THEA 2167

Introduction to Stagecraft

Fall 2004

[ ATTENDANCE ] [ BROAD GOALS ] [ GRADING ]  [TEXTS ] [GENERAL INFORMATION ] [ SCHEDULE]  [ Resource/Links ] [ Historical Styles ]  [Poster]

SYLLABUS

   INSTRUCTOR:    Bob Cooper

Phone: 705-945-8156 or Email:  rcooper@sympatico.ca

Website  -  http://eduventure.ca/THEA2167F04.htm

OFFICE HOURS   

CLASS MEETINGS      

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION

"This course will introduce the student to theatre technology and stage management, including scene construction, lighting, sound, and participation in crew work for programme productions.  (LEC/EXP3) (3cr)."

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students will be expected to become familiar with the many and varied activities which constitute the backstage part of a theatrical production, by participating actively in university and local theatrical productions with the approval of the instructor.  As this is a course in stagecraft, students will not be required to act on stage.  However, those who wish to do some acting work may do so and are encouraged to do so.  It must be remembered, though, that the thrust (no pun intended) is on the backstage work that is so crucial to every successful production.

Students will be expected to attend lectures regularly and contribute to the creative energy of the class, and to prepare coursework such as a portfolio, essays, plans and seminars as assigned.

Students will be required to keep a log of the work they have accomplished for this course.  This, together with discussions with sponsoring groups, will form the basis for the evaluation of students for their "Production Participation" mark.

ATTENDANCE

Students need to be in class to hone their oral skills in seminar and discussion situations, and to contribute to class learning.  Students missing an excessive number of classes (3 - 1.5  hour classes or 4.5 hours), without demonstrating adequate proof that they have done the equivalent of the work missed, can expect a reduction in their grades.  Students missing 6 1.5 hour sessions (9 hours) can expect a failing grade. 

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BROAD GOALS

Upon completion of THEA2167 students should be comfortable and competent to work backstage, and to help in the planning and execution of university and/or local theatre. 

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GRADING

Assignments                                             30%

Written Work                                             30%

Quizzes                                                     10%

Production Participation                          20%

Contribution to Class Learning               10%

Please note that a missing assignments will result in a grade of zero (0) for that assignment until that assignment is handed in, which must be within one (1) week of the date the assignment was due.  A penalty of 10% per day, including weekends, will be assessed on all late assignments.  No make-ups will be permitted for in-class quizzes, announced or unannounced.

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 TEXTS

Gillette, J. M. M.  (1999).  Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup.  

 A good dictionary.

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS


 

SCHEDULE

(Chapter references to text will follow.)

Week

Session #1 Session #2
1 Sep 8

Labour Day

 

Course introduction                 Unit I: Theatre Organization        A.  Directors & Actors
2 Sept 13-15 B.  Designers & Technicians C.  Business Manager  &      House Staff
3 Sept 20-22 Quiz on Unit I.                                     Unit II:  Technical Prior to Production  Design, Organization, Implementation Planning
4 Sept 27-29 Planning Planning
5 Oct 4-6 Work on planning

 

Work on planning                     (Oct 7-9  -  Theatre Conference at LSSU  -  Advocacy & Activism)
6 Oct 11-13 Thanksgiving  Quiz on Unit II.                                  Pre-Production Reports
7 Oct 18-20 Unit III:  Technical During Production  A.  Set and Scenery B.  Lighting
8 Oct 25-27 B.  Sound D.  Properties
9 Nov 1-3 E.  Wardrobe F.  Make-up
10 Nov 8-10 Production Reports Production Reports                    Quiz on Unit III.
11 Nov15-17 Unit IV:  The Business of Theatre     A.  Budget Work on production
12 Nov 22-24 B.  Publicity Work on production
13 Nov 29 -Dec1 C.  House Management Quiz on Unit IV.                        Work on production
14 Nov 30 PRODUCTION PRODUCTION
15 Dec 6 Evaluation and Assessment No class
Dec 8-18 EXAMS EXAMS
 

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