September 23, 2017
In the words of Production Designer Sam Molitoriss, “without the Production Team, the models would be walking in a empty shell of a room. We take a blank canvas and transform it into an exciting space”.
Lunar Gala’s Production Team is responsible for executing the Creative Team’s theme into the ambiance of the show, meaning they are in charge of the placement of objects in the room, as well as music and lighting. Working closely with the Creative Team, the Production Team aims to create a cohesive and theme-oriented show this year.
Sam got involved last year as the Broadcast Director because he was interested in fashion show production and wanted the experience of working on a large-scale event at CMU. He is a junior studying Lighting Design in the School of Drama.
Production Manager and three-time LG veteran Kenny Cohen is a junior Information Systems major. In high school, he was involved with a fashion program in Los Angeles. When he got to CMU as a freshman, Kenny knew he wanted to get involved with LG because of his past experience working on fashion shows. While Kenny is involved with many different productions on campus, he says “Lunar Gala is one of [his] favorites because of the flexibility and creativity of the production”.
At the beginning of the process, the Production Team is made up of just three people: a Production Manager, Production Designer, and Sound Designer. The Production Designer creates everything about the set-up of the show, including how the lights look, where the audience sits, and where the runway is placed. Dealing mostly with budgetary and logistical concerns is the role of the Production Manager, who is also in charge of implementing the Production Designer’s vision. The Sound Designer works with the designers to select music for their lines and designs the audience experience with sound. As the process of creating the show goes on, the Production Team will bring on more members from AB Tech fulfill many other roles such as Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and Media Designer.
***Thank you to everyone who came out for model auditions this week! Our next deadlines are coming up soon: dance auditions are this Sunday, September 24, and design applications due Thursday, September 28!
September 9, 2017
If you’re on this website, you’re probably either already involved with LG, or you’re interested in getting involved. So, this post is here to tell you to put any doubts you might have aside and join one of the biggest traditions at CMU that unites the most eclectic and talented people on campus.
Design for LG
LG gives designers from all academic disciplines a venue to design and construct an entire collection with no creative restrictions. Noa Wolff Fineout has been designing for LG since her freshman year. Now a senior, she still remembers “the incredible pride [she] experienced” her first year “walking on stage at the end of the show and being overwhelmed by how professional and grand every aspect of LG seemed from stage”. As Head Design Coordinator, Noa enjoys helping designers from initial creative process to their final products.
Being an LG designer is an extensive time commitment. The design board offers two two-hour workshops per week, and designers are expected to make their collection on their own time. “You will need to be motivated and have a great energy throughout the entire process” Noa says. However, if you’re up for the challenges of being a LG designer, Noa promises “you will feel so elated when you see the amazing things you are capable of creating”.
Model for LG
LG 2018 will be veteran Ruhani Mumick’s third year as a LG model. She auditioned to model for LG as a freshman because she wanted to find an activity unrelated to academics at CMU. Ruhani loves how much confidence she has built through her LG experience. As Head Model Coordinator this year, she is excited to share her love for LG with new members, and encourages the CMU students to audition for modeling “for some new friends, confidence, and the thrill of being on stage”. To aspiring models, Ruhani says “there is nothing more beautiful than confidence; posture and a good smize can go a long way”.
Models work closely with designers and get to experience the design process firsthand. “The mutual excitement between the designer seeing their look on a model and a model seeing themselves in a piece of art is so rewarding”, Ruhani says. The time commitment for a Lunar Gala model is two to four hours of practice a week. While four hours may seem like a lot of time, the modeling board keeps practices fun and engaging with a variety of activities.
Dance for LG
The incorporation of dance in the show is what makes LG Pittsburgh’s most unique and impressive fashion event. This year’s Entertainment Directors Daniel See Yongxin and Serris Lew are aiming to make this year’s dance numbers will “compliment the lines and add more spice and jazz to the show”. Daniel and Serris are working with the rest of the LG board to create a show that is thematically linked from the models to the dancers.
