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Theatre & Dance

Technical Information

This page contains instructions, reference materials, and technical information for various GCA venues, as well as production guidelines for theatre & dance productions.


Scene Shop Assistants: Victoria GillCallie Jaycox, & Lanning Tyrrel
Scene Shop Hours for all semesters: MTWThF 2:30-5pm  

Planning to work in the Scene Shop? Read this information:
Scene Shop Guidelines (18Sp)  

Tawes Theatre Drawings
1/4” scale: Groundplan & Section and Front Elevation  
1/2” scale: GroundplanSection, and Elevation 

Decker Theatre Drawings 
1/2” scale: Groundplan and Section 
1/4” scale: Groundplan and Section    


Prop Shop Manager: Jackie Dulaff
Prop Shop Hours for Spring 2020: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5pm

Planning to do props for a show? Read this information:
Prop Shop Guidelines (updated 18Fa)  
Prop Sign-Out Contract (19Fa)  
Prop Shop Map (17Fa) 
Costumes vs. Props (18Fa) 

Borrowing something from a local business? You must talk with Prof. Eckelman first, and then complete this form: 
WC THE DAN Borrowing Form (18Fa)


Costume Shop Manager: Caitlin Woods
Costume Shop Hours for Spring 2020: Wednesdays & Fridays 12:00-2:00pm 

Planning to do costumes for a show? Read this information:
Directions to the Costume Shop (18Fa)
Costume Shop Map (18Fa) 
Costume Shop Guidelines
Costume Sign-Out Form (and a Completed Example
Costume Tips & Tricks (18Fa)  
Costume Design Resources (18Fa)  
Costumes vs. Props (18Fa) 
Dance Costume Inventory (19Fa) 

Janome Sewist 500 sewing machine manual  
Jiffy Steamer manual 
Singer ProFinish serger manual  


Lighting Shop Manager: Miles Cochran  
Lighting Shop Hours for Spring 2020: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm and Fridays 1:00-2:00pm

Planning to do lighting for a show? Here’s what you need: 
Lighting Guidelines (19Fa)
Lighting Shop Map (17Fa) 
Gobo Inventory (19Sp)
Cue List Template (19Fa)  
Tawes Lighting Change Sheet (18Fa)

You must have a meeting with the Lighting Shop Manager during the week before your load-in, to review these documents and prepare fixtures, color, etc.

Tawes Theatre Rep Plot Information (18Sp):
Tawes Rep Light Plot (1/2” scale) 
Tawes Rep Lighting Section (1/2” scale) 
Tawes Rep Lighting Elevation (1/2” scale) 
Tawes Rep Channel Hookup  
Tawes Rep Instrument Schedule  
Tawes Rep Focus Area Map  
Tawes Rep Focus Charts  
Tawes Rep Magic Sheet (2 versions)
Tawes Rep Screen Layout (inverse of Magic Sheet) 

Decker Theatre Rep Plot Information (17Sp):
Decker Rep Light Plot (1/2” scale)
Decker Rep Lighting Section (1/2”)  
Decker Rep Channel Hookup  
Decker Rep Instrument Schedule  
Decker Rep Screen Layout (inverse of Magic Sheet) 
Decker House Hang Plot Notes (may not be current)
Decker Circuit Info (may not be current) 

ETC Ion Lightboard Tutorial Videos
ETC Ion Lightboard manual (v2.0)   

The Light Lab is in GCA 227, across the hall from Prof. Fox’s office. To reserve a time, consult the calendar on the door!

Before using the Light Lab, you must be trained by Prof. Eckelman or the Lighting Shop Manager. 

Light Lab Information (19Sp):
Light Lab Guidelines
Light Lab Magic Sheet  
Light Lab Plot (1” scale)  
Light Lab Channel Hookup  
Light Lab Instrument Schedule  

Need to document your Light Lab work? Use these templates: 
Light Lab Focus Charts 
Light Lab Cue Tracking  


Need help with sound? Talk to Prof. Laura Eckelman or TD Larry Stahl. 

Planning to do sound for a show? Here’s what you need:  
Sound Guidelines (19Fa)
Cue List Template (19Fa)  

Tawes Rep Sound System
Tawes Sound Tutorials (15Sp) 
Tawes Startup/Shutdown Procedures (16Sp) 
Tawes Sound Signal Flow (19Sp) 
Tawes Sound Plot (16Fa) 

QLab Templates 
Tawes Default QLab Template (16Sp)
(Download and install this template before building your QLab show file! Instructions available here.)   

User Manuals
QLab Documentation website
Reaper User Manual (v5.24)

BBC Sound Libraries
The Department owns a copy of the original BBC Sound Effects Library, which includes 60 CDs (2,400 tracks) of sound effects, all of which are available for use on WC classwork or departmental productions. Individual CDs or the full hard drive may be signed out from Prof. Eckelman. Anyone wishing to use this resource should peruse the index first, to get a sense of the range of content available.

BBC Sound Effects Library INDEX (CDs 1-60)  

larger BBC library (of over 16,000 wav files) is also available online HERE. Please take a moment to review the RemArc license agreement before downloading or using any of this content. If you have questions about the license terms, ask Prof. Eckelman.

Projections & Media

Need help with projections? Talk to Prof. Laura Eckelman or TD Larry Stahl. 

Equipment & Software 
The GCA owns several analog projectors of varying sizes and brightnesses. Additionally, the Department of Theatre & Dance owns an Isadora license and some other hardware/software.