House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

DRAM-1330-02 (Stagecraft I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorGengo, Damon Harbin
Phone(409) 984-6351
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 2:30-3:30/ TR 12:30-4:45
Room #:155
Course Information
Course ID #10019
Course Subject-Number-SectionDRAM-1330-02
Course TitleStagecraft I
Course Description Basic course on handling and construction of scenery, the care of stage properties and theatrical terminology and the study and application of visual aesthetics of design which may include hands-on experience in the physical theater, sceneryconstruction and painting, properties, lighting, costume, makeup and backstage organization.
Course Prerequisites PREREQUISITES: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks Stagecraft I A Complete Guide to Backstage Work, 3rd edition, Merriwether Publishing LTD, 2000
Learning Objectives Goals

1: Communication effectiveness

The student will be able to communicate effectively orally or in writing, individually or in groups, for a variety of purposes.

2: Critical thinking skills

The student will develop skills to understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, reflective thinking, and technical proficiency in the development of the analysis of a text in preparation for performance in the areas of set design, set construction, lighting and sound.

3: Knowledge of production elements

The student will demonstrate knowledge of various production elements used in the theater arts.

4: Preparation for theater audition or interview

The student will demonstrate preparedness for a theatrical audition or job interview.

Outcomes/Objectives (Numbers inside parentheses show related goals.)

1: Demonstration of communication effectiveness (G:1, 3, 4) The student will demonstrate effective communication as an individual and or in groups about technical aspects of theater.

2: Demonstration of critical thinking skills (G:1, 2, 3, 4) The student will demonstrate skills to understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, reflective thinking, and technical proficiency in the development of the analysis of a text in preparation for performance in the areas of set design, set construction, lighting and sound.

3: Demonstration of knowledge of production elements (G:3, 4) The student will demonstrate knowledge of various production elements used in the theater arts particularly focusing on set construction, set design, lighting or sound elements.

4: Demonstration of preparation for a theater audition or interview (G:3, 4) The student will demonstrate preparedness for a theatrical audition or job interview particularly in the area of knowledge about the technical aspects of theater including but not limited to set design, set construction, lighting issues, and sound.

Measures & Findings (Numbers inside parentheses show related outcomes/objectives.)

1: Projects (O:1, 2, 3, 4) The students will complete construction projects demonstrating knowledge of safety in using theater tools and creating specific set pieces to be used in production. The success of completion will be documented on the Projects Rubric.

2: Written Assignments (O:1, 2, 3, 4) Use written reports to show critical analysis of various technical theater issues.

3: Embedded Exam Questions (O:3, 4) Chapter Quizzes, Midterm and final exams will be used to measure knowledge of theatrical production elements.

Major Assignments 1UNIT I PROJECT:

1.        Create and name production books for the crews you are assigned.

2.        Place your scripts in the production books

3.        Collect all printed material handed out for the production in your production books.

4.        Create an outline of responsibilities for your assignments and place them in the production books.

5.        Collect and modify all necessary forms needed to complete your crew assignments and place in your production books.

6.        Begin taking notes necessary to complete your crew assignments.

7.        Record a rough draft of ideas relating to your crew assignments in your production books.

8.        Choose six knots from the list below and be proficient in your ability to tie those six knots by the project due date listed in your syllabus.

1. Bow Knot

2. Bowline

3. Clove Hitch

4. Half-hitch

5. Rolling Hitch

6. Sheet Bend

7. Square Knot

8. Taut-line hitch


1.        Continue to work toward completing deadlines and goals for your crew assignments and record progress on the appropriate forms and notations in your production books.

2.        Demonstrate safe and courteous habits and work ethic in the scene shop by following safety protocols (including dress and cell phones) and cleaning up after your work time is completed.

3.        You and a partner to be assigned will build a 4’ X 8’ scenic flat.

4.        You and a partner will size your flat and paint it using one of the techniques listed below and the colors of your choice




Dry brushing

Rag rolling


5.        This work will be ready by the UNIT II PROJECT due date listed in your syllabus.


1.        Write a review of three of the technical elements of the final production. You should include positive and critical comments. Your review should be documented scene by scene of an actual performance.

2.        Show physical evidence and documentation that all crew responsibilities are complete.

Discussion Topics Unit 1                 Theatre Basics

Theatres and Stages

Stage rigging and Curtains

Production Staff and Crews


Unit 2                 Tools and Scenery



Lumber and By-Products


Platforms, Parallels, Steps, Ramps

Scenery Construction

Scenery Hardware


Unit 3                 Sound and Light


Light Sources

Control of Light

Lighting Instruments

Electricity and Devices

Dimming and Distibution

Color and Light

Planning Lighting

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. This is a participation oriented course. Therefore, ATTENDANCE IS VITAL! Only three hours of absence is allowed. Tardiness will count toward absences. Each hour of absence exceeding the three hours will result in a loss of two points from your final average. After a student has missed three or more hours, the instructor may drop the student from the class with the grade earned which could be an “F” (current points divided by the total number of assignments per semester). Students absent or unprepared on the day deadlines or assignments are due will lose one letter grade for that assignment at minimum. (Ex: “A” will fall to a “B”; “B” will fall to a “C”, etc.) Tardiness and absence will hurt your grade. Leaving class early for any reason will constitute an absence. There are no excused absences. Dr. appointments, Dentist, work, etc. are not excused and should be scheduled outside of class scheduled time. There are no make-up days for deadlines or assignments. Night rehearsals will begin Friday May 1st and continue through opening night. Showdates are May 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7:30 PM and May 8th at 2:30 PM. MAKE SURE YOU PLAN AHEAD AND CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULES IN TIME TO MAKE A 6PM CALL FOR NIGHT REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCE, AND A MATINEE CALL AT 1PM. This is part of your grade and cannot be made up.

There are no make-up days for deadlines or assignments. Special situations must be addressed with the instructor in advance.

Determination of Final Grade Two production assignments worth 300 points each. Three Unit projects worth 200 points each. All other assignments (daily, written, class participation, informal presentations, and audience etiquette) are worth 100 points each. Absences and tardiness will affect your grade as described above. Cell phones must not be visible during class and responding to a page, call, or text message will result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day’s assignment including tests.

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Campus Policies
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Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American 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.

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