Meet the Team of FOLLIES! John Anderson is the Lighting Op!

john-andersonWhat is your role on this production?  I’m the Lighting Operator. When the actor comes on stage, and the lights shine on their faces, so you can see them, it’s because I’m somewhere in the back — pushing buttons, turning levers, spinning wheel pedals, pulling rope, shoveling coal, etc. You got to see those actors act, so my job is to make sure the lights go up on them, by any means necessary.

What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale?  I have been an Assistant Stage Manager for a couple shows at the Watlerdale: Jenny’s Story and Chess. I also recently volunteered as the Sound Operator on Elope Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd.

What brought you out for this production? I wanted to get some experience in the booth, and have never taken on the role of Lighting Operator before, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to get that experience. Our director, Barbara Mah, and Lighting Designer, Brad Melrose, have both been very generous towards me, in allowing me to take on this opportunity, and learn from them.

This show is about theatre and nostalgia – what do you love about doing theatre?  What I like about live theatre is its transient nature. Unlike a film, for example – which can be watched anytime, anywhere – a play can only be seen in a specific place within a short window of time. Each performance is unique in its own way. You were either there when it happened, or you weren’t. That’s all. There’s something very special about that passing intimacy that you don’t experience in the more permanent and removed artforms of cinema and literature.

What has been the most challenging part of doing the show?  My experience so far with this show has been a very easy one, since the responsibilities of my role are only just beginning this week. Based on the talented and kind people involved with the show, I anticipate that our run will be a fun time.

What has been the best thing about doing the show?  Getting the opportunity to learn how the lights work at the Walterdale, and getting to watch our talented cast play their parts in rehearsal.

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