Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anonymous said: Cue the tinkles? There was a production of Glass Menagerie that I worked where the menagerie was represented by a musical instrument offstage. When the menagerie is broken, the cue was called "violent tinkles"

Amazing. *TINKLES VIOLENTLY*

Twinkle Twinkle

(During tech for Oklahoma)

SM: All is says is “Call at the twinkles”. What twinkles?

LD: That’s the twinkle. Call it at the twinkles.

*Submitted by Megan 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ghost light (theatre)-

The superstitious have various justifications for the ghost light in relation to the supernatural. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theater has a ghost, and some theaters have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history. Similar superstitions hold that ghost lights provide opportunities for ghosts to perform onstage, thus appeasing them and preventing them from cursing the theater or sabotaging the set or production. This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theaters are closed.

The practical use of a ghost light is mainly for safety. A ghost light enables one to navigate the theater to find the lighting control console and to avoid accidents such as falling into the orchestra pit and stepping on or tripping over set pieces.

Wikipedia (via upstagetraveler)
Sunday, July 20, 2014

An LD’s Guide to Walking a Dog

SM: Wow, that moving spot is so fancy! Is there anything you can’t do with it?

LD: I don’t think you could walk a dog with it.

LD: Wait. You could tie a leash to the front and walk the dog with the pan and tilt controls.

*Submitted by 

Saturday, July 19, 2014
awkwardblackstagehand:

the-silver-carp:

New drill, or screw gun, rack. Made mobile so we can bring it on stage for strike. We’re funny, and well organized.

Awesome.

awkwardblackstagehand:

the-silver-carp:

New drill, or screw gun, rack. Made mobile so we can bring it on stage for strike. We’re funny, and well organized.

Awesome.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Anonymous said: I always say that technical theater is 10% having no clue what you're doing and just going for it, 40% screwing things up, and 50% trying to fix them without anyone noticing.

I think you’re forgetting the 5% highly specialized knowledge and the 5% certainty that luck will be on your side. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I wonder what theater lingo is like in other countries.

Rover: I haven’t worked a show that was actually run in Spanish before.

Spot 2: I worked shows in Mexico but they just yelled ‘Punta!’ at me and walked away. I think it’s their word for ‘stage’.

*Submitted by 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gender Roles in the Theater

Male Lighting Teacher: People tend to think of sound design as a male-dominated field, and lighting design as female-dominated.

Female Lighting Student: So what you’re saying is that men sound more powerful, but women are the bright ones.

*Submitted by  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Are you an expert in ass-biting?

"Someone needs to teach that turtle how to bite ass."’

"…That was the worst time to put on my headset."

*Submitted by 

Monday, July 14, 2014

You Mean Up There?

You know it’s going to be a long day when, as soon as you walk into the theatre, the TD asks if you’re afraid of heights.

*Submitted by  

(yea, buddy, it’ll be ok though…maybe you will be in the lift…)