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A Raisin in the Sun

June 23 - September 8, 2023

Randall L. Jones Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 22 - September 9, 2023

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Jane Austen's Emma The Musical

June 22 - October 7, 2023

Randall L. Jones Theatre

Timon of Athens

July 14 - October 7, 2023

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong

June 30 - October 7, 2023

Randall L. Jones Theatre


July 15 - October 7, 2023

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

June 21 - September 8, 2023

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Lesson Plans

Exploring Hamlet: For English and Performance Study

Shakespeare Performance: The Play’s the Thing

Tech Theatre 101: Fundamentals in Technical Theatre

  • Exploring Technical Design

    Students will explore and identify technical designers’ roles and the design elements they use to create theatre.

  • Greek Mask Project

    Students will be able to design, construct, and plan, a Greek Mask based on research.

  • Guidelines for Theatre Safety

    The students will learn and apply practices to working safely and avoiding hazards in the theatre by following classroom and emergency procedures, practicing safety in the workplace, identifying potential causes for accidents in the workplace, and properly replacing, repairing, or securing potential cause for an accident.

  • Making a Hand Puppet from Stuff You Have at Home

    Students will be able to design, construct, and plan, a Hand Puppet based on research.

  • Parts of a Proscenium Stage and the Stage Areas

    Students will be able to diagram and identify the parts of a proscenium stage and the areas of a stage.

  • Scale Model Pallets Projects

    Technical Theatre students will learn to construct, produce, and solve construction skills while building a scale pallet.

  • Scenic Design—Lesson 1

    Students will learn about concepts for a stage production and research a time period and location to create a concept for a production of Romeo and Juliet.

  • Scenic Design—Lesson 2

    Students will learn about thumbnails and scenic renderings. They will create their own set designs inspired by the concepts they have chosen in Scenic Design – Lesson One.

  • Scenic Design—Lesson 3

    Students will learn how scenic models are used to display their ideas for their theatre set. They will also learn to identify various aspects of a theatre space.

  • Scenic Design—Lesson 4

    Students will learn about stage flats and get a chance to build one for themselves.

  • Scenic Painting

    Students will be introduced to the concepts of color and recognize the basics of scenic painting, including: what is color, what is paint, the tools of the trade, and how to paint.

  • Sound: Foley and Audacity Editing

    Students will create Foley sounds to match a film clip. Students will then create a thirty-second sound storm utilizing household objects, sound files and record a track on audacity. Students will identify and utilize sound FX websites, audio editing software, live playback software and other sound resources.

  • Stage Management—Lesson 1

    Students will gain an understanding of the responsibilities of a Stage Manager by learning some of their duties and creating a rehearsal report.

  • Stage Management—Lesson 2

    Students will learn what a prompt book and calling script are and how the Stage Manager uses them to run a performance.

  • Texture 1—Beginning

    Students will understand the use of texture for the stage and be able to apply the concept in creating their own examples.

  • Texture 2—Intermediate

    Students will create props or scenic decoration using patterns, decorations, and textures according to their artistic ability and vision.

  • Texture 3—Advanced

    Students will demonstrate the ability to use highlight and shadow to bring depth, interest, and realism to faux texture items.

  • Theatre Stage Performance Spaces

    Students will survey and identify the six performance theatre spaces: Proscenium Stage, Thrust Stage, Arena Stage, Created or Found Space, All purpose or “Black Box,” and Traverse.

Top photo: Andrew Plinio (left) as Dromio of Ephesus and Michael Doherty as Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, 2021. Photo by Karl Hugh.
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