Today we introduce a new feature: Day in the Life. We asked senior Matt Zarley, of Pottstown, PA, to share his Thursday (October 23) with us. He photographed key moments of his day to give you a sense of what being a Theater Major at Temple University is like.
Nothing says “Good Morning” like 52 degrees, windy, and raining…
7:00am Time to (slowly) roll out of bed and head to class! It’s a Thursday, which means it’s a stage combat day.
7:30am Finally out the door with a few extra layers on today. There’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!
8:00am- Warm-ups start for my first class of the day: Combat & Stunts for the Actor! This class is taught by Ian Rose, a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, and an all-around action hero. I don’t have pictures of warm-up (because I was warming up too) but I do have a few blurry shots taken from my phone.
We just started martial arts. Here’s Ian teaching us a combination with his TA, Temple Alum Jackie DiFerdinando
Slightly better pic. I believe here he was telling us how NOT to hit our partners.
Hey Jimmy John’s, I’ve decided to thank you with free advertising!
9:20am Class winds to a close, as I begin a harrowing adventure to find some food, and a better raincoat, before my next class.
10:00am After careful deliberation, I decided upon a package of strawberry pop-tarts. Thankfully, today was also a day where Jimmy John’s employees were handing out free samples by the bell tower. Victorious and exhausted from my hunt, I head over to Temple’s new Science & Research building (SERC) to wait for my next class while I eat.
We also watched a movie called CATEGORY 6.
11:00am Time for my next class, Disasters!: Geology vs Hollywood, taught by Dr. Glen Havelock. It’s basically like your typical geology course, but with a much greater emphasis on terrible “B-list” movies. Today we watched clips from The Perfect Storm and discussed why hurricanes are so scary.
12:20pm Just got out of class, and I’m on my way to the next one — Introduction to Design. The bad news is, it’s still raining. The good news is, I have a raincoat now!
This is what’s referred to as my “pretty face.” Spirits are still high, despite the weather.
12:30pm Intro to Design starts, taught by our theater’s Technical Director Andrew Laine. Over the course of the class, we design (I know, big surprise) the various elements of a show. Today, we were talking about the basic principles of lighting a stage, as our next project will revolve around lighting.
Who needs a textbook when your professor can just draw you the diagrams!
Here, Andrew is using the lower picture to show photo metrics, which is basically the study of how light will bounce and react.
Sometimes still being on a meal plan has its perks.
1:20pm Out of class for the day! As the lack of an actual meal is finally starting to sink in, I head over to Morgan Hall to grab a late lunch in their “all you can eat” area.
1:40pm Finally got home, watched a TV show, and relaxed a bit before I quickly fell into an accidental nap. Rest is very important to a young mind at work, after all.
4:00pm Time to wake up, get some homework done, and do some prep work for dinner so I can eat after my call time.
5:30pm Back to the theater! We have another performance of Brigadoon tonight, and as the assistant Fight Director under Ian Rose, I have to be there to run fight call. If you haven’t seen the show yet, what are you waiting for? It’s fantastic!
6:00pm Fight call begins. We work a couple of scenes, while I provide notes and receive feedback from the actors regarding how they’re feeling, what’s working for them (or not working, typically), and what they should keep an eye on.
Believe it or not, this is the second-clearest picture I have. Phone cameras were not meant for action shots.
Don’t worry, they don’t wear those shorts during the show. They wear kilts!
6:30pm- After checking back in with Rachel Beecher, the Stage Manager of the show, it’s time for me to head out, finish my homework, go home for the night, and get up and do it all over again the next day!