#### SweetBennyFenton

##### Active Member
This is yet another post asking for ideas of a textbook to use in class. I am in the process of building a class specificly about stagecraft. Topics: Scenic construction, rigging, shop math, working drawings and prop construction.

#### Van

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What is up with Powells Books? They don't have any! I do believe it's still in print, however the edition is several years old. It would make great "Supplemental Reading List" Material, but not the greatest textbook. I still like Scene Design and Stage Lighting Parker and Wolf. It's expensive, but that's the way books are in college.

#### soundman

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what is cruel? Asking theatre students to spend such money. Gillette, Parker and Wolf should both know that theatre students are just a step above carney folk and need their money for ill gotten gains. I would say that I like the gillette because of the pictures...but have called him out on more than one occassion in class. Both books are expensive. I use the gillette for stagecraft 1 and 2 there by making it a more useful book. I, being a tech man for years now, have seen little use for the backstage handbook. Sure it shows alot of drawings with clever terms attached to them...but gives little to no discription on how to use said items...making it useless to a stagecraft student. By my time, I haven't really needed it either.

#### derekleffew

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...Anyone else have any insight on the out of print issue?...
Back in September, I think, I ordered 2 copies of the Backstage Handbook, as mine always seem to be missing, from tower.com. (I wrote about it here, and Charc smartly suggested I write my name on the cover, along with "Return to:" Within a week I received one copy, and thought I must have only ordered one. Last week I received another. Maybe it was temporarily out of stock for some reason?

Your points are well-taken, Dreadpoet. I think the Backstage Handbook is something every technician should have, but as you said, its usefulness may be questionable, particularly as a college text.

BTW, The Quadratic Equation on page 210 of the blue cover has been corrected since the brown cover, but I've yet to see demonstrated its application to the theatre.

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