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The Youth Theatre Director's Handbook: Book #4 -
Design & Technical Challenges
A majority of the scripts for
youth provide exciting challenges in design. The settings are often unusual
locales such as outer space, fantasy castles, an undersea world or even
inside the belly of a whale. Scripts may call for a bizarre and wonderful
range of costumes from ogres and dragons to mermaids, toy rabbits and the
mysterious, two-headed Pushmipullyu brought from Africa by the benevolent
Dr. Doolittle. In addition to those demands on creativity in design, your
play may call for surprising special effects or illusions such as
pyrotechnics, magical appearances or disappearances of objects and actors or
rigging for flying. If you choose a script with these kinds of
demands, be certain you have time, crew, budget and a workable concept to
make the design elements practical, effective and enchanting.
NOTE: Would you like to focus your vision onto a particular category covered in this full text? Consider the topic-specific booklets from this text, also independently available thru JAC:
Maureen McIntyre has been the director of the Children's Theatre Festival in Huntsville, Texas, for twenty-five years and was recognized as an Honored Artist by the city. She is a Professor of Theatre, teaching acting and directing, at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She is an accredited Critic Judge for the University Interscholastic League One Act Play Contest for high schools and has been named Outstanding Theatre Educator, Colleges and Universities by the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Professor McIntyre lives in Huntsville with her husband, Buddy Aber.
Lane Riosley is a writer living and working in Houston, Texas. She is the 1991 winner of the Roger L. Stevens Award in Playwrighting from the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts' Fund for New American Plays. Lane also has written a screenplay for KUHT-TV/PBS television series CENTERSTAGE, as featured in the 1993 American Film Institute Festival in Los Angeles, and she served as a speaker at Theatrefest '93, the 43rd annual convention of the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Lane has 15 plays in publication (Pioneer Drama Service and Encore Performance Publishing). She is the author of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Burke Baker Planetarium program and Lucky Hightops and the Cosmic Cat Patrol, a six part science threatre series. Lane’s plays have been produced by schools and theatres nationwide including The Taradiddle Players, The Actor's Company of Burbank, The Little Top Theatre Company, The West Coast Ensemble, The Texas Renaissance Festival, EarlyStages of Houston, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Merry Go Round Theatre and the Asolo Theatre. She is an alumnus of the Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance.
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has developed a great many fine academic, professional and amateur programs
for theatre for young performers. As a result, thousands of children and
teenagers have grown in performance skills, self-esteem, knowledge of
American and international cultures, and have learned important truths about
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