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Course DescriptionIntroduces the basic operation of the stage, scene shop and their related equipment in relation to actual production. Covers the use of power tools as well as, construction materials and techniques used in the modern theater. Gives the student knowledge of the fundamental aspects of technical theater leading to an understanding of an appreciation for the art of stagecraft. Students are required to do three hours of lab a week and participation in departmental productions presented that term. Prerequisites: MTH 20. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
1. Read blueprints in order to safely build scenery for theater using the appropriate construction techniques and tools.
2. Communicate through construction drawings the assembly process of a production.
3. Apply learned construction techniques to build flats, platforms, stairs and other projects for the actual production.
Course Activities and Design
The students will be building scenery for the main stage show utilizing the tools in the scene shop. The students will then implement or "load
in" the show to the theater space. They will also do a special project beyond the show.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Safe work practices will be assessed though practical lab time no less than 30 hours per term. There will be cumulative tests on safety and rules for the shop and theater.
a. tool safety
b. shop safety
c. theater safety
d. rigging safety
Each student will be tested on reading and creating blueprints. The student then will take on a show project and create the working
drawings and then build that piece, either as a group project or individual student project.
The final project will be of their own creation of which they will have to design and budget and bring in to being.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Safely use the tools in the shop
Read and draw blue prints
Learn how to build a flat, platform and stairs
Assess and communicate the safety of a given situation and be able to act appropriately.
Use the combined skills of safe use of tools and blue print drafting to enhance ones personal environment.
Explore theatrical process in order to examine ones own path in life.