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JACK STAVRO ALL ‘SET’ FOR A CAREER IN ENTERTAINMENT
JACK STAVRO ALL ‘SET’ FOR A CAREER IN ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on 11/20/2014
JACK STAVRO ALL ‘SET’ FOR A CAREER IN ENTERTAINMENT

Jack Stavro
Jack Stavro with the bronze medal he won in the set-design competition at the recent New England Theatre Conference.

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Members of the Drama Club attend the New England Theatre Conference, Front row, from left, Lindsey Callan (Groton), Rheanna Early (Chelmsford) and Skye Nogler (Pepperell). Back row, from left, John Stavro (Billerica), Marc Macedo (Chelmsford), Aislinn Wolfe (Pepperell), Kalee Chapman (Townsend), Emily Shaughnessy (Ayer), Cynthia Long (Pepperell) and Benjamin Petersen (Billerica).

 

 

 WESTFORD — For John Stavro, all the world is a stage. It doesn’t matter whether he’s on it, behind it or in front of it — as long as he’s near it.
        The senior at Nashoba Tech is comfortable either way — acting in the school’s annual musical production or working on the stage crew. But as far as his future plans go, he thinks his career may be behind the scenes.
        And the bronze medal the Billerica resident won for set design at the recent New England Theatre Conference at the Westford Regency may be proof of that.
        Jack (as his classmates and teachers call him) and other members of Nashoba Tech’s Drama Club attended the conference, which in addition to a variety of workshops on such topics as stage management, stage combat and improvisation, offered competitions in five disciplines: acting, musical theatre, dance, set design and costume design.
        Three students entered the competitions. In addition to Jack, senior Marc Macedo (Chelmsford) and sophomore Lindsey Callan (Groton) competed in musical theatre.
        Jack’s was the lone medal the school earned — and he had never done set design before.
        Students in the set-design competition had to develop a set for “Dracula.”
        “We had to draw a sketch of what we wanted,” said Jack, a student in Nashoba Tech’s award-winning TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. “I was online printing pictures of Gothic stuff. We had to draw up a plan, then build it using Styrofoam and small pieces of wood. They were impressed with my design. They said I did a great job of researching the time period.”
        Jack has appeared on stage in Nashoba Tech musicals, but he confesses to liking it even more behind the scenes.
        “I love the technical aspects of theater — the possibilities are endless,” he said.
        In fact, Jack — who already runs his own DJ business, doing birthday parties, school dances and the like — is planning to study Concert Lighting Design in college.
        He’s also somewhat of a comedian: For the talent segment of the Mr. Nashoba Tech competition last winter, he serenaded a teacher, improvising lyrics to the song “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s.
        Whatever happens, Jack just hopes he’s working in the entertainment industry.
        “When it comes to theater, I like the behind-the-scenes aspects, but I like being on stage, too,” he said. “You can do anything you want, and there aren’t many jobs where you can do that.”
        The New England Theatre Conference is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing its members with professional services, career development and recognition awards in the live theater arts.