House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

DRAM-1321-01 - Theater Practicum II

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:8am-9:30am MWF and 7:15am-8am & 9:30-11:30am T-TH
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre Center (PAC)
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Course Information
Course Number90016
Course Description Advanced course in theatrical production, including rehearsals and performance. A student may not take more than nine hours of theater practicum.
Course Prerequisites None.
Required Textbooks None,But Script and Chorus Books must be maintained in good condition to return to the leasing company and some personal costume pieces such as leotard or sweat pants & t-shirt will be purchased by students.
Attendance Policy Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed three hours of excused absence. To be excused requires a doctor’s excuse or return to work letter. Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of points from this category for each day missed. “Missing Performances” is not excused.

Tardiness or leaving early will have 5points taken out of your Audience / Participation points for that day. After a student has missed 5 hours of class the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an “F”. This may affect your financial aid status and if this instructor initiated drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an “F” for insufficient work.

Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments,Or waking up feeling “under the weather”, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates.

There are 350 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette Attendance/Participation (10pts per day)for 35 pre show days and 8 days of Tech and Run of show days at 50pts each and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the descrition of the Professor. In the Lab the Attendance points are worth 750pt.
Course Grading Scale 0-1019 (F) 1020-1189 (D) 1190-1359 (C) 1360-1529 (B) 1530-1700 (A)

In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving.

There are NO RE-TESTS the Final is given on assigned day.

No SHOW means NO SCORE!!! The Show goes on Without YOU!

Determination of Final Grade Points

Blocking lecture

Memorizing Lines Lecture

10 Stage History of Taming of the Shrew Top 5!(5 concepts or ideas

that were meaningful to you and why for each reading)

10 Audition Reading        Top 5!                                        

10 Rehearsal Process Top 5!                                        

10 Purpose of the Warm-up Top 5!                                

50 Create a Character Lecture (Character Analysis Report for KMK


100 Audition Analysis Statement                                

50 Audition Monolog Rating                                        

100 Acting Class Exercise Response sheet (2 submissions of 10

each minimum)                

50 Rubric for Project Completion (construction teams)                

50 Off Script Line Grade Rubric                                 

350 Attendance/Participation        35 days before Run (10 pt each)

400 8 days of Tech & Run (50pt each)                

50 Performance Response Paper        Dress Rehearsal                        

100 Theater Analytical Response Paper for Class Production        

10 Improv Process Top 5!                                        

50 3 Group Improv C E (20, 15,15)                                

50 Group Improv Character Analysis Report                        

50 Group Improv Performance Response Paper                        

100 Strike Days (2 days at 50 pts each)                        

100 Final Exam


1700        Total                                                        
Final Exam Date December 12, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Week 1 Preparing for Auditions

Week 2 Audition Process & Casting

Week 3 Rehearsal Process & Costume Information

Week 4 Music / Set Construction /Prop & Costume Construction

Week 5 Music / Set Construction /Prop & Costume Construction

Week 6 Music /Choreography / Begin Blocking scenes

Week 7 Blocking Scenes & choreography cont.

Week 8 Blocking Scenes & choreography cont.

Week 9 Run Act I and Run Act II

Week 10 Off Script Line and Music Grades Act I & II

Week 11 Clean Act I & II with completed props & costumes

Week 12 Run Act I & II during day class time

Week 13 Switch to alternate evening rehearsal times (Sat. & Sun times)

Performances Thursday thru Sunday matinee Nov. 17-20.

Week 14 no day class meeting

Week 15 Group Improv Project

Week 16 Strike Set & Costumes & Final Exam

Type of Assignments that will occur during the semester:

1. Performance Projects: Each student would prepare an audition monolog, participate in one small group (3+) scene suitable for public performance using Improv Group Scenes and participate in the Class Production of “Kiss Me Kate” during Lab Rehearsal.

a.        a written character analysis or history will be created as a typed report for each performance project.

b.        presentations will have instructor evaluation using a performance rubric.

c.        Self-reflective analysis response reports to be filled out by each student after presentations of the one small group scene and the dress rehearsal of Kiss Me Kate ( a video of each solo performance will be made so that tool can be used in the self critique )

2.        Theater Analytical Response Paper: Each student will participate in the Lab rehearsals for the class theater performances and fill out a production critique, particularly focusing on acting styles and techniques as well as other production elements.

3.        Class Exercises Journals: 10 acting exercises will be done in class time or Lab time (vocal or physical) and each student will fill out a reflective questionnaire analyzing the impact of the exercise on them personally. (A 1 page form allowing analysis of physical, mental, and health issues experienced during the exercises will be provided) also this form documents you were in attendance that day. The Journals are collected twice in the semester. There are 3 group CEs for the Improv Project.

4.        Top 5!: For reading assignments (chapters or handout material) Identify 5 important concepts, trends, or contributions that you learned in the reading assignment. Be specific in identifying names, dates, page number from reading, and information and why you find it valuable. The entire reading should have representation. Each one should have at least 5 sentences to receive full credit. Be prepared to use this information in class discussions.

5.        Exams: A final exam is given over reading materials and experience in the practicum.

6.        Lab Assignments: Additional points for Audition Analysis Statement, completion of construction projects, Off Script line grade, music grade , strike of set days .

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates (MWF 11:00-1:50) LAB hours for both Dram 1351 & 1321

(Yes, we stay for the entire time! Arriving late or leaving early will result in loss of participatory points. Work and doctor’s appointments are NOT excused absences. )

35 days before Week of Show (10 pts per day) 350 points! Tardy or leaving early is a 5pt penalty. Time is $, here it is points!

