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The 340 American Musical Theatre

97-340: AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE

Instructor:  Merlaine Angwall

Office hours:  12:30-1:50, Tue. & Thur., in office ACW120;  and 10:00-12:00, Wed., Theatre front office.  Or by appointment.

Phone:  424-7050, email: Angwall@uwosh.edu

Text:  10 Great Musicals of the American Theatre, by Stanley Richards

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To develop an understanding and appreciation of America’s unique contribution to musical theatre through: 1) A study of its historical development as a recognized art form 2) A study of the European and early American influences upon it and, 3)  An analysis of the form itself and its practical application.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Required text:  10 Great Musicals of the American Theatre, by Stanley Richards.

4 quizzes on assigned readings and in-class projects; additional reading material distributed in class or on the intranet.

Students are required to see Les Miserables, at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, on Nov. 16.  Cost is $40.00.

A critical analysis paper is required on the viewing of Les Miserables.

Students may choose to write a term paper OR participate in a performance project.

Students are required to take a mid-term exam,  and a final exam.

There are some class periods the instructor will request the student wear clothes suitable to move/exercise in.  Details on clothing, shoes, etc. will be given in class.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS:

If a student has any special needs that require accommodations to assist or enhance the student’s ability to learn, please contact the instructor to discuss reasonable accommodations to address the special needs.

GRADING CRITERIA:

4 QUIZZES@ 25 PTS. = 100 PTS.

1 CRITICAL ANALYSIS = 100 PTS.

PERFORMANCE PROJECT OR TERM PAPER = 100 PTS.

MID-TERM EXAM = 100 PTS.

FINAL EXAM = 100 PTS.

500 pts. Total.

GRADING SCALE

 

Letter Grade

Percentage

Points

A

100 – 93

500 – 465

A-

92.9 – 90

464.5 – 450

B+

89.9 – 87

449.5 – 435

B

86.9 – 83

434.5 – 415

B-

82.9 – 80

414.5 – 400

C+

79.9 – 77

399.5 – 385

C

76.9 – 73

384.5 – 365

C-

72.9 – 70

364.5 – 350

D+

69.9 – 67

349.5 – 335

D

66.9 – 63

334.5 – 315

D-

62.9 – 60

314.5 – 300

F

Less than 60

Less than 300

 

YOU MAY CHOOSE TO DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Term Paper:  A 6 page (minimum) term paper using a minimum of 5 sources, no more than 3 sources from the intranet.  The paper will be end-noted, double spaced, word processed using black ink.  Back to back pages are acceptable to save space.  The subject matter for the term paper will focus on one aspect of musical theatre, or one individual in musical theatre and their contribution to the art form.   For example, directing, choreography, scenic design, costume design, composing, an individual performer, etc.

Performance project:  This is a project focusing on one aspect of performance.  For example, you may choose to design costumes for a production; in that case you will need to create 6 renderings and provide details about the production , choice of fabrics, colors, style, etc.  An actor could perform a song and a monologue or scene from a musical, someone may wish to choreograph and number from a musical or if you like directing, you may choose to direct a scene from a musical.  This project may be done as a solo, or with  group or partner

ALL PROJECTS (PERFORMANCE OR TERM PAPER) WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL BY THE INSTRUCTOR BY OCT. 14

 

Term papers are due on or before:  Dec. 5, Performance projects (depending on the number of them) are due beginning on Dec. 5.

The following plays will be read from 10 Great Musicals of the American Theatre. Quizzes will be given on the same day:

Oklahoma: Sept. 26

West Side Story: Oct. 17

1776: Nov. 14

Company: Nov. 28

Critical Analysis of Les Miserable:  Nov. 21

Mid-Term Exam:  Oct. 31, Final Exam: Dec. 12

 

CRITICAL ANALYSIS:

This paper is a 4-6 page double-spaced type written paper discussing the music, dance, acting, choreography, or directing of Les Miserables. Do not write the story of the show; rather focus on the major aspects of production, stating what, in your opinion worked, didn’t work, and why.  The Critical Analysis paper is due Nov. 21.

 

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is mandatory.  Everyone is allowed one unexcused absence.  50 points will be deducted for every unexcused absence.  Call my office or email if you are sick before class begins.  For every three late arrivals to class a student’s total semester points will be deducted 25 points.  There are no “make-ups” on performance assignments.  If there are questionable weather conditions, we will follow the recommendations as recorded on the UW Oshkosh weather line which is (920) 424-0000, and/or as announced on local t.v. and radio stations.

 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS:

For each day a written assignment is overdue, 50 points will be deducted from the final grade of that assignment.  There are no make-ups on performances.

Everyone is allowed to come to class late twice.  After 2 times, 50 points will be deducted for lateness.

 

 

The Professor reserves the right to modify the syllabus to accommodate the needs of the class.  If any such modifications are needed, they will be announced in class.

by Alderson, James M last modified Aug 30, 2011 04:44 PM