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The Properties Director’s Handbook by Sandra Strawn

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Chapter 8

The Production/Tech Process

During the 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 designer is often “in house” and available for all the last minute tweaking and decision making. 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, many of the same goals must be accomplished. These include: set load-in, set dress, prop check-in, spacing rehearsal, technical ...

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