There are 8 special rehearsal & performances ( 50 points per day) 400 points! No make-up available – miss it – lose it!

Week 1

Aug. 22        Syllabus Overview/ PT/ Audition Video/ Audition Information-h. / Memorize Lines Lecture

W 24        Top 5! Audition Reading / Audition Analysis Statement Instructions/ Create a Character- h. / Audition script material selection

F 26        Work Songs for Auditions / & choreography / KMK Scripts-h.

Week 2

M 29        Auditions: Music & dance, Monologs/ Audition Monolog Rating sheets

W 31        Audition: Monologs & Scenes / Audition Analysis Statements Due! / Stage History-h.

Sept. 2        Cast List Posted / MUSIC/ Top 5 Due! Stage History /The Rehearsal Process-h.

Week 3

M 5        Labor Day - off

W 7        Top 5! Due Rehearsal Process / Blocking Lecture/ Instructions for Theater Analysis Response

F 9        Warm –up notes-h. / Costume Focus (measurements, cutting, constructing) assignments

Week 4

M 12        Music / choreography /Top 5! Warm-up

W 14        Build sets / props / costumes/ choreography

F 16        Build sets / props / costumes/ choreography

Week 5

M 19        Music / choreography

W 21        Character Analysis Due ! Blocking for Act 1 Sc1 Openin’/Act 2 Sc 8 Pavane & Finale (stair set)

F 23        Music Run thru with choreography

Week 6

M 26        Music        / choreography

W 28        Blocking /lines & cues

F 30        Set Finished/Rubric for Project completion/Blocking Lines/ cues

Week 7

Oct. 3        Music /CE Journals Due

5        Blocking Lines & cues

7        Blocking Lines & cues

Week 8

M        10        Music

W        12        Blocking Lines & cues

F        14        Blocking Lines & cues

Week 9

M        17         Music

W        19        Run Act I

F        21        Run Act II

Week 10        (Lights set / with Microphones )

M        24         OFF Full SCRIPT /Music Grade 11-1 All Musical Numbers /1:00 choreography group numbers

W        26        Line Grade Act I

F        28         Line Grade Act II

Week 11        (Costumes /Props complete)

M        31        Music Cleaning (All SONGS)

Nov.          2        Act I Run & Clean (with props)

F         4        Act II Run & Clean (with props)

Week 12

M         7         Run show/ CE Journal Due

W         9        Run show

F         11        Run show


Sat.         12        9:00am – 1pm. Tech. Cue to Cue

Sun.        13        2pm – 6pm. Tech with Make-Up

M        14        7pm – 9:30pm Tech /Dress; Call 5:30 Make-Up Rehearsal Response Form distributed

W        16        7pm Final Dress Rehearsal (invite guests); Call 5:30pm Make-Up / Rehearsal Response Due!!

Run of Show

Th        17        7pm Curtain; Call 5:30pm        

F        18        7pm Curtain; Call 5:30pm

Sat        19        7pm Curtain; Call 5:30pm

Sun        20        2:30pm Curtain; Call 12:30pm / Cast Party Lobby after show! (Bring finger food; drinks provided)

Week 14 Thanksgiving week no class(you may have other classes to go to)

Week 15

        28        Theater Analysis Response Paper for KMK Due! / Group Improv Instructions & Create script CEgroup 1

        30        Top 5! Improv / Character Analysis Due for Improv/ rehearse group improve CE 2 & 3

Dec.          2        Record Final Group Performance of Improv / View recording & complete Performance /Response Form Due at end of class!!!!

Week 16

         5        Strike Set & Costumes & Props

         7        Strike Set & Costumes & Props

Final Exam meeting Dec. 12 at 10am Room PAC 132
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Arts Degree PSLO

1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

        A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

        B. Organizes information

        C. Uses support

        D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

        B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

3. Uses critical thinking skills

        A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

        B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation

        C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
Course Student Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes for Dram 1320 Theater Practicum III & DRAM 1321 Theater Practicum IV (Summer 2011 +)

After taking DRAM 1320 or 1321 Theater Practicum III or IV, the student(s) will be able to:

1. Demonstrate reading and research skills through a public performance from a dramatic script.

(PSLO 1d; PSLO 2b; 3a)

Measures: Performance/Project Rubric, Theater Analysis Response Paper

2. Analyze the class production within its historical/social context.

(PSLO 1a, b, c, d; PSLO 2a, b, c; PSLO 3 a, b, c)

Measures: Theater Analysis Response Paper

3. Perform monologs, audition material, or technical assignment relevant to different dramatic scripts.

(PSLO 1d, PSLO 2 b, c)

Measures: Performance Rubric, Audition Analysis Statement, or Project Rubric

4. Write an informed personal reaction to the class production identifying the aesthetic principles that guide the requirements of the production.

(PSLO 1 a, b, c, d; PSLO 2 b, c, PSLO 3 a, b, c)

Measures: Theater Analysis Response Paper

5. Identify culturally diverse characters and situations relevant to the public performance.

(PSLO 2a, b, c)

Measures: Theater Analysis Response Paper or Character Analysis
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

    • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

    • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

    • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

    • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    • No doing other subjects homework during class. You will lose Audience Etiquette points if this policy is violated.

    • Eat your healthy lite snack before coming to class and do not be late or blame the snack bar.
Additional Information * Check your mail in our WebCT class daily! Notices for rehearsal changes will be posted there.

* My cell number is 409-550-8945.

*Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other students’ outlines or observation reports, they are recognizable. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.

* If you have any computer problems with WebCt access call Dr. Beau Duncan at 984-6349; cell 344-1227 text messages are preferred. email him at
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ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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