Technical Policies

  • The names and contact information of the stage manager, lighting designer and scenic designer shall be submitted in writing to the Edison Theatre technical director no later than six weeks prior to load-in.
  • A light plot and list of all technical requirements shall be submitted in writing to the Edison Theatre technical director no later than 30 days prior to load-in.
  • A list of painting effects/techniques and materials applied to the Edison Theatre shall be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to load-in and are subject to approval by the Edison Theatre technical director.
  • A list of special effects or performance elements that are potentially damaging to the Edison Theatre, its stage, soft-goods, flooring or equipment (such as drumming on floor, throwing of any kind of material and the dragging of heavy scenery) shall be submitted in writing to the Edison Theatre technical director no later than 30 days prior to load-in and are subject to approval by the Edison Theatre technical director.
  • A list of all forms of scenery on or over the Edison stage and the full drawings and specs shall be submitted in writing to the Edison Theatre technical director no later than 30 days prior to load-in and are subject to approval by the Edison Theatre technical director.
  • A list of all stage weapons (guns, swords, knives, etc) shall be submitted in writing to the Edison Theatre Technical Director no later than 30 days prior to load-in and are subject to approval by the Edison Theatre Technical Director.  Stage weapons shall be inspected by the Edison Theatre Technical Director prior to the first rehearsal.  Under no circumstances will actual guns, knives or swords be permitted on stage.
  • Program lengths are restricted to no more than three hours, including intermission.
  • Any activity that blocks or obstructs access aisles or doorways in the theater or backstage violates fire laws and is not permitted. If the house lights go to 100 percent black, the doors into the theater are closed. All late patrons shall be directed to the Orchestra Level doors where, at an appropriate break, the house manager shall temporarily seat patrons in the back row of chairs. At intermission, patrons may take their assigned seats. If a mobile audience is expected (i.e. families with children, award ceremonies…) a house light level of no darker than 80 percent black is highly recommended and the doors may be left open.
  • Performance dates/schedules are due in writing to the Edison Theatre technical director no later than three weeks prior to load-in.
  • All changes to rehearsal or performance times shall be approved by the Edison Theatre staff in writing 48 hours in advance of scheduled times. Failure to do so may result in additional crew and facility charges.
  • The use of flame in any form in the Edison Theatre is strictly controlled and requires the approval of the Edison Theatre technical director, the Washington University safety officer and the fire marshall for the city of Clayton, MO. A fee-based permit is required should approval be granted. This process may take approximately 30 days to complete.
  • Edison Theatre technical staff has the right to inspect any and all scenery or props used onstage. All pieces shall be built and/or rigged safely. All wooden and fabric surfaces shall be flame-proofed by one of the four approved methods: Back painting all raw wood, Covering raw wood with flame-proofed fabric, Spraying raw wood, fabrics and papers with a recognized flame-proofing liquid,Commercial flame-proofing of fabrics.  Pieces not meeting these standards shall not be allowed onstage.
  • The scene shop does NOT belong to Edison Theatre. Use of the scene shop requires advanced approval by Washington University Performing Arts Department. Edison Theatre is able to provide access to the scene shop’s compressor for the use of pneumatic tools.
  • If the performance is being videotaped, all videotaping personnel shall arrive at least one hour prior to start of the performance. Whenever possible, cameras should be operated on batteries. When this is not possible, all extension cords shall be taped down so as not to interfere with audience traffic. Camera positions shall be behind the last row of chairs, unless previously approved by the Edison Theatre operations manager. Cameras approved for use within seating areas shall use batteries.
  • Edison Theatre is not responsible for any props or scenery left in the back hallway during the term of the rental. All items shall be locked onstage or in the dressing rooms upon leaving each night.
  • Renters using the Green Room are responsible for straightening and removing their property from the Green Room at the end of each rental day.
  • For all subsequent performances after opening night, the stage, dressing rooms and Green Room shall be opened no earlier than 2.5 hours before curtain, barring special circumstances. Arrival times shall still be scheduled in advance and shall not be changed with less than 48 hours notice.
  • After each performance, the stage, dressing rooms and Green Room shall be locked 30 MINUTES after the end of the show, or midnight, whichever is first. All items locked inside shall be secure but unavailable until the next day’s scheduled arrival time. After the FINAL performance, the dressing rooms and green room shall remain open for ONE HOUR after the end of the show, or midnight , or the daily time limit (10 hours), whichever is first.
  • The costs of removing all property of the renter are the responsibility of the renter. All items remaining in Edison Theater after load-out become the property of Edison Theater. A hauling fee shall be assessed should Edison Theatre staff be required to clear these items from the stage.
  • The costs associated with striking and restoring all Edison Theatre lighting equipment and soft-goods used by the renter is the responsibility of the renter.
  • Edison Theatre provides a clean stage floor painted in standard black semi-gloss enamel. Renters modifying the floor surface are responsible for the cost of returning the stage floor to its original state.
  • Renters are responsible for the cost of repairing any damage to the surface of the Edison Theatre stage floor including but not limited to gauges, chips, built up paint globs, deep scrapes, drilled holes and raised screw holes caused by renter.