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Theatre Participation-Technical (Fall 14)

Theatre Participation  - Fall 2015

THEATRE 167.101F  (33300)

THEATRE 167.201F  (33301)

THEATRE 262.101F  (33308)

THEATRE 262.201F  (33309)

THEATRE 362.101F  (33310)

THEATRE 362 201F  (33311)

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.

*Note: Participation courses are considered 7 week courses. If you are working on a running crew your time will be condensed into 9 days (see schedules). The section you sign up for is determined by the production you have chosen to meet requirements.


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 6 hours per week for the 7 weeks that the course meets, 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:

OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder  (Section 101F)

Fredric March Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, October 10th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Full Tech Rehearsals: Sunday, October 11th, Noon – 5:00pm

Dress Rehearsals:  Monday - Wednesday, October 12th – 14th, 5:30pm call

Performances: Thursday – Saturday, October 15th – 17th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Sunday, October 18th, noon call, 2:00pm go (Strike follows)


THESE SHINING LIVES by Melanie Marnich (Section 201F)

Fredric March Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, November 14th, 10:00 – 5:00pm

Full Tech Rehearsal: Sunday, November 15th, Noon – 5:00pm

Dress Rehearsals: Monday – Wednesday, November 16th- 18th, 5:30pm call

Performances:  Thursday – Saturday, November 19th thru 21st, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Sunday, November 22rd, 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 the production that occurs during their specific section of the course.  This will usually last approximately 2 hours.  Strike for: Our Town will take place on October 18th at approximately 4:30pm. Strike for These Shining Lives will take place on November 22nd at approximately 3:30pm.


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 24, 2015 11:40 AM