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Tech Tuesday: Now What?

I knew this would happen. You’ve met the main tech crew, you saw some of the features in the theatre that are essential to performances and I covered all of the basics.

Now the fun can start.

In addition to Bill, Jimmie and Dean, we have techs who work a show by show basis (including Kevin, who gave me the idea for Caitie’s Chandler Crawl) who are all kinds of awesome, and behind the curtain still that most people don’t get a chance to see, like sound checks.  Look for that one in the beginning of May.

In the mean time, are there any questions you’ve had about some of the technical stuff that goes on here at CCA? Let me know, and you may find the topic you raised in a future Tech Tuesday blog post!

6 responses

  1. Katie Drzewiecki

    Hey! I’m going to admit right off the bat that I have several questions…
    First off, what’s Caitie’s Chandler Crawl? I’ve never heard of it before, and if Kevin suggested it, it’s bound to be interesting.

    2. When did Tech Tuesdays start? It doesn’t seem to be before March, either that or the site just has really bad navigation options. >.<

    3. I only just found this blog just now, on accident. I don't know about you guys, but to me, that's rather sad. I spend a lot of time on the CCA website, and never before have I seen a link to this (really awesome) page! T-T

    4. Sound Checks? Dean would let me sit in on sound checks? Personally, I already know a little about the Bogle's sound board, but sitting in on a sound check would be a really wicked experience. When? Where? I thought I read something about the 27th or the 28th somewhere… Either way, I'm sure there would be more than just me interested in sitting in on something like that. Haha, maybe you could get Bill to agree to something similar sometime?

    5. I know what Bill and Dean and Jimmy (and Doug and Kevin and Chris) all look like, but I'm not sure anyone else does. I don't know about everyone else, but I like having names to put to faces.

    6. As for suggestions for future Tech Tuesdays, I have a few. -grins- Starting with basics for lighting and sound (types, what they do, the like), maybe the layouts of the working areas of the CCA (shop, booths, and technical storage closets), possibly the catwalk too (because that's just awesome in it's own right). Then move into the nitty gritty of what button does what kind of things. Ooo! And the rigging systems, and the … what were they called…. it had to do with sound and it was like a SD9 or SD90 or something like that. Dean mentioned it once. What else… Oh! The digital interface (the little touch screen board in the mainstage stage right). Of course, those would all be longer articles.

    7. Just another question that I have… Why haven't I ever seen ANY advertising for the CCA? I rarely go to the movies, but I saw one there, and there might be one on a billboard along the freeway that I drive to get to my mum's house in Phoenix. But other than that the CCA is a ghost. Something you hear about from your friends or because you're looking for a specific show. That's not cool.

    8. If you're looking for more student volunteers, I can probably help with that… I only heard about that once, and I jumped on the opportunity before it ran away. I have heard other students saying that they'd like to volunteer there, and I'm sure that Gary wouldn't mind the help.

    9. Admit-ably, this is a random comment, but I think it'd be cool to have more CCA wear. I know that the CCA has a tote bag and a denim shirt with a logo, but neither of those appeals to me. Is there someone I could talk to about that? Because I could see the potential in that turning a profit. I know that I would buy CCA themed merchandise. Especially since the CCA has a very trendy, work-able logo.

    Sorry, long comment, hope you don't mind.

    -Katie Drzewiecki
    Volunteer Concessions
    Volunteer Stage Hand

    April 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  2. Are you kidding? I love long comments! (As long as you don’t mind long answers) Thank you so much for stopping by, and for being the first person to comment!

    1. Caitie’s Chandler Crawl is something that I came up with after seeing Kevin’s vlog from a year or so ago. I thought it would be cool to show people what goes on at CCA and in downtown Chandler. There is only one episode because I’m waiting on a better camera, but I hope to have the next one up soon. You can watch it here (although please note, I had a bad case of allergies and I don’t sound like that in real life.) https://chandlercenterforthearts.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/caities-chandler-crawl-episode-one/

    2. Tech Tuesday didn’t start until March, because the blog didn’t exist before then. It’s still fairly new, but if there is a navigation problem, I’m going to look into that.

    3. You’re right, it’s sad. We do have a link on our main homepage, on newsletters, and I’m linking to it on our Facebook and Twitter pages whenever I post something. I hope to have widgets for Facebook and Twitter on our blog later today, so thank you for reminding me! This afternoon I’m going to figure out more ways to get the blog out there, because I really would like to have more interaction!

    4. Letting people sit in on soundchecks is up to the performer, some get a kick out of having people see them warming up, and others get freaked out by it. I’m going to sit in on one and video it so that everyone can see what it is like, if they haven’t had the opportunity to do so before. Yes, Dean is doing a demo on the 27 & 28. I’m not sure what times but I will find out more for you. I will also ask around and see if there are any performances that allow people to sit in on soundchecks, and I will let you and everyone else know.

    5. I wanted to put a picture up of the guys, but they were a little wary about it. Shoot, I had to twist Bill’s arm just to let me write about him. I’ll try and get a group picture of all of them, and Bill can just hide in the back. 😀

    6. I love, love LOVE your ideas for Tech Tuesday. Congratulations, you just gave me enough ideas to get me through summer!! Hurray!!

