As you walk around the Bullis Campus from 3:30 to 6 O’clock Monday through Friday afternoons, you can see kids playing sports, running around the track, shooting hoops on the courts, and swinging rackets on the tennis courts. You can see kids singing on stages, and rehearsing lines; however, the one after school credit that often goes unseen and unheard is tech.
After school tech, is a sports credit students can receive, in which they learn how to build set, creating lighting fixtures, work both the lighting and the sound boards, and learn how to design and comprehend stage maps.
Brigid McCaffery, a Bullis Senior reflects as her experience in after school tech draws to a close, McCaffery says, “I never imagined how much work went on behind the scenes of a play at Bullis. Students fail to realize how hard the entire tech crew works in making sure that all theatrical productions go on without a hitch. Not only are we building and painting sets, but the tech crew is responsible lighting, sound, and prop movements on stage.”
Jamaal David also acknowledges how much energy and work the tech crew puts into the tasks they are given on a day to day basis. David gives full credit to Mr. Brooks and Mr. Stockton in saying, “They put a tremendous amount of energy in making sure that not only are all sets completely but that they are completed to perfection. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Stockton work around the clock to make sure that the stage is presented in a way that can make every production look as life-like as possible.”
When you venture into the workshop, besides seeing the smiling faces of Brooks and Stockton, you will also find Andrew Goldberg ‘16 and Stephen Clement ‘15 going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the sets, audio, and lighting are completed perfectly.
The tech department can often times be overlooked due to the fact that it is a behind the scenes job, however Bullis is forever grateful for all the work that the tech department puts into every event onstage at the Bullis School.