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Stagecraft:  Week 2
(August 30-September 2, 2021)

Important terms are in RED.

Google Classroom assignments are in BLUE.

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


Day 1:  

1.)  Ms. Price introduced students to her website, and instructed them to check the website if/when absent.

2.)  Read / Discussed Class Syllabus (available on Stagecraft page of Ms. Price's website and on Google Classroom)

3.)  Reviewed different types of stages & also how scenic designers envision the "world of the play" (what the musical/play should "feel"/look like) / what it takes to create those "worlds".​

4.)  Discussed who builds the scenic designers' visions (Set Construction Supervisor with Crew of builders, painters, and artisans)

5.)  Discussed:  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

6.)  Learned the names of Fastening Tools  (see "Fastening Tools" page in your Class Notes in Google Classroom 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 (page 3).

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

7.) Took a quick Stage / Backstage / Front of House Tour of the Oxford Fine Arts Center and reviewed/learned various stage terms that students need to know for this class.

Day 2:  

1.) Reviewed who builds a set and how.  Reviewed "Fastening Tools".

2.)  Learned the names of Painting Tools  (see "Painting Tools" page in your Class Notes in Google Classroom).  If ABSENT, be sure to add these tool names in your notes....

1.  paint key

2. paint stirrer

3. paint try

4. paint roller (and roller cover)

5. paint tray liner

6. extension pole

7. painter's tape

8. brush/roller cleaning tool

9. rubber mallet

3.) Went to the scene shop to learn and perform tasks in rotating groups:

  • 1/3 class with G:  Air Compressor & Gun

    • how to load the staple gun​

    • how to attach the staple gun to the air compressor

    • how to fill and empty the air compressor tank

    • how to use the gun to staple (safely)

    • how to pull staples out of a board with pliers

    • (practiced all of the above)

  • 1/3 class with John:  Drills 

    • how to attach a battery / where to charge the battery​

    • using the level on the drill 

    • how to drive a screw into wood / drilling pilot holes

    • how to drive a screw out of wood

    • how to swap out the bits

    • (practiced all of the above)

  • 1/3 class with KP:  Paint Area & Hammers & Clamps

    • Hammers / Clamps:

      • how a hammer works as a lever (where to hold / how to swing)​

      • how to pull a nail out of wood

      • how to clamp (quick clamps & C-clamps)

      • (practiced all of the above)

    • Paint Basics

      • where to find things in paint area (stir sticks, paint key, rollers, covers, trays, tarps, paint, spray paint​, etc.

      • how to properly open and close a paint can

      • how/why to stir paint thoroughly

      • how to properly clean a brush & roller

      • where/when to use tarps

      • painting patterns ("W" for best coverage)

      • when to use primer

      • where/how to spray paint 

  • If absent, be sure to let Ms. Price know when you return so you can get caught up in the above skills

Day 3:  

1.) Reviewed who builds a set and how.  Reviewed "Fastening Tools" & types of stages.

2.) Learned about various (additional) stage terms by watching KP's Theatre Class - Stage Terms and taking notes (see Class Notes in Google Classroom)  If absent, be sure to watch this video and take notes in Google Classroom on your own.  You are responsible for this information.

3.)  Finished scene shop rotations (see Day 2).  If absent, be sure to let Ms. Price know when you return so you can get caught up in the above skills

Day 4 (there was no Day 4 this week due to Advisory)

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