1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
We’re doing full run-throughs for the first time. This is a completely new experience- fixing costumes on the go, helping with quick-changes, and taking notes is hectic. Ms. Learmonth gave us a bunch of last-touches costume notes, and we’re taking a bunch of our own time to get them done. The full commitment of being part of the Costume Crew is a great feeling of togetherness.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
This year I mainly focused on the running of the show, and working with actors. Next year I’d love to focus more on making costume patterns. Taking on more skillwise would make me more valuable to the department and increase the amount I can take on next year. To reinforce what I already know I could also think about volunteering to work as tech as local theatres, like the evergreen cultural centre. I know many Glen technicians have volunteered there, and I’m more than willing to pursue costuming outside the school realm.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
Next year I fully plan on being part of the Costuming department again and taking on a bit more of a leadership role. Assuming more responsibility would add pressure and increase the rate at which I learn. Being a more integral process of the actual design of costume patterns isn’t just something I want to do- it’s something I need to do. Costuming isn’t a hobby, it’s a job. You need to be committed and ready to do whatever it takes to get the show together.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
We mainly talk about the notes Ms. Learmonth has for the costumes, and well as some techniques and design ideas she has. The more the year has gone on, the more she’s let me go and just practice what I know in a practical way. Jordan Chambers isn’t my mentor, but he has much more experience in the Gleneagle theatre than Ms. Learmonth, so I appreciate what he’s done to prepare me for the actual shows. Running me though quick-changes and giving me backstage directions aren’t things he has to do, but he does because of his commitment to the theatre. I’m going to miss him when he’s gone!
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
Ms. Learmonth is very good at giving critiques and helpful advice on the show. As all the costuming crew are backstage helping with costumes, we can’t really see what everything looks like from the audience. Ms. Learmonth sits in the front row with a notebook and writes down what we could fix with the costumes, which is very useful to our process.
6. What are you learning about one another?
I’ve learned about her history in the theatre, and her experience as a professional theatre technician. Hearing her story’s about working lights and sound for real shows was really cool. I’ve learned to really respect her as a mentor and person, and she’s learned to respect me too. I really enjoy our relationship, and I’m excited to have her as my teacher next year.