Tech theatre phobia
I have a little confession to make—I am a tech theatre faker. I’ve always known it, and at times have tried to correct it. But alas, I still find myself fast-talking through any kind of deep conversation on lights or sound. When I first graduated college, I took a job running tech for Coney Island’s live shows (the one in Cincinnati here, not NYC). I spent the entire summer in a spider-filled shed with a mixing board just big enough for eight wireless mics, one monitor, and the main speaker. The light board was even worse, only holding four programmable cues. In case you are also a tech theatre faker, let me give you a comparison. The mixing board in my school (as it is currently configured) runs twenty hard wired mics, six wireless mics, up to six monitors, the main speaker clusters, and offers PC/iPod/CD/DVD inputs. Pretty sure it does a bunch of other stuff too that I don’t understand (cures cancer, makes julienne fries!) but that’s a good start. I won’t even talk about the futuristic light board, but suffice it to say, we’re a long way from Coney Island! Since the beginning of the year, I have been faking my way around my new, state-of-the-art theatre space, just trying not to sound dumb. Luckily, this Saturday we had a four-hour training about the sound system with one of the guys who built the theatre. It was 100 percent illuminating. I had always known a little about the difference between a dynamic and a condenser mic, but now I really know when and where to use them to best effect. I can very capably hook up and move monitors. I can get the rack turned on and the mics fired up. I actually know where all the sound equipment (and its million cables) lives and I know how to set it up! Getting some more PD in technical theatre is still at the top of my list, but those four hours on Saturday have definitely given me more confidence in my theatre space. I can't wait for the Thespian Festival and all its wonderful workshops so I can overcome a few more of my tech theatre phobias!