Illustrated Theatre Production Guide

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This new and fully updated edition of the Illustrated Theatre Production Guide takes a step-by-step approach to the most common and popular theatre production practices, covering important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used on the stage. This book examines theatres and their equipment, tools and materials, and scenery construction, as well as the principles of electricity and implementation of a lighting design. New additions include:

* Hundreds of unique hand-drawings that illustrate lessons, giving detailed, dimensional instruction
* New chapters on stage management and electrical theory as it relates specifically to stage lighting
* Completely revamped chapters on metal frame construction and the practice of entertainment lighting covering DMX signals, dimmer mechanics, power distribution, digital lighting
* Eco-friendly tips on how to reuse and recycle props and set material
* Multiple do-it-yourself projects and practice problems
*Companion website with a solutions manual and how-to videos that give an exclusive visual on crucial backstage tasks such as properly tying knots, building a chandelier, and constructing an outdoor stage

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide, Second Edition offers techniques and best-practice methods from an experienced industry expert, creating a foundation on which to build a successful and resourceful career behind the scenes in theatre production.

Audience: Community theatre Secondary Market: undergraduate college courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240804934
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 982,876
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Holloway is a Full Professor in the Theatre Department of the University of Kentucky where he has taught for 27 years. Professor Holloway is an ongoing freelancer involved in designing, engineering, and constructing stage scenery for television and theatre. He worked as stage mechanic and Technical Director for over 30 years, and has built scenery for over 200 plays, television shows, commercials, operas, and trade shows. Professor Holloway is a longstanding member of the professional stagehand's union, IATSE and served as the president of Local 346 for many years. He toured with the national touring companies of Grand Hotel (Tony Award winner, 1989), The Will Rogers Follies, and Camelot.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Theatre Types
Development of the physical theatre 1
Chapter 2 Properties of the Proscenium Theatre 7
Parts of the theatre
Lighting positions
Fire safety equipment
Chapter 3 Theatrical Rigging 13
Theory and practice of the hemp system
Counterweight system
Running the show
Safety procedures
Chapter 4 Ropes and Knot Tying 25
Types of lines
Commonly used knots
Chapter 5 Draperies and Drops 31
Leg and border sets
Decorative curtains
Traveler tracks
Drop construction
Chapter 6 Electricity and Lighting Equipment 45
Electrical theory
Circuit protection
Power Formula
How dimmers operate
Instrument types
Cables and connectors
Trouble shooting
Hanging techniques
Lamp types
Chapter 7 Hardware 79
Hanging hardware
Theatrical hardware
Chapter 8 Shop Supplies 97
Chapter 9 Wood, Lumber, and Other Building Materials 107
Grain structure
Lumber sizes
Board foot
Manufactured wood products
Chapter 10 Hand Tools 117
Measuring and marking
Metric vs. standard
Drills and bits
Pneumatic tools
Chapter 11 Saws and Woodworking 133
Types of joints
Saw blades
Table saw
Radial arm saw
Marking cut
Using angles
Miter saw
Chapter 12 Constructing Flats 153
Parts of a flat
Cut lists
Working with fractions
Chapter 13 Building Steps 183
Parts of steps
Design considerations
Structural problems
Alternate methods
Chapter 14 Decking Methods 197
Stock platforms
Joining methods
Coffin locks
Making odd-shaped decks
Individual legs
Raked decking
Stress skin
Chapter 15 Metal Frame Construction 221
Types of metal stock
Welding equipment
Cutting practices
Carrier design
Chapter 16 Full-Scale Patterns 237
Marking angles
Chapter 17 Building Doors and Windows 243
Types of doors
Rough openings
Constructing a frame
Decorative trim
Altering and making doors
Installing hinges
Hanging doors
Installing locks
Chapter 18 Working with Polystyrene Foam 275
Making a cornice
Chapter 19 How Do You Make... 291
Lots of different theatre projects you can make
Index 317
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