Performing Arts

Theatre Technology

Campbell Hall’s theatre technology program offers students a comprehensive hands-on experience engaging students in the elements of producing, design, construction, and stage management.

Students also have the opportunity to design or provide technical support for any of our other many productions in the Campbell Hall community. Theatre technology students support many of our campus events having learned the skills necessary to create successful productions.

Middle School Theatre Technology

Theatre technology students participate in the middle school's fall play and spring musical as backstage running crew and stage management. Introduction to Theatre Tech students learn the basics of the production process, prop making, scenic design, lighting design, and stage management while preparing for their work backstage during the run of the show.

High School Theatre Technology

In high school, each production’s scenic, lighting, prop, sound, hair, and makeup elements are designed entirely by our student designers. Through our Theatre Technology and Stage Design electives, students study these crafts and can apply them as student designers for the high school fall play and spring musical. Students participate in the construction of all our scenic elements in our scene shop during the pre-production process, run each performance as our backstage running crew, and stage manage from our initial designer meetings months in advance to closing night.

Theatre Technology Course Descriptions

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    In this exploration class students will have the opportunity to construct props, paint sets, learn to use tools safely, run the sound board, operate the lights and more, while preparing the stage and set for the two middle school theatrical productions. Students in this class may also choose to participate in the productions by joining the after school tech crew and running all technical aspects of the shows during performances.(A one-year study hall exploration class for 7th and 8th grade students.)

    This first-semester course is an interactive introduction to the tools, terminology, and techniques used in the professional theatre environment. We will demonstrate methods and processes while actively incorporating the tools and equipment in our Campbell Hall theatre, control booth, and scene shop, focusing on the crafts of theatre artists and technicians. Topics include scene shop tool use and safety, scenery construction, stage management, production management and planning, theatrical audio, and stage lighting. The goal of the course is to highlight the importance of the preproduction process leading up to the performance and appreciate the collaborative and cross-disciplinary nature of the Theatre Arts. Participation in the fall drama production is not a course requirement. (Grades 9-12; one semester)

    This advanced course is offered second semester and is designed for those students who have demonstrated an active interest in theatre production. The course is designed to give students a strong foundation in the principles of set, lighting, prop, sound, costume, and makeup design. Emphasis is placed on introducing the students to design and construction techniques used to bring a design to life and methods for articulating their designs in 2 and 3 dimensions. Participation in the fall drama production is not a course requirement. (Grades 9-12; one semester; prerequisite: Theatre Technology I)

    This advanced course helps student designers develop the tools necessary to produce successful theatrical designs in various mediums. Focus is on the creation process and making specific note of artistic as well as practical requirements. Emphasis will be placed on research and communication skills that demand a deep understanding of both character and setting. We will create and express theatrical designs through models, presentations, and 3D rendering techniques using professional equipment and methods. Student work on course projects is suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Participation in the fall drama production is not a course requirement. (Grades 10-12; one semester; prerequisites: Theatre Technology II or department approval)
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