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Alum Visits Set and Costume Design Class

On Monday, alum Charlie Babbitt ’08 virtually visited Tabor’s Set and Costume Design class to talk about being a lighting designer at Tabor, and a professional lighting designer as an adult. Charlie started off the chat by talking about his time at Tabor and how he got into lighting design. “I took Mr. VanVoris’s lighting class and found I really enjoyed it. I decided that I wanted to do the winter musical and help out on that. I love getting into the nitty-gritty of the actual builds so I kept doing it and ended up designing the winter drama my sophomore year and the winter musical my junior year.” 

With some background out of the way Charlie went on to show the class some photos of lighting set-ups that he had done in college and in his professional life. The students were excited to hear about his experience working on a fashion week show and what he learned from working on his senior thesis. Charlie gave helpful tips and insight into how he creates lighting for his work including quotes from professionals that he has worked with.  “I had a lighting designer who said, ‘most lighting designers think of themselves as a painter, but I prefer to think about myself as a sculptor.’ Because that's what light does, it brings out form and texture if you are using it in an effective way.”

Charlie even touched on what to do if you are having trouble relating to, or being excited about a production. “I think finding that element that excites you the most about the play is so important. There may be times you might not be excited about a play for whatever reason but you've got to get it up and designed so finding that element and exploring it in as many ways as possible is a huge way to break through.” He then went on to give the students some idea generating exercises that have proven helpful to him when he is creatively stuck.

It’s always great when a Tabor alum takes time out of their busy schedule to talk with our current students and having Charlie visit with Mrs. Hawley and her class was no exception. We thank Charlie for his time and insights into his profession and we look forward to viewing more of his work moving forward. Go, Seawolves!

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  • School Photo Day

    Tabor Academy has granted CoffeePond Photography permission to be on campus to take official student school photos on Monday, October 26. The photo session in the Fish Center’s field house will be a contact-less event. Photographers will be masked at all times and will maintain a minimum distance of 8 feet from students. Students will wear a mask until seated for the photo and will need to adhere to physical distancing while in the Fish Center. 
     
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    A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
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    The Forecasters Series showcases alumni leaders and up-and-comers in their industries who will "forecast" the next 18 months in their respective areas of expertise. Epidemiology, higher education, and professional sports are just a few of the topics slated for discussion. This collection of leaders is sure to help you understand the changes in their fields and explain how these changes may alter your daily lives. Whether your interest is professional or personal, these one-hour presentations are sure to enlighten, and help all of us navigate the future.
     
    A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
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    A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
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