In the 2019-2020 season, the technical theatre students worked on the following projects:

  • Designed Oaken’s Cart (Frozen), bathtub (Seussical) and the Candy Cart (Willy Wonka)
  • New Materials:
    • Learned wiring basics (coil & fencing) to create Charlie Brown’s mailbox
    • Worked with mylar to create the see through mirror reflections for the main set of A Chorus Line
  • Construction:
    • Worked with wood to construct frames (for A Chorus Line “mirrors”), Charlie Brown’s mailbox, Oaken’s Crate (reused for the candy cart in Willy Wonka), Doors for Frozen. Learned how to cut and drill.
    • Created the piano and tub (with shower) for Seussical
    • Created oars (pvc pipe and foam lollipos) for Willy Wonka
    • Working with foam to create Christmas trees (Charlie Brown) and wooden frames.
  • Painting
    • learned sponge bricks & grout technique to create backdrops for Charlie Brown, Frozen, Willy Wonka
    • Created stencils and used those stencils to create detailed effects used in the sets for Frozen
    • Painting stripes on swimsuit costumes for Frozen
    • Detailed painting for all performances
    • Basic painting to include painting/priming wood, platforms and the stage
  • Sewing:
    • Learned and used blanket stitching for banners for Frozen
    • learned and used stitching
    • sewed elements of the “bathing suit” costume for Frozen;
  • Set design
    • Learned and implemented stage masking
    • Worked with Velcro on skirting platforms
  • Lighting
    • During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Tech Theatre class moved “on-line”. This allowed us the opportunity to spend several classes learning lighting design!
    • Learned and operated the light board (A Chorus Line)
    • Constructed light boxes and built shadow boxes (learning about lighting and absence of space) for the Golden Tickets for Willy Wonka
  • MakeUp
    • Learned basic makeup techniques and unique skills
    • Created designs for Seussical and Willy Wonka
    • At the time of writing this list, the performances were all postponed. However, the intent is to follow plans and do stage makeup on the actors
  • Production:
    • Stage Crew for A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frozen. (At the time of writing this, the performances were all postponed. However, it is the plan for the Techies to be the stage crew for the rest of the performances)
    • Theatre basics, for example, how to re-purpose previously used items
    • Design and Execution of Haunted House Rooms.
    • Design and Execution of Charlie Brown themed Trunk or Treat Display
    • Chalk work for advertising performances and setting ambiance in the lobby

Maybe you saw some of their handy work!

All students in tech theatre will work on projects for all of the theatre classes to include Puffs, Footloose, Little Mermaid, Oliver, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Hobbit and Twisted Tales. Depending on the maturity of the student and the individual needs for each show, some tech theatre students will be invited to participate either back stage as part of the running crew or on running either the light or sound boards. Please be sure to read through all of the information, dates, fees and commitments. 

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm – NEW Technical Theatre – Properties

Students will work on properties for all Not Just Dance performances – Oliver, Little Mermaid, Dinosaurs Before Dark, Footloose, Puffs, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Twisted Tales and The Hobbit. Students will NOT be asked to participate in actual performances as part of stage crew. Classroom instruction only. Ages 10-12.

Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Tech Theatre Level 1

For students with little Technical Theatre experience. This class is designed to help students learn the basics of technical theatre. (Typically 0 – 1 years experience). Ages 12+

Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 13, 20, 27; May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8

NO CLASS DATES: Nov 24 (Thanksgiving); Dec 15 (Twas Rehearsal), 22, 29 (Winter Break); Feb 16 (Footloose Rehearsal), March 30 (Puffs rehearsal); April 6 (Spring Break); May 4 (Oliver Rehearsal), May 11 (LM Rehearsal)

Saturdays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Tech Theatre Level 2

For students with some Technical Theatre experience. Students will need to participate in a placement class and be invited to participate. If  you think your student falls in this category, register using the links below, and we will reach out to invite to a placement class. (Typically 1 – 2 years experience) Ages 12+

Aug 28; Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23; Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11; Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 14; June 8 

NO CLASS DATES: Sept 4 (Labor Day); Oct 30 (Fall Break); Nov 27 (Thanksgiving); Dec 18 (Twas the Night Performance), Dec 25, Jan 1 (Winter Break); Feb 19 (Footloose Performance); April 2 (Puffs Performance), 9 (Spring Break); May 7 (Oliver Performance), May 21 (LM Performance), May 28 (Memorial Day); June 4 (Hobbit Performance)

