ZACH CHANDLEE, INTERN AT THE MEDIA THEATRE, WRITES ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES

The following is written by Zach Chandlee, 
a 19 year old Temple University student who is interning at The Media Theatre. 
He is majoring in Theatre with a Business minor.
He lets us know about his time at the theatre.

Two Sides to Every Story

They say there are two sides to every story. In going to see a show at the Media Theatre, you may not be aware of that other story. When I say "other side to the story", I mean what happens behind the scenes here at the theatre. My name is Zach Chandlee and I've been working at the Media Theatre for little over a year now and I would like to share with you that other side.

Imagine it's a Saturday night and you are going to see a show. You enter the theater and immediately are hit by an electricity in the air as the staff and crew are getting ready for the show and the patrons are going to their seats. What you see on stage is only one of the parts to the performance that allows it to run like a machine. My time at the Media Theatre showed me two other ends to theater that patrons otherwise can't see including the box office and backstage.
Zach Chandlee, the 19 year old Temple student who wrote this blog piece
as he appears in The Media Theatre box office.
 In the box office, it can get quite crazy with all that goes on especially for a show night. We have all our preshow duties like making sure there are playbills, printing tickets and making sure the concession and bar area are prepared to name a few.

What makes it all worthwhile are the relationships you form here. Between the people you work with and the patrons that attend the show, there is not a moment where you feel alone here in the Media Theatre's box office. Casual conversation that proves you are more than an employee with colleagues often presents itself after duties are performed. Yes, we get our work done and do so professionally, but unlike other places, there is a friendly atmosphere here. The ticketholders that come to see the show are often friendly as well and if inspired will share a light conversation or exchange a smile.

Recently, I have worked as the Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager for Media Theatre's The Who's Tommy playing until August 9th. My job once the show went up and running was to be in charge of the backstage for show time. This includes duties such as being on the headset that allows constant communication with the booth in the back of the theater, making sure actors are in their places for the start of the show, and other general duties to ensure the show runs smoothly from the backstage end of the production.

One thing I noticed especially prominent backstage is the comradeship among the actors, myself, and anyone else helping with the backstage. I guess this goes to the fact that we are all trying to create a show that we want to be the best it can be.

Wherever there is needed help, an actor picks up the slack. Whether getting a prop for them, helping them with a costume change, or even checking that their microphones are on, everyone backstage has their mind set on being a team.


So there you have it, two perspectives on theater that you probably otherwise wouldn't be able to see. What I learned here at the Media Theatre is how truly magical this place is. The theatre can be a home to you if you need one and the people you meet here will surely have an impact on your life. 

For info about The Media Theatre, visit mediatheatre.org

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