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Each TheatreWings student gets to opportunity to post a journal entry on the TheatreWings Blog. This gives you a great insight into what the students learn through the mouths of the students themselves. Check it out to see what we've been up to, and the opportunities you might have if you join this program!


"Theatrewings lock in 2019!"

By Jolie Crunelle

November 4, 2019

Our inaugural lock in at the WATC! Lock-in has always been a highlight of the year for me. I’m not exactly a life-of-the-party-type (y’all, I’m in bed by 10pm.) but there’s something about hanging out with all of my favorite people, surrounded by junk food, that just really makes the night. With it being our first one the WATC (all previous ones had been at the Dock Street), we had more people, which meant more food, which meant more fun!!

We started off the night with some mingling and food -the most popular plates being chic fil a minis and all KINDS of cookies- and then made our teams. Our RA’s headed up the groups, and our first task was to name ourselves after a spooky theme. My group went with Poe (knowing who our judge was, Jesse, and definitely playing for points), but some of the other best ones were the Addams Family and the Nightmare Before Christmas. We fostered some healthy competition with Olympic-style games, then got creative juices flowing by turning a horror film (i. e. Coraline, Midsommer, The Shining) into a Broadway musical.

Now, I’m not a horror person. I have never seen a scary movie and never plan to gain pleasure from watching one. I much prefer my good night’s sleep, thank you very much. 

So I may not have understood any of the plot lines of our Horror Broadway, but I absolutely could appreciate the fact that all of us took murderous stories and summarized them with ballad, show-stopper, and finale numbers. I’m pretty sure half of us put a kick line in it. 

Such is musical theatre, folks. 

After we finished our Olympic Games, yours truly turned in for bed. You know how I like to be in bed by 10? I was far past that at this point (2am!!). No one was gonna be happy if they had to deal with sleep-deprived Jolie in the morning. Most of the rest of us watched Coraline before going to bed. 

I had to get up early to leave in the morning, but the rest of them had a slow sleepy morning and were out by nine. 



By Luke Shaw

November 14, 2019

Working on Nevermore was a huge amount of fun. This was my last show with Charleston Stage in the WINGS program, also as a student in general, and it really was the perfect last show for me. Early on there were some rehearsals where we spent the first 30 minutes just reading through the scene because the delivery of the lines are such a vital part of the show—especially since it was about Edgar Allan Poe. Playing the part of Young Edgar was a really unique opportunity. My job in this role was to introduce the audience to Poe as a person—before he started his spiral downward. Although we see Poe’s mischievous and somewhat childlike qualities stuck with him into his later years, that is really all that seems familiar. That being said, I was given a lot of freedom with how I got to portray him as a young soldier on Sullivan’s Island: his younger self is almost a foil of his older self. He was hopeful, innocent, bold, and in love. I used the Lessac NRGs, a technique I learned in WINGS to alter physicality and vocal characteristics. The NRGs are Radiancy, Buoyancy, and Potency. For Young Poe, I thought it would be most fitting to use Buoyancy—giving him a sort of floating and wistful quality. When Annabel Lee passes from malarial fever, we see his buoyancy go with it—and that’s why we find him in such a dismal, violent, perpetual state of drunkenness. This play was a great reminder of why I love theatre so much. I am honored to have had the opportunity to tell this story with an incredibly talented cast and crew. 


"Elf Crew"

By Marianns Folz

December 12, 2019

I have been acting and taking classes with Charleston Stage for almost eight years, but this is my first time being on the backstage crew of a show! This year, I am taking stage management classes with Theatrewings, but I was given the awesome opportunity to be a dresser for Elf. So far, everything has been going great!

Being on the costume crew can be challenging at times because there is a lot to keep up with, especially in a show with so many costumes like Elf. Costumes are so interesting because each actor has so many different elements that make their character come to life. My favorite part about being a dresser is seeing the show come together throughout the rehearsal process. It is so rewarding to see all the costumes on stage!

The experience of being a dresser has been so fun! I look forward to crewing more shows with Theatrewings in the future! Happy Holidays!


"Stage Management Class"

By Ansley Jackson

February 20, 2020

Charleston Stage offers so many amazing opportunities for those seeking to grow and learn in all aspects of theatre. I have been involved with the SummerStage productions almost every year since fourth grade. My main interest, though, is stage management.  Working behind the scenes of shows and being a part of putting it together is very fascinating to me. I joined TheatreWings stage management class having some experience working backstage, but I needed more education on the fundamentals of what it actually means to be a stage manager and the specific responsibilities that come with that title.  I am especially excited to start my first play fest. This is where all the classes can come together and showcase their new skills. It means that I will be able to use everything I have learned in my class and call a show in a professional setting. The most difficult thing we learned was lighting theory because each individual light has a different name and requires a completely different assembly. I am thankful for this new knowledge because I can now help my school with assemblies and productions by working the light board. After we cover a topic in our class, we almost always have a game of jeopardy which can get very competitive (this is what makes it so fun). Whenever we get a question wrong our teacher, Raven, always explains why the correct answer goes with the question which is very helpful when learning a complicated topic. My favorite lesson this year was when we learned how to properly write out shorthand blocking. This helped me so much with my school show as I am responsible for recording all the actors’ blocking. By learning this skill, I can fill the actors in on what they missed if they happen to be absent without slowing down the rehearsal schedule. Overall, this class has helped me become a better, more organized stage manager. I hope to be involved in TheatreWings for many more years to come!


"Costumes Class"

By Mira Turkewitz

February 25, 2020

This year in the costume design concentration we have focused on basic sewing skills as well as designing and creating a concept and following through with it. In the beginning of the year, we each received a different decade and designed costumes for Romeo and Juliet for that decade. This included sketching, designing, researching, finding swatches, etc. Along the way we have also learned different tips on how to be a designer that people want to work with and are now using our sewing skills we've learned to sew backpacks. 



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