Perhaps the most important component of stagecraft, this unit examines the different practices behind theatre management. Beginning with stage management, students will learn how to create a prompt book and rehearsal schedules, maintain cast and crew lists, organize rehearsal and production workflow and successfully call a show. Students will also study basic house management including ushering, customer relations and audience management.
With this unit, students will aquire the basic skills needed to successfully identify and handle standard scenic elements. Beginning with soft-scenery units (or "soft goods"), students will learn the proper technique for working with drops, draperies, scrims, legs, teasers and borders. Students will then progress to framed units (flats) as well as three-dimensional units. Special attention will be paid to the different types of rail systems and the safe handling of a fly system.
Students will begin this unit by learning how to apply the four controllable qualities of stage lighting (intensity, color, distribution and movement) to successfully augment and support the artistic mood and atmosphere of a production. In doing so, students will learn how to draft a light plot and an instrument schedule, distinguish and correctly handle the different types of lights (e.g. elliposoidals, fresnels, spotlights, LEDs) as well as how to program and run a show using both conventional and intelligent fixtures.
This unit is designed to highlight the often overlooked field of sound design for the stage. Students will study three different categories of sound design: verbal (performers), nonverbal (music and abstract) and realistic (sound effects). Upon completion of this class, students will be able to successfully create a sound score, sound plot, cue sheet and music library.