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Stagecraft:  Week 1
(January 29-February 2, 2024)

Important terms are in RED.

Google Classroom assignments/tasks are in BLUE.

If ABSENT, you are REQUIRED to read / understand / do all activities posted for that day, even if it's not an "assignment".  

Day 1:  Theatre "behind the scenes"

1.)  Participated in "Welcome Back" activities in class.  (Learning about eachother)

2.)  Discussed purpose of the course:

  • To learn backstage theatre through active involvement in it.

  • To be involved in each area of backstage theatre through activities geared toward "sampling" each.

3.)  Watched a video of the "world backstage" and all the jobs involved in that "world".  (Click video featured at the top of this page)  

  • Analyze:  What skills might be required to make a production as big as this one "work"?  Backstage? Planning Phase?  Etc.

  • Discuss:  What did you find interesting, surprising, or new?  What's one thing/job you'd like to try or do?

4.)  Discussed  the "life skills" that will benefit students in this class:

  • ability to effectively use various tools

  • problem-solving skills

  • people skills / job skills

  • creativity / out-of-the-box thinking

5.) Discussed the roles of each of the teachers in the course:  Ms. Price, John, & Logan  (each introduced her/himself)

6.) Received a syllabus and discussed.

7.) Toured the theatre, the scene shop, and the adjoining theatre spaces.

Day 2: Creating the "world of the play"

1.) Reviewed purpose of the course (see above under Day 1)

2.) Learned how scenic designers envision the "world of the play" (what the musical/play should "feel"/look like) and what it takes to create those "worlds".


3.) Watched & Discussed a scenic designer (David Korins) discuss his designs in two different shows:  Misery & Hamilton (if absent, click to watch each)

4.) Played a name game to learn/review each other's names. (Pool Noodle Game)

Day 3: Analyzing the "world of the play"

1.) Played a name game to learn/review each other's names.  (Blanket Name Drop)

2.) Reviewed how scenic designers envision the "world of the play" (what the musical/play should "feel"/look like) and what it takes to create those "worlds".

3.) Analyzed (with partners) various moments on stage and what that moment FEELS like; discussed and analyzed the scenic/artistic elements that helped to create/evoke that emotion.

Day 4: Beginning Tool Use

1.)  Reviewed: Before any set building begins, scenic designers envision/design the "world of the play" (what the musical/play should "feel" like & then what it should look like based on the director/designer's interpretation of the show).

2.)  Discussed who builds the scenic designers' visions (Set Construction Supervisor with Crew of builders, painters, and artisans).  In order to effectively work in a scene shop, you need to...

  • work together as a team

  • work safely, quickly, and to a designer's plan

  • know some stage basics

  • know the proper tools and their uses

3.)  Learned the names of various tools  (See "Fastening Tools" page & "Measuring & Cutting Tools" pages in Google Classroom CLASS NOTES  and fill in the following tool names.)  If absent, be sure to fill in the names of these tools in your CLASS NOTES in Google Classroom.

Fastening Tools:

1.  hammer

2. screwdriver (flat head)

3. screwdriver (Phillips)

4. Drill (corded)

5. Drill (cordless)

6. Drill bits

7. Staple gun

8. Nail gun

9. Air compressor

Measuring & Cutting Tools:

1. tape measure (sometimes also called steel tape)

2. L square (for getting right angles)

3. speed square (sometimes called "carpenter's square")

4. Level (for getting things level horizontally and plumb vertically)

5. Chalk line (pull from point A to point B then snap!)

6. "C" clamp (a clamp shaped like a "C")

7. Quick Clamp 

8. Chop/Mitre Saw

9. Circular Saw

10. Jig Saw

11. Reciprocating Saw / Sawzall  (because it "saws ALL!")

4.) Went to the scene shop and learned about various Fastening & Cutting Tools/Tasks while in rotating groups:

  • 1/3 class with Sam:  How to Fasten 1x4's at right angles (tools:  air compressor, air stapler, square, etc.) 

  • 1/3 class with KP: How to use a Chop/Mitre Saw (tools:  chop saw, carpenter's square, tape measure, etc.)

  • 1/3 class with John: Drills & Impact Drivers  

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