episode is February in Review, where we take a listen to all the stories for this month.
Georgia: Our first story, by our editor Maria Molina, is about the production of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”.
Maria: It’s 2 days before the opening of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the backstage crew works hard to get the stage and costumes ready.
[Natural sounds of Larry directing the crew.]
Maria: That is Larry Hunter, scene shop foreman at the Theater department at West Texas A&M University. He says the days before the play’s opening are busy.
Hunter: It’s intense it is all touch up. We are putting and finishing touches of the tree on the set. There are a lot of itty bitty things.
Maria: Students help build the set as part of their practicum class. Austin Harlison is a freshman Musical Theater major.
Harlison: We are generally very busy getting last minute stuff done for the set and getting all our cues correct and making sure the show is running really smooth.
Maria: Even though there are still details to take care of before the play, Hunter says planning started about 8 moths ago.
Hunter: And we get our final drawings 3 months before the play opens and that is when we usually start, we try to have every thing ready for the day of the show.
Maria: However, things not always go the way they were planned.
Hunter: There have been plays were actually the paint is still wet when they open the show.
Maria:On the other side of backstage production is the costume shop were Anne Medlock and her crew work on getting all the costumes ready for the show.
Maria: While she pins Puck’s costume for the play she explains the days before the show are demanding.
Medlock: We don’t sleep a lot.
Maria: Medlock says the audience will be surprised when they see the costumes and stage of the play. Medlock: I bet they will have no idea what to expect because we have taken an interesting and not necessarily common interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Maria: She says hopefully the audience will like what they see.
Georgia: The production of “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has ended, but you should know that the Theater department will be putting on a production of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” starting Thursday, March 8th at 7 PM. You can find out more information on the WTAMU Branding Iron Theater web site or visit the BIT’s Facebook page at facebook.com/WTAMUTheater.