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A behind the scenes look at "Eurydice" with Assistant Stage Manager Meghanne Helms

Meghanne Helms operating the elevator doors on the set of "Eurydice"

This week, Auburn University Theatre began their season with “Eurydice,” a play that reimagines the classic Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of the heroine, Eurydice. The set for “Eurydice” features numerous moving parts during the show - rain, paper airplanes, an elevator, lightning, and what the production team calls “breaking of the set.” The run crew is there to make sure all these elements happen and happen on time. The run crew for ‘Eurydice’ features five Auburn University students – Katie Wolfe, Mary Keyton, Jordan Denson, and assistant stage managers, Meghanne Helms and Carson Huerta. These hardworking students are responsible for literally running the shows, and nothing would happen onstage if they weren’t there to do their part. 

Meghanne Helms, a senior at Auburn, is pursuing her bachelor of arts in Theatre and is one of these amazing run crew members. For the show, Helms is responsible for opening and closing the elevator doors, the throwing of paper airplanes, constructing parts of the set, and also prop tracking. Helms says the hardest part of her job has been getting the paper airplane to fly correctly. She explains, “during pre-show, when we are checking all the props, the airplane flies wonderfully, but during the show, for some reason, it’s not so wonderful.” 

The show also features many water effects that the crew check before each and every show. This includes taking the heater out of the pool every day, making sure the soaker hose is working correctly, and filling up the gravity fed system with clean water, which works as an actual drinking fountain onstage.

Every role for a production is important and things would definitely not go as smoothly without the run crew. If you’re ready to see these special effects in action, make sure to get your tickets before ‘Eurydice’ closes this Friday.

Check out the Department of Theatre Ticketing Page for more information about performance dates and how to book your reservation today!

Written by Rachele DeLuca | communications and marketing specialist | Department of Theatre | Auburn University 

 

Last Updated: September 24, 2019