Student Spotlight: Will Sexton

For junior Will Sexton, the sound booth is arguably the best seat in the theatre.

“I really like helping up there for the theatre. It’s fun to search for sound effects and help out with the productions,” Sexton said.

Since the second semester of his sophomore year, Sexton has been working in the sound booth to help the theatre department. He’s helped with many plays such as “Tartuffe”, “Rumpelstiltskin”, and most recently “Clue.”

“Mrs. (Amy) Gossett and Seth Betzler taught me a lot about working with sound. There was no one else who could do it, and Gosset needed someone. So she asked me and I’ve helped with about three or four major productions since,” Sexton said.

Sexton has enjoyed working alongside the actors and actresses in all of the productions, and he especially likes contributing a crucial skill to the theatre without actually acting in the plays.

“One of my favorite things about working in the booth is being a really important part of the productions. Without the sound effects and music the show wouldn’t be the same. It’s a pretty big role that’s taken in order for the play to actually go on, and it’s really fun to do,” Sexton said.

Sexton plans to use the skills that he has learned other places besides the theatre.

“I’m not totally sure if I’d work with sound outside of school as a career yet. I definitely might continue doing it as a hobby,” Sexton said.

After learning new sound technology skills and ways to help with the theatre department’s productions, Sexton urges people to try it out.

“It’s something I think everyone can enjoy. It’s hard sometimes editing sound effects and music down to what we need, but it gets easier the more I practice it. For anyone who is interested, I’d tell them there is always room to improve,” Sexton said.