Attending a live production can be awe-inspiring, but getting an inside look into its technical aspects can be even more fascinating. As a Year 12 student in the CareerLink Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services course, Samantha had the opportunity to attend the Moulin Rouge! Get Technical excursion on March 23, along with other students from various schools.
The excursion began with a breathtaking performance of the show’s opening scene, which showcased full sound, costumes, and lights. Students were then introduced to each department, including sound, lighting, props, costume, makeup and wigs, mechanics, automation, and stage management.
Photos retrieved from Moulin Rogue! The Musical
Samantha found the experience informative and was grateful for the chance to learn about the technicalities of a big touring production. She learned how different roles can intertwine, giving a better understanding of the show’s complexity. Crew members were enthusiastic and inspiring, sharing their individual journeys and how they got into the industry.
Some crew members went straight to university or TAFE, while others transitioned from different fields. It was reassuring to know that some crew members had no idea what they wanted to do when they left high school. It gave her hope that even if she’s unsure about her direction, it will come to her eventually.
The wardrobe and wigs department demonstrated one of their quick changes from a can-can to a cabaret costume, leaving the students starstruck. They even mentioned that their fastest quick change was just 7 seconds! It was incredible to see the amount of work that goes into creating and executing such a complex show.
It was incredible to see the amount of work that goes into creating and executing such a complex show.
Overall, attending the Moulin Rouge! Get Technical excursion was a memorable and inspiring experience. It was an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry and see firsthand the intricate workings of live production. It has given Samantha a better understanding of what it takes to bring a show to life and has inspired her to continue pursuing a career in this field.
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