Lighting For Theater (2nd Edition in Production)

Lighting For Theater (2nd Edition in Production)

$229.00

This hands-on primer will produce results on your stage by giving your students the skills required to light a stage evenly, establish basic moods, create some basic special effects, and troubleshoot many common problems.

  • Walks students through a step-by-step process for lighting a show, from designing and executing a basic light plot, hanging, circuiting, patching, subbing and cueing.
  • Differentiates the creative uses of various lighting instruments and control equipment.
  • Addresses Lighting Safety (wiring connectors, changing lamps, dimmer capacity, cable size for capacity, and other safety issues).
  • The upcoming 2nd edition will address Intelligent Lighting, LEDs, and Projections.

Hosts: Bob Fowler and Marti Fowler

The third program of the Practical Technical Theatre (PTT) Series, Lighting for Theater, provides a "nuts and bolts" approach to learning basic lighting concepts for live productions. Bob and Marti Fowler, co-creators of the PTT series and career theater educators with over 60 years of combined experience, lead this interactive lesson plan, taking your class step-by-step through the process of lighting a show.

Putting Basic Lighting Theory to Work

Lighting for Theater is not a theoretical treatise on different schools of lighting theory, color temperature and the like. Instead, enough theory is covered so a teacher who has limited lighting experience, along with his or her class, can design and execute a basic light plot.

Instruments and Equipment

One of the most important skills in theater lighting is the ability to determine which instruments to use in different positions in the theater to achieve desired moods and effects. Lighting for Theater teaches students how to identify and creatively use various lighting instruments and equipment, including dimmers and controllers. Students also learn how to apply basic lighting concepts such as plugging, patching, subbing and cueing. As with all programs in the Practical Technical Theatre series, safety issues are highlighted and addressed.

Light Your Stage!

By the time the teacher and students finish this program, they will have the skills required to light a stage evenly, establish basic moods, create some basic special effects, and troubleshoot many common problems. This is a hands-on primer that will produce results on your stage!

Day 1 Reasons for Using Stage Lighting

  • 3 Controllable Qualities of Light – Intensity

Day 2 3 Controllable Qualities of Light - Color

  • 3 Controllable Qualities of Light- Distribution

Day 3 Types of Lighting Instruments

  • Lighting Positions
  • Review for Written Assessment

Day 4 Review for Written Assessment

  • Written Assessment

Day 5 Basic Lighting Design

  • Doing a Hanging Plot

Day 6 Patching Schedule

  • Cueing the Show
  • Hanging, Focusing, and Gelling your Show
  • Troubleshooting Common Problems

Day 7 Review for Written Assessment

  • Written Assessment

Day 8-9 Design a light plot for a one-act play (OPTIONAL)

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:

  • a. Explain the functions and interrelated nature of scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes and make-up in creating an environment appropriate for the drama
  • b. Analyze improvised and scripted scenes for technical requirements
  • c. Develop focused ideas for the environment using visual elements (line, color, texture, space), visual principles (repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, unity), and aural qualities (pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, expression) from traditional and nontraditional sources
  • 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 9 - 12:

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

Achievement Standard, Proficient:

  • a. Explain the basic physical and chemical properties of the technical aspects of theatre (such as light, color, electricity, paint, and make-up)
  • b. analyze a variety of dramatic texts from cultural and historical perspectives to determine production requirements
  • c. Develop designs that use visual and aural elements to convey environments that clearly support the text.
  • d. Apply technical knowledge and skills to collaboratively and safely create functional scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes and make-up

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • e. Explain how scientific and technological advances have impacted set, light, sound and costume design and implementation for theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions
  • f. Collaborate with directors to develop unified production concepts that convey the metaphorical nature of the drama for informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions
  • g. Safely construct and efficiently operate technical aspects of theatre, film, television, or electronic media productions

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

Practical Technical Theatre Lighting for TheatreAlignments to the National Core Arts Theatre Standards

 

TH: Cr1.1.5

B. Propose design ideas that support the story and given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.6

B. Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.7

B. Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.8

B. Imagine and explore solutions to design challenges of a performance space in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cr1.1. I

B. Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cr1.1. II

B. Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Cr1.1. III

B. Create a complete design for a drama/theatre work that incorporates all elements of technology.

 

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: Pr6.1.5

A. Present a drama/theatre work informally to an audience.

 

TH: Pr6.1.6

A. Adapt a drama/theatre work and present it informally for an audience.

 

TH: Pr6.1.7

A. Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

 

TH: Pr6.1.8

A. Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

 

HS Proficient TH: Pr6.1. I

A. Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Pr6.1. II

A. Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.

 

HS Advanced TH: Pr6.1. III

A. Present a drama/theatre production for a specific audience that employs research and analysis grounded in the creative perspectives of the playwright, director, designer, and dramaturg.

 

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.

 

TH: Cn11.2.5

B. Identify historical sources that explain drama/theatre terminology and conventions.

 

TH: Cn11.2.6

B. Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

 

 

TH: Cn11.2.7

B. Examine artifacts from a time period and geographic location to better understand performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cn11.2.8

B. Identify and use artifacts from a time period and place to develop performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cn11.2. I

B. Use basic theatre research methods to better understand the social and cultural background of a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cn11.2. II

B. Explore how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of research data applied in drama/theatre work.

 

 

HS Advanced TH: Cn11.2. III

B. Present and support an opinion about the social, cultural, and historical understanding of a drama/theatre work, based on critical research.