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Ev Evans ’17 prepares the stage of the Alma Theater in Cain Park for a production of “The Toxic Avenger.”

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Evans, who served as a member of stage crew for the Cain Park production of “The Toxic Avenger,” poses with a prop from the show.

Hiram College students Everett Evans and Abigail Stevenson, and their theater arts professor, Carl Skorepa, have been working at the Cain Park Alma Theater in Cleveland Heights all summer. They each had a hand in creating, showing and striking the musical “The Toxic Avenger,” which ran in June.

A theater arts major and a studio art minor from Akron, Evans ’17, is interning as a stage crew member. Evans contributed to creating the show’s set and props. Now, he is working with the group to set up the park for the annual Cain Park Arts Festival. “Sometimes,” says Evans, “I get to help load and unload the bands that play in Cain Park’s amphitheater.”

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Some of the wigs that Abigail Stevenson ’19 helped prepare and maintain as part of her internship.

Stevenson ‘19, from Napoleon, Ohio, is a studio art major minoring in theater arts, writing and communication. She is interning as a wardrobe crew member and seamstress. Stevenson’s part in the production involved creating, mending and keeping track of a number of clothing articles and wigs for the actors.

Through such internships, which are often facilitated by Hiram faculty, students receive real-world experience valued in the job market.

Evans is thankful for the opportunity to recognize and learn from his mistakes. “It has [also] taught me to be patient. You can’t rush things that are being done 20 or so feet in the air,” says Evans.

Stevenson reflects on the internship saying, “Even if I do not pursue theater as a career, I know the lessons I have learned at Cain Park will stick with me for life.” She says that she has learned new ways of managing projects, the importance of audience response and “what it is like to live minimally while doing something you love.”

Stevenson poses for a photo in her "Cain Park Staff" shirt before a performance.

Stevenson poses for a photo in her “Cain Park Staff” shirt before a performance.