One of the major goals of this book is to provide a fairly complete
introduction to most aspects of technical theatre. This introduction
is given mainly in a general sense, but is supplemented with specifics
relating to theatre at WPI. This treatment of the topics can provide
an inexperienced person an excellent base of knowledge from which to
start working on productions. It is important to remember, though,
that the book is not meant to replace actual experience. Most areas
of technical theatre require a fair degree of work to achieve
proficiency. In other words, reading the lighting chapter isn't going
to replace spending lots of hours working with experienced lighting
designers or master electricians. However, each chapter of the book
is intended to introduce the basic goals, equipment, vocabulary and
design theory for each area of technical theatre. Therefore, it is
highly recommended that people working in WPI technical theatre for
the first time read through most of the book, paying closest attention
to the areas in which they will work.
In addition to being a ``newbie guide'' to technical theatre, this
book is also a valuable reference to relatively experienced techs.
Several issues of safety are covered, which are extremely
important, and often ignored. It is hoped that this book will be read
by most people involved with WPI technical theatre, and as a result,
the overall awareness of safety issues will increase.
The last major goal of the book is to provide a bridge between what is
practiced in WPI theatre and what is practiced in professional theatres.
Budgetary and time constraints are major contributors to the gap
between the two, with the blind following of tradition also playing a
role. It is hoped that this book can provide some inspiration to
strive for something more than what has been done in the past at
WPI, edging the technical end of productions one notch closer to