Technical Theatre (aka techies)

  • Techies

    Technical Theatre includes everything you see and hear on the stage that is not an actor.  Without techies, there would be no sets, lights, sounds or props.  Actors would have neither costumes nor stage makeup.

    Davies Theatre, in its seventh year, is gaining a reputation for its complex and elaborate scenery and props. Techies meet after school and on weekends to build flats and platforms, stairs and doors, forests and storefronts.  Whatever the scene calls for, techies figure out a way to build it.

    Davies Techies constructed 4 puppets for "Little Shop of Horrors"; the largest involved an giaganitic man-eating plant (Audrey 2) that took 8 techies to manipulate the tentacles and mouth.  For "A Midsummer Night's Dream" they built an elaborate set that included a cave, waterfall, and pond. They worked with a professional rigging company to help the fairies fly around the stage. The woods in "Into the Woods" constantly changed as techies manipulated birch trees over 80 times to suggest different parts of the forrest.  Techies also constructed Rapunzels' tower and help Jack descend his beanstalk.  "Moon Over Buffalo" had sets within the set of a green room, several slamming doors, and a stage built high above our stage.  Techies used a router to create stair balisters, door frames, and crown molding. Each play promises to bring something new to our technical theatre department.

    In addition to building the sets, techies learn to operate the lights and soundboard of the theatre.  There are opportunities to work during the performances as deckhands and deck masters, spotlight operators, and in the sound booth.  Techies also can sign up to work at Band, Choir, and Orchestra concerts throughout the year.

    Brian Lynch has been involved in theatre in the FM area for the last 12 years. Brian holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from North Dakota State University where he designed lights for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Women of Lockerbie, and Lysistrata. He has experience in prop fabrication and scenic construction, as well as live performance lighting and stagecraft. Brian has been a freelance designer and theatrical electrician for the FM Ballet, the FM Opera Company, the Gasper School of Dance, the Inspire Dance Company and Red River Dance. Other employers include the Gooseberry Park Players, Trollwood Performing Arts School, The Fargo Theatre, Festival Concert Hall, and the Chester Fritz Auditorium.  Brian is excited to push the Davies students in new directions while building on the terrific foundation that the FPS Drama program has provided.