Student use of facilities. The facilities
assigned by the university to the Theatre program are to be employed for curricular
purposes and not for private use: no sleeping overnight or preparing meals for
visiting family members or throwing private birthday parties, for example.
But obviously there are legitimate student uses of the spaces which can be tied
to the curriculum and which want only a few rules to keep order and
balance for the equitable treatment of all concerned.
McKinley lock-up schedule.
Accessibility to our spaces is fairly generous unless allowing such would
endanger or equipment or projects in process. In other
words, we need to conscientiously protect our interests while allowing reasonalbe
access to authorized users of our spaces and equipment. The
lock-up schedule provided to the Safety and Security
Office is as follows:
and West lower-level side doors, Stage Door, access to the Green Room from the
rear stairwell only. Other interior doors locked.)
allowed for rehearsal or other authorized activities by individuals assigned keys,
generally the Theatre faculty and staff. Others may
be allowed access by way of the the Safety and Security Office with the permission
of Professor Yanik.)
vacated. Ghost lights only. No
Beegle Hall Scene Shop is accessible only when the Technical
Director is on duty or through his permission given to specific persons, with
approval notification to the Safety
and Security Office. Again, lock-up is 11:00 p.m.
Beegle Hall Studio is accessible through the Theatre
Chair or Technical Director and only
on demonstrable need associated with course projects.
Booking rehearsal and performance spaces.
Generally speaking, student-initiated use of rehearsal and performance
space is confined to the McKinley Studio Theatre, scheduled under the supervision
of the Theatre Department through the Theatre
Chair, who holds the building’s calendar. If
scheduling proves severely difficult, arrangements can be made through the Fine
and Performing Arts Adminstrative Assistant
in Crawford Music Building to negotiate available classroom spaces with the room
scheduler in Student Academic
Services. Please do not initiate such a request
without notifying your instructor or project advisor who will have to approve
Studio, and University Players productions of the program have first call on rehearsal
space and calendar. Usually the next Mainstage or
Studio production to be performed will have first call. Inasmuch
as possible Mainstage shows will rehearse in the Bach Theatre, but if second in
line will use the Studio space. The University Players
often rehearse daily from 8:00-9:20 am and on Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00-1:50
pm in the Studio Theatre.
scheduling of performance dates and spaces for mainstage and studio productions
is accomplished through the Fine Arts calendaring process in conjunction with
the Departments of Music and Art. The booking of rehearsals
for these productions is done through published rehearsal schedules, and cleared
for conflicts with Professor Yanik. Other
uses of the Studio Theatre, such as class scene rehearsals or laboratory production
preparation and performances, is done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Evening, weekend, or holiday uses must be negotiated one
week in advance through Professor Yanik
who will clear them with the Safety
and Security Office. Your chances of being able
to “just drop in” during the final weeks of a quarter are not good.
Available rehearsal and performance equipment.
For both class-assigned scenes and other rehearsals, our standard rehearsal
blocks are all that are available for use. These rather
nondescript blocks are useful in representing chairs, sofas, and tables.
These pieces are stored in the locked room across the Kreider Gallery from
the Studio Theatre, and available by any faculty member for class purposes or
by arrangements made when you schedule the space for rehearsal.
If you use them, you are responsible to return them to the
storage area! You are not permitted
to bring in rehearsal furniture from outside because the Studio Theatre is
so overbooked that it’s usefulness is easily compromised by clutter.
Our purposes for order can also be thwarted if you do not return the provided
rehearsal furniture to its appropriate storage.
performances for classes and lab productions must also be consciously simplified
in their staging. The emphasis is on script and
performer, not staging. The following staging
restrictions are in force for productions of this kind:
The standard rehearsal blocks and pieces should be employed.
Not only does this put each scene on equal footing, but it provides an
aesthetic continuity to the performances. If highly
specialized set pieces or properties are absolutely necessary, they may be brought
in by you late in the rehearsal process and removed
by you immediately after the performance.
These pieces cannot be stored
in the Studio and must be removed and stored elsewhere so as not to impede classes
in the space.
If you bring in hand props, you must keep them boxed and
in the storage room, not spread around the Studio.
Costume pieces are to be located on your own.
Departmental costumes are not available. Your costumes cannot be stored
in the Costume Shop or in the Studio. Please remove them to your room or apartment
No special lighting is available for class projects.
Because of the problems of difficulties of time, energy, qualified operating
personnel and limitations on instrumentation, lights for laboratory productions
are limited to 8-12 instruments, installed late in the preparation process.
Sound support is not available. Class
and laboratory projects must be content with employing boom boxes or whatever.
Departmental equipment is not available for classroom projects.
Dressing room lockers and showers. The
dressing rooms serve a dual function in that they are a necessary facility for
production purposes but are also available for use by classes, particularly the
movement and acting courses. The lockers and hanging
units in the center of the rooms are reserved for exclusive use
by productions. The tall lockers which line the rooms
are for your personal use. Keep your street clothes
in one while you’re in costume, or store your sweats there when taking a
studio course. You are urged to bring
your own lock for a locker. The Theatre Department
cannot guarantee the safety of your possessions, although every precaution is
observed. On performance nights the Stage Manager
will collect and hold your valuables if you wish.
the dressing room showers are available for your use. You’ll
have to bring your own towel and soap which you may choose to store in your locker.
dressing rooms will be opened by the instructor for classes as arranged.
