Klemmer creating his own spotlight

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Staci Klemmer

Klemmer tinkering with the lights before a rehearsal last fall.

TOWAMENCIN — Theatre is an art that requires many talents and elements from a variety of people in order to create a beautiful performance. Although many believe the only artistry is seen on stage, much of the hard work and creativity lies in the hands of those behind the scenes. James Klemmer, the lighting wizard of North Penn High School Theatre, didn’t start as an illuminating legend. 

“Theater didn’t exist in my family until my older brother, Paul, was peer pressured by his best friend to audition for Shrek the Musical at Penndale. After that show, he fell in love with theater,” Klemmer explained. “The next year, when I was in seventh grade, I auditioned for The Addams Family and got a part as an ancestor. The experience as an actor was not my favorite and I didn’t plan on participating in theater at all the next year. When 8th grade rolled around, auditions came and went. Soon after, I was asked by Penndale’s Director if I would help on the technical side because they were short-handed. I decided to help with the lighting and fell in love with it.”

Theater has made a big impact, completely changing my high school life. I met new friends and discovered something I really enjoy.”

— James Klemmer

During a student’s time at North Penn, they work to find their interests and sculpt them into their own future endeavors. But right from the start, lighting design had a significant impact on Klemmer.

 “After that first year, I realized how cool it was to be a part of live theater, getting to program lights for a show and basically be the leading visual factor for the entire audience. My job is to draw the audience’s eye to an actor or show a visually pleasing composition. I just really enjoy ‘playing’ the lights,” Klemmer said. “Theater has made a big impact, completely changing my high school life. I met new friends and discovered something I really enjoy. It has even impacted my future career options.”  

Recently, Klemmer has decided to make his hobby in luminescence a significant part of his future. Although many picture a career in theatre acting away on the shining stage, Klemmer hopes to be the man who keeps the bright lights gleaming. 

“In the future, I plan on going to college and majoring in technical theatre,” Klemmer noted. “I hope to move on and work in the professional setting, preferably live musicals. My dream is to work Broadway, but I wouldn’t be opposed to being in other places as long as I’m doing what I love.”

Stay cool and enjoy yourself. Laugh through your mistakes while also learning from them. In high school, you are there to have some fun.”

— James Klemmer

Whether it’s creating a new design or working on the final touches before opening night, Klemmer’s dedication to his unique talent has made him a crucial part of North Penn High School Theatre. Yet, he’s learned a lot from his time here at North Penn, which is shown through his patience and excitement while instructing his skills.

“As for upcoming theatre students, the biggest thing I’ve learned is to stick with it. It is a very tough hobby, and sometimes it can be very stressful close to show night,” Klemmer stated. “Stay cool and enjoy yourself. Laugh through your mistakes while also learning from them. In high school, you are there to have some fun.”