Oldham ’19 and DeCoster ’18 Set Major Benchmarks

Oldham ’19 and DeCoster ’18 Set Major Benchmarks

November 3, 2017 – This year’s Upper School musical marks a milestone in Seattle Academy’s theatre program. Both Carmen Oldham ’19 and Esme DeCoster ’18 played leading roles in this year’s production of City of Angels, but you didn’t see them on the stage. They each made major contributions to the behind-the-scenes program that takes place for every show on stage.

Carmen has volunteered in costuming since the fall of her 9th grade year. She headed the costume team by the spring of that freshman year and was the Assistant Designer for the fall musical, The Wedding Singer, in her sophomore year. This led director, Michael Cimino, and Chris Tschirgi, SAAS’ Costume Designer,  to invite Carmen to design this year’s musical by herself. She began her work in August and has worked on the costuming for the show the entire Fall Trimester, making sure every detail was correct and pulling her last accessory on Wednesday afternoon right before the opening performance. Chris says of Carmen’s work, “She knocked it out of the park. Her work helps tell the story and is beautiful.”

Esme has also been working behind the scenes in the theatre program for the last three years. She has been an Assistant Stage Manager for several shows including for the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has also helped stage manage End of Tri Performances and performances at SAAS in the City. Her work at SAAS in the City landed her a job working with Nicole and Sydnee Matthews ’05 when they held a show this past summer in the Orvis Theatre. Esme topped her experience off this year as the Stage Manager for City of Angels, calling the entire show by herself.

Congratulations to Carmen and Esme! And a huge thank you for moving these programs forward through their hard work.


Above: Carmen Oldham ‘19
Below: Esme DeCoster ‘18