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Dave Wallis, Published July 11 2011

Portraits: Ari Dosky

“The first time up here I felt uneasy, but I got used to it by the second year,” says Ari Dosky, 15, as he works 30 feet above the stage at Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead during preparations for the 33rd annual musical, which this year will be “The Music Man.” “I didn’t want to act,” says Dosky, whose mother, Beth, was also involved in Trollwood productions as a student. Now in his third year working on lighting and his first year as a student leader, the Fargo North High School sophomore hauls and hangs lights, connects them to numerous circuits and focuses the lights to areas on stage according to a diagram created by the lighting designer. More than 400 lights are used in the production. To get the lights fine-tuned requires working a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. shift before the opening performance Thursday. After the rehearsals finish around midnight, the lighting crew will adjust each light for the desired effect. Once the performances start, Dosky will climb one of the two towers to run a spotlight.