Overview of PA Crew
The shadow of Victoria Junior College, the people watching behind the scenes during school events, working tirelessly to ensure that every performance is audibly and visually pleasing. We control the sound, lights and stage movement of the majority of school events. You rarely see us in the spotlight, but the spectacular performances and successful concerts are proof of our efforts.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
While many view PA Crew as a slack CCA which requires little commitment, it is actually a CCA that requires passion and a lot of commitment. The common misconception that we only “press buttons” is highly inaccurate. PA Crew plays a pivotal role in pulling off many school events, with a lot of behind the scenes work that often goes unnoticed.
How often do you have your trainings?
In order to be equipped with the skills of stagework and handling equipment, all juniors will able to undergo a three day PA March Camp, which will take place in the March Holidays. During those three days, the seniors will equip the incoming batch of juniors with the skills required for them to conquer the upcoming concert season.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
Crew In Action
Subsequently, PA Crew members on duty will need to report to school at 7:10am every morning assembly day to prepare for assembly. They will also be assigned to events they have to handle, such as concerts and other school events. For such school events, they will have to attend planning sessions, rehearsals as well as the event itself. As crew members, they will be expected to be the first to arrive and the last to leave.
Any additional information to take note of?
There are no weekly meetings for PA Crew.
More about PA Crew
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
I think the highlight of the journey so far would be the moments after we complete each concert and see the fruits of our labour. After going through numerous rehearsals and staying back late, when we send the acts out and see the concert successfully come to an end, we always feel a sense of joy and pride. We usually also go for supper after the concerts end, which is a nice way for us to bond and also relax after events!
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Being a small CCA, our crew is very close-knit and we are always there to lend each other a helping hand if need be. Working together as a team for an event helps to nurture very strong crew dynamic and friendships. We go through the ups and downs of concert stress, but there is always laughter and fun too, which makes everything more bearable. After concert season, there are many crew bonding sessions for the crew to hang out outside of work.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
PA Crew is a CCA that requires a lot of commitment and passion, we welcome anyone who is able to handle responsibilities well, manage their time and has an open mind for learning new things! Being in this CCA will allow you to gain a greater insight of behind the scenes work, as well as allow you to naturally develop a respect for the field. You will not regret your choice of joining this CCA because you will gain an extra family in VJ to get you through the tough times.
Triston Tan, 17S61
Sim Sarah Nicole, 17A14