Tobin Center takes high school students backstage

May 25, 2016 - 1:30pm

 School field trips don’t usually do much for Brackenridge High School junior Serena Torres, but the backstage tour that her theater tech class took of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Monday was different. “I actually got excited over this one,” Torres said. The 17-year-old took the 90-minute tour with 12 of her classmates and teacher Cheryl Hanson. Technical Director Sean Jenkins met the group in the lobby, where they asked about the kinds of lights that are in the ceiling. (They’re LEDs.) From there, he took them to the loading dock, backstage of the H-E-B Performance Hall and into the tech booth at the rear of the space. On the way back to the bus, they got a quick look at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater and the River Walk Plaza. The tour, which included some hands-on experiences, was a pilot for a new program at the Tobin Center designed to give high schoolers interested in theater tech a look at the career possibilities in the field. The program is part of the Generation Next Education Initiative, the education arm of the Tobin Center. A guiding idea behind that programming is to work with educators and others to meet the needs and wants of the community.

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