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THET 131 - Theatre Appreciation - Online Course

This course give students a deeper understanding of how to watch a theatre performance while increasing their awareness of the roles that playwrights, actors, directors, designers, choreographers, producers and critics play in bringing a stage script to life.  Through readings and lively on-line discussions, as well as attendance at two Rep Stage productions on the HCC campus, the student will explore this art form from its classical roots through today's most innovative trends.

Credits:     3
Instructor: Kasi Campbell
Phone:       (443) 518-4947

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

1.    Evaluate theatre experiences effectively, giving intelligent and sensitive reactions to the
       production as well as the literary work.
2.    Describe the basic concepts of theatre with an understanding of its basic elements and special
       qualities, differentiate between popular entertainment and art, and identifying some of the values
       of art.
3.    Explain the role of the script in theatre production as it relates to dramatic structure, form and
4.    Explain and illustrate the steps necessary in the process of bringing a script to the stage and how
       a production is put together.
5.    Demonstrate an appreciaition for how each theatre artist makes use of his/her materials in this
       collaborative art form.
6.    Illuminate the role and importance of the audience.
7.    Desribe theatrical performances with a keen awareness of theatrical excellence.
8.    Demonstrate an interest in experiencing theatre more fully.
9.    Explain different philosophical approaches to acting and distinguish personality and character
10.  Explain different theatrical spaces including proscenium, arena and thrust stages with their
       advantages and challenges.

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Major Course Topics

1.    The Role of the Audience and the Critic

2.    Acting and Actors

3.    Approaches to Directing

4.    Playwrights

5.    Dramatic Structure

6.    Designers

7.    Stage Spaces

8.    Writing a Critique

9.    Exploring Contemporary Trends

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Course Format
  • Is not self-paced.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings, except for two protored exams, one at midterm and one during final week of the course assigned in the Test Center.
  • Also required is attendance at two Rep Stage productions and watching of selected films that will be on reserve in the HCC Library.
  • Does not require real-time chats.

This course will follow the chapter sequence in the required textbook.

Some of the types of learning activities and assignments that the student will be required to complete include:

1.     Read weekly assigned text pages.

2.    View two Rep Stage productions and submit written critiques of the shows.

3.    Participate in weekly on-line discussion topics posted on the Bulletin Board and submit weekly assignments as listed in the learning modules.

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The Orientation to this course will be posted online.

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Course Requirements
  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.


Grades will be based on two exams taken in the HCC Test Center, two critiques of Rep Stage productions, and answers to weekly discussions and assignments.  Details on the structure of the critique paper will be included in the course materials on the web site.

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Texts and Materials Required:

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • Real Player
  • Word Viewer (if you don’t already have Microsoft Word)

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has two exams administered at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region.  The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

 If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Kasi Campbell,

Last updated on 25-April-08
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