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Mae Novakoski, Crown Writer

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Chances are most people have been to a play or musical and left the production thinking about the intense music, flamboyant costumes, or gifted performers. Most of the experience is based on what is seen and heard. While watching a performance, the focus is typically the actors, but there is so much beyond just the actors…like the lights. Without them, the audience would be left with only sound. The responsibility of the crew behind the scenes brings all the components of the production together in a seamless way. One Marian senior has spent countless hours perfecting the lighting of many productions over the past four years. As they say in the world of theater, “Enter stage left… Landon Martin.”

Prior to attending Marian, Martin discovered his interest in the technical support aspects of theater production in the seventh grade. It was in his school’s production over Oliver Twist that Landon was first introduced the elements of stage lighting. In the show there were quite a few solos; therefore, the director wanted there to be a spotlight on each actor. Landon mentioned one of the biggest obstacles was not enough people to take care of all of the lighting responsibilities. He said, “I had taken some time before practice to inspect our lighting setup, and so I sat there, plugging lights and power strips into new places until I had managed to link up the two light bars so only one of us needed to turn them off and on. It was definitely a fire hazard, but I got the job done.” Following that experience Martin realized how much he really enjoyed working behind the scenes on those key parts of a show. This was only beginning of Landon’s years of experience behind the scenes.

Continuing his enjoyment of working with stage lighting at Marian Central, Martin ultimately decided to work for the title of Tech Director. This was as a result of how much he truly loved working with the various fields of tech during his middle school years. Martin said, “With Marian’s much higher-tech auditorium, I wanted to flourish in that environment by bringing my own visionary ideas to shows, as well as pass on those ideas to all the awesome people I get a chance to work with.” Not only did Landon enjoy bringing his creativity to the table, but the Marian theatre program benefited as well. When asking Landon what he liked specifically about helping backstage with technology he said, “I always loved the fact that tech is a field of theatre that can take liberties and doesn’t have to be strictly by the script.” He explained about how the lighting crew has to completely program how each scene will be lit onstage. Martin concluded saying, “With the amount of lights there are in all different colors, the stage is essentially the crew’s canvas.” Landon’s early dedication to what he loves helped him transform from middle school lighting to someone fully involved in high school productions.

Landon expanded his passion and curiosity for technology into another field, and that is DJing. Just like with lighting in a theatre production, music has allowed him to be creative in an even more personal way. Martin said, “My absolute favorite thing about DJing is that I can help people who are going through hardship to forget about those things and brighten their day, even if only for a few minutes.” Landon is interested in continuing DJing not only because it allows him to be creative, but it is also a great side job as well. For the future, he plans to get his BA in Audio Engineering. Landon found his passion early on in life and has continued to follow that path. Martin stated, “I’m a firm believer that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Landon’s mark that he made on Marian Central theatre production truly “set the stage” and rose the bar for future students that will take on his role. His creativity that he brought to life through lights was truly magical, and his contributions to the theatre program will never be forgotten.  

 

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