Okay, gang. Me again, with another challenge. :-)
The technical theatre program that I have inherited is, to my mind, about 1/10th of a "real" tech theatre program. There are no theatre classes at the school (not even acting), the design and construction of sets and costumes is done offsite by third parties, and kids aren't allowed to use power tools or go on ladders. I am working on all of these things, but in the meantime we only use students as running crew (board ops, ASMs, dressers, etc.).
In the past, they've been brought in at the last moment and told which button to push or which quick change to help with, but I want them to know more than that. To that end, we've added about two weeks (7 two hour sessions) to our tech crew members' show commitment, and stuck those days of "Tech Theatre 101" at the front end of the calendar. Here is what I have on the menu:
And that's as much time as I have (no room as yet for costumes, props, makeup/hair, stage management, etc.). After Day 7, we'll get right into assigning running crew roles and getting into the actual show.
I am sharing all of this because I am looking for help in locating materials I can use to teach these students the stuff I've listed above. I've already found lots of photos and illustration dealing with theatre history, and have put these into a PowerPoint, interspersing them with a few on-your-feet games and exercises. It was fun, but took a ton of time. Yes, there is lots of info out there on the Interwebs, and existing textbooks besides. As usual, however, the textbooks I've found are either too detailed (Gillette et al) or too simplistic (like for middle school). I'm simply out of time.
If any of you can point me to any of the following, I'd be most grateful:
So, if you have a FAVORITE set of teaching materials for any of these and wouldn't mind sharing (the URL or the document/file) I'd be really grateful. As an added bonus, I will make you famous by putting you in the "special thanks" section of the playbills for our upcoming performances of "Annie Jr." – yay! I could even park everything in a shared Google folder if some of you would like to avail yourself of what I find.
As always, thank you for your support!