March 09, 2005

My other addiction…. theatre

I love the theatre. Whether watching a production or teching one. For those who knows little in terms of theatre please me describe. General speaking tech theatre is separated into 4 different areas: Design, Stage Management, Lighting and Sound.

It is rather obvious what Lighting and Sound does. They design it, another group of people rig what is designed (usually lack of crew means designer does the rigging too), yet another person operated the lighting board during the performances (usually not the designer but one of those who helped to rigged), and I missed out the designer programme the lighting board in terms of which cue has which light on a certain level to achieve certain effects.

Sound- well the “design” the sound in terms of speakers placed at certain place or number of speaker to achieve certain effects. Research and get sound effects.

Stage management: well, this is a very vague area. As the SM team does everything else excluding operating the LX (lighting) board or the Sound desk. This includes props making/finding/buying, helping to paint or create the set, invent new ways to solve a problem on stage instantaneously, making sure most of the cast and more importantly all the crew are happy, cueing the show and rehearsals, making sure rehearsals and performances run very smoothly, try to compromise between director and the budget! And so the list goes on…. But you should have a good idea the stuff involves.

If you are someone who learns very quickly I think tech theatre holds a lot of benefit in terms of learning people management, time management, stress management and how to react responsibly and instantly. That’s how I learnt and still am! Great fun, lots of work (mentally and physically) and lots to learn!

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