There’s a place for everyone in theater, I think. Here’s my defense of it if you need one.
Take this time of year–
Have you noticed the many commercials and television shows who use the sound of jingle bells in the background? That’s how you know the commercial has something to do with the holidays–pretty easy and clever.
When I encourage someone to get involved in theater, most people exclaim, “Oh gosh! I could never get up in front of people and perform! I can’t think of anything more frightening.”
I’m sad when someone admits this to me, because I know there are other places within theater you can be a part of without having to step foot on the stage.
One part of the production most people don’t even know about is sound design. You know all the cool sounds you hear in the background of a film or a play? Those were designed by someone. In film and radio they are called Foley Engineers named after Mr. Foley who was the first sound effects artist.
We even know an Oscar winning sound design artist–Addison Teague.
Does that make me sound more knowledgeable? Truthfully, I haven’t seen Addison since he was a teenager when my husband taught him in band class, but we do know his family and keep up with his brother.
Addison is now a sound effects editor. What a cool job! He has worked on many movies, most of which you have seen.
“Addison Teague was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. In 1995 he moved to Los Angeles to attend USC Film School, where he received the Mary Pickford Sound Scholarship, and worked as the Teaching Assistant for Tomlinson Holman (inventor of THX for Lucasfilm).
In 2000, Addison moved to Marin County to begin his professional career at Skywalker Sound. Over the next 7 years, he would edit sound effects on 19 films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, and Munich.
In 2007 he relocated back to Los Angeles to work directly alongside Jim Cameron for three years on Avatar, for which he earned a British Academy Award nomination. Staying in Los Angeles, Addison has carved a unique role as an LA based Skywalker Supervising Sound Editor / Sound Designer, setting up and working in close proximity to the director and picture editor. During this phase, Addison has overseen films including Tron Legacy (earning him a Best Sound Editing Academy Award nomination), Rango, The Lone Ranger, and the Amazing Spider-Man series.”
There’s a Place for Everyone in Theater
Do you have a theater or film geek in your home or classroom? Sound design is an excellent area of theater which is rarely considered as a way to involved in the theater or as a profession. If your geek likes theater, but doesn’t feel comfortable acting or building sets, he might love sound design.
Had I known about sound design when I was in college, I might have studied it. Sound and music are incredibly important to me when I direct a production. In fact, before I while I am preparing to direct, I find music which puts me in the mood of the play or musical. Then, when I am blocking or studying the script, I play that music to get me in the zone. Works every time.
I have several sound effects lessons and exercises in my Teacherspayteacher store. They are themed–Halloween and Holiday. You can find my store here:
These lessons are a tiny part of my radio theater unit. I merely tweaked them a little for the various themes.
How fun for your students or child to learn about sound effects by focusing on a particular theme?
Each lesson is about 55 minutes in length and includes my usual teacher’s questions, procedure, materials list, sources and links and tips to help you be successful with the lesson, too!
Check them out here:
So, as you can see there’s a place for everyone in theater.
I’m here to help you. Do contact me, will you? I’d love to hear what experiences you have in theater.