High School Musicals: the Tech Side ~ AOK1

Members of this class will be working, side by side with current public school teachers. Assisting them in the production process during the school's semester show. The average High School Theater Teacher wears many hats; Director, teacher, producer, designer, technician and so much more. They are often the one person that holds the entire production together.� Most public school drama teachers have training in acting, English, music, and or other performance areas. Many have little training in the technical aspects of stage productions. This course aims to assist and/or train both the teacher and their students in many of the non-performance aspects of theater.� The technical crew, often referred to any of the following: A/V Squad, Lighting Crew, Stage Crew, Techies, is called upon to figure much out for themselves. Our aim is to assist these unsung heroes of the high school theater.

Prep by opening up the main fuse box in the shop. Turn off power. Take off inner covers

Perspective Rendering

This lesson is for either a multi level or advanced technical theater class. It could also be used as a program of study for an independent study student. The inspiration for this unit derives from a class at San Diego State University with Beeb Salzer, who I had the privilege of learning from 24 years ago. It was in his class that I was first introduced to the concept of perspective rendering. It was in that class that I made my first perspective grid. I recently emailed him and asked if he still used the grid and he told me that he only used it with students who were more interested in accurate renderings. He said the majority of students prefer making models. Has rendering by hand with the use of a grid lost its relevance? Perhaps and yes it's possible that this lesson is too advanced for most high school tech students, but maybe, if properly presented, it can be a lesson in not just scene design, but as a concentration exercise. In a world of quick edits and instant gratification, maybe a lesson that requires a slower approach is still useful.


Create a shopping list of scenic wants & desires.

What will this lead to in his/her future?

The student designer will be able to make a critical analysis of a script and extract the show's scenic requirements.

Why does s/he need this?

To be able to function as a member of the creative team.

To be able to express the reasons behind their artistic choices.

What materials/supplies will the student need to supply?

Script, note pad, sketch pad, pencils.


How to analyze a Script

What will this lead to in his/her future?

Creating a set design for a given play

Why does s/he need this?

To support the author's story.

What materials/supplies will the student need to supply?

Script, Paper & Pencil

We would like to thank Dr. Len Radin for his work. You may need to adapt some of the sections to fit your program. Dr. Radin give permission to do so. See his letter below. Please drop him a line to let him know how you used his work.


Advanced Production Ideas

A Theater Lesson Plan

Table of Contents
Read this First
Contract with Students
Job Descriptions:
Property Master
Set Crew
Program Biographies


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