Behind the Scenes

Alexander Schmidt, digital editor

“The Incomplete Life & Random Death of Molly Denholtz” was Utica’s first play since COVID-19. It was held Thursday and Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 4 pm.
“I think it went very well, I remember everyone backstage all reading along with the script, and when it would be a line the actor was struggling in we would all cheer happily and quietly if they got it right”, senior Ashlynn Gazaway said. “The best night I remember seeing is a tie for Thursday and Saturday, our opening and closing nights. I think we all did amazing in the play, we all worked very hard and worked quickly to get one set cleaned off to get another set rolling.”
“I was an usher for the play and I think it went beautifully,” sophomore Kaelin Selbee said, “some nights were definitely better than others, but I think my fellow cast and crew members did amazing,”
The ushers would stand and greet you at the auditorium doors then hand you a booklet about the play.
“I played the role of Emma in the play. I think it went very well. It was fun, exciting, and nerve recking at the same time,” junior Nadeen Rashed said. “I think everyone did good, we all worked so hard and even if someone messed up we looked out for each other.”
The tech crew ran stuff mostly like the lights and if there was sounds or music and the microphones.
“I was a part of the running crew, specifically I helped with props and occasionally helped with moving the furniture on and off the stage,” junior Alaina Wisswell said. “I think it went very well during all the performances, but the final one went the best. Everyone did an amazing job for bringing the whole show together, and I’m very proud of all of them.”
The running crew handled most of the furniture moving and props.
“I played the role as Kris, a quiet kid who struggles with anger and guilt,” junior Savannah VanPamel said. “I think it went very well. Each night had some small hiccups, but nothing we couldn’t manage.”
“My role is always producer. I am most of the time scenic designer. I giude the directors in their process,” teacher Joel Kaczmarczyk said. “The play went very well. I was proud of them being able to handle such diffcult subject matter, and their acting was very natural and convincing.”