• Kimberly States

Tech Week - A survival guide for parents

Two youth productions will be performed at the end of this month in Medina, Ohio. Ohio Youth Ensemble Stage Theatre (OHYES) will be performing Frozen Jr. from June 26th-29th 2019, you can purchase tickets here. Buckeye Community Theatre's production of Willy Wonka will run from June 28th- 30th 2019, tickets can be purchased here.

There is much excitement leading up to tech week and the performances! Here is a list that I compiled on ways to survive (and thrive!) during tech week! Full disclosure: I am NOT a parent just a local voice teacher who has LOTS of experience with the demands of tech week.

Totally stolen from Wikipedia:

Technical week (also called tech week, tech, techweek, production week or hell week) refers to the week prior to the opening night of a play, musical or similar production in which all of the technical elements (such as costumes, lights, sound, set and makeup) are present during rehearsal for the first time.

5 Survival tips from a voice teacher:

1) A case of the grumps

There will come a point during tech week or during the run of the performance that your beloved child will turn into a human version of the very popular internet sensation named "Grumpy Cat" (R.I.P Tartar Sauce) Please do not be alarmed. The grumps and overall surliness *should* subside approximately 48 hours after the last show('s hoping)

2) Meal plan

Now is the time to pull out that crock pot so that dinner is ready when you get home (whenever that may be!) Here is one of my favorite recipes for tech week:

Recipe courtesy of Live Well, Bake Often

Crockpot Pork Carnitas

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 8 hours

Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Servings 8


4 lbs boneless pork shoulder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

4 cloves garlic minced

2 oranges juiced

1 lime juiced


In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Rub the mixture all over the pork shoulder.Add the pork shoulder, orange juice, and lime juice to the crockpot. Sprinkle the minced garlic on top.Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.Remove the lid and shred the pork with two forks.Preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean up) and place the shredded pork on the baking sheet. Add a few tablespoons of the juice from the crockpot over the shredded pork (optional, but I prefer to do it).Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the edges are browned.Serve with flour or corn tortillas and toppings of choice.

3) Find something to keep your mind busy

Many moons ago (before cell phones were a "thing") I was a kid in a local theatre production my dad was sooooo bored waiting around during tech week that he took the car manual out of the glove box and read it....cover to cover. Don't be like my dad.

Have something that's been on your "to-do" list forever? Wanna get a jump on addressing those Christmas cards (very) early? Have a book that you are dying to read? Take some time for yourself and fight boredom!

4) O sleep, why dost thou leave me?

Naps are your best friend - take them when you can!

5) Pick a meeting place for after the show

Veterans of any community theatre production (particularly youth theatre) know that the chaos that follows once the curtain closes is similar to Kohl's on Black Friday morning. Finding your kid in a sea of other kids, grandparents, parents, neighbors and friends can be daunting! Pick a specific place in the theatre (specific door or wall, the elevator, etc) and plan to meet there after the curtain has closed.

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