My technical theatre students are a very eager bunch. Their past few teachers have neglected to show them the basics of technical theatre, such as painting, drilling, tool safety, and design. As this year has progressed I have seen a change in the desire to create. Technical Theatre utilizes certain skills coupled with imagination in order to create the necessities for a production: sets, costumes, lighting, sound. My students are becoming more driven to learn and create, as well as finding new ways in which to do this.
Currently, my students have designed set pieces for our upcoming Christmas play, such as a gingerbread table with gumdrop trim made from plastic Easter egg bottoms and lined with lights and tinsel, and an archway with Christmas present bases and candy cane columns made from concrete tubes they wrapped with white and red duct tape.
They have also repurposed three chairs, removing the bottoms and reupholstering them in red faux leather, painting the frames green and the footrest in a red and white candy cane pattern. I am delighted to see my students beginning to take ownership of their department and their work.
I am committed to teaching my students the importance of technical theatre, and how it enhances any production. I teach my students that theatre is a collaborative art form that utilizes all disciplines.
We have a production going up in February, for which we will be constructing a boxed set; however, my students have never taken on such a task, but they are extremely eager to try.
Part of this task will be painting the set to appear like the interior of a New York style apartment. We will be needing quite a bit of paint, as well as rollers, tape, and brushes. I feel that when we complete this set my students will see the fruits of their labor coming to life, and how teamwork really does make the dream work.
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