Ok- Someone hold me to this- totally owe you all an awesome post about how I spent the two weeks before my internship started working some overhire calls in the city! But right now I am just going to jump right into my internship!!
While all of my peers have begun their semester back I have started my internship. It is a bittersweet feeling not returning and getting to see many of my close friends and fellow students design and complete their final shows/designs at Fredonia but I know we will all keep each other updated on how all their projects go!!
So I have started!! I am the properties resident at Playwrights Horizons. PWH is an off broadway house that has its niche doing new works, typically contemporary work. I am working under Kate Stack who is a fredonia alum, she is the properties master at PWH.
Starting on Monday I jumped right on board of the current show- The Flick. This show is set in a movie theater in Mass. That is one of the last 35mm projectors when most other theaters have switched to digital. Already a treasure trove of props. Projector, film, film canisters. Not to mention all the lovely lived in concession stand popcorn, sodas and candy wrappers!
As much as our contraption that we made to shellac popcorn (due to fear of mice) is exciting- working with film is more exciting!
I have learned how to splice film in order to connect them together, learned about projectors, worked with taking a part the inner workings of a dummy projector in order to have the actor carry it out of the both when the management switches from 35mm film to digital. Playwrights is such an interesting company to work for because most of their shows are modern and many of the directors want everything as realistic as possible, it is also not a huge space making the audience quite intimate to the stage.
Personal achievement- this week included- hailing my first cab all by myself- as much as I tried to convince myself that I could carry a janitors mop bucket and a 4′ florescent lighting fixture onto the train by myself- when I couldn’t manage to get out of the GIANT home depot doors on my own I knew I was going to need to take a cab!
To continue to point out the awesome fredonia network of alum in the city- Friday after work- Kate, myself and a handful of other young fredonia grads decided to join in on a fredonia musical theater meetup of Alum from the late ’70s and early ’80s. It was a really cool experience because they were excited about what we were doing and we were excited that they were working in the theater still (Look mom! I can do this for a living!!) Lesson I learned from that- I need to have business cards.