Welcome welcome! It’s another Thursday and time for another Throwback! Today we are going to hear about the experiences of Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming! She has worked at The Rose Theater for two years now as the Resident Stage Manager. As the Resident Stage Manager, she often finds herself in rehearsals working very closely with the directors or in show-mode, where she is at the back of the theater calling a show.
Calling a show basically means that she controls when each of the lighting, sound and scenic cues happen in order to keep the show moving properly. If it weren’t for the stage manager, shows wouldn’t happen safely or smoothly. Her role is an absolutely integral part of theater.
So how about that throwback?
We asked Ashleigh-Dawn a few questions–specifically about when and what her first theatrical experience was. Her answer:
“When I was in elementary school, I went with my class to see The Grapes of Wrath at a local college. The very opening sequence of the show still stands out so clear. The lights were gloomy and all of the actors came out from different entrances screaming and yelling at everyone in the audience. This lasted for a good minute and then it was silent. Beams of light were shining down on each main character. It was so cool.”
Of course, since Ashleigh-Dawn now works here at The Rose, we know that this experience was, by no means, her last experience in theater. When we asked her how theater has impacted her life she said:
“I have built my confidence and self-esteem up through performing. Because of these skills I was finally able to find my place in the world through stage managing. I get to be a part of something grand and inspirational. Giving support to fellow artists during a show is the best feeling in the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Ashleigh-Dawn is definitely dedicated to the art and loves to see the talent come to life on the Rose stage! Thanks for your hard work and for sharing your experience with us, Ashleigh-Dawn!