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Learning Recommendations:  None

General Description: The magic of theatre begins with the tech crew! In this course students will enjoy exploring what goes on backstage. Through hands-on activities and projects students will gain experience in rigging, property design, construction, and organization, basic flat construction, elements of lighting and light board operation, scenic painting techniques, stage management, and the overall care of the theatre. Students will contribute practical hours to support community and school productions. Students may also acquire practical hours through designing lights for concerts, acting as the light board operator, helping to build sets for productions, acting as stage manager for school productions, etc. Careers will be explored through interaction with professional theatre companies, guest artists, field trips, and fieldwork. The course is designed to prepare students for actual work in performance related fields.


  • Stagecraft
  • Production design
  • House management
  • Stage management
  • Running crew jobs
  • Flying crew jobs
  • Production stage management
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Budgeting


  • Building sets
  • Designing sets
  • Participating in house management for productions
  • Working on running and flying crews
  • Hanging and operating lighting and sound for productions
  • Passing shop and theatre safety tests

Homework:  Students will be required to complete outside reading assignments from their class text. Teacher will also assign reading from in class packets.

Course Fee / Materials:  $30 fee. Appropriate clothing for class work involving painting, sawdust, etc.

Fine Arts Credit Note: This course does not meet four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts