About a month ago, I mentioned stage managing a show that opens on February 16th. Well, as opening night approaches, I thought I’d give you some more info.
The show, called “Welcome to Our House,” is being put on by Witness Theater. Witness exclusively does student-written and -directed plays. All of the major technical positions are held by students. Have you ever thought about writing a play? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make amazing art with your friends, without any adult input? Then Witness is the theater group for you!
In all seriousness, stage managing for Witness has been a great privilege. Before college I had always wanted to stage manage, but I saw it as a lofty and far-off goal. Now I, as a second-semester freshman, have two Witness shows under my belt. I’ve learned to handle administrative tasks such as scheduling rehearsals, wrangling approximately twenty actors, and making sure that communication between different sections of the production team is clear and efficient. It’s so much more responsibility than I ever expected to take on this soon — not because I didn’t want it, but because I couldn’t imagine a world in which someone would trust me to execute so many complex tasks. But here’s the thing about Hopkins theater: if you want a job, then that job exists for you. Sometimes, it’s as easy as asking.
Now, about the show: “Welcome to Our House” is composed of four one-act plays, all set in and around a two story house. The set is huge and beautiful, and it’s clear that our designers paid so much attention to detail. The plays are all hilarious and thought provoking.
We have shows on Friday 2/16 and Saturday 2/17 at 8pm, and Sunday 2/18 at 3pm. Tickets are $4 for university affiliates, and $5 for the public. I hope you can make it!