Hello from Naples, Florida! First let me answer an obvious question: Yes, it is very hot here in the summer! My Midwestern body has been trained for the arctic, so transitioning into this new weather was tough, but it’s been two months and I’m still alive! I consider that a victory.
I am the Stage Management intern for the Naples Players, and this is without a doubt the biggest adventure I have ever been on!
Here are a few of my favorite things about my time here:
1. The view
Naples has some beautiful architecture. The Naples Players is located on 5th Avenue, one of the prettiest streets I have ever walked down. And PALM TREES. So many palm trees! This is the view from the roof of the Naples Players.
2. Naples Broncos
Both the production stage manager and the resident sound designer/master electrician are WMU alums! I am also in the midst of future Broncos. There are four students will be attending WMU in the fall to pursue degrees in theatre. Here I am with three of them!
3. My food journal
One of my greatest accomplishments thus far is my Naples food journal. I've been keeping a running list of all the restaurants I've tried. I could have done an entire post just about the food here in Naples. It's incredible! This is a churro donut from my favorite place, Bar Trulia.
I'm not the only intern here at the Naples Players. I am one of five. We each have a specialized area and we all come from different states. We are so different, but we came together and we're roommates for the summer.
This office dog never fails to brighten up my day! She is famous for her role as Bruiser in the Naples Players' production of Legally Blonde, as well as always wrapping herself in blankets. I can always count on Twoey to beg for food and give kisses.
6. Sister Act
Right now I am working on Sister Act as one of the assistant stage managers. I'm backstage making sure the show runs smoothly. This show has been incredible. There is so much talent and heart. I feel lucky to be a part of it!
7. Calling a massive show
As the state management intern, I will have the incredible opportunity to call this gigantic show! There are about 640 cues, the most I have ever called! Look how thick the script is!
8. Sister Act Teen
Not only do I get to be the assistant stage manager for Sister Act, but I also get to be the stage manager. After the adults finish their run of the show, an entirely teenage cast will put on the exact same show with all technical elements included. It gives them the opportunity to lean what it takes to be professional actors. It's a wonderful educational experience for the young actors and also for me.
9. New friends
I have met so many truly wonderful and talented people here! Here is the stage management team for Sister Act, the lovely people I'm working with all summer.
10. Becoming a professional
This internship has given me so many valuable skills that will help me as I finish my final year of college and transition into the professional world of theatre. I received hands-on experience that has made me a more well-rounded stage manager, and I am so grateful to the Naples Players for choosing me for this amazing opportunity.