HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison High School technical theater students received a lesson in running complex, large-scale musical productions recently while attending a workshop with Matthew Stern, the current manager of "Finding Neverland."
Working through Stage Door Productions, Stephanie Goldman, the technical director at the high school and Louis M. Klein Middle School, brought 21 high school students to the workshop, which featured a question and answer session with Stern at the Manhattan Theatre Club, according to the school district.
The students learned about the daily roles and responsibility involved in running a live production, how to lead, and what qualities are necessary to move successfully into the theater world.
According to the district, Stern shared his personal journey to the theater and discussed many of the other shows he has worked on, including "Wicked," "Death of A Salesman," "On the Town," "Side Show" and "The Little Mermaid."
Stern also told the students about the hardest parts of his work in the industry, which include working with the actors, running rehearsals, calling cues and working with understudies.
Still, he wouldn't trade the experience for anything, he said.
“If I’m able to affect one person’s life, that’s what makes it worthwhile,” he said. “That’s why we do what we do. We bring magic to people’s lives.”
The students then attended a matinee performance of "Finding Neverland," watching the show with a new perspective. For many of the students, the Broadway show was their first.