The Social Experience: I went to the show with my good friend Noelle. We took our time getting ready and making sure we looked cute and by the time we were ready we looked and the time and went "OH SHOOT" and had to run all the way to the Constans Theater! We ended up getting there with enough time use the restroom, get a drink of water and take our seats. On my way to my seat though I noticed a familiar face, I recognized this person from somewhere... Then it hit me! Oh it's Tom from my Greek Drama class! After a bit of conversation I found out that he was the same Tom Miller inside the playbill that did all the sound design. So we chatted about that for a bit and then I realized I needed to find Noelle and take my seat, so Tom and I agreed to continue this conversation afterwards. Noelle and I had such a great time even though the play was super long, it was the shared experience and conversation afterwards that truly makes experiences like this great. (Image taken personally and with permission of Noelle)
I talked to Tom Miller afterwards after class the next week and learned all about the process of sound design. He stayed for some of the talk back after show, but only long enough to be acknowledged. I learned from Tom that each sound down to a doorbell or phone ring has to be planned out so the sound person in the back has everything they need to play. Every song, every punch sound effect, everything was hand picked by Tom and the stage manager. Pretty interesting stuff right?
Furthermore, the talk balk itself was also an interesting social experience. Noelle, myself, and many others that stayed got to talk to the actors directly and hear about their unique experiences of theater. How they got into the program, how they actually can't turn down a role once they are offered it (which I found quite funny) and so much more information. It reminded me like after a traditional play where you go out in the lobby and meet the actors. This felt a bit more forced but definitely more insightful, it was much like an acting panel like at some kind of convention.