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1 Technical Theatre Course
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Curriculum

2 Course Description: This course is designed to help students interested in technical aspects of theatre to integrate and build upon concepts and skills acquired in Introduction to Theatre Arts. This course affords students the opportunity to gain experience in all elements of technical theatre through practical application.

3 Units of study Theatre spaces Stagecraft
Scenery construction and painting Scenic design Properties construction and management Theatre management Sound design Masks Stage Management Lighting design Costume design and construction Responsibilities and careers Makeup design and application Special Effects

4 Analysis and Response “Students will study, analyze and respond to a variety of theatre experiences” that will refine skills in: communication collaboration analysis interpretation problem-solving

5 Process and Development
Technical Theatre will focus on the process and development of performances from the technician’s perspective expansion of students’s technical and artistic abilities and appreciation of theatrical arts.

6 Units (protocols and principles )
Unit 1: Safety Unit 2: Theatre Response Unit 3: Principles of Design Unit 4: Application of Design Principles

7 Units (process and production)
Unit 5: Sound Unit 10: Scenery Unit 6: Lighting Unit 11: Technical Production Project/Execution (per semester) Unit 7: Costumes Unit 8: Make-up Unit 9: Props

8 Units (management and careers)
Unit 12: Stage Management Unit 13: Theatre Management and Administration Unit 14: Technical Director Unit 15: Careers in Technical Theatre

9 Unit 1: Safety (General)
Unit elements used in all classes that meet in or have access to theatre space(s)

10 UbD Elements: Safety Established Goals:
To create a culture of safety in the theatre environment Essential Questions: What makes a space safe? For what is each person responsible to be considered safe? What are the guidelines for working safely in theatre?

11 UbD Elements: Safety Students will know...
How to respond to an emergency in the theater What constitutes a safe work space What safety gear is needed for each person How to handle tools and systems safely How to maintain a safe work space

12 UbD Elements: Safety Enduring Understandings: Students will understand that... The very nature of theatre involves some special hazards, including safety hazards, fire hazards and chemical hazards. Backstage crew, performers, and sometimes even the audience can be at risk. It is the responsibility of everyone in the cast and production staff to avoid accidents and to conduct themselves safely in all phases of producing a play.

13 UbD Elements: Safety Students will be skilled in doing:
Responding to an emergency in the theater Safely using, storing and maintaining tools, supplies and equipment Climbing a ladder safely Lifting safely Keeping the space clean and orderly

14 SOL Elements: Safety 2013 SOL Strands: Design and Production Theatre History & Cultural Context Analysis, Evaluation, & Critique Aesthetics Safety

15 Beyond the State Standards:
VBO The student must know how to follow safety guidelines and demonstrate appropriate safety techniques. VBO The student will make connections between theatre safety practices and real world situations.

16 21st Century Skills Emphasis
Critical & Creative Thinkers Innovators, and Problem Solvers Effective Communicators and Collaborators Globally Aware, Independent, Responsible Learners and Citizens Critical Thinking Creative/Innovative Thinking Problem Solving Information Literacy Listening Collaboration Communication Social Responsibility Sustainability Interdependence Health Literacy

17 National Core Arts Anchor Standards

18 Unit Organization Safety 1st!
Align units with production needs WHERE IT REALLY FITS Tech Production unit can work with actual productions or can be done via models Design modules can align with literature in other classes

19 Cornerstone Assessments:
Used to Assess student progress Align classes across the district Clarify purpose of instruction

20 Quarter 2: Cornerstone Assessment
Technical Theatre Cornerstone Assessment Quarter 2: Problem Solving Each paragraph below describes an authentic theatre production challenge that requires you to create a solution. Choose 1 of the 3 challenges to solve. Create a strategy to address the problem. Explain the sequence. Why did you choose that approach? Compare your strategy to other possible choices. (These will probably be those that you brainstorm and choose not to use.) Refer to the rubric for the criteria on which your solution will be evaluated.

21 Cornerstone: Challenge 1
Deck: You are the head of the deck crew for a production of South Pacific. A wedge-shaped (2’X4’X3’) pile of sand and glitter must be removed from the stage floor (DC) between Act I and Act II of every performance. At your disposal are: 5 additional crew members, 3 dust pan/shovels, 4 standard brooms (not push brooms.) Additional tasks to be performed after clean-up are to: strike 2 hinged walls, strike 2 chairs, strike 1 desk, set 2 - 4X8 platforms in the previous sand pile location. You have 1 minute for the shift.

22 Cornerstone: Challenge 2
Costumes: You are the head of the costume crew of a production of Sweeney Todd. An actor is double cast as a lower-class bum who gets his throat slashed and his shirt bloodied before playing a well-to-do father. You have 24 measures (40 seconds) to do the quick change. The bum must minimally have a shirt, trousers and shoes as his wardrobe. The standard upscale wear for a gentleman of the period includes a frock coat, trousers, a matching vest, white shirt and white cravat as well as a top hat and spats. Starting with the first character create the costume plot for the bum and the father and the track for the changes. State the fabric choices (content and color) for both. Illustrate your choices through diagrams, drawings and/ or charts.

23 Cornerstone: Challenge 3
Properties: You are the properties designer for a production of Oklahoma, and you have to create “the little wonder.” The “little wonder” is a kaleidoscope-like device which houses a hidden knife blade. There is a little button on the top that releases the blade from the bottom at a 90 degree angle while the person is looking through the eyehole. Another character can then slam the device into the victim’s chest. Create: a detailed sketch a materials list a building plan working construction drawing in ½” = 1” scale.

24 Teaching Technical Theatre Guide
Joint publication between USITT and EdTA in 1986. Would there be interest in a republication?

25 UbD Format & Standards Publication could be in UbD format Units would cite correlations with National Core Arts Anchor Standards for Theatre Electronic, editable publication for creating learning plans

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