Introducing Lauren Boesch as Assistant Stage Manager for Sense and Sensibility

Another week, another Debuting Artist! OpenStage is home to many incredible artists, some who have worked with the company for years and others who are brand new. This week we are proud to introduce Lauren Boesch, one of our Assistant Stage Managers for Sense and Sensibility. I had the pleasure of getting the behind-the-scenes scoop on Lauren's background, their experience with OpenStage, and some quotes from rehearsals. Here is what they had to say:

 

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, your hobbies, past work, fun facts, or anything that comes to mind!
I'm from Seattle, WA, and moved to Fort Collins, CO to attend Colorado State University - I'm a senior Theatre Design and Technology student who studies Stage Management. Most of my time is spent in the theatre, but if I'm not there you can find me hiking at Lory State Park, sewing in my room, or cooking/baking in my kitchen. I have a huge love for the outdoors as well as making sewn goods and food for loved ones. My most recent theatre credit was Lysistrata (Assistant/ Calling Stage Manager) at Colorado State University. Over the summer I was a Properties Run Crew Apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera and worked on Le Nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Eugene Onegin, and the SFO Apprentice Scenes. Other past credits from CSU include Boy Gets Girl (ASM), How I Learned to Drive (SM - Awarded 2021 KCACTF National Award for Excellence in Stage Management), "Compass" Fall 2019 Dance Capstone (SM), Fall 2019 Dance Concert (ASM), L'enfant et les Sortilèges (ASM), and A Man of No Importance (ASM).
What made you decide to get involved with Sense and Sensibility

I was brought into Sense and Sensibility by our director, Noah Racey. I was looking for shows outside of CSU to be involved in and Noah asked for me to join as an ASM - and I couldn't help but say yes. I love working with Noah (this marks our third production working together) and helping organize all of the moving pieces backstages in a production.

How has your experience with OpenStage been so far?

I have absolutely loved working with OpenStage. Everyone is so incredibly nice and just so much fun to be around. Rehearsals are often fast-paced and everyone's working together harmoniously.

What is your favorite thing about working in theatre?

Working in theatre always reminds me of the magic of storytelling. Sometimes during rehearsals, we can get lost in the details and anxieties around showing our art to others, but I always have a rush of both excitement and calm when I hear an audience for the first time. There's a certain magic that is felt between the company of a production and the audience - every night the show is unique and only you and the audience share that experience. At the end of the day, it's about connection, storytelling, and sharing what it means to be human. Stage Management gives me a connection to both this part of theatre as well as having the privilege of watching the magic happen and watching the incredible talent that humans are capable of. As a super detail-oriented, organized person, I love creating organized chaos backstage: there are a lot of moving parts and every production is its own puzzle.

Tell me about a stand-out experience from rehearsals so far. Any funny/interesting stories?

I actually have a quote book in my Logbook (an SM-specific notebook) and I write down the funny things said in rehearsal. Most of the time there's a lot of laughter around certain lines that just are repeated over and over to find the right beat for the line and sometimes something hilarious comes about. My favorites so far have been "A HORSE?!?!?" and "A COTTAGE!!!", and my favorite quote being "I don't know, but I'm about to sit in it" from our cast member Dan Tschirhart. There's always something to giggle about in rehearsal.

Do you have any upcoming projects after Sense and Sensibility?

I do! I am Stage Managing The Rocky Horror Show (Directed by Noah Racey) at Colorado State. It'll be my capstone work at CSU before I graduate and am excited to work with the SM team, directing team, design and production team, and cast. I am graduating in May and am optimistic about where my future takes me.

Come see Lauren and the rest of the cast and crew in Sense and Sensibility, opening January 21st!

Sense and Sensibility

Directed by Noah Racey
Original Score by Aaron Gandy

January 21 – February 12, 2022

When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? This fresh, spirited update of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood Sisters ‒ “sensible” Elinor and “sensitive” Marianne ‒ after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Exploring what it is to be women traversing society, gossip and the opposing opinions of your heart and mind, Hamill’s adaptation explores the classic story with humor and bold theatricality, highlighted by original music and movement.