Technical Theater in Review

by Cade Conner

Set Design

Five Facts

  • Set designers create the theme for the whole play.
  • Set design should give audience a clue of time and place.
  • Set designs utilize props, lighting, curtains, and backdrops to create scenes.
  • Set designers need to account for script, budget and approval by director.
  • Set design should be easy to move and efficient for actors to get on and of stage quick.

Elements and Principles of Design

Five Facts

  • Balance is a comfortable arrangement of things using symmetrical, radial, and asymmetrical.
  • Emphasis is a center of interest in a set that makes the audience focus on one place.
  • Pattern is the repetition of anything, shapes, lines, or colors in design.
  • Contrast is a difference in colors, textures, or shapes that helps.
  • Movement shows actions in design and draws the audience's eyes.

Lighting Design

  • Gobos are used to give certain effects to lighting that add texture to stages.
  • Gels can be put in gobos and are used to color the lights.

Sound Design

  • Sound can be created from anything to replicate anything.
  • Sound designers can take one sound and use editing software to create more sounds.
  • Sound designers are in charge of playing sound effects in different scenes.
  • Sounds can create different moods and feelings in the crowd.
  • Sounds are crucial in making a good story that is realistically.

Makeup and Costumes

  • Makeup is applied more than normal to be able to be seen by the audience.
  • Makeup can be made up of all different colors to create different designs.
  • Costumes can be creative as possible and designers need to be creative to get around obstacles.
  • Masks fitting is crucial so the actor can see and nothing falls off.
  • Durability of costumes are also very important so that nothing rips.