February 2, 2007

Local students to learn professional theater skills at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Area high school students will gather on Tuesday (Feb. 6) at Purdue University to attend Theatre Arts Day.

The program, which is organized by the staff of Elliott Hall of Music and Purdue Convocations, offers a hands-on experience to students who are interested in the technical side of theater.

Students will attend their choice of two sessions which include lighting, stagecraft and rigging, sound systems, video production and video post- and pre-production. Nearly 100 students from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties will attend.

The professional staff of Elliott Hall of Music produces more than 1,200 events each year on and off campus and across the country. The crew runs the video board services for Purdue athletics and offers technical services to Purdue Convocations and many other campus organizations.

Each technical staff member who will be teaching at the workshop offers more than 10 years of professional experience and wants to share their knowledge of the field, said Laura Clavio, Purdue Convocations assistant director. More than 100 Purdue students work with the professional staff on productions.

This is the second year that the program for technical theater skills has been offered, and it gives area high school students the chance to work with state of the art equipment from rigging systems to video systems. This year the sessions are longer and more detailed than last year, offering students a more intensive experience in specific areas, Clavio said.

Source: Laura Clavio, (765) 496-2913, lzclavio@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web site:
Purdue Convocations: http://www.convocations.org

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