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the role of the PROPS designer

If you chose to serve on the  PROPS DESIGN TEAM for this semester's Advanced Acting show, you are responsible for participating in design team meetings as well as growing as a designer during the rehearsal and performance process.


If serving on the Props Design Team, you are ALSO responsible for independently learning about the role of a props designer as outlined below. 


Please be sure you use your  Process JOURNAL throughout the process (to reflect on your process/journey).

PART III: dress/tech rehearsals





Task #1:  TECH/DRESS DEADLINE (Formative Grade):   Prior to Dress/Tech rehearsals, all props should be complete and in working order.  Artistic aspects, such as detail work (finish painting, etc.), may still be on-going, but the physical show props must be completed and in the hands of actors prior to the first tech rehearsal - hopefully before .  (Be sure you've shared useful/important information with the actors prior to their first time using new props.)

Task #2: WATCH & RESPOND (Formative Grade)

Video:  Behind the Scenes at Disney's Aladdin

Journal Title:  Calltime​ / Pre-Show Checklist

1. In professional theatre, as shown in this video, what are the (specific) tasks performed by YOUR (assigned) role prior to a show?  

2.  What are some of the things that YOU could put on YOUR Pre-Show checklist to be sure our show runs smoothly?  (Think of ALL the things necessary from the time you enter the black box until the show starts, including things like "Where do I put my personal belongings?" or "Where should this prop be pre-set?" or "What's the best place for this quick change to happen?" Etc.  Don't forget to include "sign in" on your checklist.)


Task #3: PRE-SHOW CHECKLIST (Formative Grade):  You will create YOUR Pre-Show Checklist with ALL tasks to consider prior to the show.  This MUST be well-thought out and completed/hung up PRIOR to the FIRST dress/tech rehearsal.  Type and print your checklist (with your name in large font at the top) and hang in a designated area backstage.  (Keep in mind that you will most likely need to add to this list from things you learn or are reminded of in dress/tech rehearsals.

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