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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 21A.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student can safely construct small projects using correct tools and procedures.
  • A successful student will be able to read and interpret shop drawings for scenic units and plan the steps need for construction.
Description -
Continuation of THTR 21A. The theory and practice of creating and using scenery and properties for dramatic presentations. Students will learn basic vocabulary, processes, tools and materials used in the production of scenery and properties for the stage. Practical application and safe use of basic woodworking tools used for creating scenery and properties for Theatre Arts productions. Introduction of designing and working safely with alternative materials, basic electrical and lighting functions and sound reinforcement.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Recognize and correctly employ stage and shop terminology, tools, materials and techniques.
  2. Organize and execute a basic scenic construction project, including reading plans, selecting materials, selecting appropriate tools, and working safely in a leadership role with a small group.
  3. Analyze scenic production problems; evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions.
  4. Work safely and independently on small, multi-task projects to create scenery and properties for department productions.
  5. Hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments, record a sound effect, and set up a microphone for vocal reinforcement.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
All facilities of a fully equipped theatre including stage, house for audience, lighting and sound equipment, dressing rooms, scene shop, costume shop, tools and other stage equipment and supplies.
For online instructional portions students will need weekly access to an internet enabled computer.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Organization of theatre scenery process from design to stage including creating schedules and tracking progress of projects for current departmental productions (Lec)
  2. Identification and safe use of common lighting and sound equipment (Lec and Lab)
  3. Assessment of material options for scenery and properties and the subsequent production for use on the stage. (Lec and Lab)
  4. Design parameters, material options and choices. (Lec)
  5. Practical experience installing lighting and sound equipment in a production setting (Lab).
  6. Lead a small group in the planning and creation of a single element of scenery for the stage. (Lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation
  3. Written production evaluations
  4. Production project evaluations
  5. Observation and critique of leadership skills
  6. Quizzes
  7. Final exam
Representative Text(s) -
Gillette, J. Michael,Theatrical Design and Production, Seventh Edition, 2012.

Disciplines -
Stagecraft, Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods will include lectures, group discussion with a specific prompt, individual and small group projects in a supervised setting, journals reflecting on project progress, and self-evaluations upon project completion.
Lab Content -
  1. Students will work in small groups in a supervised setting to plan and construct scenery and properties for current and future department theatre productions.
  2. Students will work in small groups to hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments and set up sound reinforcement equipment.
  3. Students will create working drawings from design sketches for scenery and property projects in department productions.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. 60-80 pages per week of reading from the text.
  2. Script analysis for production requirements including scenery and property needs.
  3. Attendance at live theatre performances and written evaluations of the technical elements observed.
  4. Research and sketching for production projects.
  5. Class journal of tasks and projects.