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Theatre Participation-Technical (Fall 14)

Theatre Participation  - Fall 2014    

THEATRE 167.001  (92157)
THEATRE 262.001  (92888)
THEATRE 362.001  (92891)

Note: Course enrollment requires a signature. See Kathleen Donnelly to be added to course.

Kathleen Donnelly

donnelly @
AC/W 220  / 424-7127, Costume Shop: 424-0286

Mick Alderson
AC/W 124  / 424-7051

These courses are designed to give the student practical experience in the "backstage crafts" of the theatre. You will have the choice of working either a backstage running crew for one of our productions this semester, or a construction crew for the semester in either the scene shop or costume shop.

Theatre 167 is designed to be the first course in theatre participation.  If you have not worked in theatre on the college level, you should be enrolled in this section.

Theatre 262 is designed for students who have either had 167 or have worked backstage in college theatre.  Students enrolled in this course will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate skill level in an area of theatrical crafts and /or hold a position of minor responsibility on a show.  167 is normally a prerequisite.

Theatre 362 is an upper level course for advanced students. Prior experience is highly desirable. A person enrolled under this course number should possess a high skill level in an area of theatre, and /or hold a position of major responsibility on a show. 262 is normally a prerequisite.

Options for completing course requirements:

A.  Construction Crew: You are expected to work 40 hours in either the scene shop or the costume shop during the course of the semester.  Exactly what hours you work will be arranged with the supervisor of that area.  In general, you are expected to spend 3 hours per week, preferably at the same time each week.  If you can't be there for a previously arranged time, you must call your supervisor and arrange to make up the time.  Two unexcused absences will result in your suspension from this class.
Appropriate attire is necessary for every call. If you are not properly attired you will not be allowed to work in the shop.  These regulations are necessary to insure your safety and the safety of others.  Please see the handout on Safety Rules and Regulations.    

B.  Running Crew: You will work on the backstage running crew for one of the departmental productions this semester.  You will be required to be present at all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances for that production. In addition to this you will be required to attend a run through of the show prior to technical rehearsal so that you are familiar with the production and the nature of your position on the show before technical rehearsal.  All running crew members must be dressed in black pants and shirt (long sleeve) in order to work backstage for the show.
Any absence will result in your suspension from this class.

Anticipated Schedule for Running Crew Option:

Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzik
Fredric March Theatre
Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, October 4th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Dress/Tech Rehearsals: Sunday, October 5th, 1:00 pm  call, 2:00pm go
Monday - Tuesday, October 6-7th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go    
Performances: Wednesday – Saturday, October 8th – 11th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go
Sunday, October 12th, noon call, 2:00pm go (Strike follows)

The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
Fredric March Theatre
Dry Technical Rehearsal:  Saturday, November 15th, 10:00am call
Dress/Tech Rehearsals: Sunday, November 16th, Noon call
Monday – Tuesday, November 17th- 18th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go
Performances: Wednesday – Saturday, November 19th thru 22nd, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go
Sunday, November 23rd, Noon call, 2:00pm go (Strike follows)

All students who take participation Option A are required to attend a strike following the last performance of each production.  This will usually last approximately 2 hours.  Strike for: Over the Tavern will take place on October 12th at approximately 4:00pm. Strike for The Seafarer will take place on November 23rd at approximately 4:00pm.

If you choose option B, you are required to strike the production you are assigned to as a running crewmember.

1.  40 hours is a minimum passing requirement for those choosing option A.
2.  Punctuality at required rehearsals and performances is necessary for those who choose option B.
3.  Attitude and Initiative can and will make a difference in a grade for both options.

Shop Hours:
Scene Shop hours:  1:00-5:00pm  - Monday through Friday (424-7051)
Costume Shop hours:  1:00-5:00pm - Tuesday through Friday (424-0286)

Note: Both of these numbers have answering machines, so there is no excuse for not calling if you will be late or absent.

by Alderson, James M last modified Aug 25, 2014 06:50 PM