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Students Research, Design and Build Sets for LHS Performance of Stage Door

Students Research, Design and Build Sets for LHS Performance of Stage Door

The set design for Livingston High School performances look as though they’ve come from the theatres of New York City’s famed Broadway.   However, these designs, from conception to completion, are created by students taking Brian Megaro’s Stagecraft 1 and Stagecraft 2 classes.
Stagecraft 1 covers the fundamentals of backstage technology through actual practice. Students construct scenery, paint sets, learn about lighting and sound control and do other backstage work. Students are required to work some evenings during play rehearsals and productions.  Stagecraft 2 expounds on the fundamentals of backstage technology learned in Stagecraft 1 and goes on to explore careers, theater layout and management.
Nearly 90 students have been involved in the design and building of the set for Stage Door.  Their research began in mid-September and the set is expected to be completed a few days prior to opening night.  For Stage Door, students immersed themselves in the 1930s , studying door moldings and lighting fixtures to fashion and home décor.  The students devise ways to create an authentic looking set keeping in mind a specific budget that is shared with obtaining costumes for the performances.  The slightest details are taken into account from the crown molding which is made out of foam, to the wallpaper which was purchased from a discount retailer, to the fluted molding that students created for $3, but that would otherwise cost nearly $100 for the “real thing.”
“If all I have to do is observe my students at work, creating an authentic looking set, I know I’ve done my job,” said Brian Megaro. 
Stage Door’s production team includes:  Director, Janet Storti; Technical Director, Brian Megaro; Light/Sound Advisor, Amedeo Cimminesi; Production Manager, Rachel Haspel; Stage Manager, Jaqueline Ilkowitz; Technical Manager, Frank Sheehan; Assistant Stage Manager, Samantha Brown; Light Designer, Katie Simko; and Sound Designer, Josh Samuels.
Performances for Stage Door will take place in the Livingston High School auditorium on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 3rd at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale for $12. You may order your tickets by sending an e-mail to or by calling (973) 535-8000 ext. 8883.   You may also purchase your tickets in person beginning November 29th through December 3rd from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and after school from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 in the main lobby at LHS.   All visitors must check in with security in the main lobby.
Seen here building a piece of the set are Scott Hare and Andrew Goldstein. 

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