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Seating and Fire Code Planning Guide for JMAC

This sheet explains the updated seating rules for JMAC productions. A must-read before you do your scenic designs! 

Overview / Policies for 2015 Spring Capstone Productions

Overview / Policies for 2016 Spring Capstone Productions

v1- 11/10/15- Subject to Change


- Two cycles of Capstone Productions, all produced in JMAC Studios

-Number of productions in each cycle determined by length/resource needs

-Each production may run up to 45 minutes in length

-Designs should be planned so that changeovers between shows in a cycle take no more than FIVE minutes.

-Each cycle’s Seniors will choose which (Black, White, or both) venues to use, and seating plans for each venue. Venues and seating plans may vary in each cycle.

-$500 budget per producing Senior.

-The Department will pay the first $200 of any royalties/licensing fees. Fees above $200 will be paid out of the $500 show budget. Productions from public domain do not receive an “extra” funds.


-Producing Seniors are expected to drive the process on enlisting design/artistic teams for their show.

Seniors must confirm their design staff with faculty advisors by January 4.

 Students wishing to count Festival as production requirement must hold a position in BOTH cycles.

-Design positions will be available in each cycle (Lighting, Scenic, Costume, Sound)

 Crew positions will be available in each cycle (Board Op, SM, Costume, Deck)


-Auditions will take place Week 10 of the Winter quarter.

-No precasting. Anyone wishing to act must go through the audition/callback/rep casting process. All actors must embrace the casting they receive. Declining a role is not an option.

-All actors in a Cycle will act as scene change/deck crew for their cycle. 

Senior Class Requirements

- Seniors to enroll in Practicum in Spring Quarter.

- IMPORTANT: during Winter Quarter, there will be weekly meetings (Thursdays, 4:00 – 6pm) that all producing seniors and their design teams are required to attend. DO NOT SCHEDULE CLASSES IN THIS TIME SLOT. 

-Full attendance and active participation throughout the entire production process will be crucial to your final grade.


- Each cycle will be rehearsed, built, and performed in three-week slots: 10 days (35 hours) of rehearsal  + 1 day of tech + 2 dress rehearsals + 3 performances

- Cycle 1 = Weeks 2,3,4  of Spring Quarter, performs April 13-17

- Cycle 2 = Weeks 6, 7,8 of Spring Quarter, performs May 11-15

-Basic rehearsal format: 7:00 – 10:30pm, Mon –  Fri, + 3.5 hrs on Sat. 

-No rehearsals, construction, planning on Sundays.

- No other rehearsal times are allowed.

-Build Schedule: 2:30 – 6:00pm, Mon, Wed, Fri, with assigned build times for each show.

-Light Parade for each show Friday before Tech, Tech  on Saturday

- Dress rehearsals on Monday-Tuesday/Open Weds, close Sun

-7 performances:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday X2, Sunday X2

-Cycle 1 Strike during Shop hours (no Sunday strike)

-All-Company Dark Day 4/18: No rehearsals or meetings

-All-Company Strike 5/16: Company of BOTH CYCLES clear JMAC, strike to Newman