In this course we will explore the crafts, technology and vocabulary used to create the theatrical environment. Just as a scientist uses a vocabulary specific to their discipline to communicate their ideas, so does a theatrical designer in creating the theatrical environment. In order to understand this environment we will study several key areas of theater that are used to create it: stagecraft, stage lighting, theater history and the design process itself. In so doing we will explore how a theatrical environment is conceived, moved to the drawing board for revision, then to the various shops and ultimately to the stage for interpretation by the audience which is the final element in the theatrical environment.
The main function of any theatrical environment is communication. The designers use the various elements of design to communicate the vision of the director and playwright to the audience creating an environment for the physical presentation of theater and to create the appropriate environment for the characters to live their lives on stage.
50-57% Projects / Assignments
26% Exams (2)
8-16% Paper(s) (1 or 2)
8% Participation / Labs / Application of knowledge
You are required to attend both main stage productions. From your observations you will write a short paper about each play. They will be due the week after each show's run. (See class calendar). Specific requirements for each paper will follow as the term progresses.
Required Viewing: Diary of Anne Frank, October 9-13.
Wiley and the Hairy Man, November 21-24
Attendance in class is expected. You will be docked one full letter grade after three (3)
un-excused absences. A further full letter grade reduction will be added for each additional three (3) absences.
The Mid-Term Exam may be made up ONLY if you submit a verifiable MEDICAL EXCUSE or if you were absent from the campus on OFFICIAL COLLEGE BUSINESS. In either case you must submit a request to me IN WRITING for an alternate exam time. In the instance of absence due to College business, the request must be submitted at least 2 class periods prior to the scheduled exam date. Those with approved excuses must make up the exam within 3 working days of the scheduled exam. The Final Exam may not be made up at a later date.
You will complete a crew assignment in any of the areas listed below. A more specific sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.
1) Lighting Crew: Hang, cable, focus, gel all lighting instruments for a main stage show. Heavy concentration of work about 2 1/2 weeks before the show opens. (Aft./Evening work.) Dates/times to be announced later – either production.
Hang/Focus Crew: 4-6 people Running Crew: 1 person (Board Op)
2) Props Crew: Acquisition/Construction - Under the supervision of a crew head, you will be the ones to find, beg, borrow, build, paint, upholster, etc., all of the props that are needed for either of the shows.
1-2 Acquisitions/Const. Crew people Running Crew: 1-2 Crew people
3) Set Running Crew: Under the supervision of a crew head, you will be responsible for placing, striking, and shifting set units/props during Tech. Week and the run of Wiley and the Hairy Man.
NOTE: Running crews and board ops must be available evening hours the week before the show opens and the nights of performance. All crew members are required to attend the "strike" of the show. Students will be expected to work until their selected area's work is completed. Those consistently "unavailable" are not working to complete the assignment and will receive a grade reflective of such.
Each student can expected to put in approximately 20-25 hours per crew assignment. Your work attitude and your application of materials covered in the class will affect your grade.
Fall 2013 Stagecraft
Topic Reading Project
Aug. 26 Intro, Safety Ch 1
30 Stage Spaces Ch 2
Sept. 02 No Class
04 Tools Ch 7
09 Element of Design Ch 3 Proj #1 Due
13 Design Process Ch 4
16 Color in Design Ch 5
18 Drafting Ch 6 Proj#A-1 Due
23 Soft Scenery Ch 8
25 2D – Framed Scenery
27 Weight Bearing
30 Parallels Proj #A-2 Due
Oct. 02 Handling Scenery Ch 10
04 Flying Scenery
07 “ Ch 23
09 No Class
11 Mid Term Proj #B-1 Due
14 Turntables, Casters, etc.
16 Paper #1 Due
21 Lighting & Instruments Ch 14, 17
25 “ Proj #B-2 Due
28 Distribution Ch 15, 21
30 Color Ch 16
Nov. 01 Control Ch 21 Proj #B-3 Due
04 Light Plots Ch 20
11 Paint & Media Ch 9
13 Styles & Spattering
18 Lining Bricks Due
25-29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 02 Stenciling Graining Due
FINAL EXAM Wallpaper Due