Tech Theater Review

By Hudson Brock

Set Design

  • Set designers create the theme for the whole play.
  • The set design should give the audience a clue of the time and place where the scene is taking 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 designs should be easy to move and efficient for actors to get on and off of the stage quickly.

Set Design Examples

Elements and Principles of Design

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

Lighting Design

  • Lighting can affect the mood in different ways, for example red light is more tense than a soft blue light.
  • Gobos are different shape designs that effect lighting in different ways. Gobos add texture to stages.
  • Gels can be put in gobos to create different colors to the lights.
  • Lighting can be used to trigger an action onstage.
  • Lighting can be used to put the audiences focus onto a certain spot onstage.

Sound Design

  • Sound designers can take different sounds and add onto it to make different modes or themes.
  • Sound can be used to replicate anything onstage.
  • Sound designers are in charge of playing sound effects in different scenes which can trigger onstage actions.
  • Sounds can create multiple themes, moods and feelings in the audience.
  • Sounds are very important to make a good plot theme with an exciting story.

Makeup and Costumes

  • It is very important to get the exact costume size of the actor so nothing is too baggy or falls off.
  • You can use makeup to make yourself look old or young.
  • Makeup is applied more than normal to be able to be seen by the audience and not get washed out by the lighting.
  • An essential part of makeup is to use contour and highlights to make your face pop.
  • Costumes need to be strong and very durable so they do not rip onstage.