Daniel and Serris encourage anyone thinking of trying out to dance in LG to just go for it! “Don’t worry if you’re a newbie, just try out!” Daniel says, “We’re really open and inclusive so it’s a safe zone”. Serris believes that “dance is an art” and wants LG dancers to be able to “express and showcase their talent and art”. LG dance commitment is one or two practices a week for about an hour, and will get more intensive leading up to the day of the show, but Daniel and Serris are making it their priority to make LG dance as stress-free and fun as possible.
So get involved now! Come to our Info Session on September 11 (CUC Danforth Conference Room at 5:30) and remember to check the “About” tab for more important dates.
August 27, 2017
Every February, the Carnegie Mellon community comes together for Pittsburgh’s largest student-run fashion show: Lunar Gala. Wiegand Gym, where one typically finds people dribbling basketballs, is transformed into a dimly lit venue with hundreds of chairs surrounding a long runway.
The attendees of the event are mostly students, who opt to wear something different from a college student’s typical casual-wear and instead come dressed in their most fashionable outfits. Some of them carry flowers or balloons for their favorite model or designer. The fancy garb and excitement of the spectators set the tone for the extravagance of the show that is about to start.
One by one, stony-faced models strut slowly down the runway. The models represent individuality through their wide array of different body types and backgrounds. However, the confidence and self-assurance each model radiates is what makes them homogenous.
After each model flaunts his or her clothing at the end of the runway, they make one more lap around the stage together in single-file. Their eyes are directed forwards, staring at the back of the head of the person in front of them as they walk in perfect synchronization. Following them are the designers of the line: their smiles and waves to the audience contrast the icy composure of the models.
The entire show is comprised of a multitude of different lines, each exuding a new vibe. Every line has a distinct theme which connects even the most contrasting outfit pieces together. These themes are often derived from a personal backstory; the end results can be seen as the designers’ personal narratives. In some lines, the music is upbeat and cheery and the models walk with a spring in their step and a glint in their eyes. In others, the music is forlorn and the models walk slowly with somber expressions.
Every few lines are split up with performances from dance groups made up of Carnegie Mellon’s most elite dancers. The quick, agile, and supple moves of the dancers are a divergence from the controlled movements of the models. The incorporation of both dance and modeling in the same show gives the audience a sense of yin and yang.
A spectator would never guess how many people, who never once step foot on the runway, are integral to the production of the show. The show would be impossible to pull off without the tech team working behind the scenes. The tech team has expansive tasks which include lighting, music, and the incredibly critical timing of the show. In fact, if you’ve ever wondered how the models know when it’s their turn to walk, there are two tech people backstage controlling the spacing and timing of the models.
It is no wonder that Lunar Gala is one of the most anticipated events at Carnegie Mellon each year. Start the 2017-2018 year off right by learning about how you can be part of this incredible event. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved through modeling, designing, and dancing. A full schedule is on the Lunar Gala website under the “About” tab; note that the first LG Info Session is coming up on September 11.
August 11, 2017
Past LG producer, Hannah Pileggi, has been keeping busy since graduating in 2011. Following her graduation, the Pittsburgh native went to work for Nielsen as a consultant for Proctor and Gamble. She went back to school to start a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech and ended up leaving after two years with her Masters to start working full time at Facebook. There, Pileggi worked as a Researcher on a wide range of projects. Currently, she is a Research Manager for Airbnb Trips, Airbnb’s newest initiative.
Pileggi looks back on her LG days with nostalgia. She was involved with the event every year during her time at CMU. Before becoming a producer, Hannah was a model and a secretary. She says being a producer was “like the exclamation point at the end of an incredible sentence.” For her, the most rewarding aspect of being a producer was fostering the LG community.
The eclectic and collaborative nature of LG is something that has helped Pileggi since graduating. “You need to learn to interact and collaborate with people who are different from you… for the rest of your life!” she says. LG helped her learn about disciplines and backgrounds that she wouldn’t have otherwise, and she still remembers doing her statistics homework at practice alongside design friends sketching out ideas. Hannah credits LG for giving her an “incredible network of friends from different corners of campus,” many of whom have lasted beyond college. Amazingly, one of the bridesmaids at Hannah’s wedding is a friend she made during LG – one of the designers for the 2009 show!
