Important Information about our upcoming production of Disney's The Lion King.

Due to the inclement weather and for the safety of our performers and patrons, we have decided to close school on Friday, November 16, 2018; thus canceling the evening performance of Disney's The Lion King at the Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center. The Friday Evening performance will now be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM. All Friday evening tickets will be accepted on Sunday at the performance. (Friday tickets will NOT need to be exchanged, as our computer systems will automatically accept Friday tickets on Sunday.) If you cannot make the performance on Sunday, you may exchange your tickets to Saturday's performance (November 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM), or we will issue a refund on your ticket order. Please call our box office at 570-251-9831 for assistance in exchanging or having your tickets refunded. Our offices will be open by phone on Friday at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least Once


Students Lighting Design

It is often said that “actors without stagehands are naked people standing in the dark trying to emote on a stage.” This couldn’t be a truer statement. But yet, many actors are unappreciative of what the people backstage do. I believe this has nothing to do with the actor’s ego. Many (not all) actors are so focused on what they need to be doing that they tend to forget about the people who work hard to make the show possible. Because of this, I believe that every actor should work backstage at least once.

When an actor works backstage they get to see the other side of things. They get to see the rest of the hard work that goes into a show. They get to experience the actors that get in the way of the stagehands that are just trying to do their job. It helps build an appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes.

Not only does working backstage help you build an appreciation, but it can help with getting hired. One of my professors kept emphasizing how it important it is that we as actors get backstage experience. Many summer stock companies or small theatres will hire actors with backstage experience and technical skills than those that don’t because they are more useful.

I am an actor before anything else, but I love when I get the chance to work backstage for a show. I love being a part of the process and seeing everything that goes into it. I feel that it has helped build my love for theatre and has made me more versatile of a person.

I can think of many pros as to why actors should get backstage experience but there seem to be no cons. Who knows, maybe stagehands should get some onstage experience too.

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