They are open and accessible for your use during production times at the
posted Cast Call time for dress rehearsals and performances.
The Green Room. The principal
use of the Green Room is, of course, for the purposes of production.
It was designed to be an inviting and soothing space for performers to
wait before being called to the stage. A secondary
and privileged use of the space is that of daytime student lounge.
It’s a great study space, isolated and usually quiet, and truly a
find for commuter students who have no place on campus or for resident students
when the dorms just plain get too loud. Or it can
serve as a meeting space for group planning of class assignments or social events.
It serves well as a space for script read-throughs or for line-runs, or
anytime you need a quiet, isolated space during the day.
Few other departments have such an open and inviting student space.
At present the Green Room is not strictly scheduled and you are welcome
to just drop in. Access through the McKinley stage
door (the southwest corner of the building) and down the stairs should be
available during the building’s open hours, presently scheduled for
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
are invited to advantage yourself of the small book collection
you’ll find in the Green Room. These are mostly
materials dealing with careers in theatre and how to present yourself as a professional,
although there are some materials of a more general nature.
They are not available in the SPU library. However,
please remember that these books are private property and represent
a sizable financial commitment. They belong to the
the professor whose name is on the flyleaf and are placed here for your use
only, not as gifts. Don’t make off with them!
Use them in the Green Room only and return them to the
shelves; violation of this trust will cancel the use privilege for all and further
erode your professors’ optimistic faith in the potential for goodness in
no circumstances is any of the furniture or furnishings in the Green Room to be
removed from that space, nor can they be used as the furniture for classroom scense
Kitchen etiquette. The kitchen
located adjacent to the Green Room is open for your use during rehearsals and
performances. It was designed for the preparation
of snacks, food used on stage, company meals during production, and assembling
reception refreshments. Equipment includes a cooktop,
ovens, microwave, refrigerator and commercial coffeemaker, and a supply of paper
plates, cups, and napkins are usually on hand after being left by various receptions.
Typically there is also a random assortment of coffee mugs, and you are
invited to bring your own for storage there during rehearsal periods.
You may want to bring your own light snacks, coffee, tea, and what have
you, to carry you through rehearsals.
is not intended for the preparation of personal meals, however.
regrettable aspect of a kitchen space with no ownership and dozens of users is
the way in which sundry stuff collects, dishes and utensils are only rinsed and
left in the drainer for someone else to put away, the refrigerator finds itself
housing odd things (and odors), and the ovens are never cleaned.
Student access to such a facility is rare on campus.
Please, please do your share to keep
it clean and organized. You may even need to go
beyond that to picking up after someone else. We all
want to keep the space open for student use. Please
do not assume that someone will clean up after you.
use the kitchen for reception preparation purposes—receptions
such as those which often follow Senior Projects or
vocal recitals—clearance must be made through Professor
Yanik at the time of scheduling the event.
For these purposes some special rules apply:
in McKinley Hall are allowed only in the Studio Theatre.
equipment available for your use:
Commercial coffee maker or urn, filters
Two (2) punch bowls and ladles
Eight (8) round plastic serving trays
Two (2) plastic coffee carafes
Two (2) eight foot folding tables
Refrigerator for storage (If not in use for production)
addition to the food items, you will need to furnish all additional
serving supplies, such as plates, napkins, cups, silverware, serving utensils,
tablecloths and the like. Please note that the
kitchen is not available for major food preparation requiring extensive cooking
ovens are not available for receptions, and the cook top stove is to be used only
for heating tea water, cider, and so forth.
should be planned to last no longer than forty-five minutes, since the building
is to be locked-up promptly thereafter.
guests begin to disperse, begin clean up as follows:
Remove all items from tables to kitchen.
Pick up all cups, plates, napkins, utensils from around the room and place in
Spot clean spills on floor.
Replace all chairs around perimeter of room for class use.
Fold tables and stack against South wall (wall with door leading to kitchen).
Close double doors leading into the Kreider Gallery.
Remove coffee grounds from coffee maker and deposit in trash container. Rinse
filter holder and replace in machine.
Wash and rinse
carafes, leave on counter top.
Wash and rinse
plastic trays, leave in drain board.
Wash and rinse punch bowls, leave on counter top.
Clean all counter tops, sink and work table.
Spot clean spills on floor.
Remove all personal items from refrigerator
The Call Board. Located in the
back hallway outside the Green Room, the Call Board is where you will find information
related to the current production (sign-in sheets, notes to the
cast and crew, costume repair orders, etc.), announcement of materials related
to upcoming productions (auditions, casting, rehearsal schedules),
and information of a general sort (shows about town, job and internship
announcements, Graduate programs, upcoming parties, Alum news).
You are encouraged to add information of corporate interest
as it comes to you.
posting board should reflect the heartbeat of our theatre community.
You are urged to keep in touch with its materials after classes, during
rehearsals, as you use the Green Room. It’s
nearly always accessible through the Stage Door and down the stairs.
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