(KFYR)-Bismarck, North Dakota On Wednesday, Bismarck State College will premiere “The SpongeBob Musical.” Almost a year has passed since the project was first conceived, and the actors have been practicing for about ten weeks. Nickelodeon cartoon characters will be brought to life on stage.
That’s great news for many children, but it’s not the focus of this story.
Students who work on “The SpongeBob Musical” are being prepared for the real world through the use of cutting-edge technology, according to this story.
When Dean Belin is in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, he uses his cell phone to control the stage lighting. With the help of his laptop, he can control various other lights. It’s a hands-on experience that he hopes will prepare his students for a wide range of professions.
If you work in automation, robotics, or any of the other fields mentioned above, “technical theater has something for you,” says Belin, the show’s technical director. STEAM education is all about this. In other words, this is a convergence of art and technology.
At Bismarck State College, this is the first time we’ve used this kind of technology. As a polytechnic institution, this is a natural fit, say the school’s administrators.
“We look at integrating all these things and, as I say, this is STEAM education. These STEM fields will be enriched by the inclusion of the arts in this manner. This is a way to bring all of this together and give students an opportunity to get their hands dirty with these things, “Belin said.
Director Danny Devlin said, “The theater is really a place where art and technology meet.” Theatrical productions will continue to use ever-increasing amounts of technology. And we really believe that what we’ve done here so that when students go off elsewhere, they feel comfortable and normal and used to all of that technology, “he says.
Since that technology can transform the BSC stage into a pineapple under the sea, just imagine what it can do off stage as well.
The BSC campus is home to the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, where you can see “The SpongeBob Musical.”
The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. local time. From Wednesday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. is the time for Sunday’s performance.
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