M - W - F 10:00 am.
The goals of the course include:
1. Exposure to one of the fine arts in some detail, in this case the theatre.
2. Development of an appreciation for the genre in some of its many forms and
an understanding of the work of the contributing artists.
3. Development of an understanding of the structures, history, guiding principles
and methods of production past and present.
4. An understanding of the place theatre holds in the art and entertainment
world; itís relationship to music, dance, television and film.
We will strive toward the achievement of these goals through three means. We will study the information contained in the general course text and a number of handouts. Secondly, we will attend two MSU productions and one additional staged production off-campus, usually at Backdoor Theatre. We will write a critique on each of these works and turn them in on time. Thirdly, we will attend class and participate in the discussions of these productions and general principles.
Grading will be based upon three quizzes at 5 pts.@, the midterm for 10 pts. Three critiques at 14pts.@ a project for 13 and the final exam for 20 pts. The total possible is 100 pts.
The rules are simple. There are no excused absences. You will be dropped from the class upon the third absence. That leaves you two freebies. Iíd strongly urge you to save them for serious illnesses and family deaths.
You cannot make up work unless you notify me in advance of the due date. If you know youíre going to be absent for an announced test or a paper deadline, see me in plenty of time and you can probably do it ahead of the deadline. If you wake and find yourself near deathís door on the morning of a deadline you must call me before class to arrange for a make up. Miss a midterm, the final, or a critique (any one of the three) and youíre dead meat. Kaput! S.O.L, Gone Ö
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please see me as soon as possible.
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Do your own work. If two papers look alike to me. . .they both get an F, no questions, no discussion.