This course is designated to help students not majoring in theatre develop an appreciation of the art form by understanding the relationship of theatre to society and diverse cultures. Students become familar with components of stage art including playwriting, acting, directing and design through practical experiences and viewing of the live productions and films. Students will be prepared for greater enjoyment of theatre by developing a more critical eye for the many facets of the art form.
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 style.
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 actors.
10. Explain different theatrical spaces including proscenium, arena and thrust stages with their advantages and challenges.
Major Course Topics
1. The Role of the Audience and the Critic
2. Acting and Actors
3. Approaches to Directing
5. Dramatic Structure
7. Stage Spaces
8. Writing a Critique
9. Exploring Contemporary Trends
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.
The Orientation to this course will be posted online.
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.
Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit www.howardccbooks.com and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.
Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:
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 Lisa Wilde, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated on 25-April-08
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