SRJC Course Outlines

4/21/2024 8:40:49 PMTHAR 13.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 13.1Title:  STYLES PERF WORKSHOP  
Full Title:  Performance Workshop: Styles, Periods and Skills
Last Reviewed:4/12/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  THAR 13

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to three different acting styles, including non-realistic styles and period realism, as well as further study of acting theory and specialized performance skills.  Styles to be studied change each time the course is offered.  This combination instruction/performance ensemble course culminates in a public showcase performance.

Course Completion of THAR 10B

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to three different acting styles, including non-realistic styles and period realism, as well as further study of acting theory and specialized performance skills.  Styles to be studied change each time the course is offered.  This combination instruction/performance ensemble course culminates in a public showcase performance.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of THAR 10B
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course the student will:
1.   Demonstrate performance skills through a variety of non-realistic acting styles, period
      realism and/or plays requiring specialized performance skills (e.g. dialects, unarmed
      combat, period movement, etc.) at a beginning acting level.
2.   Identify the influence of historical events, literature and culture on the theatrical practices
      of various periods.
3.   Analyze and score scripts, applying style-appropriate and/or period-appropriate techniques.
4.   Conduct research and text analysis in preparation for roles from styles and periods of plays.
5.   Translate basic acting theories and analytical concepts into practical application
       through performance interpretations.
6.   Create and sustain the distinct physical, vocal, and behavioral components of multiple
       characters, while adapting to the performance requirements of a specific style, period,
       and/or special performance technique.
7.   Revise and enhance acting choices, objectively incorporating the feedback of others,
        and utilizing the rehearsal process as a period of creative exploration.
8.   Define individual acting obstacles and determine individual strengths.
9.   Critique the work of others, utilizing terms and concepts relating to the specific style,
      period, and/or specialized skill being performed.
10. Support the throughline of a composite showcase by sustaining energy,
      focus, and pacing, as well as creatively interpreting transitional business.
11. Work cooperatively and professionally within a high-stress environment
      to produce a collaborative work of art for public performance.
Repeating students will work with different styles and periods of dramatic literature, as
well as different specialized performance skills.  While doing so, repeating students will:
-   Gain greater proficiency in performing non-realistic styles, period realism and/or
    specialized performance skills for a public audience.
-   Expand their knowledge of different theatrical styles, periods, and acting theories.
-   Analyze a play to assess its stylistic, character development, and blocking needs at
    increasingly complex levels.
-   Perform acting skills, such as memorization, collaborative staging, and interpretation,
    with greater proficiency and confidence.
-   Increase versatility and skill in physical and vocal characterization.
-   Obtain a unique perspective on their artform by mentoring fellow students.

Topics and Scope
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I.     Introduction to period and non-realistic acting styles
      A.  Defining style
      B.  Researching a style or period
      C.  Personal acting development when studying styles and periods
II.   Introduction of Style Units:
      Each time the course is offered, three different styles will studied and performed,
       selected by the instructor using the following criteria:
           -  At least two non-realistic styles
                   (e.g. Greek, Kabuki, Commedia dell 'Arte, Farce, Comedy of Manners,
                  Absurdism, Brechtian, Post Moderism, etc.)
           -  At least one from a period prior to the 20th century
           -  At least one comedic style
           -  At least one dramatic or tragic style
           -  At least one should require a special performance skill
                  (e.g. dialects, period movement, unarmed combat, playing a disability, etc.)
      Each style unit may focus on material from a single representative play, an
       individual playwright's body of work, or works by multiple playwrights.  A record
       of past units taught is kept on file by the department.  
III.   Performing Non-Realistic Styles            
       A.  Historical and/or theoretical context
      B.  Script and character analysis
      C.  Vocal characterization within the style          
       D.  Physical characterization within the style              
IV.  Performing Period Plays
      A.  Historical and theoretical context
      B.  Script and character analysis
      C.  Vocal demands of the style
      D.  Movement  of the style
V.  Specialized Performance Skills
      A.  Historical and/or theoretical context
      B.  Script and character analysis
      C.  Vocal demands of the style
      D.  Movement  of the style
       E.  Techniques and terminology relating to the skill
VI. Rehearsal and Performance Techniques
      A.  Rehearsing with peers
      B.  Script preparation
           1.  Excerpting and cutting
           2.  Timing
      C.  Staging
           1.  Developing a basic floorplan
           2.  Blocking in 3/4 thrust
           3.  Sight lines and upstaging
      D.  Rehearsal costumes and props
      E.  Performance costumes and props
VII. Vocal Techniques
      A.  Articulation
      B.  Projection
      C.  Characterization
      D.  Stylization (verse, rhyme, etc.)
      E.  Pronunciation and dialect/accent
VIII.  Physical Techniques
      A.  Characterization
      B.  Movement and timing
      C.  Style-specific movement (period movement, etc.)
IX.    Preparing for the Showcase
      A. Rehearsing a composite performance
            1. Order and shape of the performance
            2. Transitional and introductory material
            3. Cutting and excerpting
           4. Differentiating multiple characters
      B.  Incorporating production elements
           1.  Lights
           2.  Costumes and costume changes
           3.  Staging transitions
      C. Performance techniques in production
           1. Personal and group warm-ups
           2. Maintaining consistency and focus
           3. Handling nerves
           4. Handling audience responses
           5. Handling the unexpected

