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Stagecraft Week 9:  What's BACK there? 

(Stage Managers, Props Masters, Crew)

October 26-30, 2020

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.)  Reflected on individual goal from last week.  (Be sure to answer the "end of week" reflection under Week 8 in your REFLECTION JOURNAL in Google Classroom.)  

2.) Chose an area (from the IB Learner Profile) to individually focus on this week.  (If Absent, be sure to complete this under Week 9 in your REFLECTION JOURNAL in Google Classroom.  Discussed the class focus of PROBLEM-SOLVING for this week.

3.)  Watched a video (Problem Solving in Mary Poppins).

4.) De-briefed the process of finding/documenting props for a production.  (Students completed the task of reading a script and documenting all props last class.)

5.) Watched a video (Props with Austin) and discussed problem-solving with props.

6.) Discussed:  After finding/documenting props needed for a production, what's next?

7.)  Watched a video (Props Masters) and responded in REFLECTION JOURNAL (Journal Title:  Gathering Props) about 3 things you learned about props masters from the video.

8.) Discussed what we've already learned about the role of Stage Managers (SM's).


9.)  Watched a video (SM's: What do they do?) and discussed what NEW things were learned.

10.) Reviewed:  callboard, "spiking a set", spike tape, gaff tape, glow tape

11.) Watched two videos of SM's "calling a show" and analyzed how each "called cues", what each was watching while calling the show, and the skills needed to call a show well.

12.) Learned about how SM's "spike" sets using groundplans (a scaled drawing of the stage/set).

13.)  Learned how to use a scale ruler.  (If ABSENT, read this handout and Ms. Price will work with you next class on this required skill for Stagecraft.)

DAY 2:

1.)  Watched a video (Specialty Props) and responded in REFLECTION JOURNAL (Journal Title:  Specialty Props) about 2-3 things you learned about the role of props designers from the video.

Watched a video (Working in Theatre: Stage Manager) and responded in REFLECTION JOURNAL (Journal Title:  Role of Stage Manager) about 3 things you learned about stage management from the video.

2.) Reviewed how SM's "spike" sets using a groundplan (a scaled drawing of the stage/set).

3.) Learned how to work in scale using a scale ruler.  This is a REQUIRED skill to master in this class.  For more information click HERE.

4.) Ms. Price introduced next two projects:

  • Project #1:  Create a groundplan of the OHS stage (which will be used later in the semester when you design a set)

    • This project requires you to work in scale (1/2" scale) using the actual measurements of the OHS stage to create a scaled "blueprint" of the stage.  Your groundplan should include the center line, plaster line, legs, and apron.  

  • Project #2:  Find/Make Props & Create a Props Table

    • This project requires you to find props (in the OHS Props room) from a list of props you'll receive from Ms. Price.  You will then create a backstage props table to display your props, using techniques shared in class.


Go Deeper (Optional):

Additional Videos on Special Effects on Stage: 

Additional Videos on Stage Management:


Additional Videos on Props:  

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