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Laurie J Johnson posted a discussion

DVD for high school theatre class

Does anyone know of a DVD that shares what jobs are part of putting up a play beyond the acting jobs?  I want to change up my curriculum for my tech theatre class this coming school year.See More
12 hours ago


"Papageno's Glockenspiel by Jordan"
May 13
ERIC ANTHONY SMITH posted a photo
May 13
justine Brandy replied to April B.'s discussion Scenes for Young Actors (Pre-High School)
"A lot of popular books are also stage plays: Alice In Wonderland, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, The BFG, The Witches ... And many scenes with dialogue that can be pulled from the books themselves: (i.e.:) Lemonade Wars, Harry Potter, Goddess…"
May 8
Jacob Coakley replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Audio Experimentation
"Good point! Hadn't thought about the localization problem -- wondering if they're doing some higher-math with the precedence effect? I.e., giving a small signal from the stage, and then boosting it with audio from a different direction?…"
May 5
Terry Nelson replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Audio Experimentation
"Hi Jacob, interesting post and, like you, I will be interested to get reactions on this. For me, the question will be: do I want to see a band onstage and hear them from overhead? It seems to me that localisation is going to be the main problem…"
May 5
ERIC ANTHONY SMITH posted a photo
May 5
John R. Dolphin replied to John R. Dolphin's discussion Wizard of Oz - Projector
"Showing MY age... When I co Owned Mid-West Scenic & Stage Equipment Co., LTD, Milwaukee, WI, we had this type projector in our rental stock. When Grand Stage, Chicago, purchased the projector became their property. I contacted them, yes, still…"
May 4


DVD for high school theatre class

Does anyone know of a DVD that shares what jobs are part of putting up a play beyond the acting jobs?  I want to change up my curriculum for my tech theatre class this coming school year.Continue

Started by Laurie J Johnson in Backstage 12 hours ago.

Scenes for Young Actors (Pre-High School) 2 Replies

Hello all! I'm teaching at a theatre camp for the third year in a row, and I need new scenes to work with students! The students range in age from rising 1st graders to rising 9th graders. I…Continue

Tags: camp, young actors, scenes

Started by April B. in Onstage. Last reply by justine Brandy May 8.

Audio Experimentation 2 Replies

I was reading the New York Times this weekend (yes, I still read the Times. And yes, it's still on paper) and I could hardly miss a great big article about U2's new tour. Buried in the middle of the…Continue

Started by Jacob Coakley in Backstage. Last reply by Jacob Coakley May 5.

Wizard of Oz - Projector 2 Replies

In July I will design the lighting for a local production of Wizard of Oz.Looking for a simple prism/mirror/lamp projector to produce a rainbow on the cyc.Years ago there was on the market this…Continue

Started by John R. Dolphin in Last reply by John R. Dolphin May 4.

Mission Impossible Props - Smoking Tape Deck and Lit Dynamite: Need Assistance 1 Reply

Hi!  I have two props that I need to build that I could use some assistance on.  I am working on a “Mission Impossible” type sketch.  It has two functional props:  A tape recorder that “self…Continue

Tags: impossible, mission, Smoke, Dynamite, Props

Started by Steve McCullough in Miscellaneous. Last reply by Bruce Nutting Apr 6.

Definitely Not Approved

OK - so I definitely DO NOT RECOMMEND anyone doing this sort of activity. This is UNSAFE. And the POTENTIAL FOR INJURY and damage to life, limb or property is VAST. Don't do this! Having said all…Continue

Started by Jacob Coakley in Miscellaneous Apr 6.

Right on Cue Tracked Music 1 Reply

Just wondering if anyone else has been dissatisfied with Right on Cue?  We have had nothing but problems with it and hate that you have to use an iPad and sound tech doesn't have any control; for…Continue

Started by Jill Zimmerman in Backstage. Last reply by Mattie Roquel Rydalch Mar 17.

Appropriate for High School? 2 Replies

I was talking with a friend who teaches theatre at high school this past weekend, and she was complaining about how she and the administration at her school had clashed over programming choices,…Continue

Started by Jacob Coakley in Miscellaneous. Last reply by michael callaway Mar 17.

Plays you've seen that should be seen again. 14 Replies

I read a lot of new plays from new authors.  We produce one new play each year.  There are a lot of great plays that don't get produced because no one knows they exist.  I would like to see what…Continue

Tags: plays, new

Started by Ed Britt in Literary. Last reply by Ed Britt Mar 16.

a new musical

Great idea, Ed, to promote shows that have had one production and should be seen again...A fantastic lyricist and composer, Will Ogmundson, adapted a MacGregor Jenkins (he and his siblings were made…Continue

Tags: musical, family

Started by tom dunn in Literary Mar 9.

Blog Posts

USITT 2015 Videos

I shot 22 videos at USITT 2015, covering a whole raft of products, companies and gear -- and even an interview with the executive director of USITT, David Grindle. Given that there were so many videos, hopefully you can forgive me for taking so long to post them all... In any event, here's your extreme USITT 2015 video round-up! Enjoy! If you want to jump straight to a video, here's the alphabetical list: …


Posted by Jacob Coakley on April 13, 2015 at 12:00pm

Makers Audio at USITT 2015

Alright! Here we go. My last session of USITT 2015, Makers Audio. From the the session description: 

Explore the makers movement and how its tools can be used in theatre to solve sound challenges. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, circuit bending and putting it all together. Participants are encouraged to bring their…


Posted by Jacob Coakley on March 21, 2015 at 12:30pm

RC4 Wireless - A Life Untethered - Wireless Dimming for Props, Costumes, and Set Pieces at USITT 2015

Hello all! I will be live-blogging this session starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 18. Check back then for pics, ideas, gear news and more! …


Posted by Jacob Coakley on March 18, 2015 at 9:00am

2015 USITT Keynote Address from Terrence Spivey

Hello and welcome to USITT 2015! Here's my live blog of the keynote address from Terrence Spivey! Entry music is playing now, and we're scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT (5 minutes from now.) Until then, here's the program bio of Spivey!

Terrence Spivey, artistic director of the legendary Karamu House…


Posted by Jacob Coakley on March 18, 2015 at 6:00am


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