Tech Theater: Behind the Scenes

Katie Maier, Arts & Culture Writer

Three important aspects of tech theater class are paint, power tools, and the storage shed previously harboring rats, according to junior and tech theater student Bridget Rees. 

Technical theater is an interactive high school elective that focuses on constructing sets and prop pieces for Pinewood’s theater performances. The students, led by teacher Doug Eivers, spend their class periods measuring, building, and painting the sets that bring the school plays to life. Eivers teaches them how to safely work with tools such as wood, saws, and heavy machinery and helps them hone their artistic skills. 

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“I’ve learned a lot of things, like painting and . . . little things, like how to not strip screws,” Rees said.

Tech theater class is great for students who enjoy drama but shy away from the spotlight, as their art does the performing for them. Students get to contribute to theatrical performances and see their creations shine on stage but can avoid the scrutiny of a live audience as they work. 

“I ​​like designing things, and I like painting and building things hands-on,” Rees said. “I really wanted to be involved with musicals, but I’m not a performer. . . . It’s really cool . . . going to shows with my families and pointing out something and being like, ‘Look, I built that!’”

Teamwork is also a huge part of the class.

“Usually I’m not very good at teamwork . . . but tech theater helps,” Rees said. “Everyone can find their own way to contribute to something.” 

Sophomore and fellow tech theater student Rose Xu described how the class improved everyone’s abilities to work under pressure and adapt to failure.

“I think the key thing this class has taught me is how to come up with solutions despite failure,” Xu said. “I had a great time in this class last year and made several unforgettable memories with my peers.”