Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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3 ct Top left: Junior Mark Carver shows his area of expertise as he works to disassemble the stage lighting. Top right: Technical director Ted Starnes shows members of the cast and technical crew an orderly way to take down set pieces. Bottom left: Graduate student Peggy Lewis and sophomore Susan Chambers help take down the screen used for special effects in the musical. Bottom right: Freshmen Holly Hill, Lorinda Lewis and Lory Moore learn the ropes of ACU productions by using some elbow grease at the set strike. Opposite page: The walls come tumbling down as junior Doug Spainhower and sophomore Andy Spell help break down major set pieces. 20 X Set Strike 'C .J , O Set Strike! The audience has gone home, the curtains are drawn , . . finally the show is over. Or so most people think. Actually, things have just started rolling on stage. The people who work to make the musical the polished product that it is rarely are seen. Many unsung heros come on stage only for the behind-the-scenes production that hap- pens when the curtain falls - set strike. The mood-producing lighting. the painted backdrops, the props and the stage furniture all have to come down and be stored, said Ted Starnes, technical director of "Shenandoah" After the final performance of the musical, a catered meal was served to 50-75 students, who stuck around after the ap- plause to help with the set strike. "We started about 7 p.m. and finished up around 2 a.m," said Starnes, who kept things moving along. Students involv- ed love to laugh and have a good time, he said, and without some organization, it would take all night. lferryn Martin, senior government major from Baytown, has been involved in all aspects of productions, from acting to tearing down the set, for four years. She said set strike is the culmination of the show. Set strike is a relief for many but also very sad for others, especially the seniors. "I know l'll never be a part of this sort of production again, and there is such finality to set strike," said Ferryn. After all musicals and plays, the cast and crew gather at Sewell Theatre where students and directors express their feelings about the show. "Meeting at Sewell is great because everyone is real 'simpled-outf Everything said is either hilarious or you want to hit the person who said it," said Ferryn. The final meeting is emotional because everyone has beer running on little sleep for weeks. "You are just so tired,' said Ferryn. that with the singing of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" it is easy to be reflective. And after the final verse of that traditional song, the finale finally comes, - Andrea Carznedy A is .,.nY,..,......----W. f Tl, 1. . A W , oi.

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