Even though Hannah hasn’t been back to see a show since graduating, she is hoping that she can finally make it back for 2018. To this year’s producers, she says she understands that “it can end up feeling like a full time job on top of being a full time student.” However, she urges them to remember that “the way the community works together to produce the show is essential. You don’t have to do it all alone”.
July 29, 2017
Made up of the some of the most talented and innovative students Carnegie Mellon has to offer, the Creative Team is at the heart of what makes Lunar Gala so unique. The five subteams within Creative are headed by coordinators Noah Johnson (Print), Raphaël Weikart (Motion), Anqi Wan (Brand), Sara Remi Fields (Web), and Deborah Lee (Experience).
Web Coordinator, Sara Remi Fields & Brand Designer, Anqi Wan
Creative Director Faith Kaufman, who oversees Creative by acting as a liaison between Creative and the Producers and coordinating the directions of the five subteams, couldn’t have more praise for the Coordinators. She describes them as “the best of the best” and “the perfect blend of imaginative and productive”(Learn more about Faith in our July 1 post!). As a more general goal, Creative will be working on ways to make the 2018 show more seamless and immersive through design.
As soon as the team formed in late Spring, they started collaborating to decide on the theme of LG 2018. This summer, the team is spread out across the country, but they’re not letting their locations stop them: they have been making immense strides in building the design of the LG brand and defining the theme. In the words of their director, Faith, “Creative has had a super powerful start to the year.”
Creative Director, Faith Kaufman & Experience Coordinator, Deborah Lee
The Print Team works with ideas inspired by the rest of Creative to produce printed material out of ideas. They are led by Print Coordinator Noah Johnson, whose job is to knead his team’s creative talent into what he describes as a “single body of cohesive work.” He is excited for the collaborative nature of his position, saying “it’s a pleasure getting to interact with their work.”
This year will be Noah’s second on Print. He joined Lunar Gala after seeing the show, and has an enthusiastic description of his first LG experience, “it totally blew me away and I felt like I had to get in on it”! Noah is a Communication Design Major and is working at Fjord in New York as a Visual Design intern this summer.
Print Coordinator, Noah Johnson
Lunar Gala’s Motion Coordinator, Raphaël Weikart, is also interning in New York at a consulting firm called Doblin-Deloitte. As a design major, Raphaël hopes to work in an area of design called Service Design when he graduates, but his real dream is to illustrate children’s books.
Raphaël leads the Motion Team which has dubbed themselves the “Video Vixens.” Their main task is crafting the background graphics for the runway and producing promotional videos for the show. Raphaël also stresses the collaborative nature of Creative’s work, saying that they’re “constantly influencing each other” by providing creative input and seeking feedback from the rest of Creative “every step of the way.”
Motion Coordinator, Raphaël Weikart
Anqi Wan serves as Brand Designer and works with all of Creative to define the look and feel of Lunar Gala this year. She has already facilitated a meeting to begin ideating concepts for this year’s theme and has recently been compiling visual inspiration for it. She finds it both challenging and rewarding to distill a big theme into a cohesive visual language.
As a Design Major with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction, Anqi is working at at LinkedIn in Sunnyvale, CA this summer. This year will be her first as part of Lunar Gala, and she is already enjoying it. Describing the Creative Team as “excited and encouraging”, Anqi finds it “rewarding to work with a group of such creative people.”
Led by Web Coordinator and LG veteran Sara Remi Fields, Web works on the more computational side of design and is in charge of the online presence of Lunar Gala. This team designs, codes, and creates the websites for LG. Working closely with the different subteams in Creative is important in order to make sure that the website is cohesive with the rest of the LG design system. Like her fellow members of Creative, Sara Remi is “really excited to be working in tandem with amazing designers on Creative.”
Sara Remi describes herself as “the median point between developers and designers” and says that the Creative Team is “a very fluid team in that though we may be on opposite sides of the spectrum, we all have interests in the entire web process, and we want to help each other in any way we can.” As a Communication Design Major with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction and a minor in Business, Sara Remi has aspirations to go into branding and interactive design. This summer she is in San Francisco, interning at LinkedIn as a User Experience Designer.