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1.  Participation in group exercises during course of study.  Exercises may include:
     A. Discussions of acting theory based on assigned readings.
     B. Improvisations and style exercises.
     C. Vocal exercises for clarity, projection, dialect and style.
     D. Physical exercises for relaxation, flexibility, and control.
     E. Period movement and manners.
2.  Performance Assignments:
     The student will perform a scene and/or monologue for each of the three units of
     study for the course, each assignment demonstrating an understanding and
      competence in the specific acting style and/or specialized acting skill.  Each scene
     or monologue will be performed within a time limit suitable for inclusion in the
     Showcase (scenes - approx. 2-5 minutes; monologues - approx. 1-2 minutes).
3.  Read 3 plays (one for each performance assignment).
4.  Conduct assigned research and complete 3 written character analyses and/or
    script analyses.  Analyses may be individual assignments or collaborative assignments
    with scene partners.  Depending on the style requirements, may also be given scoring,
    scansion or other script preparation assignments.
5.  Showcase - Participation in culminating public performances of representative scenes
    and monologues in the styles studied during the semester:
     A.  Prepare selected Showcase material, either reviewing class assignments or
           rehearsing new material.
     B.  Attend 1 hour of outside coaching by appointment with the instructor for each
           scene or monologue selected for the showcase (DHR).
           [Normally held during the last two weeks of classes prior to finals week]
     C.  Attend all scheduled in-class and evening rehearsals for the Showcase (DHR)
           [Evening rehearsals normally held the last week of classes prior to finals week.]
     D.  Complete an assigned Showcase preparation assignment
           (Examples:  hanging lights, gathering props, designing the poster, etc.)
     E.  Participate in the preparation and presentation of the public showcase  (DHR).
           [Two performances, normally held the last Friday of the semester prior to finals
            week, usually 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm; students arrive 2 hours before the first
            performance and one hour before the second, as well as participate in the
            strike after the final performance.]
6.  Attend 2-3 Theatre Arts Department productions.  Participate in class discussion
     regarding the acting demands within each production and their relationship
    to course content.
7.  Professionalism and Attendance
     Adhere to the following standards of acting professionalism throughout the course:
     A.  Arrive promptly and prepared for all class meetings, outside rehearsals,
          and performances.
     B.  Maintain an amiable and supportive attitude when interacting with
          other members of the performance ensemble.
     C.  Participate actively in class discussions and exercises.
     D.  Work collaboratively with scene partners.
     E.  Perform each role in a conscientious and dedicated manner.
     F.  Respectfully follow director's instructions in Showcase
          preparation and maintain that direction in performance.
     G.  Strive to maintain good health and safety practices.
     H.  Follow the terms of the course syllabus.
8.  Optional Assignment:  Attend 1-2 professional productions in the style(s) being
    studied.  Discounted group tickets will be arranged; students provide
    their own transportation.  Students unable to attend the performance, either with the
    group or independently, will be given a suitable alternative assignment (such as
    viewing a filmed production in the same style).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 25%
Character analysis; script analysis; research summary; script preparation assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
65 - 75%
Class performances (scenes and/or monologues); showcase performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Professionalism--attendance, promptness, and preparation; Showcase preparation assignment

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Acting With Style by John Harrop and Sabin Epstein.  3rd ed., Prentice Hall: 1999 (classic)
Style for Actors: A Handbook for Moving Beyond Realism by Robert Barton.  2nd ed., Routledge: 2009.
Scripts for each assigned scene or monologue.
Instructor prepared materials

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