House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus DRAM-1310-01 (Introduction to Theater)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
DRAM-1310-01 (Introduction to Theater)
|Instructor||Stafford, Laura Johnson|
|Course ID #||10584|
|Course Title||Introduction to Theater|
|Course Description||A general survey of the major fields of theater. Emphasis on observation and appreciation of various types and styles of plays, knowledge of the functions of the personnel and other elements of theatre production including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and its relation to the fine arts.|
1310 Introduction to Theater 3:3:0
A general survey of the major fields of theater. Emphasis on observation and appreciation of various types and styles of plays, knowledge of the functions of the personnel and other elements of theatre production including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and its relation to the fine arts.
Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
|Required Textbooks||Cassady, Marsh. Theatre: An Introduction. Lincolnwood, Ill.: NTC Publishing Group, 1997.|
1: Communication Effectiveness
2: Analyze and interpret human experiences in historical perspective
3: critical thinking skills used to analyze theatrical productions
4: Use of research tools
5: Knowledge of production elements found in theater
6: Preparation for a theatrical audition
Student Learning Outcomes (Numbers inside parentheses show related goals.)
1: Communicating effectively individually and in groups (G:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
2: Analyze and interpret historical aspects of theater (G:1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
3: Demonstration of critical thinking skills (G:1, 2, 3, 5)
4: Demonstration of using research tools (G:1, 3, 4, 6)
5: Demonstration of the knowledge of production elements (G:5)
6: Preparation for a theater audition (G:1, 4, 5, 6)
Measures & Findings (Numbers inside parentheses show related outcomes/objectives.)
1: Performance (O:1, 2, 5, 6)
2: Oral Presentations (O:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
3: Written assignments (O:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
4: Embedded Exam Questions (O:2, 5, 6)
Types of Assignments:
Oral Performance: Two opportunities that provide an oral communication experience are the dramatic performance project (250pts.) and the oral presentation of the typed play analysis (50pts.)
Written: -- One typed analysis of a play script read outside of class (100pts).
-- Within the class oral performance project there are 3 written elements (script construction, performance self-reflective response #1 and #2 )
-- One audience response form that is part of the outside Observation Project
-- One Internet Research Project (collecting audition information and play review responses) (100pts)
Outside Observation: One public performance will be attended outside of class and the written audience response critique is required to demonstrate an appreciation of performance elements(100pts) (A second observation can be done for 10pts. of bonus)
Exams: Three objective exams will cover lecture, textbook materials, and video examples. Each exam will be objective type tests using Scantron Form 882. Each exam will be worth 100pts.
Introduction To Theater (DRM. 1310-01) Calendar Spring 2011
Read the Textbook Chapter material before the lecture day.
Class Starts 10:00 SHARP! BEING PRESENT COUNTS!
(Yes, We stay for the whole time and Test material is covered in class. It is your responsibility to get material you miss from other students and turn in required papers on the due dates listed below.) Doctor’s appointments & going to work are not excused absences, make appointments outside of class time. And if work isn’t flexible drop the class. All work for the performance is done in the class time so, leaving early or coming late is not an option! Missing the performance dates loses those points there is no make-up for the in class performance.
TURN ALL CELL PHONES AND MUSIC DEVICES OFF WHILE IN CLASS!!!!
WEEK # 1 (Read Text: Appendix – “Critiquing a Theatrical Production”p.359-368
W 19 Pre-Test /Intro / Agreements / Read 1Act Plays by Modern Authors” article
Outside of class Performance Observation Form & Instructions
(due near end of semester) / Go to library and select your one act to read
F 21 1 Act Play Analysis form instructions / discuss article
WEEK # 2 (Read your One Act Play and work on Analysis Report)
*M 24 1 Act Play Script Title Due/ Blocking lecture
*W 26 Script Adaptation Process Instructions / original text./ Character Selection
*F 28 Due: Constructing Script sides completed in class time (20pts)
No show-- no points & I write in your lines.
WEEK # 3
M 31 Acting for the Screen (in class analysis sheet)
*W 2 Play Script Research Paper Due (100pts) / Oral Presentations (50pts)
(break into 4 groups , each person in the group presents their own research paper following the outline provided, Take notes on the rating sheets provided, turn in the paper and the rating sheets.) No Show – No Oral Points
*F 4 Set construction Day (Wear old clothes to paint in) (20 pts) Main Stage
WEEK # 4 Read Chapter 1- 2
M 7 Ch. 1 & 2 - What is Theater – Drama? Lec.