The Experience Team is relatively new to Lunar Gala and its concept is a broad one. It is in charge of all things experience related, which can include the experience of day-of-show-attendees, the experience of someone who approaches the Lunar Gala table at the activities fair, the audition experience, buying tickets for the show, the buildup of hype for the show – the list goes on and on! Experience works closely with the rest of Creative – especially Brand – to match the show experience with the theme. Many of their duties will be spontaneous and they expect that they will be helping out other members of Creative whenever need be.
Experience is made up of just two designers, one of which is the Experience Coordinator, Deborah Lee. Like Anqi, Sara Remi, and Faith, Deborah is interning at LinkedIn this summer as a UX design intern. In her spare time, she has been keeping up with artistic pursuits – she enjoys designing tattoos for her friends and maintaining her art Tumblr and Instagram (follow her: @jdebbiel)! At CMU, she is a Communications Design and HCI double major with a minor in animation and is working towards getting a masters in HCI.
With such an exceptional Creative Team, there is no doubt that LG 2018 will prove to be one of the most amazing shows yet. Get ready for some exciting releases and surprises coming in late August and early Fall!
July 15, 2017
After many years of support from local Pittsburgh residents and artists, Lunar Gala is excited to give back to the Pittsburgh fashion community with this year’s local designer initiative. Our goal is to promote local designers by featuring them in the 2018 Lunar Gala show.
LG: Sonder presents Cheeks, 2017 Show
To be featured in the show, designers will need to submit an application similar to that required of Lunar Gala’s student designers. More information on the application will be provided in weeks to come. The board’s PR team will be in contact with local press to connect with prospective designers.
Chosen designers will have their lines featured in the show and the show’s printed program – our aim is that their participation in Lunar Gala will proliferate their brand’s image and awareness.
LG: Hypnose presents JCrew, 2014 Show
This initiative is not the first time Lunar Gala has included external lines in the show. Last year, there were two external lines: Ronin Division, a New York based streetwear designer, and Cheeks, a local boutique. If you attended the show last year, you’ll know that they were both big highlights! We are hoping that this year’s external lines will be an even greater success by providing a larger communal impact that focuses our efforts on designers from Pittsburgh.
Hopefully this year’s initiative will be the foundation of a longstanding and rewarding partnership with the Pittsburgh fashion community. We have high hopes for what this initiative will bring for the future of both LG and Pittsburgh fashion. As producer Grace Kao says, “we envision a future where people from across the country will have heard of the Pittsburgh fashion scene and be drawn to come see it for themselves.” So get excited to see some of Pittsburgh’s most promising up-and-coming designers in the show this year!
July 1, 2017
Happy July! We’re about halfway through summer and it’s time to introduce two members of the 2018 Lunar Gala board.
Faith Kaufman is a senior Communication Design and HCI double-major with a media design concentration and an art minor. Until this summer she had only lived in Cincinnati, her hometown, and Pittsburgh, but she is currently enjoying life in the Bay Area and is feeling “pretty sold” on Northern California life. Faith is working at Linkedin as a User Experience Designer and is part of the International Team creating region-specific products for users in Germany.
Attending Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design was a dream of Faith’s throughout high school, and she is still “blown away” that she is living that dream. She feels lucky to be at Carnegie Mellon and uses that as her motivation to make the most of the many opportunities around her. Faith’s end goal is to become a professor of design and design practitioner. When time permits, she enjoys attending yoga classes, as well as reading science fiction and redesigning book covers.
Faith joined LG in 2016 because she was impressed by the event, its branding, and legacy. This year, she will be leading the creative team as Creative Director and is excited to have the opportunity to build this year’s brand with what she calls, “an incredible team of inspiring designers and friends”.
As for her personal style, Faith tries to avoid the all-black wardrobe that is stereotypical of design students. Instead, colors and patterns are staples in her closet. She calls Anqi Wan, LG’s Branding Coordinator, who is also her friend and fellow Carnegie Mellon design student, her “fashion muse”, and also draws inspiration from American graphic designer and art designer, Jessica Walsh.
