House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

DRAM-2120-01 (Theater Practicum III)

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 #10093
Course Subject-Number-SectionDRAM-2120-01
Course TitleTheater Practicum III
Course Description Laboratory instruction in production techniques in scenery, lighting, costumes and other technical areas. Course may be repeated three times for a total of threesemester hours. A student may not take more than nine hours of theater practicum.
Course Prerequisites PREREQUISITES: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks Show production script.
Learning Objectives


1: Communication effectiveness

The student will be able to communicate effectively orally as an individual and or in groups within the production of the play.

2: Knowledge of production elements

The student will demonstrate knowledge of various production elements used in the theater arts by participating in various hands on activities such as: the audition, rehearsal or construction or performance aspects of theater production.


1: Demonstration of communication effectiveness (G:1, 2,3, 4) To demonstrate effective communication as an individual and or in groups about technical aspects of theater. The student will demonstrate effective communication skills by working in groups or giving instructions to task groups to complete laboratory projects concerning the technical elements of theater production and or performance, including but not limited to public performance set construction of scenery, lighting, costumes or makeup.

2: Demonstration of critical thinking skills (G:1, 2, 3, 4) To 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:2,3, 4) To demonstrate knowledge of various production elements used in the theater arts particularly focusing on set construction, set design, lighting or sound elements. The student will demonstrate knowledge of various production elements used in the theater arts by participating in various hands on activities such as: the audition, rehearsal or construction or performance aspects of theater production.

4: Demonstration of preparation for a theater audition or interview (G:3, 4) To 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.

Major Assignments Character and production assignment and duties. Rehearsal schedule attendance. Production deadlines. Technical and dress rehearsals. Public Performances.
Discussion Topics Dramaturgy of spring show. Performance techniques. Character development. Technical support elements.
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 Character and production assignments and duties worth a total of 400 points. Rehearsal schedule attendance worth a total of 400 points. Production deadlines worth 200 points each. Technical and dress rehearsals worth 100 points each. Public Performances worth 100 points each. Tardiness and absences for Technical and dress rehearsals, and performances, can also affect the rehearsal schedule grade, as well as, the production deadline grade. The result can greatly affect your final average.
Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

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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