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Effective: Summer 2015

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

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will assess the material and tool requirements to independently plan and create simple scenery and properties for theatrical productions.
  • A successful student can work collaboratively with staff and other students to create scenery and properties for a department production
Description -
Continuation of THTR 21B. Theory of and practice creating and using scenery and properties for department dramatic presentations. Safe use of tools, materials, and construction techniques used in the construction of scenery and properties for the stage. Introduction to the use of metal in the production of scenery and properties for the stage. Basic safe rigging concepts, tools and practices for the stage.

Course Objectives -
The student wil be able to:
  1. Recognize and use backstage and shop terminology, tools, materials and techniques.
  2. Organize 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 within the constraints of a production schedule.
  4. Work collaboratively with designers, technicians, and other theatre personnel to facilitate the production process from concept to implementation.
  5. Organize and co-ordinate crews for multi-faceted scenery projects
  6. Safely rig and hang drops, soft goods and small hard-covered scenic units
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 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.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Organization of production facilities and processes (Lec)
    1. Shop organization (Lec and Lab)
    2. Shop management and tool maintenance (Lab)
    3. Production planning and tracking (Lec and Lab)
  2. Stage rigging (Lec and Lab)
    1. Hardware
    2. Tools
    3. Loads and rigging techniques
  3. Metal scenic production (Lec and Lab)
    1. Materials and uses
    2. Hand tools
    3. Welding and safety
  4. Production critical path planning and execution (Lec)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation
  3. Quizzes
  4. Written production evaluations
  5. Production project evaluations
  6. Final exam and project
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 use basic hand and power tools to fabricate scenery and properties for current and future department productions.
  2. Students will work individually and in small groups under the supervision of the instructor to develop and implement plans and construction of complex scenic units for the stage.
  3. Students will work individually with minimal supervision to plan and coordinate construction of multiple projects within the constraints of a production schedule.
  4. Students will practice rigging and flying small scenic units for the stage
  5. Students will practice the use of metal in scenic fabrication.
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.