Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew

Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew We are The Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew. We produce many productions including dance recitals, musicals, and concerts. Originally formed over two decades ago as the extracurricular arm of a small technical theater program, TEC has grown to include over one hundred members of the Westlake High School student body.
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It now has a direct impact on nearly every student in the district via its behind-the-scenes technological support through aspects such as lighting, audio, and set design.

Mission: The Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew works together to put on professional-level productions while promoting leadership, camaraderie, and fun.

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02/12/2018

The 13th Annual Nutcracker Spectacular

Written by: Phoebe Wang

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” —Henry Ford

In December, the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew and Lexus of Austin puts on the annual Nutcracker Spectacular, a show featuring Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker played by the Westlake Symphonic Orchestra and performances by the dancers at the local dance studio, Alisa’s Dance Academy. For those in Westlake TEC, the Nutcracker Spectacular marks the first of the three major productions that take place in the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center every year, followed by the choir’s musical, and Hyline’s Zenith.
As the first major production of the year, the Nutcracker Spectacular is when the line between the new students currently enrolled in Technical Theatre 1 and the more experienced members of Westlake TEC begin to blur. In order to put on the show for around five thousand five hundred people, everyone works together to find sponsors, design visual effects, and ensure a flawless show. This year, the WCPAC Managing Director, David Poole hired a new technical director, Michael Essad. Mr. Essad has put in countless hours to improve the show by rebuilding the Christmas tree, decorating and revitalizing the set, and supervising backstage areas during each performance. With the help of Mr. Essad, PAC staff, and incredible student leadership, Westlake TEC successfully put on five completely sold out shows.
Despite the pressure and the work associated with the Nutcracker Spectacular, it remains a favorite among many, including Kyle Hoover (Senior), this year’s Nutcracker stage manager. Kyle says the Nutcracker is his favorite production because “it embodies what TEC is...It’s a huge production with lots of scenery, special effects, and lighting elements. Nutcracker shows what TEC is capable of, and it is very special to get to share the show with the Westlake community”. Even freshmen, whose first production is the Nutcracker, enjoy it. Tate Miller, currently in Technical Theatre 1, says, “I signed up for the Nutcracker because it was the closest upcoming major production and I just really wanted to start off my TEC career with the Nutcracker.” He also adds that “the orchestra is really good, and I like how they’re playing the originals”.
In addition to the Nutcracker in the fall semester, TEC also works to broadcast all of Westlake’s varsity football games on television. This was the first year that TEC broadcasted on KXAN’s sister station, KBVO. The Westlake Television Broadcast Crew, colloquially known as the “Video Crew”, is arguably one of the greatest achievements of the organization. Many are first motivated to be in TEC because of this crew and the technology and opportunities associated with it, such as Luke Beasley (Freshman), and the current Westlake TEC president, Sean Wangnick (Senior). Sean was introduced to the program in seventh grade and “couldn’t wait to be a freshman at Westlake, just so I could be a part of TEC...and it was really all about the technology for me”. Overtime, Sean says that he realized “it becomes less and less about the technology you’re working with but more about the people you’re working with”. Luke, like Sean when he was younger, joined TEC because he “knew of how an amazing of an opportunity it is and how the TEC culture is something no other organization can give you, and I love the performance and the technical side of things”. This is a sentiment shared by many others, who all find TEC and Video Crew to be an amazing experience.
An example was when the Westlake football team played in the 2017 UIL Football State Semi-finals at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. For the first time in history, the Video Crew took the opportunity to broadcast the game live. As the Nutcracker Spectacular performances were taking place at the same time, about 1/3 of the crew had to stay back. This split-up of an essential crew creates a stressful situation that forces everyone to become a lot more focused in order to pull off both productions simultaneously. The last time a football broadcast and a Nutcracker show coincided like this was in 2015. At that time, Kyle Hoover had written that despite the obstacles, “both events went off without a hitch, a feat which really shows the community how professional and dedicated the TEC organization is”. This again can be said about the Westlake TEC today, since both Nutcracker shows and the live broadcast went off without a hitch.
Now that the fall semester is over, everyone begins to look forward to the future productions in the spring and strives to continuously achieve success in everything Westlake TEC will do.

