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Technical theater for nontechnical people
Campbell, Drew.
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New York : Allworth, [1999]

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xiii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Central Library PN2053 .C26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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He is the founder of Nomos Arkhaios, an educational resource center for Hellenic Pagans & priest of Thiasos tes Glaukos, a Hellenic ritual group. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Two under-appreciated theatrical specialties, technical production for the novice and audience development, take center stage in these two thorough works. With hundreds of production/design/technical credits behind him, Campbell has written what will certainly become a standard introductory text on technical theater. All facets of production are clearly explained in jargon-free prose, and unfamiliar terms are highlighted and defined in an appended glossary. In addition to separate chapters on the more traditional elements of technical theater (lights, sound, scenery, properties), Campbell gives equal weight to the venue, design, stage management, corporate theater, and checklists. As valuable as this comprehensive manual is for the neophyte, experienced techies will also benefit from its common sense. Everyone involved with theater should have acces to this most welcome text. Stage Directions, "the practical magazine of theater," is to the theater community what the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian is to librarians. This guide to cultivating and retaining an audience, the most perplexing and financially significant problem facing every theater, is the latest entry in Heinemann's "Stage Directions" series, compiled mostly from previously published articles in the magazine. This practical compendium, arranged in three sections, addresses how to attract and retain a constituency and profiles several theaters that have been successful in both areas. A more focused and audience-specific work, this title will be of value to theater administrators and marketers as well as smaller theater groups seeking practical and empirically tested ideas and solutions.ÄBarry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Essentially "technical theater for dummies," this book has both the advantages and disadvantages inherent in this self-help genre. Written informally with light humor and amusing war stories, the text it is easy to read. However, Campbell attempts to cover too much information in an abbreviated manner, so the book is only moderately useful. In addition the coverage is uneven: the author discusses some technical areas (e.g., sound) fairly well, overgeneralizes others (painting and design), and totally ignores costume and makeup. The one chapter that contains fresh information useful to the novice theater producer deals with mounting a show in a hotel ballroom. This chapter includes rental of lighting instrumentation, projection equipment, platforms, and working with the hotel staff. Other introductory stagecraft books cover these subject areas more thoroughly and use more illustrations--e.g, J. Michael Gillette's Theatrical Design and Production (1987, now in it's 4th edition) discusses all technical areas including makeup and costumes. The present title will serve public libraries, not academic collections. R. A. Naversen; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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