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Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup Hardcover – October 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0073514192 ISBN-10: 0073514195 Edition: 6th

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 6 edition (October 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073514195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073514192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Wilson on February 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I use this text for all my Tech Theatre classes, from Basic Stagecraft on up to more advanced 300- and 400- level classes, and I ditto what other reviewers have said about its being comprehensive, thorough, and accurate. The only small problem I have with it is that it really isn't designed for students who've never taken a Theatre class before. For a 100-level class, there should be a little more background on definitions of the broad concepts like Art, Theatre, and Drama (and why there is a difference between the last two), and what exactly the work of the Playwright, Director, and Actors is and how the work of the design artists supports that. (I use Gillette for 100-level classes because I haven't really found anything else that does precisely what I would want a Basic Stagecraft book to do.) For a 200-level class, though, or a 100-level class where they've already taken a more traditional Theatre Appreciation class where they've already absorbed those concepts, it's THE book to use.

Paul F. Wilson
Chair and Tech Director
Methodist University
Fayetteville, NC
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eric hart on September 10, 2010
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As a textbook for entry-level technical and design theatre, this book is indispensable. It is both up-to-date and Gillette is continually reaching out to professionals in theatre to ensure this book teaches you how things are really done. In the sixth edition, the chapter on props has been substantially reworked with input by Sandra Strawn, professor of Properties Design and Production at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, along with help from members of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers, who represent the heads of prop shops in many of the major regional and educational theatres in the US, including New York City. No other book on props approaches that level of expertise, let alone a textbook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jake Hegnauer on November 2, 2011
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I am a technical director of 18 plus years, I've been doing technical theatre for 25 years, and now teach technical theatre at the University level. This one book is my go to, all in one text book.

With the exception of hands on backstage experience, this is the best source I have come across for introduction to all things technical in theatre. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominic J. DeRiso on July 6, 2013
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The book itself gives a good overview of the tech. thea and production process. If you are looking for very specific information on departments (prop, costume, TD, LX, drafting... ect) there are better books on the market. some of which are very expensive. But for myself wold be please to use this as a supplemental material in a stagecraft 101 class.It uses good illustrations, and gives real world applications.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pianoguy87 on February 11, 2013
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This book is great if are looking to get into this career field. The book covers all aspects of tech theatre from painting,drawing,drafting,lighting,construction and more. I would say though that this edition is pretty much the same as the older editions, so if you need this book if your a student taking a tech class, I would say get it just to be safe. But if you want to learn something new and you're not a student, you can rely on an older edition.
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Drafting a set is wonderful with 'sketch up' they show you how to do it on paper only. Otherwise is comprehensive.
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My son will study Theater Design Tech in college next year - this was the perfect gift for him! We would highly recommend it.
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By Linda on December 17, 2013
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This item was just as described and I am very pleased with it. It arrived just when it said it would and was well packaged. It was bought as a gift
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