During a tour of the Paderborn Theater, CDTF students and their fellow students of the course ”Technical German” learned about the technology deployed in a theater. Behind the scene, costumes are tailored based on drafts of the costume designer; wigs and beards are created in the make-up/mask workshop. The staff in the carpenter’s workshop uses templates created by the stage designer either by hand or with a CAD program to build the setting. Workshop manager Günther Rohlf (photo on the right) explained the construction plan of the grandstand for this year’s open air play in front of the city library. The stage machines provide many options to the dramaturges to change the stage during the play. The height of individual parts of the stage can be adjusted by hydraulic drives to create different levels. During a play, actors and props can vanish beneath the stage floor thanks to the construction of the stages. The round, upwardly graded paneling is crucial for the acoustics, making it possible for actors to be heard without acoustic amplification even in the back rows of the theater. At the end of the tour, Leony Wodetzky (guide) gave an overview of this season’s plays and pointed out the reduced ticket prices for students.