When a stage performance goes flawlessly, the actors take a bow, but the behind-the-scenes workers also are integral to that success. For their collective commitment to their craft, the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) backstage crew is in the spotlight this time.

Under the leadership of Sean McIntosh, technical director, and Amanda Hantson, assistant technical director, the crew earned the Dave Sarther Teamwork Award for working together for the betterment of their department and the college. Crew members are Jackie Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Ethan Dadrowski, Jessica Dommer, Joshua Hidebrand, Samm Hilger, Jeremy Kalisz, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa and Quinton Turnbow.

“To represent the spirit of what this award means to the college tells us we are doing something right,” McIntosh said. “With the FPAC technical crew, teamwork means being ready for a challenge, being responsive to needs large and small, and growing our own leaders — getting the job done right. I would like to thank Tommy Hensel for his confidence in us, and all the FPAC staff, Katie and MaryAnn, for their support; they are as much a part of this award as the crew.”

The group’s first priority is to handle Fine and Performing Arts Center events, which range from concerts, academic theater and music performances, to working with touring production personnel and doing pretty much whatever is asked of them. They also assist with set-up for in-services and college graduations, including the Nursing Program and Cook County Sheriff’s police. In addition, they’re the go-to people for helping with community events held on campus.

“This crew works tirelessly to provide support throughout campus,” said the nominator, noting they are busy with events in the FPAC over 100 days per academic year with additional duties during the summer. Plus, this group, which is on call 24/7 and often works from 8 a.m. to midnight when events occur, builds scenery for the four annual academic shows.

“They recently sacrificed much of their winter break to rebuild the set for the production of ‘American Griot’ and bring it to Madison, Wisconsin, for the American College Theater Festival. This was a huge and exhausting undertaking, and the festival awarded them the Golden Handtruck Award, given to the most professional, expedient technical crew,” the nominator said.

Backstage crew, take your bow.