Room AC-W 16
Office AC-W 124
Office hours: Mon 1:00-2:00
Class Schedule | Projects | Shop Safety | Class Notes
Web page: (www.uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/alderson/stagcrft/97-369.html) Also available on D2L
PURPOSE: To introduce the theatre student to the principles, materials, and techniques used in creating and running scenery, props, and special effects. Included will be the use of plans, tools, and construction methods in technical theatre and production. The course will consist of lectures, quizzes, projects, a production commitment, and strike participation, as described below.
This class is meant to provide you with an understanding of the basic skills needed to work in the field of technical theatre. By the end of the class you should be able to build, install, and run a small production.
Theatre is a collaborative art, requiring an understanding of the work of the other artists in the theatre process and of the wider culture as a whole, which is your source of inspiration. Life is also a "collaborative art". As part of a liberal arts education, the study of theatre contributes to an understanding of our culture, how it works, how it affects us, and why and how we can affect our larger society. A liberal arts education thus makes us more effective participants in society.
QUIZZES: Quizzes will be given at the completion of each unit or sub-unit. These quizzes will be given at the beginning of the appropriate class period, so be on time.
PROJECTS: Several projects are assigned at regular intervals throughout the semester and relate to lecture material. These projects are meant to challenge the hands-on skills and creative problem solving capabilities of the student, and will comprise the majority of the final grade.
In all instances, logging in and out is required for all production commitments. You are responsible for logging hours in the Log Book in the Technical Director's Office, W124. If you do not log in and out, the hours won't count.
Please understand that the active participation of the student in the learning process is essential in this class. Theatre is a HANDS-ON art! Plan to get to class and lab on time and ready to go. Do not hesitate to ask questions. When working in the shop, safety rules will be enforced. Wear clothing you won't mind getting dirty or painted; no loose clothing or jewelry. Wear sturdy work shoes; no open toed shoes or sandals. Appropriate hearing and eye protection WILL be required in the shop. Please refer to attached shop safety rules.
The student will be instructed in the safe use and operation of all the above tools, tasks, and systems, and will not be allowed use of these tools without training and approval. Written, verbal, and physical demonstrations of an understanding of these safety procedures will be required.
LECTURE/DISCUSSIONS: Lecture/discussions will take place during the regular class periods. Students are expected to cover appropriate sections of all class readings and any additional materials before the class meets. Most of the readings are available on D2L in the form of an electronic Textbook, or in the assigned printed text. Books for supplemental reading will be available in the front office, or as handouts. The readings are not considered a substitute for attending lectures!
Because many discussions will involve shows which we produce, students are required to see all productions in the Fredric March and Experimental Theatres this semester.
STRIKES: a "strike" is the tear down of scenery, lighting and/or costumes of a production on its closing performance. Strike begins immediately after final curtain and is approximately two hours in length. All students are expected to attend two strikes and to be on time. Note the appropriate dates NOW and schedule accordingly! Students must check in at the beginning of each strike and out at the end. If you leave early you will be considered to have missed the entire strike. Crew assignments will be posted on the bulletin board before strike.
The Boy Inside: Feb. 18-21, at 7:30 pm, Feb. 22 at 2:00 pm.
Strike is approx. 4:00 pm
Winter Fringe: Mar. 12-14 at 7:30 pm.
Strike at approx. 10:00 pm (Optional)
O Pioneers: April 29-May 2 at 7:30 pm., May 3 at 2:00 pm.
Strike at approx. 4:00 pm
Grading will be based on the standard format:
94 - 100 (A); 90 - 93 (A-); 87 - 89 (B+); 83 - 86 (B); 80 - 82 (B-); 77 - 79 (C+); 73 - 76 (C); 70 - 72 (C-);
67 - 69 (D+); 63 - 66 (D); 60 - 62 (D-); below 60 (F).
Safety Goggles or Glasses - ANSI Z87 approved
6 or 8 in. Adjustable wrench
10 to 25 ft. tape measure
ATTENDANCE: Attendance and participation in both lecture and lab is required and will ultimately affect your final grade, as you are responsible for all lecture and reading material.
EYE PROTECTION: Although some eye protection is available in the shop, each student must purchase and use his or her own safety goggles or safety glasses.
INSURANCE: Each student must have health insurance.
Project 2: FLAT MOVING AND HANDLING
With a canvas flat at least 4'-0" wide and 12'-0" high:
Move flat from horizontal to vertical orientation by edging method.
Move flat from horizontal to vertical orientation by walk up method.
Safely run flat across the deck, checking for overhead obstructions.
Return flat to horizontal position.
Project 3: CONSTRUCTION DRAWING AND CUTTING LIST
On grid paper, draw a rear view of the sample flat, showing all structural members and parts.
Make an accurate Cutting list for the sample flat you have drawn.
Project 4: WORKING DRAWING
Project: Rough working drawing of a two step box.
Make a working drawing of this two-step box: The drawing MUST be a three view orthographic projection, with front, plan and side view, be in 1 inch = 1 foot scale, include a title block with necessary information, have sufficient dimensions for the shop to build it, and include any other drawing information you feel is needed. You may use your own choice of drawing methods to produce the working drawing (traditional drafting tools, CADD, 12 " ruler and pencil, freehand sketch, crayon on brown paper). Specific drawing method will not affect grade; any method that achieves the needed ends will serve. Drawing will be graded on a reasonable degree of accuracy, on completeness, and readability.
Project 5: MILLING A BOARD
Project : Cut and notch a board to dimensions given.
Cross cut and rip a piece of 1x to exactly 2 5/8" x 1'-2 7/8". Cut a 45o angle on one end. Drill a 3/8" hole 3" in from the 90o end in the exact center of the lumber. Cut a 3/4" x 3/4" notch on the edge of the board on the side of and 10" in from the point of the 45o angle. You will be graded on the precision of the cuts.
Project 6: SMALL FLAT
Build a small flat 2 ft. x 3 ft, using standard theatre flat construction. Cover with muslin. Size with size water and base paint with white flat latex paint.
Project 7: KNOT TEST
Tie each of the following knots and name an application for each:
--Pin rail tie-off or Belay knot
--Snub knot (stopper hitch, rolling hitch, etc.)
Show the proper method to attach a crosby to a cable loop ("Never saddle a dead horse")
Project 8: RIG A FLAT TO FLY
Rig a flat to fly on a batten, using flying hardware and rope. Fly the flat on the counterweight system, balancing the weight properly and making all appropriate calls while moving line sets. Level the flat.
After flat has been inspected, remove flat.
Project 9: PAINTING TECHNIQUES
Using the covered flat you built for the flat project, scumble a color of lighter value with a color of a darker value. Drybrush a wood-grain border 8 inches wide along one side of the flat. Finish with a two-color spatter.
Project will be graded on neatness and successful execution of techniques.
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