Sophomore Jumana Akoad is from historical Lexington, Massachusetts. Her family loves to travel and is constantly exploring new places. So far, her favorite places include Istanbul, Barcelona, and London. This summer she is working in a neurology lab in Boston and will be visiting family in North Africa.
As a Neuroscience major with medical school aspirations, Jumana decided to join LG this year because she is uncertain when she will have another opportunity to be part of something fashion related. Fashion and the fashion industry have always interested her, and she knows that being part of Lunar Gala will be something she will cherish in the future. She joins LG’s PR team as the Sponsor Liaison.
Jumana draws fashion inspiration from Alexa Chung, as well as a fashion blogger named Jess (@sunbeamsjess on Instagram). She has a total of eight piercings and says it feels “weird” if she doesn’t have earrings in them at all times – the same way she feels when she doesn’t have her usual two to three rings on each hand. Picking out her outfit of the day is a daily ritual she enjoys and is something that helps her get up in the morning.
In her spare time, Jumana enjoys playing tennis and has recently gotten into watching classic films. She also loves memorizing fun facts, so you wouldn’t want to challenge her in trivia! Something that most people don’t know about her is that she is fluent in Arabic.
Faith and Jumana are two great representations of the rest of the 2018 board. Made up of both new and returning members led by producers Grace Kao, Jarret Lin, and Gilly Johnson, the board is particularly excited about Lunar Gala’s Pittsburgh fashion initiative (more details to come). Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
February 27, 2017
It’s hard to believe that it has only been a week since the show! Thank you to the producers, the board, dancers, models and designers. The show would not have happened without our members working together and pushing through until the last minutes before the show. “It went by so quickly but I’m proud of the outcome and excited to see next years show already.” says Producer Lynzky Deleon. We sold out the show two days in advance! We could not be more thrilled and we hope everyone enjoyed the show and can’t wait for Lunar Gala 2018!
Photo credits to our photographers this year: Jason Chen, Andrew Lee and Brendan Lee. Their work this year has been creative and incredible. Thank you so much for all you do!
“I heard from current students, as well as alumni, that this was the best show in many years so it was really exciting to hear that,” explains Producer Michelle Cho. “It was very chaotic beforehand but it was all worth it to see everything come together.” Last week, the producers reflected and recapped some of the initiatives and accomplishments associated with this year’s production. As a past Entertainment Director and dancer, Michelle hoped to improve the quality of the theme and its correlation with the dances. “The quality of the dance performances often affect the audience’s experience so it seems that the better and more creative the dances are, the more exciting the show could become.” This idea of experience was presented through the theme and its definition. Sonder illustrates the parallelism between our lives and that of a peer and even a complete stranger. It brings light to the similarities and intersection of diverse people and experiences, much like the makeup of Lunar Gala itself.
“Lunar Gala 2017 was a special experience,” expresses Lexi DeLaRosa. As Co-Entertainment Coordinator, dance held a special place in her heart. “The costumes were beautiful, energy was contagious and I think this year’s theme gave choreographers greater leverage to tell a story. In the future I think the entertainment division within Lunar Gala will continue to grow even more, through dance and maybe in new and innovative ways.” One of Lexi’s favorite parts of this year was working with her co-coordinator, Gilly Johnson. Gilly is “incredibly proud of all the dancers and choreographers who participated in LG this year. It’s really wonderful to see their ideas and movements manifest on the runway, as it’s an unexpected and interesting environment to perform in. I hope that the caliber of dance and choreography will stay constant in the upcoming years, as we are always gaining new talent and vision from the dancers involved in the CMU community.”
