The script is the paperwork of the author to the audience. It just takes to rest of us to bring that paperwork to life. The creative team uses the script to discover what the author wishes to say. But then, we need to communicate how we wish to say our interpretation, our design, etc... Our paperwork visually shows all that stuff we want the tech crew to build, to hang, to rig, to sew, etc.

Seen here is the shop drawing for out folding platform. When you take a closer look, you will see the cut list and the shopping list on the right. The ground plan view is to the left, front view on top-left and the end of the platform is on top, to the right.  shopdwg

 When we use "scale" we are enabling us to use a small drawing to diagram a larger project. If we wanted an extremely accurate drawing of an object, we would draw a picture of it at Full Scale. That is, draw it full size. For every foot of object you would have a foot of drawing. You could trace an object and that would be "life Size," or "full scale."




The role of the lighting designer within theatre is to work with the director, set designer, and costume designer, to create an overall 'look' for the show in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety and cost. The lighting designer also works closely with the stage manager on show control programming.


We have modern, computer capable equipment for lighting design. From this station, the house manager can control all the lights in the building. There is a special emergency switch in the system that when thrown shuts down all the lights instantly. The house lights have emergency battery backup power to special lamps in the art deco sconces that provide illumination in any emergency.


How to draw a straight line

Sounds simple doesn't it? Draw a straight line. Go ahead, give it a try. Take your pencil and draw a straight line. Hint: drawing a line side to side is easier then up and down. Not easy is it? Now, try a ruler. In technical theater we use rulers all the time. You don't have one? How about the edge of an index card? Maybe the edge of that math book you want to throw across the room. You have a lot of straight edges you could use in place of a ruler. 

Several tools are available to use to draw our lines.

These painting pages are our newest addition to the site. Given time, we hope that they will help you in creating your scenic elements for your productions. We've added a link to a site that has sets of instructions for decorative painting techniques.

See also the "pro corner" page.

One of the most often painted fake things are doors. These sliding doors are actually flat flats. Paint is applied in the direction that wood grain would run for each board. Then, hi-lights and shadows are added to give the effect of depth. To learn this technique, you should start with a basic gray door and then paint lighter & darker gray panels. After that, add white hi-lights and black shadows. sldngd1




Special Effects for the stage is a wide ranging area of stage magic. Making a light flash, and door swing open on its own, making "fire" on stage could all be considered special effects. Several articles here may also belong to other categories. Such as electrics, rigging, sound, etc...

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

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