Please follow the rubric and instructions.
High School Technical Theatre
Please follow the instructions below and use the rubric to understand the expectations.
- Each student will use the script from “Noises Off” (by Michael Frayn, Anchor Paperback, any version that has a copyright after 2000). Each student is responsible for obtaining the script from a library or bookstore. Choose one act from the show and submit the three following design elements that would be used in the show process for that specific act: Set Design, Costume Design, Props Design.
- The student must submit a short written synopsis of the entire show (all acts) and characters, including an explanation of the setting.
- If the student has extensive technical theatre experience, the student may submit a portfolio for review in addition to the below linked requirements. Students should include a short (1 paragraph) explanation of the choices made in each of their designs.
Set Design – Choose one act from the show, design the set by following these steps:
- Create a set rendering (an artistic representation of what the final design should look like, e.g., a sketch from the audience point of view).
- Create a scale ground plan (top down view with all measurements, dimensions, and ratios correct for the set).
- Create scale 3-d model of the set (it should be in some sort of scale that makes sense; ½” or ¼” [on the model] = 1’ [in real life] are common choices, and it should look similar to the finished product of the rendering).
Costume Design – Choose one act from the show, design all of the costumes to be used:
- You may sketch, color, paint, clip from magazines, print pieces from the internet, and/or even craft and sew selected costumes.
- Costumes should make sense for the time period being portrayed in the production and may emphasize, or hint at, qualities and traits of the character.
Prop Design – Choose one act from the show, create a props list by following these steps:
- Create a props list Do NOT just use the props list in the script. Work through each scene and create a list of props used throughout production. Organize the list in a way that would be easy for a props person to use during the production.
- Create a working budget for the props department. Create a budget for buying/crafting/finding all of the necessary props for this act: create a props list, find the items on amazon, eBay, craigslist, etc., compile the data and “submit” the budget to buy or craft all necessary props. Be creative. (for example, real sardines on a plate night after night is not practical. How can you make it look like there are sardines on the plate eight times a week without having to replace the sardines every night?).
Students will submit all design elements on the day of their assessment. There will also be a brief 10-minute interview to discuss the elements and better understand the choices that the student has made with the design elements. Student responses during the interview will be used to help inform rubric scores for the above elements.
If the student would like any items submitted back, please include a page that lists which pieces will be picked up. They will be available for pickup in the Cab Calloway Main Office one week after the assessment date, and can be picked up after 2:35pm. If designs are not retrieved within 2 weeks of assessment date, they will be recycled.