Tech Olympics - The Golden Wrench Award

Tech teams can consist of as few as two members
and a maximum of five members. Members need not be full-time techies; actors who help move sets also qualify. Each school is limited to only one team, and practicing beforehand is encouraged especially with the knots. The competition tasks occur in the order listed so teams can arrange their lineup to match. This is a friendly competition and schools with smaller or no tech crews should not feel discouraged to participate.

I. Tech Relay Race - Carry the torch from the back of the house to the front (and back) between each of the tasks.  The winner of this timed event will receive 100 points, second 90 points and so on down the line.

Box Frame Construction

Assemble a box frame.  Each team will be provided a 2x4 framed box assembly consisting of four equal 2x4’s, a box of screws and a screw gun.  Return the torch to the back of the house.


Power and focus a light with a gobo and gel. You must plug the lights in with the adapters provided to power up the light. Then you must focus the gobo onto the cyc wall until the referee calls focused, unplug the adapters, push in the shutters and return the torch to the back of the house.


You must properly coil an XLR cable to be unrolled by a toss by the referee. If deemed a pass, return the torch to the back of the house.

Line Tying

Tie a bowline, a clove hitch and a regular square knot with the three ropes provided. Knots must be approved by the referee before returning the torch to the back of the house.

II. Tape Measure Competition

Contestants must feed out a tape measure up into the air as far as possible. The inches reached before
collapse is the number of points awarded to that team. This is a chance to make up in points for teams
behind in the relay race.

Tie Breaker - Drop Cloth Folding

The team stands on a drop cloth in a line. They must flip the drop cloth over without touching the floor themselves. First team done wins.


Washington Academy - 2017 Golden Wrench Winner 
(Photo: Matt Hochman)


Hampden Academy - 2017 Silver Screwdriver Winner
(Photo: Matt Hochman)



2012 - Sumner Memorial High School

2013 - Washington Academy

2014 - Mount Desert Island High School

2015 - Mount Desert Island High School

2016 - Mount Desert Island High School

2017 - Washington Academy

MDI Drama: Tech Olympics 2017

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