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Technical Theatre

About SPARC’s Technical Theatre Programming

SPARC offers a myriad of technical theatre opportunities — from multi-week workshops and one-day master classes, to working hands on with our productions, both backstage and on the general production crew. Technical theatre programs are open to all students in 6th to 12th grades.

If you have a student in your life who is interested in technical theatre and would like to be on the email roster for production-specific opportunities, please email Amy Almond at aalmond@sparcrichmond.org.


Tech Crew opportunities are different for every show as they are based on the needs of the script and the scale of the production. Opportunities range from being mostly behind the scenes during performances, to actually building, painting, and lighting a show. We delineate these opportunities as Backstage Crew and Production Crew. Occasionally crews will be a mixture of both roles.

​Backstage Crew members attend the last couple weeks of rehearsals and all performances.  Members of this crew participate in roles such as light board operator, audio/ visual playback, sound board operator and stagehand.

​Production Crew members work on a hands-on aspect of the creation process for this show.  This could include building scenery, hanging and focusing lights, setting up sound, building props, and making costume accessories.  Specific Production Crew roles changes with every show.


Technical Theatre Workshops are typically 3-4 weeks and focused on one aspect of technical theatre. Past classes have included Stage Lighting, Scenic Painting, Basic Carpentry, Costuming, and Prop-Making.

Unless specifically stated in the class description, most classes are open to students who have a range of experience.

Have a recommendation for a technical theatre class you want to see at SPARC? Email aalmond@sparcrichmond.org.



Intro To Costume Accessories

Saturdays May 7 and 14 from 11 AM to 1 PM
Grades: 6th – 12th

The category is: Wizarding! Incorporating Costume Design and Costume Construction, this two-week workshop focuses on the variety of crafting skillsets (in addition to sewing) that professional costumers use every day. Students will design and create their own hat based on their interpretation of what a wizard would wear. Students will practice envisioning and creating a unique design, following and cutting a sewing pattern, and using detailed crafting skills.

Spamalot Crew Camp

In this production-camp pilot, students will spend 5 days working together to learn about various aspects of technical theatre, create their own crafting projects, and use their newfound skills to put their creative touch on technical elements for SPARC’s summer musical, Spamalot. Instruction time may include but is not limited to, painting backdrops, creating props and costume accessories, and scenic design. No prior technical theatre experience is necessary.

Spamalot Run Crew

Students on the Spamalot Run Crew will join the production for Technical Rehearsals and Performances. Run Crew members will assist the show in all backstage and technical aspects, including participating on the sound team (sound effects, equipment set up, and mics), managing props and costume movement, and lending a hand backstage. No prior technical theatre experience is necessary.

New Voices Stage Manager

Students interested in learning more about stage management can cut their teeth by stage-managing one of the student-written pieces for the New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works. All rehearsals and performances will be over Zoom and students will be mentored by the program’s Lead Stage Manager. New Voices runs June 26-July 2. Students interested in both Spamalot and New Voices may participate in both. More information coming soon!

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