Jenna Knepper ‘21: With the new school year finally becoming routine, various Romeo programs start again. As the school play approaches in November, Romeo Theatre Company kicks back up in full force to prepare for an amazing show. This year, the theatre company showcases Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Practices held almost every day after school prepare the cast and crew for a show that hopes to leave the audience wanting more.

Along with all the hard work put in by actors, so much more goes into preparing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Head of tech, Aidan Long ‘19, puts his passions into practice as he helps with the upcoming play.

“I am the scenic designer and technical director. This year I will be focusing on staying on task and getting things done efficiently and quickly,” Long said. “The fall show is always really fun to put together.”

With so many different roles needed behind the scenes of a theatre production, a sizable amount of students decided to join and lend a hand. The tech department includes sections in paint, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, hair, and props. All of these components come together to create a visually breathtaking experience for audiences. Evan Walton ‘19, a Romeo High senior, spends his last year on the Romeo Theatre Company as head of paint.

“I am very excited because there are tons of new people joining this year and I get to use so many fun and whimsical colors for the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory set,” Walton said.

Everyone on staff works together to make sure everything flows smoothly. Aida Seeman ‘20 ensures that the performance gets tied together with her intricate light work.

“I usually have to go through the script and read the play in order to make sure all the lighting fits right,” Seeman said. “This play is going to be very cool because we have so many talented actors and tech, I just try to make the visuals look that much better.”

Preparations for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory entail endless hours of preparation and perfecting many different aspects. Recent changes in the tech program call for lots of thought and trials to make sure they create an upgrade in the theatre company.

“This year, we are going to be using scaffolding instead of our usual wood construction. With wood, you can’t reuse it but, with scaffolding we can add things, break them down, and reuse it very easily,” Long said.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will premiere November 8-10 at 7:00 p.m., along with a 2:00 p.m. show on the 11. You can purchase your tickets now at www.showtix4u.com. Tickets for the school show will be sold at lunch within the coming weeks. The Romeo community cannot wait to see the results of all the dedication and hard work put in by Romeo’s Tech program.

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