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The Next Generation of Stage Technicians

Riley Guyette
Notre Dame Academy

Name: Riley Guyette

School: Notre Dame Academy

Area of Interest: Tech crew for school productions

Parents: Jackie and Douglas Guyette

Riley Guyette got started doing audio and visual tech for Notre Dame Academy in his freshman year.
Now entering his senior year, he’s been doing it ever since.

Guyette said he got started because his dad, a teacher at the school, wanted to make sure he got involved in extracurricular activities, so he connected Riley to a student on the technician team.

Stage production at Notre Dame Acedemy, as seen from the perspective of the tech crew. Submitted Photo

Guyette said audio and visual technicians set up and manage all of the lights and microphones you see during a show, and he’s been involved with every major event at his school.

Duties include everything from running a spotlight in musicals like Footloose and Matilda to managing all of the microphones at a choir concert.

“My favorite thing about being on the school’s tech team is that I am able to grow close with our tight-knit community of student technicians,” Guyette said. “Over time we have developed great friendships and we are all very close to each other.”

Guyette said he also likes being able to say that he was involved with so many exciting events.

“I love being able to see actors rehearse their musicals over and over until they are perfect. I am still questioning whether or not I would like to do stuff like this in the future because a career path like this seems to be quite the commitment,” he said.

What six words would you say describe you best?

Optimistic, friendly, self-centered, driven, passionate, lazy.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Sadly, no

Where do you hope to one day visit?


What advice would you have to other students considering tech crew?

Listen to those who know what they are doing and stick with it until you know what you are doing, too.

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever done on the stage tech crew?

I really enjoyed this past year’s musical, Footloose.

The music was really good and I grew closer with one of my best friends of all time over the course of it, so I have a lot of good memories attached to it.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To read people’s minds

What are your plans for after high school?

Unsure. Possibly something tech related, possibly something Journalism related.

Milk, white or dark chocolate?

Milk chocolate

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

What are you listening to right now?


Which statement do you agree with – the movie was better than the book or the book is always better than the movie?

The book is always better than the movie

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember telling my teacher I wanted to be seven different things…On that list all I can remember is Astronaut and News Anchor


Cereal: Fruit Loops

TV show: Wandavision

Pizza topping: Pepperoni/cheese

Marvel character: Loki

Candy: Nerds

Color: Blue

Season: Winter (but that Christmas kind of winter…not February)

Favorite ice cream flavor: Cherry vanilla

Favorite book: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Cookie: Those sugar cookies you can buy at the store that melt in your mouth

Go-to snack: Goldfish

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