Technical Theatre

Props Fabricator: Fur, Foam & Focus

BY: MICHAEL EDDY via www.stage-directions.com In The Shop with Props Fabricator Zoë Morsette Zoë Morsette knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the theater. Inspired by a childhood filled with art and summer theater on Cape Cod where she grew up, Morsette completed her BA in theater and dance at Skidmore College in 1973 and then moved to NYC. She worked as a milliner at Radio City Music Hall for two years and then as a shop supervisor and fabricator in the display industry for five years. Freelance since 1984, Morsette has built props, models, costumes, and puppets for 51 Broadway productions, dozens of commercials and print ads, feature films, television shows, theme parks, ice shows, ballets, operas, and the Macy’s Parade. Morsette spoke with Stage Directions to discuss her wor...

OPINION: Is Augmented Reality the Future of Stagecraft?

BY HOWARD SHERMAN via www.thestage.co.uk A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald declared that the director of Opera Australia “is staking much of the future and reputation of the national opera company on a digital revolution designed to immerse audiences and create an experience more akin to watching a movie than traditional opera”. To deploy a shopworn phrase usually applied to shows where the story is weak but the physical production stunning, it sounds as if there’s a desire to have Sydney opera-goers come out humming the scenery. The article focuses on the opera company’s extensive use of flat-screen video technology in its upcoming production of Aida. I write with no knowledge of the Australian opera scene and limited knowledge of current opera production, but it sounds as if ...

Busch Gardens: Now Hiring Event Install Technicians

Overview Are your the type of person who: Likes to work with your hands? Enjoys finding creative solutions? Appreciates hard work and participating in a team environment that leads to great results? Loves to put a smile on someone’s face? If this describes you, we have immediate openings for 6 to 10 seasonal Event Install Technicians at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We have a fast paced work environment where fun is the key. The positions will be for 4 to 6 months and give you opportunities to expand your resume and experience. Primary purpose and function of the Event Install Technician position: Executes Entertainment Event Installation and Deconstruction. Collaborates with Entertainment Production/Operations, Theming, and Theatrical Services teams to achieve project goals and object...

Scene Shops: The General Layout

BY GEORGE LEDO via www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com Now and then I see a post in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) open forum regarding ideas for a new scene shop, or tools, or something related, so I decided to do a few pieces here. This first one is about scene shops in general, the second will be about work areas and storage of tools and equipment, and subsequent ones will be about related subjects. First off, a scene shop is nothing more than a dedicated place to build custom items which may be made of wood, plastic, metal, or other materials. The process, the tools, the ideal layout, and everything else are pretty much the same as in any other custom shop that specializes in these materials, the main difference being that the scene shop is used to build scenery instead of c...

How To Make a Marking Gauge for Curves

BY CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ via www.popularwoodworking.com If you work with curves, you need a marking gauge that can deal with curves. Me, I make chairs. So I need a gauge that can follow the curve of a seat so I can delineate the lines for the scooped-out saddle, the spindles and the “gutter” – a shallow and decorative channel on traditional chairs. I also need a gauge such as this for marking out the armbow and the crest rail. These curves on a chair are convex and generally represent one radius. So the easiest solution is to use a marking gauge that has two points (instead of a flat face) that will follow a curve. This type of gauge was once quite common. And you can still buy them new if you look hard enough. A simple solution is to modify your existing marking gauge so it can follow curve...

How -To: Benches from ‘Beautiful Star’

BY ERIC HART via http://www.props.eric-hart.com A few months ago, Triad Stage put on their Christmas show, Beautiful Star. Though it was a remount, it had some major design changes this year. For the props shop, we needed to build six church benches that could be rearranged throughout the show to create various “locations.” For the quatrefoil cut-out, I laid out the pattern with a compass and cut it with a jigsaw. I sanded it smooth using a sanding drum that was nearly the same diameter as the individual circles in the pattern. Cutting the quatrefoils I took the time to make one of the quatrefoils as perfect as possible, and then used a pattern cutting bit on my router to cut the rest of the side panels. I needed twelve panels for the six benches I was making. So many panels The team wante...

Carnival Entertainment: Technician Postitions NOW HIRING

AUDIO TECHNICIAN OVERVIEW: The Audio Technician is responsible for the safe and proper operation of all the audio systems in the main theater for all shows and activities (includes full-cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Carnival Legends Show, Game Shows, lounge talks & presentations and more). You are also responsible for the cleaning, maintenance and ensuring the proper functioning of all audio systems in the various venues around the ship. APPLY FOR THIS JOB AUTOMATION TECHNICIAN OVERVIEW: The Automation technician is the operator of the automated stage rigging system in the main theater (up to 32 automated drops) for all shows and activities (includes full-cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Carnival Legends S...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

Acting Games

Acting Games Warm-ups and practices are meant to be productive, but why not make them fun by playing games to get you into the groove (because who doesn’t like to play games)? Not only can these activities help students get warmed up, but they also help them feel more comfortable and focused. The games are broken into categories and also list the age range they work best for and the difficulty level. There are games for all ages included, some of which you may have heard of before. Remember, you can’t put an age on having fun! Check out the link below to get started with these helpful tools! http://www.stagemilk.com/acting-games/

Know Before You Go: A USITT 2018 Guide

BY: JENN SHURON via www.usittshow.com   Know where you’re going and when Already registered? Great! Pick up your badge during these hours Find your way on the Expo Floor with the Stage Expo Map Plan out your schedule and stay current with room changes and other announcements with the USITT Show App.  Get your hands dirty Sign up for these Demos and Trainings to enhance your Conference experience. Is your first choice full? Check back for cancellations throughout the week: Console Training Prop Lab Lighting Studio Costume Lab Sound Lab Makeup Lab Expo Extravaganza! Make these Stage Expo areas part of your schedule: Interview Area: Make your LinkedIn profile visible to recruiters and set up meetings with exhibitors in the interview area. Resume Doctor: Looking to polish your resume? Stop by ...

THEATRICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – Apply Today!

via www.roundabouttheatre.org Did you know that you can have a long and rewarding career in the theatre even if you never set foot on stage? Come backstage—that’s where the action is! Roundabout Theatre Company is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents many of the behind-the-scenes workers in theatre and film, to deliver a new, three-year training program. This new program is unparalleled because participants, all 18–24, will work hands-on in multiple disciplines of technical theatre, training with some of the industry’s top professionals. YEAR ONE: Based at Roundabout, participants will receive training in multiple areas of technical theatre including carpentry, lighting, audio and wardrobe. Participants will also have the o...

Props from Hamilton & More Featured Up Close in New Exhibit

BY RUTHIE FIERBERG via www.playbill.com Pieces by the Public Theater’s Jay Duckworth and other prop masters will be on display in the new exhibit Props and Fine Art From Movies, Television & Theatre at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, opening in March. A hero prop is any item meant to be used by a show’s leading actor. That could be a letter, like the one Phillipa Soo burned in Hamilton, or Shylock’s money box, like the one Al Pacino held in The Merchant of Venice (both featured in the exhibit). Props are the object you don’t think about—and aren’t supposed to. “I’m sure you have seen my team’s work before, but I hope that you have never noticed it,” says Duckworth. “Unfortunately, that is the goal for a props master is to be so seamless our work only catches the eye whe...