Student Spotlight: Amber Hahn
What: GSHS presents Cole Porter’s musical classic
When: 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 and 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 6
Where: GSHS Jeannie Miller Auditorium, 1521 Grand Ave.
How much: $12/adults and $8/students, online at http://www.eventbee.com/view/event/170745831
If you’ve attended a Glenwood Springs High School theater production in the last few years, you may not have noticed Amber Hahn. As a sound tech, she’s one of a host of students you don’t see in curtain call but are essential to a good performance. She’s also a student council representative and former track runner for the school. As the GSHS spring musical “Anything Goes” enters its second weekend, Hahn took the opportunity to talk about her experience behind the scenes.
Post Independent: How did you get interested in theater?
Amber Hahn: I did a bit of acting in chorus work in middle school. My freshman year I signed on for props, and we did “Grease.” Then the technical director walked up to me and said, “You’re reliable and trustworthy, I’m going to have you run sound board instead.” I kinda just stuck with it. It’s a great way to do problem solving. Nothing ever goes quite right, and it’s always different.
PI: Were you ever tempted to return to the stage?
AH: I kind of just made the decision to stay backstage. I’m not totally comfortable in front of a lot of people. Even so, a lot of the time tech is a thankless job because people only notice it when something goes wrong, it’s a great feeling when the show goes well and the audience is happy and I contributed to that.
PI: What are some of the challenges?
AH: Well, last Saturday night we had some popping microphones because the connections were loose. They were on the stage and I couldn’t get to them, but we had to come up with a fix in five seconds during the scene change. We have about 20 people on crew this year. It’s a constant bustle of teamwork to make sure everything works.
PI: Has your role expanded as a senior?
AH: This year I got to stage manage, so I’m working with the actors to keep them on schedule and help them with blocking. I also got to train a few kids this year. There’s a freshman and sophomore running the board, and someone learning to manage the sound problems that happen on stage.
PI: What are your plans after high school?
AH: I’m going to attend the University of Northern Colorado as a theater design and technology major. I’ll see how it goes.
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