• Technical Theatre – Ms Beadle


    Technical theatre is a course designed for the student interested in the non-performance side of theatre. The class will focus both on design and construction in several areas. Units include set design, set construction and painting, lighting design, hang and focus, costume design and construction, stage makeup, and sound design. Some after school and evening work is required. As part of the class you will be a part of the Technical Crew for the Fall Production. This course will allow each student to choose an area of specialization and work on a higher level

    By the end of this class its members will be able to:

    a. identify and understand basic technical terminology

    b. become an expert in one area of technical theatre

    c. become creative in the design process

    d. develop the ability to analyze a piece of literature from a technical viewpoint

    e. recognize technical theatre as an art form

    f. communicate through artistic design and design execution

    g. collaborate with others in problem-solving situations

    h. critique theatre and fine arts constructively

    i. take responsibility towards theatre and its components

    j. become a lifelong consumer of the arts


    Attendance/Conduct/Attitude  25% of Grade

    Each student will begin with 25 points. The nature of this system will, unfortunately, work negatively. One point will be deducted for each absence, and a half of a point will be deducted for each tardy. If you are not in the classroom when the bell rings --you are tardy. If a student is asked to "do something" and there is an attitude problem immediately present, points will be deducted. Leaving the room without permission will lead to points being deducted. In other words, any problem leads to point loss. 



    Additional Notes on Conduct 

    Personal safety should be taken seriously in this class. When we are in the Auditorium, always be aware what you and your fellow students are doing at all times. Rough-housing, throwing objects, misbehaving in ANY way, and all other types of possibly harmful behavior and equipment abuse will not be tolerated. This could lead to immediate withdrawal from the class.


    What You Will Need

    1. Work Clothes—these need to be clothes that can get dirty, ripped, painted on, etc. These clothes will be kept in a cabinet in the classroom. If you do not have

    appropriate clothing when we are working on a project, you will loose you daily

    participation points and not be allowed to participate in the project resulting in a


    2. Tennis Shoes—You must have tennis shoes if you are working in the shop. These shoes can be kept in the cabinet in the classroom. If you do not have

    appropriate shoes when we are working on a project, you will loose your daily

    participation points and not be allowed to participate in the project resulting in a


    3. You will need to have a notebook (spiral), loose leaf paper, plain printer paper, regular and colored pencils, and clear plastic notebook sleeves for this class. This notebook will act as your portfolio. These may be kept in a cabinet in the classroom.

    4. Eye protection/goggles (you can find them at the Dollar Store/Lowes/etc)


    Live performance critique: Every semester each student will be required to attend one theatre performance or one professional theatre performance. They will then be required to type a one page critique of the performance, with special emphasis given to the technical elements. This is one of the best ways for the student to see and hear how what we discuss and learn in class is actually applied to a real production. This can help reinforce the concepts we cover in class. This critique will count as one test grade per semester (rubric to follow). Due 1/10/14 for the first semester and 5/23/14 for the second semester.


     Technical Crew Requirement: Each student enrolled in the Technical Theatre class must complete a minimum of 24 hours of technical theatre work outside of class each semester. Assignments will be made at a later date based on individual’s skills, interest, and schedules.


    Tests and Quizzes/Final Exam: Expect a quiz when you least expect it.  Tests will be announced a full week before the will be given.



    Late work will not be accepted.  See an instructor if you need further explanation.



    There are many ways that extra credit can be earned in this class.

    1. Every Monday or Tuesday at the beginning of the hour, every student will have the opportunity to gain five points extra credit. Bring in an article that in some way deals with or affects theatre and present it to the class. To get the full five points, you must:

    1. Summarize the article.

    2. Tell what publication your article came from.

    3. Tell what the publication date is.

    4. Give the article to the instructor after the presentation.