Shakespeare in Paradise Production Workshops

Shakespeare In Paradise Production Workshops start on Monday August 17, 2009.

Bahamian theatre technician Michael Reiach, graduate of the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s theatre programme and veteran lighting and sound operator, will share his expertise with interested students in preparation for the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival.

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Stage Managing
    • A theatre production is a complex activity, requiring full coordination and discipline. The main reason many productions fail (are boring, start late, move slowly, etc) is that they do not have active or competent stage managers. The stage manager runs the show from behind the scenes.
    • In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of stage managing – what goes into a show, what details need to be covered, what makes a show great.
  • Stage Lighting
    • In theatre, lighting supplements the action on the stage by setting moods, augmenting scenery, providing special effects, and so on. Lighting can make or break a show — but often it’s more subtle than the lighting that is done for concerts and other live performance.
    • In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of theatrical lighting
  • Audio for the Stage
    • Audio for theatre (which is largely acoustic, indoor, live performance) is different from audio for music concerts or studio work, where amplifiers carry the heaviest load. Actors are responsible for making themselves heard; audio technicians are responsible for assisting them.
    • In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of theatre audio, including a couple of tricks that you may not have known before
  • General theatre orientation
    • The theatre is a whole business. What goes onstage is like the tip of an iceberg — beneath it is a network of support that makes the show succeed.
    • In this workshop you’ll learn all the various elements of theatre, from front of house and box office to management to backstage and technical support.

The workshop has been made possible by a generous grant from the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. It will take place at the National Dance School, Rosetta Street Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from August 17 to August 27, 2009.

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