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Caleb Pinsent has convenient summer job with Stephenville Theatre Festival

Caleb Pinsent works at fastening hinges to a door while working on set pieces for the Stephenville Theatre Festival.
Caleb Pinsent works at fastening hinges to a door while working on set pieces for the Stephenville Theatre Festival. - Frank Gale

Living with his parents just a five-minute walk from his job at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre is considered a real convenience by Caleb Pinsent.

A student at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, where he is studying French, this is Pinsent’s second summer working with the Stephenville Theatre Festival as a production assistant.

The job involves lots of set construction and some prop construction and that’s just fine with him as he learned some related skills while involved in theatre in high school. He also worked gigs as a musician setting up stage equipment, which also kind of rolled into the skills needed in his current job.

Both his parents (Dara and Paul Pinsent) being drama teachers also fit in with the whole concept.

“It’s so convenient to be around family and friends here in Stephenville for another summer,” he said.

Pinsent is hoping his education will lead to his goal of becoming a teacher.

Working with the theatre festival also has its perks for a guy who grew up in an arts family as he’s looking forward to being in the audience in his off time.

“I think the shows are all great and this year looks like it will be fantastic,” he said of the 40th anniversary season lineup.

From his work and hearing tidbits of some of the rehearsals, he said lights and sound will be huge in “We Will Rock You” and “Avenue Q.”

He said the family show “Red Riding Hood” in second space plans to be a good show for all ages.

As for sets for the shows, he believes the one for “Avenue Q” is the most elaborate, made up of 30 pieces and featuring a two-storey building with functioning windows and doors both upstairs and downstairs.

The 2016 graduate of Stephenville High is hoping that lots of people will get out and see the shows.

Pinsent said at the festival he is surrounded by great people to work with, who are very talented on stage and behind the scenes.

With the festival season opening on Friday with “We Will Rock You,” Pinsent is encouraging people to get tickets as there are not many left for that performance.

Stephenville Theatre Festival 2018 shows:

“We Will Rock You” – a main stage musical based on the songs of the British rock band “Queen” from a book by Ben Elton.

“Avenue Q” – a main stage winning musical of the “Tony Triple Crown” award for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The show addresses humorous adult issues through the clever use of puppets.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” – a full-length, non-musical play featuring three daredevil men in tights on a fast paced romp through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies.

“Red Riding Hood” – aimed at a family audience and younger generation of theatregoers this creative, interactive and imaginative show is a funny and musical twist on the classic tale.

“Piano Man” – an off-site dinner theatre featuring the music and life of singer-songwriter, Billy Joel containing beautifully arranged music, colourful costumes, lively choreography, and soaring harmonies.

“An Evening With… series” – continues throughout the 2018 season in various venues around the Arts and Culture Centre, usually on Wednesday nights focusing on programming shows, events and concerts that will be performed by festival STF alumni.

“Stephenville Gala” – final production of the season this finale is sure to be extra special highlighting the great talents of Stephenville Theatre Festival’s company members in this special anniversary season.

Source: Stephenville Theatre Festival

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