Saturday, April 20, 2002
School takes precautions
Mason involves theater safety in curriculum
By Sarah Buehrle
MASON At Mason High School, where The Wiz continues tonight, school staff members have been discussing how to make the theater a safer climate for students.
At the April 9 Mason City Schools Board of Education meeting, Dave Lenert asked fellow board members to consider requiring stage crew students to wear hard hats.The board agreed and staff members are working out the logistics for procuring the protective gear.
Earlier this year, a team of six school employees, including interim principal Sally Shields, reviewed the curriculum and decided to institute two in-depth technical drama courses for Mason.
The courses will begin next fall and cover theater safety, equipment use, set construction and more with hands-on work for advanced students.
Mason play director Allen Young has not seen any major accidents during Mason play rehearsals and said the safety measures already in place are sound.
It's like anything you do, said Mr. Young, who has 20 student productions from various districts under his belt. If you're in chemistry class, you're going to have chemicals.
Auditorium manager Jack Martin, a member of Cincinnati Stage Employees Local No. 5 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, supervises the students working with equipment such as robotic lights, saws and drills. He also checks the equipment and gives individual instruction.
Stage manager Jamie Newland, 18, has been involved in Mason theater for four years. She said that crews are well-trained by Mr. Martin and are allowed to specialize. She said students could decide their limits; those afraid of heights are not required to use the catwalk.
Tom Guidugli Jr., Cincinnati Stage Employees Local No. 5 manager, has not heard of another local school requiring hard hats for stage crews, but welcomes additional safety measures. He said if students learn safety now, they are better prepared professionally, because many theaters require more safety training than the union provides.
The Wiz features more than 70 students, including 25 crew and 18 intermediate school children. It continues 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: 459-7336.
Union tells teachers to reject pay plan
Owensby death to get FBI scrutiny
Bengals fan finally home
Job market grows grim for new college graduates
Graduation looms at colleges
A day for discoveries
Anderson finds chief within
Appeal wins teen new trial
GOP state senator Nugent is arrested on DUI charge
Jewish tragedy remembered in student exhibit
NCH cop charged after standoff
Saved Wisp singin' the blues no more
TANK adds route along riverfront
Tristate A.M. Report
RADEL: To catch a thief
SAMPLES: Fair housing
THOMPSON: Faith Matters
Black teacher says Lakota improving
Fire damages Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at Miami U.
Her hair will find a new head
Hogan seeks county office
Lebanon ends search at home
Man sentenced in death of unborn son
Patient-abuse trial date set
Resource officers facing sex charges
School takes precautions
Sierra Club rallies for Little Miami
Three Sycamore students ace SATs
Board won't back clemency plea
Rules on drug tests for children unchanged
Bid for Hyundai plant cost Kentucky at least $130,000
Chandler steps toward run
Protesters threaten lawsuit