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THE106 - Stagecraft

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Familiarizes students with the techniques and materials of theater set construction. Explores the responsibilities of technical personnel, safety practices and the organization of a backstage run crew. Introduces CAD drawing within a theater context. Corequisite: THE 116.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the structure and hierarchy of a basic theatrical organization and the responsibilities of each individual within a production environment.
2. Identify the physical elements and types of theatre facilities in modern use.
3. Identify and practice safety procedures used in the theatre and scene shop.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in basic hand tools and power tools while working in the theater scene shop.
5. Demonstrate skill in reading measurements in scale by completing a series of CAD drawings in scale with at least 75% accuracy*
-A basic flat drawn in 1/2" scale
-A basic platform drawn in 1/2" scale
-A basic window unit drawn in 1/2" scale
-A basic door unit in 1/2" scale
6. Demonstrate basic ability to safely operate a theater fly system.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of backstage etiquette and run crew procedures.
8. Analyze a theatrical performance for its technical content.
9. Analyze a theatrical script for its technical requirements.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
1. Introduction to basic theatrical organization and hierarchy.

2. Introduction to parts of the Stage and overview of types of theater in modern use.

3. Introduction and discussion of safety in the theatre and scene shop.

4. Introduction to basic hand and power tools.

5. Introduction to basic hardware and materials used in construction.

6. The organization and responsibilities of stage crews will be introduced.
a. students will discuss stage crew responsibilities and safe practices
b. stage crew organization will be pursued
c. stage management will be summarized

7. Introduction to the theater fly system and basic rigging techniques

8. Introduction to script analysis from a technical standpoint

9. Introduction to blueprint reading and measuring in scale

10. Introduction to basic CAD drawing for the theater, including practice in:
a. a basic Flat
b. a basic Window Unit
c. a basic Door Unit
d. a basic Platform
e. a basic Floor Plan

Effective Term: Fall 2013