Technical Theatre Introduction

by Bryn Fairclough


Students will demonstrate their understanding of technical theatre by participating in various projects and activities in the areas of: Lighting, Sound, Props, Publicity, Costumes


Class Level: 



Main Concepts: 

technical theatre basics


1994 National Standards:    

CONTENT STANDARD 3: Designing and producing by conceptualizing and realizing artistic interpretations for informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 7: Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.



45 minute class period.  This unit was originally written for a junior high school Drama Tech class. The school had a strong theatre program with beginning and advanced classes in technical theatre, so this unit allowed the beginning students to really play with these tech areas.


Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Intro to Stage Lighting

Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the 4 functions of light: Visibility, Mood, Focus and Modeling by identifying these elements in freeze frames from movies.


Lesson 2: Sound Effects

Students will demonstrate an ability to choose and execute appropriate sound effects (using their bodies, instruments, or sound effects CD), by creating, planning and performing a skit involving 15 or more sound effects.


Lesson 3: Props

Students will demonstrate an ability to distinguish props from costumes and set dressings, and be able to create a prop table by deciding which items out of a box are props and by creating a prop table from those items.


Lesson 4: Publicity

Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of effective publicity by creating a poster advertising the play Arsenic and Old Lace.


Lesson 5: Costumes

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to create costumes by selecting a fairy tale, and making “costumes” out of newspaper for that story.


Technical Theatre Introduction Unit of Lessons.Bryn Fairclough