Mondays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Tech Theatre Level 3

For students with 3+ years of Technical Theatre experience. Students will need to participate in a placement class and be invited to participate. If  you think your student falls in this category, register using the links below, and we will reach out to invite to a placement class. Ages 12+

Aug 30; Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 8, 15, 22, 29; Dec 6, 13; Jan 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 22, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23; June 8

NO CLASS DATES; Sept 6 (Labor Day); Nov 1 (Fall Break); Dec 20, 27, Jan 3 (Winter Break); Feb 21; April 4 (Spring Break); May 30 (Memorial Day)

Make Up Classes:

Students who are involved in working tech for any of our performances do not need to do a makeup for any missed regular class. We have planned for enough hours to accommodate any missed classes for those who are participating.

If your student is not working any tech for our performances, they can schedule a makeup class on a different day than they are registered for. Example, if they miss a class on Monday, they may come to a class on a Wednesday or Saturday if prearranged. Please give us as much notice as possible if your child will miss class or if they plan to attend a make-up, as we make plans based on who we expect at each class. We will communicate appropriate makeup dates.

Performances:

Students must be invited to participate in a performance. Technical Theatre students must show the appropriate level of maturity and have the required availability to be invited to participate. The following dates are provided for planning purposes only. If a Technical Theatre student is chosen to work on shows but is not available for all the dates listed, please let us know. The Staff of Not Just Dance will contact parents/students to invite students to participate as appropriate. Each show has a separate performance fee.

Twas the Night Before Christmas: Dec 4 (9 am – 1 pm); Dec 11 (9 am – 1 pm); Dec. 15 (5 pm – 9 pm); Dec. 16 (5 pm – 9 pm); Dec 17 (performance @ 7 pm); Dec. 18 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm), ***SNOW MAKEUP PERFORMANCES Dec 19 @ 2 pm & 7pm

Footloose:  Feb 5 (1 pm – 6 pm); Feb 12 (1 pm – 6 pm); Feb. 15 (5 pm – 9 pm); Feb. 16 (5 pm – 9 pm); Feb. 17 (5 pm – 9 pm); Feb. 18 (performance @ 7 pm); Feb. 19 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm); Feb. 20 (performance at 2 pm); ***SNOW MAKEUP PERFORMANCES Feb 20 @ 7 pm, Feb 25 @ 7 pm, Feb 26 @ 2 pm & 7 pm, Feb 27 @ 2 pm

Puffs: March 14 (5 pm – 9 pm); March 21 (5 pm – 9 pm); March 26 (1 pm – 5 pm); March 28 (5 pm – 9 pm); March 30 (5 pm – 9 pm); March 31 (performance @ 7 pm); April 1 (performance @ 7pm); April 2 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

Oliver: April 26 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm); April 28 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm); May 3 (5 pm – 9 pm); May 4 (5 pm – 9 pm); May 5 (5 pm – 9 pm); May 6 (performance @ 7 pm); May 7 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm); May 8 (performance @ 2 pm)

Little Mermaid: May 9 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm); May 11 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm); May 13 (5:00 pm – 9 pm); May 16 (5 pm – 9 pm); May 18 (5 pm – 9 pm); May 20 (performance @ 7 pm); May 21 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm); May 22 (performance @ 2 pm)

The Hobbit: May 14 (1 pm – 6 pm); May 26 (5 pm – 9 pm); June 1 (5 pm – 9 pm); June 2 (5 pm – 9 pm); June 4 (performances @ 2 pm & 7 pm); June 5 (performance @ 2 pm)

Twisted Tales: May 25 (5 pm – 8 pm); June 3 (5 pm – 8 pm); June 6 (performances @ 6 pm & 7:30 pm)

Dinosaurs Before Dark: June 7 (5 pm – 8 pm); June 9 (5 pm – 8 pm); June 10 (performance 7 pm); June 11 (performance 2 pm)

Tuition:

Please visit the Tuition Rates page for specific information about tuition and fees, and all information related to payments. When registering a student for a class you will be required to entire a credit card to keep on file and be required to agree to all of the Not Just Dance Tuition Policies. See Tuition Rates

Fees:

All students enrolled in classes at Not Just Dance will pay a non-refundable registration fee at the time of registration. If students are participating in performances, a performance fee will also be assessed. See Tuition Page.

