How can we create a cut list for a standard flat.

What will this lead to in his/her future?

Have the knowledge to create a cut list for various size flats used in tech theater. Such needs will come to play when the student take on the duties of master carpenter and/or tech director. Stage carpenters will also need to be able to read a cut list.

Why does s/he need this?

Stage carpenters will need to be able to read a cut list to allow them to gather and/or cut lumber to build a flat.

I've searched and searched, only to find a small handful of lesson plans relating to technical theater (see the bottom of this page.) Specifically for high school. Please help us all out by submitting your lessons, or ideas for lessons, to our lesson plan pages.
I have to admit that most of my lessons are stuck in my head. It's the current show and the tech work that needs to get done that dictates what we do in the class. As you all know, with each show, the needs change.
That's not to say that I don't have my info written down. Just take a look at the how-to pages. There they are, just not in "lesson plan" form. Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best when it comes to writing skill. That's ok! Everyone has their strengths.

So, What I'd like to do is create the

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Behind the curtain at the Metropolitan Opera. In order of appearance: set up for "La Rondine," set assembly for "L'Elisir d'Amore," stage rehearsal of "Rigoletto" and set up for "Le Comte Ory."

Overview of a class demo about drafting a scenic ground plan and section on the same sheet of paper. Also discussed is the value, very high value, of using a section during the design/drafting process. Additional info includes quickly checking lighting angles, speaker placement, sightlines, page layout and a bit more.


Everything we put on stage could start out as a cube of some sort. Platforms, flats, desks, etc... All have the basic shape of a cube.

We need to show what everything is going to look like during the design process. If you have photographs of your furniture, that's great. But, if you have to have your shop build a chair, you may have to draw it yourself. Here's a video from youtude's vcTECsketch showing at chair drawn in just seven minutes.


Parker's postings of general musings. A blog of sorts that may include items having everything or absolutely nothing to do with design or technical theater. Items here may also be found on Scott's Google plus, Facebook, twitter, etc. feeds.

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