Stage management and technical theatre production

Course Dates: 10/02/20 - 05/04/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Lucy Ellis

The core session times are Mondays and Fridays 18:30-21:30. Sessions will increase to include Sundays 11:00 – 16:30 from the 1st March 2020 onwards. This is to work in line with the CL Theatre company rehearsals. Individual call times may vary but 100% attendance is required whenever you are called.* Please note attendance at required Sunday sessions will be dependent on the technical role that you are allocated within the tech team. You will need an ability and willingness to have some flexibility.

This course will give you an excellent introduction to what is involved in Stage Managing a theatre production. You will also gain insight into lighting and sound. Following some preliminary practical sessions, you will go on to develop your skills while working as part of the student technical team, supporting the CL Theatre Company show. This is a unique and excellent opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience. This course is suitable for beginners or those with some previous experience.


What is the course about?

This is a fully immersive and practical course. You will work ‘in role’ under the guidance of an experienced course tutor and engage with the director and the acting students that comprise the City Lit Theatre Company. Forming part of the tech team you will work towards meeting the full technical demands of the term's production which will be performed to the public, on site in the John Lyon's Theatre. Depending on interest, aptitude and any prior learning you will develop skills in one of the core areas of stage management, lighting or sound and gain insight into the full theatrical process from initial rehearsal through to performance week. There may also, depending on the production, be opportunities to explore design elements of the show including lighting, sound, set and costume.
This is a demanding course in which you will work collaboratively and creatively as you develop some key skills and begin to build a C.V. Your full commitment is required and you will need to be available to be present at all sessions that you are called for throughout the course. Please consider that once 'in role' you are likelyto be required to work independently beyond the sessions.

Production Week- Sunday 29th March to Sunday 5th April 2020.
In addition to the weekly course hours, you may be needed to attend each session during production week. Monday to Friday in that week, you will need to be in the Theatre from 18.00 - 22.30 and from 13.30 on Saturday to cover the Matinee and evening performance. Both the Sundays – the ‘get in’ and ‘get out’ can be long days depending on the needs of the production. Please be prepared to stay for longer than your origional, allotted hours as the demands of the show may change these.

What will we cover?

• Stage management
• Full rehearsal process and procedures
• Prop sourcing/ management
• Working within a technical crew and with a performing company.
• Lighting operation and possibility of elements of design
• Sound control and possibility of elements of design.

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Perform your role confidently in the production process
• Work with assurance during production week
• Work backstage with greater confidence.
• Work with greater confidence ‘in role’ in one of the following areas: Stage management, lighting operation/design, Sound operation/design.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

A willingness to get involved and a 'can do' attitude is the only requirement. Work in the Theatre is extremely demanding and the bulk of this course is designed as a simulation project to reflect the ethos and requirments of the industry. While working under the guidance of the tech tutor, you will need an ability to work independantly and outside of course hours to meet the needs of the production.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught practically. There will be some preliminary sessions (12 hours of contact time) with the tech tutor that will take place in the theatre. During these initial sessions in the theatre you will acquire some introductory level skills in lighting, sound and stage management and an overview of what is involved in mounting a production technically. You will then learn ‘on the job’ as you will be assigned a role in the technical /design crew that will support the terms CL Theatre company production. Those in stage management roles will need to attend each rehearsal so will be required to attend Sundays. Those working on sound, set, lighting and costume may also need to attend some of the Sunday sessions. You will be mentored and work closely throughout the entire process with the Tech tutor, who will be present each Monday and Friday evening. The tech tutor will then guide you through Production week when you will work in the Theatre with the acting company, director and technical theatre manager. Please be prepared to work outside of the rehearsal dates to source props and materials for the show, develop sound, lighting, set and costume ideas. You will work flexibly and be prepared to be participate in all technical areas as and when required. This is an excellent opportunity for those with a 'can do' attitude to rapidly grow their experience in the theatre.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Black clothing for production, steel toe cap trainers or boots in black for work in the theatre.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can enrol onto the next Technical course DRA146 to broaden your experience working ‘in role’ on a different production.You may also want to consider a course in directing.


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This is a good basic overview of stage management. Not very in depth, but a good starting point
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Review by Steve / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
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Course Code: DRA145

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Mon+Fri, eve, 10 Feb - 05 Apr '20

Duration: 24 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £269.00
Senior fee: £269.00
Concession: £269.00

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