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Artistic Staff: SPRING 2024

First Year Players Presents: Legally Blonde

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DIRECTOR – Lauren Swain

The Director is responsible for all artistic elements of the production, including selecting of the show and the members of their artistic staff, casting the show, and leading rehearsals throughout the week. They work closely with the cast and the artistic staff, as well as the technical and pit directors, to put on a production embodying the vision presented in their proposal.

Lauren is a fourth year studying 

Contact them at director@firstyearplayers.org

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PIT DIRECTOR – Errick Mah

The Pit Director commands the pit orchestra that accompanies every First Year Players production. They organize orchestra auditions, prepare and coordinate rehearsals, and conduct the orchestra for each performance. Throughout the semester, the Pit Director works to turn a freshly assembled group of instrumentalists into a unified, cohesive ensemble just in time for opening night!

Errick is a fourth year studying electrical engineering. 

 

Contact them at pitdirector@firstyearplayers.org

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Abby Milne

The Assistant Director operates alongside the Director and works with cast members on anything from blocking to character development. They serve as the Director's second set of eyes, complementing the Director's notes for the cast when necessary, and take on any additional projects the Director may delegate.

Abby a second year studying english and drama. 

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Matt Tucker

The Assistant Director operates alongside the Director and works with cast members on anything from blocking to character development. They serve as the Director's second set of eyes, complementing the Director's notes for the cast when necessary, and take on any additional projects the Director may delegate.

Matt is a fourth year studying history. 

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Nathan Snow

The Assistant Director operates alongside the Director and works with cast members on anything from blocking to character development. They serve as the Director's second set of eyes, complementing the Director's notes for the cast when necessary, and take on any additional projects the Director may delegate.

Nathan is a third year studying political philosophy, policy and law, and economics.  

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VOCAL DIRECTOR – Christian Guinto-Brody

The Vocal Director oversees all singing designated by the composer. Contrasted with the Pit Director, the Vocal Director works with groups and individual cast members to ensure not only that the music is performed accurately, but that the vocalists learn to maintain healthy vocal strategies, take ownership of their music, and make their performances their own.

Christian is a third year. 

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VOCAL DIRECTOR – Bridget Gauntner

The Choreographer introduces dance, stunt work, and other movement into the production. They conceive, then teach any choreography to the cast. They and the Director strive to realize the artistic vision for the show through movement, and the Choreographer ensures that every cast member both understands and feels comfortable with all choreography.

Bridget is a second year studying music and computer science. 

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VOCAL DIRECTOR – Jack Ireland

The Choreographer introduces dance, stunt work, and other movement into the production. They conceive, then teach any choreography to the cast. They and the Director strive to realize the artistic vision for the show through movement, and the Choreographer ensures that every cast member both understands and feels comfortable with all choreography.

Jack is a second year studying music and leadership. 

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CHOREOGRAPHER – Emily Stute

The Choreographer introduces dance, stunt work, and other movement into the production. They conceive, then teach any choreography to the cast. They and the Director strive to realize the artistic vision for the show through movement, and the Choreographer ensures that every cast member both understands and feels comfortable with all choreography.

Emily is a fourth year studying commerce. 

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CHOREOGRAPHER – Karina Yakubisin 

The Choreographer introduces dance, stunt work, and other movement into the production. They conceive, then teach any choreography to the cast. They and the Director strive to realize the artistic vision for the show through movement, and the Choreographer ensures that every cast member both understands and feels comfortable with all choreography.

Karina is a second year studying computer science. 

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STAGE MANAGER – Lily Mackenzie

The Stage Manager attends all rehearsals, meetings, and manages the inner workings of the production. They play a crucial role in the management of props, distribution of production notes, and supervise lighting and blocking cues.  The Stage Manager reports to the Director and Tech Director to make sure the production is organized and the cast is welcomed. 

Lily is a first year. 

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