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Stagecraft:  Week 6 

(March 1-5, 2021)

Important terms are in RED.

Google Classroom assignments 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:

1.) Completed (individually):  "Reflection - Building a Flat/Platform" (in Google Classroom)

2.) Debriefed:  Guys partnered with girls and partners debriefed about the experience of building a flat/platform.

3.)  Reflect:  Students reflected on their Week 5 individual goals in their REFLECTION JOURNALS in Google Classroom.   (See "End of week" at the bottom of Week 5 and answer question.) 

4.)  Choose:  Students chose an area (from the IB Learner Profile) to individually focus on next week.  (If Absent, be sure to complete this in Week 6 of your REFLECTION JOURNAL in Google Classroom

5.)   Ms. Price introduced our next unit in Stagecraft:  WHAT'S UP THERE? 

If you were to look UP in a while in a theatre, you would see the FLY LOFT above the stage and CATWALKS above the audience.  In both areas, you'd see LIGHTING instruments, and in the fly loft, you'd also see rigging for BACKDROPS, CURTAINS (border, legs, main), and other things, such as scenery  (chandeliers, signs, etc.) that are flown in for shows...or even the orchestra shell that's used for band/choir concerts.  Next week's unit will focus on these things.

6.) Learned:  Students learned about the cyclorama and the scrim - two drops used in theatre, as well as about the fly system used for flying drops in and out.

  • If absent, watch lighting basics video HERE

  • If absent, watch fly system video HERE

7.)  Learned:  Students learned about traditional lighting fixtures used in theatre by watching a video tutorial (made by John) and taking notes in Google Classroom (CLASS NOTES - Stage Lighting Fixtures).

8.) Learned about 2 tools helpful in hanging/focusing light fixtures:  crescent wrench & "C" clamp.

9.) On-Stage Tutorials: 

Learned from KP about...

  • how the fly system works

  • how to properly "call"

  • how to fly things in and out 

Learned from G about...​

  • parts of a light fixture and how to use them

DAY 2:

1.) Watched:  Woodworking projects & presentations presented by Adv. Stagecraft

2.) Watched a video (Billy Elliot Lighting) and reflected on 2 things that you found interesting, intriguing or new (in REFLECTION JOURNAL)Title:  Billy Elliot Lighting

3.) Reviewed the names of lighting fixtures

  • Scoop

  • Fresnel

  • Par Can

  • Ellipsoidal 

  • Cyc Light

  • Spot Light

4.) Reviewed the parts of a light fixture

  • "C clamp"

  • Yoke

  • Safety cable

  • Shutter handle

  • Power cable

  • Gel frame holder 

5.) Learned about Conventional lights

  • require gels (handled gel books & looked at the various colors of gels, etc.)

  • can take gobos (observed images of different "looks" created from various gobos)

6.) Learned about "Practicals"

  • any onstage light source that acts as a practical part of the physical environment

  • examples:  lamps, chandeliers, wall scones, etc.

7.) Learned about LED lights (can make ANY color without gels)

8.) Watched a video (Lighting the Lights in Billy Elliott) and discussed new terms, etc.

9.) On-Stage Tutorials:   

Electrics:  Learned from G about...​

  • how to properly hang and focus a fixture on an electric

  • how to clamp / lock a fixture

  • how and why to use a safety cable

  • how to power a fixture / plug into dimmer

  • how to focus the light to where it will hit on stage

  • how to use the shutters

  • how to insert a gel frame (color) and gobo (texture)

  • how/why to tie line loose cables

10.)  Reflected:  Students reflected on their Week 6 individual goals in their REFLECTION JOURNALS in Google Classroom.   (See "End of week" at the bottom of Week 6 and answer question.) 


Video:  Learn about the Fly System (explains more of the mechanics of rigging/flying than you learned in class)

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