C.3.b Production perimeters. Because of the
busy nature of our
production program, some rules and restrictions related to the Senior
are in place They are not designed to make your task more difficult,
control traffic and to
provide a fair and equitable
support for all persons doing projects.
3) provide a consistent standard
for production requirements and
allow greater objectivity in
comparative evaluation of your project with others.
The following perimeters and rules
have been developed to
ensure equity for all Senior Projects. Please
- Performance projects are
to be presented in the McKinley Studio Theatre.
the Studio Theatre is your
choice, you are responsible for clearing the space after your use and
it to its classroom configuration.
have been employed—even off-campus spaces—but it is
imperative that the
material of the project not be compromised by your choice. The location must be
easily accessible to
faculty members who will be evaluating the project.
dates and rehearsal times are controlled by the University
Theatre master calendar as maintained by Professor Yanik. You must make arrangements
through him well in advance. Generally the Senior Project dates fall on
a Friday or Saturday night. There
are two designated nights in Autumn quarter; four designated nights in
Winter quarter, and four designated nights in Spring quarter. These
dates are presented at the Theatre Opener at the end of the first week
of classes, on the
Theatre Season Handout which includes all significant theatre activity
for the current academic year.
dispensed on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Performance projects are
to be of a manageable length. If it is a directing or
acting project, playing time should be limited to a minimum
of thirty minutes and a maximum of
- All expendable production costs incurred in your project
are to be borne by you. NOTE: This
includes royalty payments in the case of copyrighted material. (See
the Senior Project Budget Projection form as part of the Senior Project Application found in the E. Forms section of the handbook.)
- The creative
emphasis of your project should control the staging.
focus of your energy in
preparation and presentation should center on your chosen production
emphasis in acting,
directing and play writing projects, for example, should
not be on elaborate
scenery, costume, lighting or sound design.
simple in order to underscore the major focus of your artistic
- You are responsible to
acquire any needed production assistance
such as a student technical director, lighting and sound designers,
running crew, and house manager.
Do not engage student crew
support from students actively assigned to a Mainstage or Studio
2) Confirm project crew
with the Theatre Chair and Technical Director
before making any
Production Practicum class
hours are not available as set-up and strike times for Senior Projects
equipment—lighting instruments and boards, sound boards, and
only by authorized personnel.
persons must work for you gratis, since student employment funds cannot
for other than official University Theatre productions and approved
of Music events.
- If yours is a directing
project, you are advised to arrange for a
student technical director who will coordinate the use of the
space and production needs with Professor Yanik.
- You would be wise to
secure a house manager to control the front-of-house and audience
control aspects of your presentation.
This individual should also secure ushers as required.
- The use of departmental production equipment is strictly limited.
You are personally responsible for
all theatre equipment used.
1) Furniture use is limited to the stock
rehearsal units created for
the studio theatre. If
furniture piece is absolutely needed, coordinate its use and storage
2) Lighting and sound equipment availability is
when other productions are in process.
Do not plan on a complete light plot.
Eight to ten instruments for the studio are
normally available for
3) Props are your responsibility. Unusual
hand props, those not easily
obtained by you, may be available as requested through
are to be secured by you (and your cast).
to locate costume pieces or accessories
not being used in
mainstage production may be requested through Professor Yanik.
responsible for dry-cleaning expenses if required.
Full costumes are not
items must be returned the day following the project
you plan a reception in connection
with your presentation, you have access to
the McKinley kitchen for its preparation and service. You and your cast
crew are responsible for cleanup as well as returning the Studio
Theatre to its
use as a classroom. Please keep the reception time limit
to 45 minutes. (See handbook section B.5.i.)