    7. We do have a billboard, and a few radio ads, mostly on KMLE and KOOL (KOOL actually just did a ticket give away for Hotel California). I know those aren’t the most popular radio stations, but we are trying new ways of advertising (Different radio stations, Pandora etc). Over the summer I hope to make my own commercial, so we’ll see how that goes. We’ve actually had a lot of success with Facebook and Twitter in the last month. It’s free and it gets the word out quick. I’ll mention in our next meeting that people don’t really know we exist, because lets face it, that is a HUGE problem.

    8. We would LOVE more student volunteers. If you know anyone who would like to volunteer, please pass it on. We’re sort of done with this season, but there are pleanty of opportunities to help out over the summer before the season starts up again. The lady you’d want to talk to is TJ Dyer, TJ.Dyer@chandleraz.gov.

    9. I’m not sure who to talk to about merch, but I will find out and report back. What would be some things that you would like to see?

    Again, thank you so much for reading! You’re pretty much my favorite person in the whole world right now.

    Bloggess Extrodinare and All Around Goof.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

  3. Katie Drzewiecki

    Cool, it’s good to hear back from you so soon!

    1. Wicked idea. Hopefully it’ll get more viewers. I think it’s a really good idea. You do a nice job of explaining things, which is cool.

    2. Ahh, I figured it might be new. x) Not so much a Navigation problem then as me thinking that it was older than it is. >u<

    3. If I think of anything to help get the word out, I'll let you know. ^^

    4. Lets see… the next performance that I'm going to be at will probably be on May 1st, the Chandler Symphony show at 3:00pm. I clean up outside, then work concessions, then help the guys backstage after cleaning the house. Maybe I'll see you there?
    Ooo! Definitely let me know about those sound checks, I know the bare minimum about the boards, and would really like to learn more. x)

    5. Ahh. That sounds like Bill alright. Well, maybe you could start by introducing people who will have their pictures taken – maybe one a week. I'm decently sure that Dean would be alright with it, same with TJ, maybe even Katrina. Then again, I may only be asking because I'm terrible with names most of the time…

    6. I'm a student-techie in training myself, so if you have any questions or want to know more about what you could write about, just ask.

    7/8. I agree. Online sources are good, though I don't really feel the CCA's presence on Facebook. Something that I've been thinking about today might help with getting the word out about the CCA and help bring in more student volunteers; I want to make a flier. Going through the school is really easy, and I could throw together a flier in a week or two to get approved. I'd be able to plaster it all over Chandler High School advertising the need for student volunteers over the summer, and show casing all the different performances that the CCA has in store.

    Aside from that – call me cheap, but I think that having small, fold up, paper listings of what shows are happening when would be a good resource. Something that could easily fit in someone's purse or pocket that says: the name of the performance, what time it is, ticket costs, and has the location of the CCA and the box office number on it (maybe even the website). I haven't ever seen a calendar of performances outside of program, and those are large and cumbersome…. What do you think?

    9. Neither am I; that's why I decided to mention it to you. I'm thinking T-Shirts (black or white background)(a guys version and a girls version) and maybe a hat. I haven't given it too much thought yet, but it couldn't be too hard to take a poll of people attending a show to find out if they would buy any merchandise and if so, what they would like to see.

    You're welcome! Haha, nice to hear x) I've pretty much sold my soul to the CCA, so -shrugs- I think I'm there more than I'm at home now-a-days. Anyways, what do you say to getting together before a performance sometime and talking about things? Fliers, Merchandise, Volunteers, Tech-stuffs, anything really…

    Techie in Training

    April 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  4. Hi Katie!

    We do have some flyers that need only a tad tweek here or there, but I hadn’t thought of putting them up at CHS (which is odd because we’re RIGHT there). If we get the go ahead, I may put out a call for volunteers to put up signs, can I count you in?

    Same with the trifold. It’s here, we have it, it just needs to get a makeover and we’re golden.

    A poll shouldn’t be to hard to do, and thanks for the idea!

    I think I could come by for the Chandler Symphony performance,and I’d love to meet you!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

  5. Katie Drzewiecki

    Hey Caitie!

    Cool! That saves time for deciding what to put on them. The school’s policy about fliers is… well, it’s odd to me. Anyway, if you get me a flier, then I can take it wherever it needs to go to get approval, get copies made, and post them around school. Which is nice because then we don’t have to worry about getting other volunteers involved in navigating a campus that they don’t know well, and getting administrators to approve that. So, yeah, I guess you could say that you can count me in. x)

    You have a trifold! Lovely! Chandler High has a volunteer faire every year, and all it really is, is a trifold poster on a table with representitives from the volunteer place and some fliers with info on them. I can guarentee that that would bring in student volunteers, though the one for this school year already passed. Though I was thinking, perhaps we could have fliers advertising the performances for the staff, and advertising the upcoming (summer) season for volunteers?

    You’re welcome! Hehe, I like it because not only would people be able to support the CCA, but they’d also function as a form free advertising (after the initial fees of course, like t-shirt cost).

    Sounds like a plan! I’ll probably be by the CCA around 10:00am. It’s hard to say exactly when I would get there right now, because the day before that is Chandler’s Prom. Is there any where/time that would be best for us to meet? I have to admit, I’m excited about meeting you too. ^^


    April 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  6. Hey Katie,

    Whatever time works for you! My email is caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov, just shoot me an email when you have a better idea of when you’ll be at CCA.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

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