A210 Theater Production I, II, and III: Students learn basic production techniques, including key aspects of stage carpentry, electrical systems, public address and recording techniques, sound and other “effects,” and make-up and costume applications. Stage design work includes scenery, properties, and sound design. Students also perform technical elements for a variety of theatrical productions. This includes operating lights, sound, and special effects; stage managing; and handling scenery and properties. These responsibilities are performed as part of a show’s “running crew.” The chief requirements are interest, flexibility, a sense of humor, and the willingness to learn through cooperative effort. Responsibilities involve regular class time three days per week and additional hours during the one week of “tech” rehearsals and performances of a particular show.
Several design projects will be assigned during the course of the year and each student is required to participate on the running crew of two drama program productions. Students who successfully complete Theater Production I may enroll for subsequent years as level II or III students with permission of the instructor. Open to all students: no previous experience necessary. Theater Production II and III students will expand on previous knowledge through development of specific projects. A particular emphasis will be made on strengthening design skills, including practical projects in theater lighting design. Students will be scheduled with regular sections of Theater Production I. Students in this course will be expected to participate in the crew performance of drama program productions, providing leadership for Theater Production I students. Theater Production II or III students will have particular responsibilities for designing and implementing production work for the spring showcase. (Prerequisite: Theater Production I)