The show's about to start. Backstage the crew of Big Fish is making sure that each actor has the appropriate mic according to the plot, and that scenery is ready to be moved quickly into place. Actors are warming up, the "giant" is strapping on his stilts, and the Assistant Stage Manager is about to call "Five minutes until places!"
Outside a crowd of hundreds gathers in Henderson auditorium to see the performance. Meanwhile, theatre department students and staff have already begun planning a futuristic performance of Shakespeare's Othello to be held in the smaller Belk Theatre, and the Student Studio Series is planning several collaborative endeavors directed and produced entirely by the students. We work hard in the Theatre Department at the South Carolina School of the Arts. Everyone probably stays a little too busy— or maybe a lot too busy—but we love it!
The voice lessons and music theory classes can be tough, taking notes after rehearsal requires putting aside ego, but in the end, we see significant progress and so does our audience. During the applause, we point upwards to acknowledge our Lord after each performance, then we point to those who have been working behind the scenes in the tech booth and finally we enjoy taking a bow. It's a good way to do "show business!"