Who Really Runs The Show?

An inside look on what goes into the productions from Kickapoo's theater.

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

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Senior Aly Bates is a huge part of the production of Les Mis, but you won’t see her on stage. Bates works behind the scenes as the technical director.

“I oversee basically all of what goes into tech. So that includes sound, lighting, sets, and so on.” senior tech director Aly Bates said.

The production of the show is by the cast itself, which means that students are designing and building all of the set pieces. It is also students who control all the sound and lights during the show.

“Everything is mostly student run. Butcher advises and gives us pointers occasionally but we design it and make it our own.” said Bates.

The cast and crew blends well together to get what they need done, while still having a good time.

“We have a lot of people who know what they’re doing and what they’re doing, we’ve really become a family.” said Aly.

Planning a show and building it is a lot easier when the crew works well together.

“We talk about our ideas and how we would like to see the show. We see what materials we have and what we can do with those to make the show work.” Bates said.

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the production of the show and when it is all said and done, Aly says she is relieved.

“I love theater but it takes so much time and so much work but it’s so amazing to see the outcome from the drawings to being on stage.” Bates said.

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