Life is a stage and we are constantly changing the scenery

Want to be a part of our theatre programs by working on production elements? Our “techies” assist with all theatrical “performances” to include working on all of the performances, coffee house and unique parties (like the Haunted House for the Halloween party). Learn set design, set painting, properties, costumes and production elements. Our students are involved in both design and implementation of technical theatre projects. Materials used in projects include: wood, PVC piping, foam, mylar, paint, cloth, plastic, metal, wire and chalk.

In the 2020-2021 season, the technical theatre students worked on the following projects:

  • Bar Cart (Clue), Vanity (Matilda) and the Tables & Benches (A Fairytale Christmas)
  • New Materials:
    • Learned wiring basics (coil & fencing & conforming) to create Wormwood Sign
    • Worked with LED lights to create a light up backdrop Mary Poppins
    • Lightweight Joint Compound to create pieces of cake (Matilda)
    • Light Gels to Create Stain Glass (Clue)
    • Magnets to create the effect of doors closing
  • Construction:
    • Worked with wood to construct Clue Set (Entire walls complete with 7 working doors and a faux stain glass frame) as well as hung frames and decor to make the set come to life, Vanity in Matilda, Store front shops in A fairytale christmas carol. Learned how to effectively drill.
    • Created bar cart for Clue out of PVC & wood
    • Created an oar (pvc pipe and wood) for Moana
    • Designed and created the boat and sail for Moana (using wood, casters, PVC, cloth & paint)
    • Working with foam to create Backdrops for Mary Poppins and Fairytale Christmas
    • Wooden Mirror frames for When I Grow Up in Matilda
    • High Top Table for Fairtale Christmas (reused for the Cake and Newt cart in Matilda), worked with fishing line to create invisible effect on the stage for theatre “magic”
    • Created Dinning room table toppers for Clue, so that the tables could still be used in other scenes
    • Compressor and nail gun to add finishing touches such as molding and chair rail to clue set
    • Double swinging door for freezer door in the Kitchen of Clue
    • Created a platform for the conservatory in Clue
    • Created Maui’s Hook in Moana
    • Book pages for Pinocchio Set
  • Painting
    • learned sponge bricks & grout technique to update the fire place (Mary Poppins), acting boxes for Chimney (Mary Poppins), Grey effect on the columns (Mary Poppins)
    • Created stencils and used those stencils to create: Glowing Monster Faces (Moana), Blocks in Matilda, design around vanity in Matilda, Stair Covers for Moana, All of the walls in Clue
    • Painting a cobble stone effect on stair covers used in Faritale Christmas and Mary Poppins
    • Detailed painting for all performances
    • Basic painting to include painting/priming wood, platforms and the stage
  • Sewing:
    • Designed and pulled costumes for Mary Poppins
    • Learned and used blanket stitching
    • Learned and used hem stitching
    • Sewed elements of the costume for Mary Poppin; Sewed Bed skirts, pillows and blankets for Mary Poppins, Sewed all of the Supercal Costumes Mary Poppins, sewed the Sail in Moana
  • Set design
    • Created Initial Designs for the Sets which were presented to the director for Mary Poppins and Moana
    • Learned and implemented stage masking
    • Worked with Velcro on skirting platforms
  • Lighting
    • Learned and operated the light board (Matilda & Moana)
    • Added LED lights to the Mary Poppins Back drop to create a glow effect
  • Make Up
    • Learned basic makeup techniques and unique skills
    • Learned bruises, scars, and cuts and how to implement them
    • Make Up for Trunchbull in Matilda
  • Production:
    • Theatre basics, for example, how to re-purpose previously used items
    • Design and Execution of Haunted House Rooms. (unable to do this year do to covid)
  • Running Crew
    • Stage Crew for Fairytale Christmas Carol, Matilda, Clue, Moana, Mary Poppins, Pinocchio & Twisted Tales)
    • During transitions changed the set to accommodate the scene change; couches, tables, benches, rolling flats, beds, boxes, curtains, dining room tables etc.
    • Assisted cast members with costume changes (especially quick changes)

Maybe you saw some of their handy work!