Theatrical Talents Behind the Scenes

See the Talent that Makes Up the Stage Crew of Salesianum Theater


Grace Burrus Padua ‘19

Gabe Losten ‘19, left, with Vieve Oberholzer Padua ‘18, and Mike Carr Salesianum ‘18. Losten and his very close theater friends share a last photo after the 2019 Sallies Theater Award Ceremony to remember the eventful afternoon.

Salesianum School Theater (SST) hosts many different talented artists, especially in the production crew. The theater company is welcome to all students from Sallies, Padua, and Ursuline. These members use each other and their own talents to their advantage while working with stage crew. 

Emery Gomez, a freshman at Padua, is starting her SST career on the set crew and makeup department of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Gomez first joined the company hoping to land a spot in the cast, but instead used her skills to help source Versatile staging equipment, as well as coming up with great ideas for the cast member’s makeup. “My greatest accomplishment was helping build the set…, and seeing the entire show come together,” Gomez said. 

Gabe Losten, a senior at Salesianum, first joined the company during his sophomore year for the production of ‘Les Miserables’ and instantly fell in love with the company. “I love the environment we have on crew of being a big family and strive to be welcoming to new people like those were to me,” Losten said. 

The directors of the company, David Locke and Aaron Bogad, noticed how well Losten lead projects and how willing he was to work in all aspects of stage crew. Losten earned his title as Student Technical Director through his hard work and determination. 

Salesianum School Theater not only gives students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, it also provides students the chance to meet new people and make new friends. 

Losten joined the company because he enjoyed stage crew while in middle school and wanted to make new friends. When he first joined the people were very welcoming and inviting. Losten hopes that the legacy he leaves behind will be just as welcoming and many new students will join the company. 

Abby Freebery, a junior at Padua, has done stage crew for the company in her sophomore year. Freebery sees the company as very welcoming and talented. Freebery said, “I became better friends with people I already knew and was able to meet new, really nice and fun people.” Freebery plans to continue her stage crew career with the company.