“Now that LG is over, I don’t know what to do with my free time. I actually was haunted by dreams about LG everyday for the past week but I’m starting to get back into my daily life,” jokes Michelle. “There are some loose ends to take care of, but for the most part, the other producers and I are just preparing for next year’s board and how to further the alumni association.” A lot of LG this year has been talking about pushing the boundaries of the organization. One of the biggest and most exhilarating things for Lunar Gala is our Alumni Line. The legacies of alumni offer strong motivation and inspiration for everyone involved in the organization so we were excited and grateful to have them back, especially during the stressful moments leading up to the show. “I am looking forward to coming back to see what new things they think of next year and how much more LG can push boundaries and branch out. Only a few years ago, the lines consisted of mostly ready-to-wear clothing but the designs have become more advanced and able to include more abnormal materials which makes the show so unique and the organization so diverse.”
“I think LG steps it up every year, which is awesome. I’m proud of us for incorporating an alumni line and really taking our alumni board a step farther,” Model Coordinator, Sabrina Chang exclaims. As part of the board and the modeling team, Sabrina was able to see how the show functions from all sides. “I’m so proud of the models for coming together on show day. Tech week was exhausting and taxing but the models really pulled through on Saturday. The best part of the show day was talking to the new models after they walk for the first time. I was with Junwoo right before and right after his first line and it was adorable. He was so nervous before and afterward but so pumped for his next line.” Whenever she talks about LG, Sabrina expresses how she happy is for everyone involved in the show. Even though she has not designed before, she loves “seeing the designers’ visions and hard work come together into real life. “It’s a beautiful thing and I’m fortunate to be a part of it.” For another one of our Model Coordinators, Myles Blodnick, LG has been an amazing experience. “Although the practices were long, it was great to build friendships and gain more knowledge of the fashion world. I can’t wait to see how Lunar Gala transforms and builds in the upcoming years.”
“I’m especially grateful to everyone involved and there’s a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that all the hours we put into the backend of the show — from working on the creative assets, the website and motion videos, creating a story arch in the show order, to designing the viewer experiences along with tech and spending time at model and designer practices — these were ultimately worth it,” describes Catherine Zheng. “I keep thinking back about what we could have improved, but it’s a learning process. It is simply knowledge to be passed on to future producers. There were definitely bumps in the road, especially the day of the show, but when looking at the bigger picture, everything came together as we hoped. It was a seamless show and well paced experience with a unified theme and connecting story. I think we pushed LG in many ways this year, creating the Alumni Line and Alumni Association, taking a chance with different tech and theme branding, changing how we organized practices, selling external merchandise, etc. I’m looking forward to seeing how the following years will continue to push the boundaries of what LG is and what it can be.”
February 17, 2017
We can’t believe that the show is this weekend! The show has officially SOLD OUT! The producers could not be more ecstatic about this. Additionally, they are pumped for the afterparty in Bakery Square at Social. It will be 11PM to 2AM after the show. Each ticket offers free admission! After months of hard work and preparation, we are ready to put on an incredible show. Reminder: show starts at 8pm, doors open for VIP/Preferred at 7pm and 7:15pm for General Admission.
Photo credits to our LG photographers.
As we count down the last days before the show, we wanted to reflect a little bit over the past year. For 2017, our producers have been working hard to bring innovative elements to the organization and improve it as much as they can.
This year, producers Catherine, Michelle and Lynzky have implemented its first official Alumni Association, improved efficiency with practices, and worked towards a more comprehensive and relatable theme. These changes brought some challenges and countless late nights for our producers. To manage everything to complete and prepare for the show, the producers divided up the work so they each had a focus. Lynzky handled modeling, Cat oversaw creative and design and Michelle has taken care of the budget, entertainment and PR/Strategy (commonly referred to as the “mom” of the organization.)
For Catherine, the Alumni Association has been very exciting. She has been able to reconnect with her sorority big and past producer, CeeCee Chang. LG holds a special place in Catherine’s heart because she was able to “become friends with people I never would have gotten close to otherwise. Designing a line last year and producing this year really connected me to those people. I was also able to reconnect with CeeCee, last year’s producers and a number of other alumni.” CeeCee is one of the co-presidents of the association, alongside Terry Boyd.
This is the beginning of the Alumni Association and the beginning of a new era for LG. Hopefully, it will connect more alumnae to past, current, and future members of the organization. “I think LG could evolve to be more academic and professional. There’s a lot that goes into the show that needs professional expertise at times – our financials, organizational structure, strategy, creative branding, etc. I hope to see that designers, creatives, and everyone involved can get recognition about for the work goes into the event, especially in terms of it going beyond a ‘fashion show.'”
