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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson students get backstage look at Opera House

  • Second-grade students visited the McPherson Opera House Thursday to find out what it takes to work there.
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  • Second-grade students visited the McPherson Opera House Thursday to find out what it takes to work there.
    The field trip is part of McPherson School District’s C3 initiative, which aims to help students be prepared for college, careers and citizenship after graduation.
    John Holecek, executive director, and Jordan Bandy, technical director, told students about what they do and the education they needed to get there.
    Holecek said he went to college after graduating from high school and later went to film school. After working in film and television for 15 years, he was eventually hired on as director of development for the Opera House.
    Holecek helped fundraise the $8.5 million needed to restore the opera house at that time.
    “It’s a hard business,” Holecek said. “You gotta really want to do it.”
    Holecek also talked about how he books performances at the Opera House. Some of the ways he mentioned included arts conferences, agents, showcases and emails. He said he also checks out performers on YouTube and other websites.
    Bandy got involved in theater in middle school and high school. After he graduated, he went to work for a light and sound company.
    He said his boss recommended him to Holecek when the Opera House renovations were done.
    “I don’t want to say education isn’t important, because it is,” Bandy said. “In my job, though, on-the-job experience is what really helps you climb the ladder.”
    Bandy said he manages all the technical aspects of the Opera House, including lights, sound and curtains. He showed the students an app he has that allows him to control lights and curtains remotely.
    Holecek and Bandy also talked about the history of the Opera House.

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