Making a scene at Southridge
Photography studio donates $20,000 in backdrops to high school's theater department
A bunch of teenagers made off with some 19th-century steam-powered mechanisms and chunks of an Italian village.
But they werent thieves they were theater students.
Emily Andrews Portrait Design in Beaverton donated a U-Haul trucks worth of sets worth about $20,000 to the Southridge High School theater department last week. Southridge, in turn, will loan the sets out to other Beaverton School District drama programs.
This is going to save us a lot of work and money, said Jacob Schickedanz, a Southridge junior involved in theater productions.
Its really convenient, added classmate Nathan Parrott. We can spend our time making our shows better.
Jim Fewer, Southridges theater director, plans to put some of the sets to immediate use for a fall production of Shakespeares The Tempest, re-imagined with a steampunk setting.
Weve been looking for a set like this, sophomore Elia Yocum said while fitting the large foam plastic pieces into the truck, an after-school exercise students described as being like a giant game of Jenga.
The Italian pieces should fit perfectly into a later production of George Hermans A Company of Wayward Saints, and the variety of sets will also be put to use in classes such as Fewers stagecraft course, he said.
Fewer said the money saved on sets will help them and fellow theater departments put their limited budgets into costumes and other expenses.
I never look a gift horse in the mouth, so I always pay it forward, he said.
Andrews said she has been collecting the pieces for years but is in the process of developing new settings at her studio, which includes a labyrinth of settings tucked into corners all over her Old Town grounds on Southwest Watson Street.
I thought, What a great opportunity to donate to the drama department, said Andrews, a Beaverton High School alum who often photographs students from district schools. Photographers will pay big money for these.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT