Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety

Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety

$229.00

This program demonstrates how to become a safe and efficient stage carpenter.

  • Identifies basic safety rules that apply to any theater, including set strike.
  • Demonstrates how to safely use common hand tools in three categories: measuring and marking, cutting and shaping, and joining tools.
  • Tours a completed interior set, then takes students back to the shop for lessons on constructing practical set pieces such as platforms, stair units and wagons. Scale drawings and computer generated graphics reinforce the construction techniques shown.
  • Demonstrates flat construction, including joining techniques such as how to use hinges and lash lines, battens and keeper hooks, and how to dutchman.
  • Explores options for dressing out a set with props.

Hosts: Bob Fowler and Marti Fowler

Shop Safety & Set Construction 
For The Acting Teacher

Many secondary theater teachers have a very strong background in performance and directing, but feel less comfortable swinging a hammer or using a power tool. Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety is a program geared towards those teachers and towards aspiring technical theater students. The program was developed by Bob and Marti Fowler, career theater teachers with over 60 years of combined educational and professional theatrical experience.

Theater Safety

A theater can be a very dangerous place to work. While this program is by no means an exhaustive OSHA analysis of your theater, there are basic safety rules that apply to any theater.

Tool Safety

Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety also shows, through demonstration, not just lecture, how to safely use common hand tools. These tools are divided into three categories: measuring and marking, cutting and shaping, and joining tools.

Set Construction

Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety begins with a tour of a completed interior set. The DVD then breaks the set into it's component parts. The tour stops and returns to the shop and shows how to construct practical set pieces such as platforms, stair units, and wagons. Scale drawings, and computer generated graphics reinforce the construction techniques shown on the program. Flat construction is next, including joining techniques such as how to use hinges and lash lines, battens and keeper hooks, and how to dutchman. Finally, how to dress out a set with set props is examined.

Striking the Set

Striking a set can be the most hazardous time of a production. Basic safety guidelines and the order in which a set is struck are covered.

Day 1 Lesson Design

  • General Theater Safety Resource Sheet
  • General Theater Safety Scoring Guide
  • Measuring and Marking Tools Safety Resource Sheet
  • Measuring and Marking Tools Safety Scoring Guide

Day 2 Lesson Design

  • Measuring and Marking Tools-Safety Written Assessment
  • Measuring and Marking Tools-Safety Written Assessment Answer Sheet
  • Measuring and Marking Tools-Safety Written Assessment Scoring Guide

Day 3 Lesson Design

  • Cutting-Joining Tools Resource Sheet
  • Cutting Joining Tools Scoring Guide

Day 4 Lesson Design

  • Materials Resource Sheet
  • Materials Scoring Guide
  • Fasteners Resource Sheet
  • Fasteners Scoring Guide

Day 5 Lesson Design

  • Cutting-Joining-Materials Written Assessment
  • Cutting-Joining-Materials Written Assessment Answer Sheet
  • Cutting-Joining-Materials Written Assessment Scoring Guide

Day 6 Lesson Design

  • Set-Housing Differences Resource Sheet
  • Set-Housing Differences Scoring Guide
  • Platforms Resource Sheet
  • Platforms Scoring Guide

Day 7 Lesson Design

  • Legging Platforms Resource Sheet
  • Legging Platforms Scoring Guide
  • Wagons Resource Sheet
  • Wagons Scoring Guide

Day 8 Lesson Design

  • Stairs Resource Sheet
  • Stairs Scoring Guide

Day 9 Practical Units of Scenery Written Assessment

  • Practical Units of Scenery Written Assessment Answer Sheet
  • Practical Units of Scenery Written Assessment Scoring Guide

Day 10 Lesson Design

  • Flats Resource Sheet
  • Flats Scoring Guide
  • Evaluation Sheet /Rubric

Day 11 Lesson Design 1st Half of Class

  • Flats Construction Test
  • Flats Construction Test Scoring Guide
  • Lesson Design 2nd Half of Class
  • Covering, Joining, Dutching Flats Resource Sheet
  • Covering, Joining, Dutching Flats Scoring Guide

