November 19, 2018
Emily Hill ’20 is the stage manager for Theatre West this year. Hill has been involved with theatre since she was young and has enjoyed working backstage at West for the last few years. As stage manager, she sits in during rehearsals to take blocking notes about where the actors stand, coordinate and instruct all the sections of tech that help make the show, as well as making sure that everything is getting done in a timely fashion.
“With stage management, I get to interact with people who are on all sides, like people backstage, people on stage, people doing music and stuff,” Hill said. “It’s really fun getting to meet new people.”
One interesting aspect of Miracle on 34th Street is the musicians. Rather than playing in the pit like a usual musical, the musicians will actually be playing on stage in the background.
“[Miracle on 34th Street] has lots of different elements,” Hill said. “There’s lots of stuff to do backstage, lots of props and things, and there’s also lots of parts for people and we can include musicians on the show, which I think is something we’ve been looking for.”
Another new feature to Theatre West this year is the tech director Christian Aanestad. Aanestad is an art teacher who joined Theatre West when the position opened up last year.
“I think the main difference is our new tech director Christian Aanestad. Having Christian here is really nice,” Hill said. “He makes everyone feel included and is doing a great job making sure everyone in the back is organized and all the set stuff is getting done.”