A Weekly DIGEST for teachers and staff who want to level-up support and funding for MANAGEMENT OF their SCHOOL theatre. 

Issue 7, 2023


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  • Techie Tip of the Week (editorial)
  • Leveling Up (online courses for you)
  • Dear Techie (advice column)
  • Techie Travesties (funnies)

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Techie Tip of the Week


Part 7 of an 8-part series on ACTION STEPS you can take to level-up support and funding for your school theatre.


Is your theatre respected by your admin, your school, your community?  Are they aware of – and supportive of - all of the awesome events that pass through your walls?

Even school theatres need to develop a brand; an image to the community. It is a part of the Theatre Manager’s job – even in a school – to find ways to make the community aware of the awesome talent waiting to be seen in your school’s theatre.  If your school rents out its theatre to outside users (a good way to bring in financial support for your performing arts programs - ideally) you also want community groups to know that your theatre is the place that they want to rent to showcase their productions. 


One way to get the word out is through a website (or “sub-website” of your school or district). You not only need to get the word out to your community groups to make them want to rent out your theatre, but you also have to provide excellent service and hospitality to make them want to come back.  Plus your rates have to be ‘competitive’ yet reasonable. It’s important too that your community has an image of your school theatre as being a place to go to see, and to perform, quality performances in a place that is well managed.

Create a homepage for your theatre’s website (if you already have a theatre website, add your improvements).

The purpose is to entice the community to come and see school and community productions, as well as to compel community groups to rent out the space to help with your funding.  So be helpful with what information you can provide to those coming to see a production and those coming to put on a production.

(For more information about how to create a ‘sub-website’ for your theatre, check out the Branding and Outreach chapter of High School Theatre Operations. For more detailed guidance on creating a sub-website, check out the Theatre Management Training online course or tutorials.)

This editorial is the express opinion of Beth Rand, and is not intended for substitution for professional advice regarding your specific situation or circumstances.


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Dear Techie:

Dear Techie,

I’ve seen in some photos of school theatre fly systems that the ropes extend below the floor, and I was wondering what that’s call and the reason for it?

Wondering in WI

Dear Wondering,

This is an "arbor well" or "arbor pit".  Having an arbor pit allows you to have a shorter fly tower (usually to save in construction costs).

The trouble with arbor pits is that things always fall into them.  This can be dangerous if they get stuck in the rope system at worst and amusing at best.  One show that came into one of my theatres was a vaudeville show.  Many of the performers were seniors.  One lady managed to drop her cane into the arbor pit!  We had to send a techie down to retrieve it.

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Sometimes used for Time Outs.


Techie Travesties

A lighting designer and a sound designer were discussing the relative importance of their roles in theatre. After many salient points back and forth, an exacerbated LD said "Well, all I know is that in the beginning, God said "let there be light!".

"Woah, woah, woah!" said the sound designer, "Did you want to hear him?"

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Why the name Cue3Go?  Because often times (not always, of course) in a show, Cue 1 is house-to-half, Cue 2 is blackout, and Cue 3 is lights up!  We hope this newsletter will light you up each week with ideas and actions for managing your high school theatre.

It is PRESETT's mission to provide information to assist in endeavors for safe and functional operations of school theatres. However, PRESETT is not a safety consultant or professional, and any information provided or advocated is not intended to supplement, not supersede, industry safety training. Always consult a theatre safety specialist about your specific situation or circumstances.

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