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  • Orville H Platt High School
  • Meriden, CT
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Our students want to build and create their own worlds. These materials will allow our students to engage authentically in the design, building, and construction of sets for the school's theatre program. The students have for years had grand dreams of what their plays could be, but have found themselves limited by a lack of resources and facilities. Most recently, the construction our school has undergone has led to the disposal of all of our pre-existing stock set pieces. The students now find themselves without a way to replace these materials or create new ones. With these tools, students will learn and utilize the technology necessary to create the quality sets they have imagined for years. The tools listed are the basic items, including screws, saws, and hammers, necessary for the design and construction of platforms and flats, which are the standard building blocks of set design. I want the students to be able to engage authentically in the entire process of technical theatre, and with these tools they will be able to do that. They will be able to set up their own scenic design shop, where they will, with the tools provided draft their own sets, measure and cut the materials, and construct the final set pieces. Additionally, these are the same building tools used in the professional worlds of both theatre and construction, so by gaining familiarity with the tools, the students will be better prepared for careers in these fields. My students want the technical elements of their plays to match the energy and devotion they put into them, but have been limited by a lack of basic construction tools. If we had the tools on this list, I know that they would be capable of designing and building the sets that they dream of.

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Our students want to build and create their own worlds. These materials will allow our students to engage authentically in the design, building, and construction of sets for the school's theatre program. The students have for years had grand dreams of what their plays could be, but have found themselves limited by a lack of resources and facilities. Most recently, the construction our school has undergone has led to the disposal of all of our pre-existing stock set pieces. The students now find themselves without a way to replace these materials or create new ones. With these tools, students will learn and utilize the technology necessary to create the quality sets they have imagined for years. The tools listed are the basic items, including screws, saws, and hammers, necessary for the design and construction of platforms and flats, which are the standard building blocks of set design. I want the students to be able to engage authentically in the entire process of technical theatre, and with these tools they will be able to do that. They will be able to set up their own scenic design shop, where they will, with the tools provided draft their own sets, measure and cut the materials, and construct the final set pieces. Additionally, these are the same building tools used in the professional worlds of both theatre and construction, so by gaining familiarity with the tools, the students will be better prepared for careers in these fields. My students want the technical elements of their plays to match the energy and devotion they put into them, but have been limited by a lack of basic construction tools. If we had the tools on this list, I know that they would be capable of designing and building the sets that they dream of.

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