February 8, 2013
By: Kyle Bullock, Editor
Master Follies - Behind the Scenes
Lubbock Christian University's longstanding tradition called Master Follies opens for three official performances later today in the McDonald Moody Auditorium.
Anderson, Schmitt and Brown (above) join forces with Tryon to form an incredible technical team for Master Follies.
Hundreds of alumni, students, and supporters of the university will flock to the Moody to see the campus variety show. But, one of the most impressive aspects of Master Follies doesn't take place on stage - it's what happens backstage that is truly impressive.
LCU's technical geniuses known as Marcom - composed of Nathan Anderson, Justin Brown, and Kris Schmitt - will take the reigns in the sound booth, controlling everything from lights, sound, and camera feed. Joining them on the "technical" team is photographer Kris Tryon, who designed the program. Together, they are what bring Master Follies to the Moody.
And, make no mistake, there is a lot that goes into Master Follies behind the scenes.
"I'd say, for all of us, making things turn out the way we envision them is the biggest challenge," said Anderson in a recent interview. "Often what we want to do is so complex, or we bite off more than we can chew, that we manage to miss something. As we're setting up, we'll say 'oh, that won't work like that' and have to go back to the drawing board, make changes, or figure out something new."
For nearly a year, Marcom has been at work with the LCU Master Follies theme, which in turn, helps determine the technical side of Follies. By November of last year, teams, equipment, and gear was being arranged in preparation for the show this weekend.
Now in the final hours before the Master Follies performances, Anderson says the men behind the scenes are ready to go and are excited for the show this year.
"Having watched most of these shows numerous times already, typically at this point I have a good idea of a front runner in each division," said Anderson. "This year, it's pretty much a dead heat in my mind. Despite all the technical challenges, I think we're on schedule for one of the best shows in a while."