THE NON-EVENT: Seniors doing whatever they want

 

THE EVENT: Seniors who were born to

play these characters

This play was the highlight of my senior year. I thought being in the show would make it easier to promote a show. Boy was I wrong. If I hadn’t learned how to “kill my babies” by now, this create process taught me to kill ALL of them and start from scratch. We focused on the "learning how to love" theme, and the best way to show a single side of a character? Have them compose a Tindr profile and pose for a gif.

I have this job to thank for most of my graphic design skills and passion for theater. As Publicity Coordinator for the drama department at Spring Arbor University, designed all of their show posters. “Guts” by Brent Walter Cline is one of my favorites. In two little lines the household is changed for better or for worse. I realized the power in simplicity when I was sketching ideas on Snapchat (as one does while waiting for coffee). A simple color change, and the house takes on a whole new meaning.

If the drama department taught me graphic design skills, my school newspaper, The Pulse, taught me efficency. With only a day with the story and a day to design, the team frequently throws things together at the last minute, hence midnight Taco Bell runs. Over the two and a half years I’ve lead the staff, I cultivated an environment of quality as well as speed. We can still grow, but the structure and expectations are set.

THE NON-EVENT: Ye Old Charles Dickens

 

THE EVENT: Seniors who were born to

play these characters

The door knockers are the book ends to the show. It starts with the door knocker turning into Marley's face as Scrooge enters his cold and lonely house. It ends with a semi-manic Scrooge rejoicing with the door knocker about his second chance. They're a symbol of invitation and redemption. Placing them around campus not only puts the show in front of new people's eyes, but also invites the audience to "Come in man, and know [the story of Scrooge] better!"

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