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C.3.b  Production perimeters.  Because of the busy nature of our production program, some rules and restrictions related to the Senior Project are in place They are not designed to make your task more difficult, but to

1) control traffic and to

2) provide a fair and equitable support for all persons doing projects. 

3) provide a consistent standard for production requirements and

4) allow greater objectivity in comparative evaluation of your project with others. 

The following perimeters and rules have been developed to ensure equity for all Senior Projects. Please read carefully.

  • Performance projects are to be presented in the McKinley Studio Theatre.

If the Studio Theatre is your choice, you are responsible for clearing the space after your use and restoring it to its classroom configuration.

NOTE: Other spaces have been employed—even off-campus spaces—but it is imperative that the material of the project not be compromised by your choice.  The location must be easily accessible to faculty members who will be evaluating the project.

  • Performance dates and rehearsal times are controlled by the University Theatre master calendar as maintained by Professor Yanik.  You must make arrangements through him well in advance. Generally the Senior Project dates fall on a Friday or Saturday night.  There are two designated nights in Autumn quarter; four designated nights in Winter quarter, and four designated nights in Spring quarter. These dates are presented at the Theatre Opener at the end of the first week of  classes, on the Theatre Season Handout which includes all significant theatre activity for the current academic year.

NOTE: They are dispensed on a first-come-first-served basis.  Schedule early.

  • Performance projects are to be of a manageable length.  If it is a directing or acting project, playing time should be limited to a minimum of thirty minutes and a maximum of an hour. 
  • All expendable production costs incurred in your project are to be borne by you.  NOTE: This includes royalty payments in the case of copyrighted material.  (See the Senior Project Budget Projection form as part of the Senior Project Application found in the E. Forms section of the handbook.)
  • The creative emphasis of your project should control the staging.

The focus of your energy in preparation and presentation should center on your chosen production discipline.  The emphasis in acting, directing and play writing projects, for example, should not be on elaborate scenery, costume, lighting or sound design.  

NOTE: Keep it simple in order to underscore the major focus of your artistic intention. 

  • You are responsible to acquire any needed production assistance such as a student technical director, lighting and sound designers, running crew, and house manager.

1) Do not engage student crew support from students actively assigned to a Mainstage or Studio production. 

 2) Confirm project crew members with the Theatre Chair and Technical Director before making any promises.

3) Production Practicum class hours are not available as set-up and strike times for Senior Projects

4) Theatre performance equipment—lighting instruments and boards, sound boards, and such—are operated only by authorized personnel. 

NOTE: These persons must work for you gratis, since student employment funds cannot be used for other than official University Theatre productions and approved Department of Music events.

  • If yours is a directing project, you are advised to arrange for a student technical director who will coordinate the use of the space and production needs with Professor Yanik.
  • You would be wise to secure a house manager to control the front-of-house and audience control aspects of your presentation.  This individual should also secure ushers as required.
  • The use of departmental production equipment is strictly limited. You are personally responsible for all theatre equipment used.

1) Furniture use is limited to the stock rehearsal units created for the studio theatre.  If a specific furniture piece is absolutely needed, coordinate its use and storage with Professor Yanik.

2) Lighting and sound equipment availability is minimal, especially when other productions are in process.  Do not plan on a complete light plot.  Eight to ten instruments for the studio are normally available for these projects.

3) Props are your responsibility. Unusual hand props, those not easily obtained by you, may be available as requested through Professor Yanik.

4) Costumes  are to be secured by you (and your cast).

Hard to locate costume pieces or accessories not being used in mainstage production may be requested through Professor Yanik.

You are responsible for dry-cleaning expenses if required.

Note: Full costumes are not available. 

·         All borrowed items must be returned the day following the project

·         If you plan a reception in connection with your presentation, you have access to the McKinley kitchen for its preparation and service. You and your cast and crew are responsible for cleanup as well as returning the Studio Theatre to its use as a classroom. Please keep the reception time limit to 45 minutes. (See handbook section B.5.i.)

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