Course: THEA 272 Stagecraft
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Instructor: Arthur Dirks
R-018 Campus Center
Technical production 531-2359
CART 531-2568 Fax: 508 697 1705
At the conclusion of this course the successful student should be able to demonstrate the following:
- A. Understanding of the general principles of the planning, preparation, and organization of the technical aspects of theatrical presentation.
- B. Understanding of the fundamentals of specialized technology and theory as it applies to the theatre, including color, electricity, acoustics, and design theory.
- C. Fundamental skills in representing technical ideas through sketching, drafting, and model-making.
- Text: Gillette, J. Michael. Theatrical Design and Production , 4th ed. Mayfield, 1999.
- Drafting pencils and incidental supplies for projects.
Students are expected to fulfill the following minimum requirements:
- Performance of all required reading and completion of all quizzes, exams, skill tests, projects, and other activities.
- Collection of resource materials in a resource book, organized in a binder in such a way as to be easily accessible for reference. Collection of all designs and sketches in a portfolio.
- Regular attendance (with almost no absences) and participation in the classroom experience. It is assumed students will attend class. Students entering after roll is taken are absent. No replays of missed material, missed quizzes are failed, assignments have a 10% grade penalty for each day late regardless of reason, and do not miss an exam. In a course called Stagecraft, it is assumed students will demonstrate interest in the techniques and practices involved in the current productions. This implies active involvement, and certainly attendance to performances.
The final grade will be computed on the following formula:
Exams and quizzes:
Assignments and activities:
Notebook and participation:
20% (see above)
THEA 272 Stagecraft
Meets: Tuesday & Thursday 9:25-12:05 in Make-Up Room and as designated.
* Date falls during production and performance period
Date: Class Content: Notes and Readings Due Jan
Tour and introduction Ch 3,4 20 Th Intro to Design Project Ch. 2 Assign: Design Project 25 T Design process, discuss This Property / Research tools & model techniques Ch 7; Study play: This Property Is Condemned by Williams 27 Th Design elements, sketching & drawing / drawing exercises Ch. 5 Assign: Drawing exercises Feb
Intro to Technical Drawing / sketch presentations Ch. 20 Due: Drawing exercises 3 Th Design Presentations Due: Design Project 9 T Orthographic drawing / practice 10 Th Ground plan / practice 15 T Elevations / practice 17 Th Complete drawings / practice Due: Draftings for TPIC 22 T No Class
24 Th Lighting design / equipment Ch. 12: 288-317 29 T* Lighting physics / TBA Ch. 13: 318-329 Assign: EXAM Mar
EXAM / Lighting production Ch. 14: 330-364 Spring Break 21 T Color Ch. 6: 89-112 Prep: L-1 23 Th Scene painting / projects Ch. 10; meet in shop Pres: L-1
28 T Scene painting / projects Pres: L-2 30 Th Sound design/ projects Ch. 19: pp. 453-489 Prep: P-1&2 Apr
Sound physics & production / projects Pres: P-1&2
6 Th Tools and Materials / Scenic Construction - 2 dimensional Ch. 8, 9 Pres: P-3&4
11 T Scenic Construction - 3 dimensional / projects Pres: P-5&6, L-3/4 (Prep between Dance strike and class)
Prep: L-3/4, S-1
13 Th Scenic Construction - assembly and handling / projects Pres: L3/4, S-1
Prep: L-5 Assign: Exam
18 T Exam / projects Ch 12: 288-317 Pres: L-5
Prep: L-6, S-2
20 Th Technical organization / projects Pres: L-6, S-2
25 T* Technical organization / TBA Pres: S-3
Assign: TPIC technical schedules
27 Th* Stage management / projects Projects: S-6 May
Properties / projects Ch. 11: 268-287 Pres: S-5 Prep: S-6 4 Th* TBA Pres: S-6
Due: Notebooks, complete TPIC design
Campus performances this semester:
Children’s Theatre: Radio Roundup Put in: 2/19; Wrk Day 2/21; Tech: 2/26-3/2; Perf: 3/3-8 Dance Kaleidoscope Tech: 4/1-6; Performances 4/7-8 Cloud Nine Put in: 4/15; Wrk Day 4/17; Tech: 4/22-27; Perf 4/28-5/6
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