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Humble, soft-spoken Christopher Raines uses his knowledge of carpentry to build elaborate theatrical sets for the Ole Miss Theatre Department.
A 2003 graduate of Myrtle Attendance Center, Raines always enjoyed carpentry as a child when he learned construction from his uncle and grandpa. He said that he enjoys theatre because of the people in the department, the stories that people tell, and having the ability to create different venues through construction.
Raines recently constructed the set of Ole Miss Theatre Department's production, 'The 1940's Radio Hour', which was performed at Meek Hall. This was the first set Raines had ever created. The show centers around a radio station in the 1940s that had musical acts and storytelling to a wide audience. This radio broadcast was from WOV The Mutual Broadcasting System, Variety Calvacade on December 21, 1942.
This set was the final project in Raines' scenic design class. It took him two weeks to draw up the blueprint of the set, but he talked to the director first to see what he wanted the set completion to look like and researched the time period as well. Raines constructed the doors and the radio station frame as well as the rest of the frames and woodwork throughout the set.
“I enjoy doing carpentry work. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. It is a wonderful experience to watch something form as you build it,” Raines said.
Raines graduated from Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville campus, in 2006 and will graduate from Ole Miss Spring 2009.