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Written by Karen February 28, 2014
I’ve blogged a lot in the past about my involvement in one of the best student organizations on campus: Off the Lake Productions. For those of you who don’t know, OTL is a completely student run musical theater and service organization. Every spring we put on a musical and throughout the year we find awesome and fun ways to serve the community. To say OTL is a defining part of my college experience may be an understatement.
So since OTL is such a big part of my life, this year I’ve stepped up into a leadership role: Co-Stage Manager. If you’ve done theater work before one of the first things you will notice about OTL is that we use the term stage manager incorrectly. Basically what I and the other awesome co-stage manager do is represent the entire crew to the group and lead the building of a set for our production. This means buying supplies, scheduling build times, and teaching crew members how to build a set.
I think a lot of upper classmen face the decision of taking on leadership roles. My first two years in OTL my biggest worries were making friends and showing up on time. But by the natural order of things, I happen to be one of remaining the crew members who knows the most about the group. And most importantly I want to do for new members of OTL what my predecessors (and now best friends/roommate) did for me. So for those of you stuck with similar decisions of time commitments and student leadership, here’s a list of the things I absolutely love about being stage manager this year.
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Our show opens at the end of March. Check back here for an actual backstage look of the show!
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