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Campus Celebrity Lauren Scarborough

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Southern Miss chapter.

This week, Her Campus’ Celebrity is someone who hasn’t been in the spotlight here at Southern yet, but is still important at making theater what it is at Southern.

Lauren Scarborough is a freshman theater major from Hattiesburg. Lauren was recently assistant stage manager for Southern’s production of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare.

Her Campus: Can you give me a quick summary about what “The Tempest” was about?

Lauren Scarborough: “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare tells the story of Prospero, the former duke of Milan, who raises a strom using his magical abilities in order to make things right with the ones who had wronged him once and for all by having there ship crash on his island.

HC: What kind of work did you do as assistant stage manager?

LS: As assistant stage manager, it was my job to help our stage manager organize everythig during rehersals and to be backstage and help run the show, being in charge of the actors and crew once the performance started.

HC: What have been some other backstage positions that you’ve had and with what plays?

LS: This past year, I’ve helped make costumes for all of the main stage shows we’ve done. I’ve also ran projections for Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day.”

HC: In your opinion, why are backstag positions so important to a show?

LS: Without crew members, none of the amazing things that happen on stage during a show would happen. The crew members are the ones who bring the real “magic” to the stage for a show like “The Tempest.”

HC: When will you be able to hit the stage in the spotlight?

LS: Well, I won’t know when I’ll be on stage, not until auditions come fall, but I will be stage managing again this summer for Southern Arena Theater’s production of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” here on campus.


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Abby Smith

Southern Miss

Abby Smith is a Freshman Broadcast Journalism major. She is a recent graduate of Sacred Heart High School and has spent her whole life in Hattiesburg, MS, but hopes to one day move to a big city and pursue a career in Journalism. Abby loves photography, traveling, running, and the outdoors.