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North Hall senior learns how to manage her peers as stage manager
Tatum Smith

Tatum Smith is a jack of all trades when it comes to theater.

The North Hall senior knows how to juggle multiple tasks, command a room, hang up a light and move heavy objects, usually all in the same day in her role as stage manager.

Her career in theater started when she was in kindergarten, when her mom had her audition for North Hall’s “Annie” musical.

Since then, the 18-year-old has been involved in theater on and off, but has been especially active in her four years of high school.

She’s been stage manager for a number of plays and musicals, all of which required her to be the boss of her peers, sometimes upward of 60 of them at a time.

This year she was even chosen as the president of their troupe. However, that proud moment proved to be tough.

When the selections for each position were posted on a piece of paper, her title and the vice president’s were crossed out and switched.

“I thought (my classmates) didn’t want me to be their president,” Smith said.

The theater director Jan Ewing told Smith she picked her for a reason and not to worry about it.

It’s been a long road for Smith to make sure her peers listen to her when she gives them commands.
“It’s not easy to be in charge of your peers,” she said.

Smith set some rules to try and ease the struggle. 

It’s much easier for her now, she said. She told her friends and classmates that there’s a time when she’s in full “stage manager mode” and not their friend.

Being a stage manager has had its ups and downs for Smith, but one of many positive moments happened this past year.
North Hall’s troupe was chosen to perform its “Memphis” show at the International Thespian Conference in Nebraska this year.

She was also proud of her stage managing role in their production of “Of Mice and Men,” which earned them runner-up at the All-State Show theater competition.

Smith will take what she’s learned at North Hall and hopes to learn more in her time at the University of Oklahoma, where she plans to get her bachelor’s in drama.

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