The Tech Challenge is a series of events that are designed to test your knowledge of basic skills that every technician should have. The combination of team and individual events underline the principle that theatre technicians do not work alone and an ensemble that works together to accomplish the given tasks makes the production successful. In technical theatre both time and accuracy are critical to a successful outcome. As artists we demand excellence in the tasks we are given, but as technicians we also have to perform the tasks quickly and efficiently so as not to disrupt the production process. The Tech Challenge consists of six (6) events (4 individual and 2 team events) to be completed by a 7 person team (with a minimum of 2 per gender). These events represent the basic skills that every technician should possess to be well-rounded theatre professionals.
The events for the Tech Challenge are:
1. Lighting: Hanging and Focusing a Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
2. Costumes: Quick Change
3. Stagecraft: Knot Tying
4. Sound: Hooking Up a Basic Sound System
5. Mystery Event (team event)
6. Scenery: Folding a Drop (team event)
For additional information on this event, please review the Alabama Tech Challenge Handbook.