Day 12 Lesson Design

  • Review for Written Assessment

Day 13 Lesson Design

  • Covering, Joining, Dutching Flats Written Assessment
  • Covering, Joining, Dutching Flats Written Assessment Scoring Guide

Day 14 Lesson Design

  • Strike Safety Resource Sheet
  • Strike Safety Scoring Guide

Day 15 Lesson Design

  • Strike Safety Written Assessment
  • Strike Safety Written Assessment Scoring Guide

CHAPTER INDEX, AND ALIGNMENTS TO THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ARTS EDUCATION (PRE - 2015)

National Content Standard 5 - 8:

3. Designing by developing environments for improvised and scripted scenes.

Achievement Standard:

3. d. Work collaboratively and safely to select and create elements of scenery, properties, lighting, and sound to signify environments, and costumes and makeup to suggest character.

National Content Standard Grades 9 - 12:

3. Designing and producing by conceptualizing and realizing artistic
interpretations for informal and formal productions.

  • d. Proficient Apply technical knowledge and skills to collaboratively and safely create functional scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes, and make-up.
  • h. Advanced Safely construct and efficiently operate technical aspects of theater, film, television, or electronic media productions.

CHAPTER INDEX, AND ALIGNMENTS TO THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ARTS EDUCATION (2015 - PRESENT)

Practical Technical Theatre Set Construction and Theatre Safety - Alignments to the National Core Arts Theatre Standards

 

TH: Cr2.1.5

B. Participate in defined responsibilities required to present a drama/theatre work informally to an audience.

 

TH: Cr2.1.6

B. Contribute ideas and accept and incorporate the ideas of others in preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr2.1.7

B. Demonstrate mutual respect for self and others and their roles in preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr2.1. 8

B. Share leadership and responsibilities to develop collaborative goals when preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cr2. 1. I

B. Investigate the collaborative nature of the actor, director, playwright and designers and explore their interdependent roles in drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cr2.1. II

B. Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Cr2.1. III

B. Collaborate as a creative team to discover artistic solutions and make interpretive choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr3.1.5

C. Create innovative solutions to design and technical problems that arise in rehearsal for a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr3.1.6

C. Explore a planned technical design during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

 

 

TH: Cr3.1.7

C. Consider multiple planned technical design elements during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr3.1.8

C. Implement and refine a planned technical design using simple technology during the rehearsal process for devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cr3.1. I

C. Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cr3.1. II

C. Re-imagine and revise technical design choices during the course of a rehearsal process to enhance the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Cr3.1. III

C. Apply a high level of technical proficiencies to the rehearsal process to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.5

B. Demonstrate the use of technical elements in a drama/theatre work.

 

 

TH: Pr5.1.6

B. Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.7

B. Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.8

B. Use a variety of technical elements to create a design for a rehearsal or drama/theatre production.

HS Proficient TH: Pr5.1. I

B. Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Pr5. 1. II

B. Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

 

 

HS Advanced TH: Pr5.1. III

B. Explain and justify the selection of technical elements used to build a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

 

TH: Re9.1.5 

B. Assess how technical elements represent the theme of a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Re9.1.6

B. Apply production elements used in a drama/theatre work to assess aesthetic choices.

 

TH:Re9.1.7

B. Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Re9.1.8

B. Apply the production elements used in a drama/theatre work to assess aesthetic choices.

 

HS Proficient TH: Re9.1. I

B. Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Re9.1. II

B. Construct meaning in a drama/theatre work, considering personal aesthetics and knowledge of production elements while respecting others’ interpretations.

 

HS Advanced TH: Re9.1. III

B. Analyze and evaluate varied aesthetic interpretations of production elements for the same drama/theatre work.