ONE ACT FESTIVAL
HS1AF Technical Guidelines
We are looking forward to your visit in November. These guidelines are provided to give you some idea of the technical elements that will be available to you as you work on your piece. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Noemi DeWeerd at Noemi.Deweerd@dordt.edu.
Please limit your performance to no longer than 15 minutes. If a scene(s) from your fall show is appropriate, feel free to use that. Please, make sure that your one-act fits this time limit to allow time for set-up and take-down.
Our black box theater will be set up in a thrust configuration. We encourage you to use this space to its fullest potential as you direct. A ground plan is included which shows dimensions and entrances/exits. We’ve also include a short chapter on directing for the thrust stage.
The back “wall” of the stage will consist of black curtains to keep it as flexible as possible for all the pieces. Typically, a black box space lends itself to a more suggestive use of space (i.e., not a realistic set). Think outside the box and be creative when creating your ground plan and staging your piece.
Some simple set pieces/furniture from Dordt’s stock are available to you:
Stock flats (4’ x 8’) that can be legged at various heights
A freestanding door
Tables (both small and large)
Black rehearsal cubes
Your list of set pieces is due on October 1. We are not able to guarantee the availability of these items beyond this date.
Click here for a pdf file of the theater layout.
You will have access to our props room. However, if you have special or unusual props necessary for your piece, we recommend you bring them with you. Please send us a list of the props you might need from Dordt by October 1. Dordt might be able to make one simple prop, such as a fake food prop, dart board, or aging a prop, for your production. Our technical director will require specific details such as measurements, a picture or a drawing, colors, etc. Please send these details to Laura.Berkompas@dordt.edu by October 1.
We ask you to bring your own costumes. Our costume shop will be available to you for any last minute fixes or costume emergencies.
6. Lights and Sound
We will provide a basic lighting plot for your piece. We might be able to accommodate one special need or enhancement. Please email your special lighting needs request to Laura.Berkompas@dordt.edu by October 1 and indicate on a ground plan what you would like. If you have sound effects/music, please burn them on a CD and bring them with you.
We will provide sound and light runners for your production. A carefully marked script with light and sound cues indicated must be mailed to Dordt two weeks prior to the festival in order for our board operators to become familiar with the cues.
A pdf. file of a basic light plot will be posted on the website soon.
7. Rehearsal time
You will have one tech rehearsal in the theater before you perform the piece. Dordt staff will be available to help you during this rehearsal. A two-hour block of time has also been set aside on Saturday morning for additional acting rehearsal if needed. These rehearsals will take place in designated rehearsal rooms (the performance venue will not be available).
Mailing Address: Dordt Theater Department
Attn: Noemi DeWeerd
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250