NEYT’s Technical Theatre Program provides opportunities for students ages 10 and up to learn how to design and execute all elements of a theatre production: scenic design, construction, painting, lighting, costuming, sound effects and music. Stage managing and running shows is a key part of the program. The Technical Theatre Program is funded, in part, by the generosity of several foundations.
Theatre Design and Production
Interested in researching and finding authentic period costumes? How about creating a set on a model scale before building it on stage? Or running a spotlight?
Students have always been involved in the behind-the-scenes aspects of producing one of our spectacular shows, but with the December 2007 production of Guys and Dolls, our tech theatre program has reached new heights. We hired professional set designer Larry Lawlor to work with students in creating NEYT’s first set on a truly Broadway-size and scope; a colorful extravaganza, complete with pivoting platforms, walls opening and closing, and student stagehands moving scenery in coordinated movements. Along with learning set design and construction, this group of eager young students also studied lighting and sound with Jerry Stockman, costuming with Sandy Klein, and ran the show during its entire two-week run.
NEYT's theatre tech program runs in conjunction with our major shows. Check under classes to find out more about how you can get involved. The Technical Theater Program is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Evolution of a Set
To begin the design process, the designer looks for photographic representations of the main physical elements in the set. In this case the landscape of a city with its high rise buildings, billboards and bright, exotic lighting, plus bars, cafes and newsstands; then the underground sense of being in a sewer with it’s dark tunnels and pipes and finally the foliage and landscape of Havana and the arched doors into the café.
The entirety of the visible action for Wait Until Dark takes place in a Greenwich village apartment in the 1960s. Consequently this production, conceived and directed by NEYT artistic director Stephen Stearns, has been among the most literal and realistic of the sets produced by NEYT to date.
This set design was lovingly and exhaustively furnished by our costumer Sandy Klein and director Peter Gould.
We've had a long and exciting summer of technical production. Read more for a photo gallery of all the summer's activities.
This is the set built for the production of Annie from the winter of 2013. You can find photos from the show in the 2012 gallery.
Our Technical Design and Production team was hard at work this summer. You can see what they've been up to in the gallery collection of photos: costumers, set builders and lighting crew.