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Student Shares Reflection of Pickard Crew — Post 15 Years

Lauren Hendricks, Student of Journalism

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For Robin Andersen, it seemed like yesterday. The only girl, part of an all-male crew and completely surrounded by boys, working feverishly around the clock to build a show.

Making only $5.25 an hour, Robin practically lives in Pickard Auditorium. She begins hanging out there as a freshman to be closer to her boyfriend, who works there at the time, a hobby that soon develops into a passion for show business and working behind the scenes.

Her passion grows and sparks interest in others to join her. She loves dedicating months of work to only 2 or 3 performances and in 3 short days tearing everything apart and starting over again for the next show.

“Seeing all of the hard work pay off; it made it all worth it in the end.”

She looks back fondly on all her memories describing her experiences, she is always proud to show off what they accomplish and emphasizes the fun.

Back then it is easier for Robin to get away with certain things, having a completely open campus, she comes and goes as she pleases making it easier for her to hide away and spend most of her days at Pickard working on the set.

For Robin — every show is special and unique it its own way — making it easy for her to love the work she did because she never gets bored. She remembers a time when the fly rail is acting up, so she has to tie herself to it so she didn’t fly off the ground when raising the curtain, saying sometimes it took 2 or 3 people to accomplish the task.

Embracing her differences and not shying away from what made her unique, Robin finds her calling, because in the end the show must go on.

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3 Responses to “Student Shares Reflection of Pickard Crew — Post 15 Years”

  1. Aly Jones on March 5th, 2019 7:21 PM

    Awesome article! I love that this is still true today when working in Pickard! It takes a lot of dedication to work in the theatre at NHS!

  2. Will Clark on March 5th, 2019 10:57 PM

    I found this piece interesting. Not only does it discuss a topic for which I don’t have much prior information (that being the life of a techie), but it also presents it in such an entertaining manner!

  3. Emily Speers on March 7th, 2019 9:43 AM

    This article opened my eyes in the first few lines by informing me that Pickard pays students to build the set! This article is educating and eye-opening, especially since I am a fellow crew member. It’s wonderful to see the dedication and passion that goes into every show, especially when the shows deliver a massive successful and truly inspire the audience. Wonderful article and touching authenticity!

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