Opera Philadelphia

Posted16 Aug 2022

Student learn about careers behind the curtain

By Opera Philadelphia

Students in the 2021-2022 Backstage Pass program tackled a variety of hands-on technical theatre projects. In this free program available to Philadelphia high school students, technical theater professionals teach modules on carpentry, makeup design, costume design, lighting design, and more. Backstage Pass aims to expose students interested in technical theatre to potential careers and skills that are in-demand for theatre, opera, film, television, and more. Check out the wood flats, tool aprons, and special effects wounds that students created throughout the past year. Visit our Backstage Pass page to learn more, and click here to apply for the Fall!

Students finish stenciling flats for T-VOCE final performance. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students create special effects wounds. Credit: Alfreda Howard
Students testing many foundation shades. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students display their special effects wounds. Credit: Alfreda Howard
Students create special effects wounds. Credit: Alfreda Howard
Students learn about proportions for costume drawing. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students sew tool aprons. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students display the tool aprons they made. Credit: Morgan Porter
Students pose in Tyvek suits. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students stapling together a flat frame. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students using stencils to paint flats. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students learn about standard carpentry nomenclature. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students learn about lighting design. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students learn about light colors with M&Ms. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students pose with prop swords. Credit: D'quan Tyson
Students learn about lightbulbs. Credit: Kia DaSilva
Students collaborate to assemble lights. Credit: Kia DaSilva