Units

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Overview

by Karen Loftus

Instructor Karen Loftus has an impressive stage management resume, but she has also taught Stagecraft in a portable classroom. There was no lighting grid, no sound equipment, no place to build sets, props or costumes. This experience led to this curriculum: Stagecraft without a Theatre.

Through exposure, exploration, and project-based learning, students identify and understand the various areas of technical theatre including scenic design, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup.

The curriculum culminates with a project where students work in groups to design and plan technical elements as they would for a production, and then simplify those designs to work in a classroom setting: Stagecraft without a Theatre.

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Introduction to Theatre Production

by Karen Loftus

Students will explore the question of “what is theatre production?” They’ll be able to identify and describe each of the crafts of technical theatre as well as who does what in theatre production.

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Elements of Design

by Karen Loftus

Students are exposed to select elements of design, and they explore the effect those elements of design have on storytelling.

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Scenic Design

by Karen Loftus

Students will explore the creation of an environment through the art of scenic design. They will identify what scenic design is and how it helps to tell a story in theatre. Students will also identify and demonstrate some skills of a scenic designer as they analyze an excerpt of a script for scenic clues and demonstrate basic drafting and rendering.

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Scenic Construction

by Karen Loftus

Students will be able to identify the various tools used in a set shop, identify appropropriate shop safety procedures, including personal protective equipment, and demonstrate how to build a flat.

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Scenic Painting

by Holly Beardsley and Karen Loftus

Students identify and practice some basic painting techniques.

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Props

by Karen Loftus and Kerry Hishon

Students will identify categories of props and which people create or obtain props. They’ll analyze a script for needed props, use critical-thinking skills to problem solve prop issues, and create a prop.

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Lighting

by Karen Loftus, Josh Hatt, and Kerry Hishon

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of lighting effectiveness. They’ll also be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate how lighting is used in a theatre production.

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Sound

by Karen Loftus and Josh Hatt

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of sound effectiveness. How do we use sound to create a technically effective performance?

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Costume Design

by Holly Beardsley, Karen Loftus, and Josh Hatt

Students are exposed to research, concepts, and skill sets while they explore costume design and the different roles of the costume designer and the costumer. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of costume effectiveness.

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Costume Construction

by Karen Loftus

Students identify vocabulary, techniques, and roles of costume construction. They demonstrate costume measurement and other construction techniques, including a basic stitch.

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Make-Up Design

by Karen Loftus and Josh Hatt

Students will be able to explore the use of make-up as a theatrical tool and demonstrate their knowledge of make-up effectiveness.

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What is a Stage Manager? (Extra Lesson)

by Karen Loftus

We have included a stage management “extra” lesson in this curriculum as an introduction to the stage manager role. Stage management is certainly an important role when it comes to the technical elements of a theatre production.

If you want to include a more realized stage management unit, we have you covered. DTA has an extensive Stage Management Unit in the curriculum section of the DTA website (see link below).

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Culminating Project

by Karen Loftus

Now it’s time for your students to take everything they’ve learned and creatively apply those skills. The goal is for students to take what they’ve been exposed to, explored, and researched about each of the arts and crafts of technical theatre and apply it to a project.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Crafts of Technical Theatre

by Karen Loftus

Students will identify areas of technical theatre known as “crafts” and explore how the use of these crafts affects storytelling.

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Who's Who in a Theatre Company

by Karen Loftus

Students will identify and understand the roles and responsibilities in a theatre company: artistic, production, and business.

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Areas and Elements of the Stage

by Karen Loftus

Students will identify and apply their knowledge of the areas and elements of the stage.

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Types of Theatre Spaces

by Karen Loftus

Students will identify and apply knowledge of different types of theatre spaces.

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Research Project: What is Theatre Production?

by Karen Loftus

Students will research a tech theatre organization and apply their knowledge by creating a marketing brochure.

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Line and Shape

by Karen Loftus

Students explore the design concepts of line and shape and how they can be used by a designer to affect an audience.

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The Effects of Colour

by Karen Loftus

Students continue to explore design through the effects of colour and apply their knowledge.

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Research Project: Elements of Design

by Karen Loftus

Students will research and apply knowledge on the effect of colour.

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What is Scenic Design?

by Karen Loftus

Students explore the effect scenic design can have on storytelling using designed environments from known TV shows and movies.

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The Scenic Design Process

by Karen Loftus

Students explore the process of scenic design so they:
• Have a guided path for work that they might create.
• Understand what information designers need in order to create.

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LESSON PLAN

Utilizing the Script

by Karen Loftus

Students analyze a script to determine scenic needs. They utilize thumbnail sketches to explore potential designs for a play.

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Drafting - Part 1

by Karen Loftus

Students explore an element of scenic design and apply their knowledge in a drafting exercise. They will use this information when they create a ground plan as part of their scenic design.

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Drafting - Part 2

by Karen Loftus

Students apply their knowledge by creating a ground plan.

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Rendering

by Karen Loftus

Students explore an element of scenic design and apply their knowledge to create a rendering.

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Virtual Scene/Set Shop

by Karen Loftus

Students identify tools used in a set/scene shop and understand their functions. They explore the tools by creating a virtual set/scene shop using traditional classroom supplies.

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Shop Safety

by Karen Loftus

Students will identify, comprehend, and demonstrate their knowledge of shop safety by creating a public safety announcement.

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Building Stage Flats

by Karen Loftus

Students will be able to identify the various elements of a stage flat and comprehend the skills, process, and math required to construct a stage flat.

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Research Project: Scenic Construction

by Karen Loftus

To continue exploring elements of scenic construction.

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Gridding Project

by Karen Loftus

Students experiment with the scaling technique of gridding as a way to enlarge a smaller image and mimic the technique scenic painters use to create backdrops.

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Research Project: Scenic Painting

by Karen Loftus

To continue exploring elements of painting techniques.

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Properties and Prop Design

by Karen Loftus

Students demonstrate comprehension of what a property is, the various categories of props, and how props are created.

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How to Create a Master Props List

by Karen Loftus

To put students in a theatre production role and introduce one of the tasks of a prop master: a master props list.

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Props Challenges and How to Overcome Them

by Karen Loftus

To apply problem-solving skills with respect to props challenges.

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Research Project: Props

by Karen Loftus

To continue exploring elements of the role of prop master.

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Lighting Design

by Karen Loftus

To be able to demonstrate knowledge of lighting effectiveness.

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Lighting Systems

by Karen Loftus

To demonstrate comprehension of how lighting systems work.

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Research Project: Lighting

by Karen Loftus

Students will dive deeper in their knowledge of specific lighting equipment and/or systems as a way to further their ability to use lighting as a tool of storytelling.

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Sound Design

by Karen Loftus

To be able to demonstrate knowledge of sound effectiveness.

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Research Project: Greek Myth Sound Assignment

by Karen Loftus

To have students demonstrate an effective use of sound for a specific story.

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Part 1: The Costume Designer

by Karen Loftus

Students are exposed to research, concepts, and skill sets while they explore costume design and the role of the costume designer. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of costume effectiveness.

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Part 2: The Costumer

by Karen Loftus

Students are exposed to research, concepts, and skill sets while they explore the role of the costumer. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of costume effectiveness.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

To apply knowledge in a unit project.

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Paper Runway

by Karen Loftus

To learn and execute a skill associated with a tech theatre role.

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Pillow Construction

by Karen Loftus

To learn and execute a skill associated with a tech theatre role.

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Research Project: Costume Construction - Stitch Lesson

by Karen Loftus

Students take what they’ve learned about a new stitch and demonstrate a way to teach it to others.

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