THE PROPERTIES DIRECTORS HANDBOOK  

 PROPS for the THEATRE

 

Production calendar- Opera Bastille, Paris


           

Following opening, the Properties Director should complete the show “bible” with the pre-set and run lists, perishable checklist, photos of the show and set dressing, and all final notes and responses.  This allows a record to be maintained about the show, and information can be easily accessed in the case of a remount, co-production or transfer, or when questions about research, sources, or processes arise.  Following strike, the show "bible" is closed with a final accounting on the budget and rentals.


 


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Load-in           Technical Rehearsal            Consumables           Opening/Run                Strike


                                Click to see next “chapter”: The Prop Shop

 

Click here to view sub-topics:

Load-in           Technical Rehearsal            Consumables            Opening/Run                Strike

    In the final weeks of the build, the prop shop is in full production mode finalizing the set props, pulling and finding dressing pieces, and building hand props.  Stage management and actors are invited to drop in and see the props they will be using on stage.  The final coordination between the other shops is completed and the production calendar breaks down into specific task oriented goals.

   

    Every theatre has a “technical rehearsal to opening” sequence but within that time frame the same goals must be accomplished.  These are:  Set Load-in, Set Dress, Prop Check-in, Spacing rehearsal, Technical Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal, Opening, Run, and Strike.  It is a logical process layering each level of production on the show, working toward opening night, anticipating the run and the eventual strike of the show.


    “Tech” week is obviously a time when all the elements must come together and hence, can be fraught with differing goals from the various production areas.  Time on stage becomes precious.  Lights needs time to hang and focus.  The scenic artist needs to do touch-up work on the scenery or paint the floor.  Props wants time to set the furniture with stage management and dress out the set.  The actors want to move from the rehearsal hall onto the stage to become accustomed to the space.  Pre-planning and knowing the priorities allows this time to build logically and with time for everyone. 


    Once the props reach the theatre it is the responsibility of stage management and the props run crew to safely manage and maintain the props during the technical rehearsals, opening, and run of the show.  Most theatres have a standard prop "run" protocol with established areas for the safekeeping of props as well as set locations for prop run tables. 


       Please click on the links at the bottom of this page to learn more about the load-in to strike process .                  

THE PRODUCTION TECH PROCESS

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