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Theatre tech 3

Factors Influencing the Handling of Scenery The play, the theatre, design, budget
Items in a rehearsal kit hair pins, rubber bands, ruler, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser
Prompt script 1.accurate version of the script including all cuts, rewrites 2. clear blocking notes 3. cues, and standbys 4. Each scene tabbed for easy reference 5. rehearsal schedule, cast/ crew list, list of cues 6. Running plots (costumes, props etc)
Prepare a Master Calendar that includes: 1. Days off 2. Rehearsal days and working hours 3. Move to theatre 4. Photo call 5. TV shoots 6. Rough tech schedule
Prepare an Information Package for the Actors: 1. Contact list 2. Scene breakdown 3. Complimentary ticket policy 4. Map of city with transit routes 5. Banks 6. Restaurants
People to Meet with before rehearsals: 1. Director 2. Heads of Departments (props, costumes, lighting, sound etc) 3. All designers (set, costu
Rehearsal Room - make sure it’s ready: 1. Tape out the ground plan 2. Make sure room is clean 3. Make sure there is water, coffee etc. 4. Make sure rehearsal props and set pieces are there and in place 5. Make sure a table is set up for you and the director. 6. Ensure adequate chairs
Duties DURING REHEARSALS: Maintain prompt book and production book Prepare for and attend all production meetings. Create and distribute daily Rehearsal reports (handout). Visit Departments when possible to discuss daily notes. Ensure pay cheques arrive on time.
Common Abbreviations • St By – Stand By • Q - Cue • LX – Lighting (electrics) • S – Sound • FX – Special Effects • Flys – Scenery Flying • Spot – Follow Spot
Calling the Show 1-Visual Cues 2-Text Cues 3- Music Cue 4 - Timed Cue
How The Play influences the handling of scenery • Plot structure • Number of scenes and their locale • Order of appearance or reappearance • Kind of scenes and scene changes (complicated, easy, incorporating changes, not incorporating them)
How The theatre influences the handling of scenery • Shape • Size • Flying space • Wing space • Traps/no traps • Sight line conditions • Existing equipment
How The design influences the handling of scenery • The movement of scenery needs to meet the conceptual parameters that have been set by the design team • Do you mind seeing technicians do the moving? • How fast does the scenery have to move? • How heavy is the scenery?
How The budget influences the handling of scenery Number of production staff available • Material • Equipment
Two Dimensional Scenery 1- Flats 2- Drapes and drops
Basic Methods of Handling Scenery: 1. The manual running of scenery on the floor 2. The flying of scenery 3. The moving of scenery on casters, including such large units as wagons and revolving stages 4. The handling of scenery through the stage floor by elevators, lifts, trap door.
Scenery on the Floor • Walking up a flat and Footing • Jack Brace – A triangular structure used to support or brace a vertical flat. • Stiffener – Usually a 1x3 or 1x4 used horizontally on edge to keep several flats in place, most often on the same plane
Flying • Breasting Scenery – • Bridling Scenery • Tripping Scenery
• Breasting Scenery – Moving a hanging unit of scenery away from it’s working position in order to make room for another piece of scenery or an electric.
• Bridling Scenery A means of distributing weight of a flown object over two fastening points instead of one.
Tripping Scenery – Picking up the bottom of a drop as well as the top when there is not enough room to fly it out completely
Hand tools tape measure, wire strippers, wire cutters, Phillips screwdriver, Robertson screwdriver, staple gun
Power tools: Electric -table saw -drill press -circular saw Pneumatic -stapler -nailer -wrench
wood stock lumber sheet stock
sonotube makes columns, either pouring concrete in it or build things around it.
glue white glue or carpenters glue
stage types proscenium, thrust - 3 sides are audience, Black box - ca be proscenium, thrust, or anything, found spaces - originally designed for another purpose, but now is a performance space
Production manager 1-Produces a production calendar and 2-coordinates the assignment of personnel and rehearsal space 3-scheduling various production meetings 4- overseas the production budget.
Duties of stage manager 1-Photo calls 2-Schedule set-ups/take downs 3-Co-ordination and communication 4-prompt book 5-schedule rehearsal calls 6-delegation
prohibited duties of stage manager 1- payroll 2-serving meals 3-signing closing notices 4- understudying and performing 5-building maintenance
Other duties They do it, or they get fired 1- Wig maintenance 2- props repair 3- running props 4- typing script 5- supervision of animals
Additional duties They get paid more! -Lights and sound
Stage Manager -Assists the director/choreographer during rehearsals -manages all backstage activity once the performance has opened. -responsible for calling the show.
Lighting Designer is responsible for the design, installation, and operation of the lighting and special electrical effects used in a production
Costume Designer– is responsible for the visual appearance of the actors
• Costume Shop Supervisor builds and supervises the building of the costumes.
Technical Director - Coordinates communication among the production design team, keeps track of the construction of the set, and oversees the set budget.
Set Designer Is responsible for the visual appearance and function of the scenery and property elements used in the production.
Scenic Artist– is responsible for the painting of the scenery
• Property Master– is responsible for the design and construction of the various decorative and functional props that are used in a production.
Sound Designer– is responsible for the design, recording, equipment setup, and playback of any sound used in the play.
Sound Engineer The sound engineer operates the control console and mixes the sound the audience hears. He or she also helps set up and pack the equipment.
• Head Electrician (Master Electrician / Lighting Operator) - The head electrician -operates the lighting console and is responsible for hanging, circuiting, patching and focusing all of the lights. -also supervises the local crew members in the electrics department, including the spot operators.
Stage Carpenter (Head Stage Carpenter) - Responsible for handling and repairing scenery onstage, in charge of set-in, scene changes, and strike. Responsible for overseeing the cleanliness of offstage areas.
Venue Technical Director - arranges the necessary local staff required by the production and specified in the contract rider. They are often consulted to determine what equipment specified on the rider can be supplied by the venue.
Head Flys - Fly crew, under the supervision of the Head fly Person, operate the linesets used to fly scenery and equipment
Riggers/ attach the chain motors used to lift the speakers and lights to the roof of the venue. The riggers may be divided into climbing and ground work.
Spot Operators - Spot Operators are needed only at showtime to operate the follow spots.
Loaders - The Loaders unload and reload the trucks
Stagehands (Grips) - The Stagehands move the equipment into position and assist with the setup. T
Runners - The Runners work under the Production Manager’s direction as needed, for example, obtaining parts from a music store, collecting towels from the hotel, and buying batteries.
CAEA (Equity) – Canadian Actors Equity Association. This union represents actors, stage managers, choreographers, dancers and theatre directors.
Created by: lyrettasky