12/08/2017

Despite the cancellation of Eanes ISD schools today, tonight’s Nutcracker Spectacular @ 7:30 pm will continue as planned!

12/07/2017

Tune in to KBVO this Saturday @ 8pm to see the Westlake Chaps play the Steele Knights. This will be the first live broadcast our Television Broadcast Crew has ever produced. Go Chaps!

11/30/2017

The 13th Annual Nutcracker Spectacular opens in one week, and we are SOLD OUT!!!

11/16/2017

Less than 25 tickets left! Don't miss out on this spectacular show!

09/27/2017

The 13th Annual Nutcracker Spectacular is coming up! Tickets go on sale October 14th. If you would like to reserve the most premium tickets, visit http://NutcrackerSpectacular.com and enter you email address to be notified as soon as these tickets are on sale!

We are proud to announce our partnership with KBVO (KXAN) this season. Games will broadcast on KBVO Saturday’s @ 7pm.Wes...
08/02/2017
KBVO to broadcast Westlake High School football games

We are proud to announce our partnership with KBVO (KXAN) this season. Games will broadcast on KBVO Saturday’s @ 7pm.

Westlake Nation
Eanes ISD

This innovative partnership will provide Westlake High School students production experience as they film and produce the games to air on KBVO-TV.

Check out this year's Spring Revue videos on our YouTube channel!https://www.youtube.com/user/WHSTEC/videos
05/23/2016
WHSTEC

Check out this year's Spring Revue videos on our YouTube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/WHSTEC/videos

The Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. This group produces live theatre and events from the Westlake Community...

03/17/2016
News

In the following article, Sean Wangnick describes his experience as a crew-head in this year's musical, Cinderella. View the full article on the TEC website!

"Cinderella was the first major production where I was assigned a leadership position. Specifically, I was head of lighting. (“Master Electrician” was the fancy name for it). It was a whole new experience for me, because until now, I was always sitting behind a lighting console. Now I was the overseer, looking after many people behind many consoles. I had a mix of freshmen and sophomores on my crew, and many had never worked a major production before. It was sort of a first-time experience for all of us, and that is what sparked the excitement for me."

Articles written by members & Officers of TEC.

02/23/2016
News

This month's article was written by freshman, Ryan Gehm. See the entire article on the TEC website!

"The Technical Entertainment Crew’s Team Building Night has definitely been my favorite night of my freshman year. Compared to nights out with my friends, working football games, or going to band performances, Team Building Night surpassed these by far. The night included an amazing dinner, a raffle (which I won), skits put on by all the TEC members, countless games, and several hours of free time to spend with friends."

Articles written by members & Officers of TEC.

01/10/2016
News

Below is a portion of the newest article written by Westlake sophomore and TEC Officer, Kyle Hoover. Check out the full article on the TEC website!

"All throughout the fall, the TEC officers work hard to handle many aspects of the show, such as finding sponsors and planning out schedules and crew lists. Almost every day from the beginning of November through December, each technical theatre class works hard to refurbish scenery, such as the candy wagons and large gumdrops, and make sure the stage is ready for opening night. That's what makes Nutcracker so fun for the whole crew — it's entirely our own show."

Articles created by TEC's Officers.

12/05/2015

Below is a portion of the newest article written by the student director of the Television Broadcast Crew. Check out the full article on the TEC website! (http://www.whstec.com/news/)

"A portion of the students in the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew take on the challenge every year to broadcast Westlake High School’s varsity football games live to tape on Time Warner Cable. This year there were 25 members apart of the team to start off the year two weeks before school began. During the summer training, each member is specialized in a position whether it is camera operator, replay operator, graphics operator, director, or one of many other specific jobs..."

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