High-schooler going on tour with ‘A Christmas Carol’By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent September 18. 2017 6:12PM
ROCHESTER — A student from Spaulding High School in Rochester will be a paid audio engineer for a national tour of “A Christmas Carol” during the second quarter of this school year.
Through the extended learning opportunities program, George Farrow III, 17, will be checking in with ELO Coordinator Dean Graziano via Skype as he travels to theatres across the country. Farrow said he looks forward to being in Texas, Florida and New York.
Farrow will fly home from Denver, Colo., on Christmas Eve.
Graziano says he has never heard of a similar opportunity for a Rochester student.
“George is on his own, getting credit outside of school while he’s in school, if you think about it, doing all this,” Graziano said. “There’s no way to emulate the performance, or really the skill set, the competencies, that he’ll have to use, in a classroom.”
Teacher Ron Goodwin, who works as a technical and musical director at the high school, helped Farrow pull together the paid internship.
“I’ll be responsible for set up and maintenance of all the audio on the road, so I’ll be running wireless mics, music. I have a big aspect in the video and some of the lighting as well,” Farrow said about his responsibilities.
Theatrical productions have changed dramatically with the latest technology. For this tour, the main set piece is a 40-foot projected video wall.
“Everyone is going to be (miked up) on this tour. We’re using 16 or 18 wireless mics. It’s going to be a custom rack that I haven’t even boxed up and built yet,” Farrow said. Rather than running cables for each microphone, he can run one digital cable because of today’s technology.
Farrow said he started volunteering at the Rochester Opera House when he was 12 years old. He also works at Clegg Sound Associates in Eliot, Maine, as a systems engineer and project manager.
Matt Wyatt, the associate producer of the Rochester Opera House, said this is uncommon for a teenager to be selected for a job that has so much responsibility associated with it. But he said Farrow has the right experience because of his dedication to their local theatre.
“People like George keep the show running so when the curtain opens, you have this great production. It didn’t just appear. Somebody like George was unloading the bus. He’s loading it up after the show, too. He’s on every level of production backstage,” Wyatt said.
In association with PerSeverance Productions and CMI Entertainment Inc., the Rochester Opera House will present two special sneak preview performances of “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 22 and 24.
For more information, visit www.rochesteroperahouse.com.