Students at Barrington High School experienced first hand what it’s like to fly on stage Friday when Tracey Nunnally, owner of DeKalb-based Hall Associates Flying Effects, visited the high school with several stage flight apparatuses.
Nunnally, who is also technical director at Northern Illinois University, brought a small crew to BHS auditorium to assist in the flight process. Theater, dance, choir and physics students tried out the apparatuses, with some students flying and others helping out with rigging.
“It’s a great day for the kids. It’s a lot of fun,” said Nunnally. “We basically give rides all day. It’s an introduction.”
Nunnally explained that with so many groups of students trying out the apparatuses on Friday, he was able to go over the basics of stage flying with each group.
It’s kind of like window shopping,” he said.
While some students wanted only to fly, others were interested in how the devices work.
“I thought I was going to be really scared, but it was actually really fun,” sophomore choir student Marissa Longo said after trying out the apparatus.
Nunnally explained the stage flight process to each group, tailoring the lesson to the specific classes coming through the auditorium.
“I just think it’s awesome,” said Giacomo Moriondo, a sophomore choir student. “It really felt like flying. I’m glad we get the opportunity to do this. It’s really a blessing and it’s going to make for a great show.”
Students will demonstrate stage flying in the upcoming production of “Cats” at BHS.