Course title



Introduction to Technical Theare

Course description

2015-2016 Course Proposal
Pilot: Intermediate Technical Theatre
Justification; Course Outline; Alignment with Standards
Campo Verde High School

At CVHS; we have two technical theatre classes; Beginning and Advanced. Courses meet at separate times; which permits advanced students to concentrate primarily on production and beginning students to work on basic skills.
Students in the beginning class contribute 10 hours to production each semester outside of class. This can be working on set construction or running crew for a one-act or mainstage production. Some students elect to participate more fully in theatre performance; but this is not required at this level.
Advanced students in performance troupe are required to participate significantly in all mainstage productions. One of these is the Performance Troupe production; mounted by members of the troupe rather than the department as a whole. Advanced tech students work on design as well as the higher levels of management during production. In addition; they may assist in one-acts although this is not required work for them.
Missing from this equation is an intermediate step; where students utilize their skills to do elementary design and production tasks. These students would contribute significantly to one acts; typically productions of 20-40 minutes with more minimal set; prop and costume requirements. Students in the intermediate class could also fill crew positions on mainstage productions; allowing them to train for the higher management and design tasks of production.
The intermediate students would meet with the beginning students. While beginners work on learning basic skills; the intermediate students would take these one step further; preparing props; costumes; set for production. They could also use their class time to work on production tasks for one acts – light cues; sound cues; costumes; props; and the more basic stage management tasks of one acts.
Meeting with the beginning class allows this class to grow without the difficulties presented by 30-40 beginning students unfamiliar with shop tools and machinery in one class. Beginners could comprise up to 20 students with intermediate students adding to class size.
Advanced students would continue to meet with performance troupe; allowing that class size to remain stable.

Course Competencies
Competencies listed in line with National Core Arts Standards for Theatre Arts

Intermediate theatre; proposed competency National Core Arts Standards
1. Research aspects of a play for design and production work. Th:Cn10.1; TH:Cn11.1; TH:Cn11.2; TH:Cr1.1; TH:Cr2.1; Th:Pr4.1
2. Identify and utilize advanced construction techniques for set; costume; props THCr3.1; TH:Pr5.1
3. Identify and utilize production techniques and become familiar with production software for sound and lighting Th:CR.3.1; TH:Pr6.1; Th:Pr5.1;
4. Identify and work with elements of design for all aspects of production TH:Cn10.1; TH:Cn11.1; TH:Cn11.2
TH:Pr6.1; Th:Re8.1
5. Implement pre-production organization for sound; lights; set; costumes and properties Th:CR.3.1; TH:Pr5.1; TH:Pr6.1; Th:Re7.1
6. Identify; create and utilize proper organizational tools in production (plots and prompt books) Th:CR.3.1; TH:Pr5.1
7. Explore management and leadership roles in production TH:Pr5.1; TH:Pr6.1
8. Identify; implement and follow all safety guidelines prior to and during production; including safety on set Th:CR.3.1; TH:Pr5.1; TH:Pr6.1
9. Identify; interpret and implement designs based on documentation provided (set; sound; lights; costumes) TH:Cn10.1; TH:Cn11.2; TH:Cr1.1; TH:Cr2.1Th:Pr4.1; TH:Re7.1
10. Explore and create basic designs for production following guidelines for design Identify and implement TH:Cn10.1; TH:Cn11.1; TH:Cn11.2; TH:Cr1.1; TH:Cr2.1; Th:Pr6.1; TH:Re8.1
11. Participate in rehearsals and productions within the theatre department as technical crew Th: CR.3.1; TH:Pr5.1; TH:Pr6.1
12. Evaluate performance through post-mortem process TH:Re7.1;TH:Re8.1; Th:Re9.1

Course Outline
1. Set construction techniques
a. Advanced work with jigsaw; handsaw; table saw
b. Scenic painting techniques
c. Construction: Weight/load; safety considerations

2. Set design
a. Elements of design
b. Written design concepts
c. Drafting: VectorWorks; AutoCad; mechanical drawing

3. Lighting
a. Elements of lighting design
b. Written design concepts
c. Light plots
d. Hang & Focus
e. Patching
f. Maintenance of lighting equipment

4. Sound
a. Elements of sound design
b. Microphones
c. Sound effects; show music
d. Sound cues; QLab
e. Manipulating sound: audacity

5. Properties
a. Elements of Property design
b. Prop construction techniques
c. Prop plot & organization
d. Handling / maintenance of properties

6. Costumes
a. Elements of Costume Design
b. Costume construction techniques
c. Costume plot and organization
d. Care and maintenance of costumes

7. Research and Proposals
a. Technical theatre research
b. Proposals and research reports
c. Implementing research in production

8. Management
a. Director’s concepts
b. Promptbooks
c. Calendars and deadlines
d. Organizing crews
e. Supervision of crews; crew heads
f. Calling shows
g. Strike organization

School country

United States

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School city


School / district Address

3780 S Quartz St

School zip code


Requested competency code

Fine Arts

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • FIAR
  • 1 year of Fine Art

Approved date

Online / Virtual