Theatre Arts 25
Rhett Bryson

M-F 11:00 - 11:50 • The Playhouse & the Scenic Shop
Required Lab: Min. of 3 hrs. a week working in Scenic Shop



  • 1. To gain an understanding of technical theatre nomenclature, tools, materials and processes involved in the planning, construction and painting of standard stage scenery.

    2. To have experience in the practical construction, rigging and painting of stage scenery in scenic laboratory and in actual production situations.

    3. To gain proficiency in the skills involved with shop and stage crew management.

    4. To develop the ability to imaginatively solve non-standard scenic construction and rigging problems.

    5. To learn how the work of the scenic technician fits in with the other theatrical collaborators.

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    The Stagecraft Handbook - Ionazzi
    Backstage Handbook - Carter
    (I strongly suggest you buy:)
    Designing and Drawing For The Theatre - Lynn Pectal


    Thu Mar 04 Intro-Assignments-Requirements
    Fri Mar 05 Tools - Shop {BH-Tools}{(SH, ch 1,2,3}

    Mon Mar 08 TEST (Common Nails - Wood Saws)Materials{BH-Hardware} (SH, ch 5)
    Tue Mar 09 Materials {BH-Materials}
    Wed Mar 10 Work
    Thu Mar 11 Materials {BH-Shop Math}
    Fri Mar 12 Work

    Mon Mar 15 TEST (Lumber - Hole Boring) Materials *TOOL SAMPLER DUE*
    Tue Mar 16 Materials {BH-Theatre}
    Wed Mar 17 Flats {SH-109-135}
    Thu Mar 18 Work {BH-Architecture}
    Fri Mar 19 Work

    Mon Mar 22 TEST (Wood Screws-Nuts & Bolts) Flats, 2-D Scenery (SH - 136-153)
    Tue Mar 23 Flats - Other 2-D Scenery *WOOD JOINTS DUE*
    Wed Mar 24 Windows, Doors
    Thu Mar 25 Work
    Fri Mar 26 Platforms {SH- 153-172}

    Mon Mar 29 TEST (Painting-Electricity) Stairs, Other 3-D Units, Drops and Curtains
    Tue Mar 30 Work
    Wed Mar 31 Work *FLATS DUE*
    Thu Apr 01 Safety {BH-59-72}
    Fri Apr 02 EASTER BREAK

    Mon Apr 05 EASTER BREAK
    Tue Apr 06 Handling - Joining (SH, ch 7)
    Thu Apr 08 *KNOTS DUE* (SH, ch 7) [Professor Harrell, McAlister Aud.]{BH-73-80}
    Fri Apr 09 Rigging [Professor Harrell, McAlister Aud.]

    Mon Apr 12 Shifting
    Tue Apr 13 Shifting - Bracing
    Wed Apr 14 Jacks - Wagons
    Thu Apr 15 Rigging
    Fri Apr 16 Work

    Mon Apr 19 Working Drawings {Sh, ch 4}
    Tue Apr 20 Crew Organization
    Wed Apr 21 Painting
    Thu Apr 22 Painting
    Fri Apr 23 Painting

    Mon Apr 26 Work
    Tue Apr 27 Work
    Wed Apr 28 Work
    Thu Apr 29 Work
    Fri Apr 30 *PAINT SAMPLES DUE*

    Mon May 03 Painting
    Tue May 04 Painting
    Wed May 05 Work
    Thu May 06 Work
    Fri May 07 Painting

    Mon May 10 Work
    Tue May 11 Work
    Wed May 12 Work
    Thu May 13 Work
    Fri May 14 Work

    Mon May 17 Work
    Tue May 18 Work
    Wed May 19 *MASONIC PAINTINGS DUE* Clean-Up Day
    Thu May 20 Study Day ( be sure you do!)

