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Theater Tours of The State

Every theater patron has a different favorite thing about attending a live show. Some are looking to see shows in as many different venues as possible, others track their favorite actors and actresses across productions. As for me, I like to spend time thinking about how the magic on stage happens. Personally, it is questions like, “How does Elphaba fly?” that keep me up at night. Fortunately, the State Theatre is here to answer all these questions—and more!

Last spring, we partnered with Rutgers University to bring in a group of their students to explore the theater, going into all the nooks and crannies of our space and our history. Being able to see how actors can sneak into the building past the crowds of fans, what our dressing rooms look like, and getting the chance to stand on stage and hear from our crew about our how our technical systems work together left these students wide eyed and excited to see their next production, with a better understanding of how things move around behind the curtain.

After our walk through the theater, students met with members from each of our departments. They learned that all the technical operations and performers on stage were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to running a theater venue. There are so many moving pieces “beneath the water” that are needed to make a show happen! Starting from programming the season, to marketing the show, up to show night when our house staff and guest services work with our patrons to give them a fantastic live experience at our venue, our staff is busy at every step of the process.

Are your students the kind that want to know more about how a theater runs and what kinds of careers are available in the performing arts? We’d love to host your group at The State for a tour and career exploration! Contact our Education & Community Engagement department at education@stnj.org for more information.

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