*W 9 Read through of script
*F 11 Costume selection/construction completed in Class time (20pts) Main Stage
WEEK # 5 Meet on the Main Stage Theatre for the next 2 weeks
*M 14 Blocking of scenes – part of rehearsal grade blocking and rehearsal (10pts)
*W 16 blocking and rehearsal cont. (10 pts)
*F 18 rehearsal (10pts)
WEEK # 6 Main Stage
*M 21 rehearsal cont. (10 pts)
*W 23 Dress rehearsal performance/ – no show-no points
*F 25 Final Performance / Rehearsal Response paper #1 (50pts)-DUE
WEEK # 7 (Read Chapter 3
*M 28 Striking set and costumes Main Stage (10pts Bonus) / Performance Response paper #2 (100pts) –DUE
W 2 View Video in classroom 130 /Internet project instructions (meet in classroom)
F 4 Ch. 3 / Greek & Roman Drama
WEEK # 8 Spring Break week March 7-11 Spring Break (work on your internet project)
WEEK # 9 (Read Chapter 4)
M 14 (Greek Stage Devices) Ch. 4 / Medieval Drama
W 16 cont. Ch. 4
F 18 Ch. 5 / Renaissance Theater – (Commedia dell’arte )/
WEEK # 10 (Read Chapter – 5)
M 21 Ch. 5 cont.(Shakespeare)/
*W 23 Internet Research Project Due (100pts)
*F 25 Exam I (Lecture notes & handouts, Chapters 1-5, video examples, &
(600 pts possible at this point in the semester) class discussion)(100pts)
WEEK # 11 (Read Chapters 6-7)
M 28 Ch. 6 / (Moliere )–17th Cen. Drama & 18th Cen. German Drama
W 30 cont. 6
F 1 Ch. 7 / 19th Cen. Realism
Week # 12 (Read Chapter 8)
M 4 Cont. 7
W 6 Ch. 8 / Modern Diversity in Theater (Last day to drop with grade)
F 8 Musicals
WEEK # 13 (Read Chapters 9 & 10)
M 11 Ch. 9 / Dramatic Structure
W 13 cont. 9
F 15 Ch. 10 / Dramatic Style and Genres
WEEK # 14
M 18 cont. Lec. 10
*W 20 Exam II (Lecture, Chapters 6-10, and video examples ) (100pts)(700 points possible)
F 22 Easter Holiday
WEEK # 15 (Read Chapter 11-12 )
M 25 Ch. 11 / Theatrical Space
W 27 cont. Lec.
F 29 Ch. 12 / The Playwright
WEEK #16 (Read Chapter 13-15)
M 2 Ch. 13 / The Actor
W 4 Ch. 14 / The Director
F 6 Ch. 15 / Production Artists
Week #17 (Read Chapter 16)
*M 9 Ch. 16 / Theater as a Business – Community Theater
Last Day for Observation Performance Questionnaire DUE! (100pts)
W 11 Lec. cont. (subtotals) (800 pts. Possible)
Finals : Friday May 13 (11am) Exam III (Lecture material, Chapters 11-16, & video examples & Post Test)(100pts.) Scantron 882 The final exam is a required element because it is a unit exam.
Attendance is (100pts.) You are earning 4pts per day!!! Be here it all adds up! Each Tardy is 2 points off attendance grade.
Calendar of Area Productions:
LSCPA Production (TBA) Late April or early May
Grease FEB 11-13, 18-20, 25-27; 2011 Port Arthur Little Theater RESERVATION LINE: 727-PALT
A Midsummer Night’s Dream APRIL 6-10, 13-17; 2011 Port Arthur Little Theater RESERVATION LINE: 727-PALT
BCP (409) 833-4664
ART February 11,12,18, 19*, 19, 24,25,26 Studio Theater
Noises OFF March 11,12,18, 19*, 19, 24,25,26 McFaddin Ward Theater
THE LAST FIVE YEARS April 15, 16, 22, 23*, 23, 28, 29, 30, Studio Theater
Lamar Univ. Bmt. Box office: (409) 880-2250
Bard on the Bayou Series: The Tempest Feb. 17-20 Lamar University Theater, guest director
Working runs from April28, 2011 through May 3, 2011 Lamar University Theater 7:30pm
Any Church Drama Productions at Easter
UIL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION March 15-17, 21-22, 25, 28-31 Times vary
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance & Make Up Policy: Each student is allowed three hours of excused absence [court appearance, hospitalization of self, school sanctioned trip] (only 3 class periods). Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of 4 points from this category for each day missed. Tardiness will count as a 2 point deduction from this grade category. Attendance is a requirement for this class. It is also a grade category. Full participation in the full class period is part of the course material; Leaving early will count as a tardy. Remember to make every effort to attend all class days. If you are absent more than 5 class hours (3 class periods count as 3 hours) you may be dropped from the class by the professor with the grade you have earned. Save your excused absences until it is truly an emergency. The group performance project does not have any way to make up lost points. No Show – No Points.
BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITIES occur at randomly selected class periods covering READING ASSIGNMENTS in the text. Only those present may take the BPO there are no make ups.
There will be no make up exams given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the unit exams in the Student Learning Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance. There are NO RE-TESTS.
There are limited days for the completion of the oral projects and everyone must be ready. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present. All written reports are due on the appropriate due date stated on the agenda or a loss of 10 points will occur on that assignment. No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!
|Determination of Final Grade||
DETERMINATION OF FINAL GRADE: Units of Evaluation
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.
Oral Performance Assignments 300 points
Written Assignments 200 points
Observations to appreciate performance 100 points
Exams 300 points
Attendance / Participation 100 points
1000 points total
|Final Exam Date||May 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM|
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