Shop and Scenery

Shop and Scenery

We have a scene shop on the stage level. Our shop entrance is located under the seating area and is accessible from stage left or stage right. Long goods of unlimited length may be passed in the lobby door and through a concealed panel into the shop. A full selection of power tools including miter, table, circular, and saber saws, cordless and corded drills, staplers, and vacuums is available in addition to a cabinet of hand tools. For multi-week productions, shop time is scheduled on a priority basis by production opening dates. For one-day productions and groups not performing at the Center, our shop may be rented as available. A typical schedule is "Company A" performs while "Company B" spends two weeks building their set. "Company A" closes, strikes, and leaves a bare clean stage; then 10 minutes later "Company B" moves its set to the stage. After a few days of touch-ups "Company C" moves into the shop for two weeks...

Guidelines for the Shop and Scenery

1. In order to meet everyone's needs without conflict, use of the shop must be coordinated with Technical Director Dave Popieluszko before you begin.

2. Use the shop and our tools safely. Only use tools with which you have confidence and skill. Minors may not use any power tools without the supervision of their parent or guardian. For RUST members, acceptable supervision is defined in your agreement with Artistic and Managing Director Lou Trapani.

3. Keep things clean. Prevent dust from entering the Sam Scripps Theater by closing the shop doors before cutting or sanding. When your workday is finished, clean any dust off the shelves, counter, and floor before opening the doors or tracking it out. Replace all tools and materials.

4. Bring your own materials, supplies, and consumable items needed for your production. The Center's materials, including lumber, paint, screws, nails, staples, and cloth are exclusively for emergencies and Center operations. If you have a bit of useable material left over, donating it to our inventory will insure that there is always something available the next time you or any other group is one board short.

5. Thanks to generous donations we have a stock of rigging items, castors, hinges, latches, corner brackets, and mending plates that are available free of charge provided: (a) permission is obtained from the Technical Director; (b) they are not required by prior productions. (c) they are not removed from the Center. (d) they are returned to stock at your strike in original condition, less normal wear. If you require additional or different hardware, obtaining it is your responsibility. However, after your production please consider donating your hardware to the Center to further build our stock.

6. Again, thanks to generous donations we have a stock of platforms, stairs, flats, paintings, chairs, and tables that are available free of charge provided: (a) permission is obtained from the Technical Director; (b) they are not required by prior productions; (c) they are not removed from the Center; (d) they are not altered, except for trim details and repainting of painted areas; (e) they are returned to stock at your strike in original condition, less normal wear. We hope that after your production you will consider donating parts of your set chosen by the Technical Director to our stock. Many Artists would love to leave the whole set behind when a show closes, but we have limited space so only the most reusable elements will make the cut.

7. If you would like to store properties, sets, costumes, or any other items at the Center before your load-in, please discuss appropriate locations with the Technical Director before bringing them.

8. After your production closes, your scenery and everything else brought in for your production must be removed from the Sam Scripps Theater by the contracted end of your strike. If you need additional time to get everything off the premises, please discuss alternate locations and deadlines with the Technical Director. The shop is not likely to be available then.