To recap, Catherine joined LG as a sophomore on the board after being nominated for a position. Then, she designed a line (with two team members), served on the board last year and now, she is a producer. Her role now is geared towards the creative and design teams. “Honestly, I’m just looking forward to seeing everything come together, from the designers and the creatives. The creative team has been working separately from the designers and models, and the rest of the board, so I’d definitely be excited to see that be showcased, along with the final products of all the designers.”
Lynzky has been modeling “for 5ever” and oversees the models as producer and HBIC. “The first practice I went during my freshman year was absolutely intimidating and I was memorized by the confidence of all the models. You just see the strength of their auras through their walks.” Lynzky got involved because it seemed like something fun and it peaked her interest. She was trying out a variety of new things as a freshman and this one really stuck. As for producing, she feels that her team of three worked out well. “We never have issues with each other. We always fill in each other’s gaps of knowledge especially while planning.”
While this year brought about a lot of change, Lynzky has “no regrets.” It may have been exhausting but it was definitely rewarding. “We tried a lot of different new things this year. We decided to sell swag externally, we helped start up the Alumni association, we worked to make practices shorter and more efficient. This year was really a year of trying a heck of a lot of new things.” She is looking forward to it all coming together is “ready to get drunk” afterwards and celebrate in the glory of this year’s show.
With Michelle’s past experience in the show, her vision was concentrated on the theme of Lunar Gala. In the past, it has seemed disconnected from the audience so she wanted to push the effort towards helping people understand what was happening. Her involvement this year ended up being the decision-making. “I feel like I end up making the tougher, meaner decisions. Just because I’m a very ‘get things done now’ type of person.”
She has “always been part of entertainment and really enjoyed my first year (sophomore year) since it was its inaugural year. Choreographing for LG is intense. It’s a bigger crowd, higher expectations, and a smaller stage. But you can tell story and work with people who are just as passionate about LG. I really liked the costumes (and although the zig zag stage was a bitch), it made for a really cool video and photos.”
Looking back, Michelle recalls some of her goals for this year: “I wanted the theme to be more relatable and comprehensible than in the past. This year, we have an experience coordinator who helped bridge the gap (hopefully) a bit better. In general, I wish we made the board more collaborative. We broke creative into mini teams hoping it would be more efficient but it caused them not to meet as a whole as creative as much. In the future, I would like more collaboration between teams. But, we’ve more collaborative with tech this year! Plus, entertainment is becoming more and more essential to the show each year. And, I think the photos were bomb this year too. I wanted the photographers not to feel restricted and take photos when and where they wanted to expand their portfolios as well as diversify the types of photos that we put on the blog.”
One thing that she felt we achieved was trying to have more (internal) events. We brought back the Halloween Event and planned an internal social, which was last week. It was meant for people to celebrate what we have accomplished and get to hang out outside of practice. “For the Afterparty, “’m happy that we’re changing locations and general aura of it. It’s not somewhere super far and not something for just underclassmen. It’s going to higher quality and better experience overall for all ages. We’re having special discounted red bull cocktail list!”
The challenge for this year was taking on so many new things. It all came down to the time management and the organizational structure that the producers helped to set up. “It challenged us to manage the people and teams who all work to bring this show to production in different ways. We understand the others involved have their respective lives outside LG as well. The balance to keep this organization and experience serious, yet fun and worthwhile was definitely one of the more difficult parts.” But the work has definitely paid off.
“Lunar Gala is a special place, organization, and event for a lot of people. Whether they are involved or not. It’s a space where people from various disciplines can come together to explore interests that they may not otherwise have the chance to do. We have designers studying tech, who bring their expertise into creative expression. We have models and dancers who get another platform to perform on and show who they are. We have board members who are able to use their lighting and sound production, business, and design skills in a real world application. I think LG allows for people to bond over hard work, laughter, and creativity, making a place full of challenges and accomplishments, and memories.”