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Illustrated Theatre Production Guide

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide
Your Price: $73.95 CDN
Author: John Ramsey Holloway
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 446
Pub. Date: 2014
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0415717523
ISBN-13: 9780415717526

About the Book:

llustrated Theatre Production Guide takes a step-by-step approach to the most common and established theatre production practices, covering important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used on the stage. A must-have resource for both the community theatre worker who must be a jack of all trades and the student who needs to learn the fundamentals on his or her own, it covers the necessities in great detail, without bogging you down. Offering techniques and best-practice methods from an experienced industry expert, John Holloway, it will allow you to create a foundation on which to build a successful and resourceful career behind the scenes in theatre production.

This third edition of llustrated Theatre Production Guide has been completely restructured to more effectively lead you through the basics of stagecraft. Through detailed lessons and hundreds of drawings, author John Holloway offers you solutions to the problems that you'll face every day in a production, from rigging to knot tying.

This book examines theatres and their equipment, tools and materials, and scenery construction, as well as the principles of electricity and implementation of a lighting design, including:
• Hundreds of unique hand-drawings that illustrate lessons, giving detailed, dimensional instruction
• Revised chapters on stage management and electrical theory as it relates specifically to stage lighting and sound
• Chapters on metal frame construction and the practice of entertainment lighting covering DMX signals, dimmer mechanics, power distribution, digital lighting
• Eco-friendly tips on how to reuse and recycle props and set material
• Multiple do-it-yourself projects and practice problems
• New chapter on how to find work in the entertainment business (that is entirely possible and not as hard as you might think)
• New chapter on construction documents (that goes into more detail about how to read a set of plans and work with a scale rule)
• New chapter about projections in theatre, with expanded information on Thrust Theatres, lighting, audio and video practices.
• All of the favourite chapters on how to build scenery are still in the book of course, with some updates about changes in technology.

About the Author:

John Holloway is a Full Professor in the Theatre Department of the University of Kentucky where he has taught for more than 35 years. He is an on-going freelancer involved in designing, engineering, and constructing stage scenery for television and theatre. He worked as stagehand and Technical Director for over 30 years, and has built scenery for over 300 plays, television shows, commercials, operas, and trade shows. He is a longstanding member of the professional stagehand's union, IATSE, and served as the president of Local 346 for many years. He toured with the national touring companies of Grand Hotel (Tony Award winner, 1989), The Will Rogers Follies, and Camelot. He also works as a rigger and spot operator for rock concerts.