Stagecraft 1: A Complete Guide to Backstage Work

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Now a theater consultant after many years of teaching, Lord updates his handbook for teachers and students in high school and college theater departments from the 1978 and 1991 editions. He provides practical information on such areas as stages and rigging, the production staff, properties, sound, and lighting instruments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566080620
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,083,342
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 Theatres and Stages 1
Parts of a Theatre 1
Forms of Theatres 1
Stage Terminology 4
Chapter 2 Stage Rigging and Curtains 9
Balancing Sets 9
Loading Platform 10
Gridiron 10
Guide Systems 11
Set of Lines 11
System Operation 13
Stage Curtains 13
Line Schedule 14
Knots 14
Auditorium Line Schedule 16
Chapter 3 Safety 17
Fire Safety 17
Fire Safety Devices 17
Equipment / Material Safety 19
Individual Safety--Shop 20
Individual Safety--Set-up / Strike 20
Material Safety Data Sheets 20
Safety Information 20
Fire Extinguisher Information 22
Chapter 4 Production Staff and Crews 23
Production Staff 23
Producer 23
Director 23
Production Supervisor 25
Stage Manager 25
Actor-Related Crews 25
Audience-Related Crews 25
Business Manager 25
Scenic Designer / Technical Director 26
Stage-Related Crews 27
Properties and Sound 27
Scenery (Stage) Crew 27
Lighting Crew 27
Audience 27
Production Staff Forms 29
Chapter 5 Properties 37
Determining Props 37
Determining by Definition 37
Determining by Purposes 37
Determining by Classifications 38
Getting Properties 38
Visual Effects 39
Maintaining Props 40
Returning 41
Props Forms 42
Chapter 6 Sound 45
Purpose 45
System Parts 45
Pick-Up 45
Control 46
Reproducers 47
Wires, Cables and Connectors 47
Sound System Uses 48
Sound Form 50
Chapter 7 Tools 51
Category 1 Cutting/Shaping Tools 51
Category 2 Boring Tools 53
Category 3 Driving and Pulling Tools 54
Category 4 Holding and Turning Tools 56
Category 5 Measuring and Marking Tools 58
Criteria for Common Tools 61
Chapter 8 Lumber and By-Products 63
Lumber Classifications 63
Lumber Grades 63
Lumber Sizing 64
Lumber Measurements 64
Lumber By-Products 64
Chapter 9 Fasteners 67
Nails 67
Corner Fasteners 68
Screws 68
Bolts 69
Additional Fasteners 69
Chapter 10 Scenery Construction 71
Planning 71
Views 71
Flat Construction 72
Corner Joints 76
Running Joints 77
Covering 78
Chapter 11 Scenery Hardware 81
Hinge Types 81
Hinge Shapes 82
Joining Flats 82
Scenery Hardware 82
Chapter 12 Platforms, Parallels, Steps, Ramps 87
Platforms 87
Wagons 87
Parallels 87
Stairs and Steps 88
Ramps 89
Chapter 13 Painting 91
Parts of Paint 91
Paint Application 93
Coats of Paint 93
Paint Textures 94
Paint Form 97
Chapter 14 Light Sources 99
Lamp Bases 99
Base Sizes 99
Base Shapes 99
Lamp Filaments 100
Lamp Bulbs 101
Lamp Order Codes 101
Other Light Sources 102
Tree of Light 104
Chapter 15 Control of Light 105
Absorption 105
Reflection 105
Reflector Finishes 105
Reflector Shapes 106
Refraction 107
Lens Shapes 107
Chapter 16 Lighting Instruments 109
Spotlights 109
Floodlights 111
Beam Characteristics 112
Instrument Location 113
Follow Spots 114
Moving Lights 115
Lighting Form 117
Chapter 17 Electricity and Devices 119
Definition of Electricity 119
Measurements of Electricity 119
Types of Electrical Current 120
Control of Electrical Movement 120
Wire and Cable 120
Electrical Connectors 122
Connector Types 123
Switch Types 124
Switch Functions 124
Circuit Protection 124
Fuses 125
Circuit Breakers 125
Chapter 18 Dimming and Distribution 127
Control Systems 127
Types of Dimmers 128
Cross Connect 129
Distribution 130
Dictionary of Memory System Terms 133
Chapter 19 Color and Light 135
Color Terminology 135
Color Mixing 136
Color Media 138
Color Form 140
Chapter 20 Planning Lighting 141
Functions--Why Lighting? 141
Classifications--How to Light 142
Planning Forms 145
Lighting Forms 147
Appendix 149
Index 149
Bibliography 155
Books (B) 155
Periodicals (P) 157
Special Publications (S) 158
Manufacturers (M) 159
About the Author 162
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