- CUESTA02C - Operate staging elements
Operate staging elements
Issue Date: September 2018
Mechanists and staging personnel apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. In this role they are responsible for the safe operation of a range of staging equipment, which requires a sound knowledge of stagecraft, as well as the types of issues that may arise during performance and how these affect the work of staging personnel.
This unit has linkages to a range of other staging and general technical units, and combined assessment and/or training with those units may be appropriate.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to operate a range of staging elements during a live production.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
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This unit contains employability skills.
List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.
The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The following evidence is critical of the judgement of competence in this unit:
ability to operate staging to performance requirements
application of safe working practices to the movement of staging elements
effective communication skills to achieve efficient operation of staging during a performance.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
The assessment context must ensure:
practical demonstration of skills through the operation of staging elements during an actual performance and for more than one production
involvement of and interaction with a team to reflect the collaborative nature of staging operation during a performance.
Method of assessment
Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:
direct observation of a performance where the candidate is operating staging
oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of issues to be considered in the operation of staging, typical problems which occur and how these can be addressed
review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.
Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment of this unit requires access to:
a venue for the staging of an actual production
List each assessment task's title, type (eg project, observation/demonstration, essay, assingnment, checklist) and due date here
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Copy and paste from the following data to produce each assessment task. Write these in plain English and spell out how, when and where the task is to be carried out, under what conditions, and what resources are needed. Include guidelines about how well the candidate has to perform a task for it to be judged satisfactory.
problem solving in relation to the types of staging challenges that arise during live performance
numeracy skills sufficient to calculate timings
literacy skills sufficient to both interpret and make modifications to staging documentation
cue plots, their features, how to action them and make amendments to cues
operating techniques for a range of staging elements, including movement of flats, operation of trucks and revolves, movement of weight-bearing elements
knowledge of types of control desks which operate stage machinery
signals and other communication systems used when operating stage machinery
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Technical staging aspects of the show may include:
checking that all staging elements meet operational standard for performance
quick costume changes
Relevant personnel may include:
Staging faults or problems may relate to:
director making last minute alterations/additions
last minute loss of crew team member needed for a heavy scene change
loss of communication
Staging may include:
framed scenery, e.g. flats, profiles, doors, windows
furniture and other set props
non weight-bearing scenery, e.g. columns, trees
soft scenery, e.g. canvas legs, borders, cloths, gauzes, cycloramas
weight bearing scenery, e.g. rostra, ramps, steps
Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.
|Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice||Yes||No||Comments/feedback|
|Rehearse technical staging aspects of the show and communicate relevant information to performers as required|
|Plot, rehearse and execute cues in accordance with directions from the relevant personnel|
|Implement any changes correctly and modify cue sheets accurately as required|
|Document all modifications in accordance with organisational procedures|
|Check the stage prior to performance to ensure that it is set in accordance with performance requirements|
|Run appropriate checks on all operable set elements as required to ensure that they are in working order|
|Identify and deal with problems and faults safely and effectively, and inform appropriate personnel as required|
|Execute any scene changes correctly and on cue according to performance requirements|
|Identify and rectify any staging problems or faults promptly or refer to relevant personnel|
|Identify and make emergency repairs quickly and efficiently as required|
|Clear stage as required by production requirements and store materials appropriately|
|Identify any faulty set elements, repair to working condition or refer to specialist personnel for action to ensure readiness for next performance|
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