    •FINAL EXAMINATION Friday May 21, 1999, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

    Grade Based On:

  • Shop work (You are expected to work a mininum of 3 hours a week in the scenic shop)
    Use of Internet and computing technologies
    Shop Supervision & Quality of work
    Tool Sampler
    Wood Joints
    Knot Proficiency
    Paint Samples
    Flat Construction
    Masonic Painting Detail Enlargement
    4 Tests on Inst. Panels (
    averaged as one grade)
    Mid-Term Exam (Double grade)
    Final Exam (Double grade)
    Some surprise tests
    Class attendance
    (You are expected to be in class EVERY day)


    Painting Extra Reading List:

    Scenery For The Theatre - Burris-Myer & Cole; Chapter 10
    Scenery Artist’s Handbook - Catalog from Gothic Color Company
    Notes On Scene Painting - Bradford Ashworth
    Designing & Painting For The Theatre - Lynn Pectal



  • Tool Sampler
  • Label all processes and materials
    1x5x2’ pine or fir (max size)
    Upson Board (6x6 max size)
    Masonite (6x6 max size)
    Scenic cloth (6x6 max size)
    1/4 ply (6x6 max size)
    Any other scenic materials not over 6x6 max size
    drill press power hand drill
    hand drill countersink wood screw
    cutawl router
    dado cut table saw
    radial arm saw pop rivet
    grommet band saw
    sabre saw hot glue
    dowel (2" max) glued carpenter’s glue
    air stapler air nailer
    soldering iron
    surform tool power sander
    flexible shaft tool Freud "Biscuit" Joiner
    Power miter saw
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    Wood Joints
  • Maximum 7" pieces of 1x3
    label each joint
    attach or drill and tie
    Lap Butt & Cornerblock
    Butt & Keystone Butt & Batten
    End Halved Center Halved
    Dado Notched
    Miter Cleated
    Blocked (Other types, extra credit)
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  • Know when used, characteristics, how to tie
    Overhand Square
    Figure Eight Bowline
    Sheet Bend Clove Hitch
    Fisherman’s Bend Lash Line Tie
    Running Bowline (Hang from the wall)
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    Paint Samples

  • Samples should be on 1x1 foot squares, scenic cloth or scrap Upson board. Samples should be labeled and have your name on them. The woodgrain, moulding and wallpaper samples should be painted on your flat.

    Shaded base coat Wet scumble base coat
    Dry scumble base coat Puddling (Marble)
    Burlap roll texture coat Spattering
    Woodgrain Moulding
    Wallpaper (at least 2 color) Stippling
    Bricks (With or without real texture) Sponging
    Schlipitzka Applique
    Invented texture Others - extra credit

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    Theatre and the InterNet


    Get a Furman E-Mail account. Discover and learn how to use the network programs on University computers found in the various labs. Discover and learn how to use the networking resources available on the Drama Department computers.

    Learn about and how to use: Netscape, LotusNotes

    Using Netscape, connect to the Drama department home page: ../dramadept/dramadept.html.

    Select Internet Theatre Resources. Select Comprehensive Guide to Theatre Resources. This resource explains the hows and who-to’s of connecting with the various resources available. It is the one place to learn how to access Usenet resources, Listservers and sites on the WWW.

    I expect you to subscribe to a minimum of 2 Listservers(the Stagecraft list must be one of these. You should also regularly access a minimum of 2 World Wide Web sites.

    You are expected to share any new or potentially useful information, site locations, addresses and felicitous discoveries with the rest of the class (and the instructor) via E-Mail.

    I will expect oral reports from you on the information received from these resources. You may be tested on your proficiency in use of the network and on the information found there. It is essential that you learn to use network resources as a tool to assist with research and to make vital connections to information in our profession. In addition to being a very efficient way to communicate with colleagues - both locally and globally - it is a way to keep abreast of the latest information in your fields of interest.

    Graduates of this department have accessed information about graduate schools, job opportunities an had questions about theatre problems answered via the network. A very recent graduate has received a significant job advancement because of his computing and InterNet experience and skills.