Centre 64 to train theatre technicians

If you are interested in learning the basics of the technical aspects of theatre productions this may be an opportunity for you.

  • Jan. 7, 2014 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in learning the basics of the technical aspects of theatre productions this may be an opportunity for you.

Kimberley Arts Council is hoping to train some interested residents to become theatre technicians at Centre 64. KAC president Mike Redfern says the arts council is hoping to train and hire up to six people on a part-time basis to provide essential oversight and direction of the technical aspects of productions at the theatre.

“In addition to running lights and, occasionally, sound effects, we want to train responsible people to take care of our equipment and to help with both the creative and operating aspects of lighting and sound effects in the Theatre at Centre 64. Once trained, the theatre technicians will have the opportunity to be in charge of the technical aspects of plays and concerts for users of the venues. The technicians will be paid an hourly wage for these duties,” said Redfern.

Responsibilities will mainly involve supervising use of technical equipment and stage curtains and props by theatre users, ensuring that theatre equipment inventories are maintained in good condition, and running lights and, possibly, sound effects for specific productions.

“Centre 64 has suffered some equipment losses and damage in the past that have resulted in additional expense to the arts council and inconvenience to other theatre users. The use of the Theatre at Centre 64 for concerts, film shows, plays and other performances is expected to continue to increase during 2014 and we need to prevent further losses or damage by having all future stage productions supervised by competent theatre technicians,” said Redfern.

A training session with Terry Macham will be held in the theatre on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is free and anyone interested in taking part is invited to contact Mike Redfern at redruth@shaw.ca by Wednesday, Jan. 15, for more information and to register.