SRJC Course Outlines

2/27/2024 10:04:39 AMTHAR 25 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

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Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 25Title:  PRODUCTION LAB GENERAL  
Full Title:  Production Lab: General
Last Reviewed:4/23/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR9.00 Contact DHR157.50
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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

Catalog Description:
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Practical experience in multiple theatrical production positions for public performances. Students in this course will work in two or more areas as a member of the construction crew, technical crews and/or house staff for one or more Theatre Arts productions during the semester.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of THAR 2 ( or THAR 301 or THAR 2)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Practical experience in multiple theatrical production positions for public performances. Students in this course will work in two or more areas as a member of the construction crew, technical crews and/or house staff for one or more Theatre Arts productions during the semester.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Course Completion of THAR 2 ( or THAR 301 or THAR 2)
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:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 192 Technical Theatre in Production SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR25 OR THAR25.1 OR THAR25.2 OR THAR25.3 OR
THAR25.4 OR THAR25.5

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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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate the professional responsibilities of a technician and/or
   house staff member associated with the preparation and performance
   of a theatrical production before a paying public audience.
2.  Prioritize tasks in an environment with multiple and competing
3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the production process, from script to
   performance, and utilize basic theatre terminology within the process.
4.  Recognize and exhibit the discipline of backstage protocol.
5.  Adhere to the communication hierarchy of the theatre structure.
6.  Support the work of the rest of a production ensemble, working
   cooperatively within a team structure.
7.  Interpret and fulfill instructions accurately, working calmly under
8.  Quickly assess situations and adapt accordingly within production and
   performance environments.
Students repeating the course will be preparing and performing technical
and/or house staff responsibilities in conjunction with entirely different
theatrical productions.  Repeating students will be:
   - Working with different directorial and managerial styles, as well as
     production processes.
   - Participating in the interpretation of different theatrical works,
     supporting different artistic visions and developing versatility in
     each area of focus.
   - Gaining greater proficiency in their chosen areas, improving
     technical or house staff skills while contributing to productions
     for diverse audiences.

Topics and Scope
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Students in this course will be assigned to two or more technical/front of
house areas.
GENERAL TOPICS - The following topics will be covered for all positions:
I.   Working With the Production Ensemble
    A. Director
    B. Technical director
    C. Stage management
    D. Designers
    E. Technicians
    F. Actors
    G. Front of house
    F. Business and administration
II.  Theatre Professionalism, Communication, and Procedures
    A. Theatre etiquette and protocol
    B. Basic theatre terminology
    C. Locations of facilities and resources
    D. Theatrical hierarchy
    E. Production framework
       1. Schedule
       2. Types of rehearsals
    F. Managing time, health, and personal responsibilities
    G. General safety and emergency procedures
III. About the Productions(s)
    A. The script's historical context and style
    B. Director's concept
    C. Design interpretations
    D. Technical responsibilities
IV. Working During a Performance Situation
    A. Production attire
    B. Production safety
    C. Working calmly under stress
    D. Handling others' nerves
    E. Prioritizing and adapting
    F. Staying focused and alert
    G. Handling the unexpected
POSITION-SPECIFIC TOPICS:  Students will be assigned two or more of the
following positions:
  Stage crew (scenery, fly system, special effects, etc.)
  Properties crew
  Lighting crew - board operator
  Lighting crew - deck electrician
  Lighting crew - spot light operator
  Lighting crew - hang and focus
  Sound crew - board operator
  Sound crew - microphone technician
  Construction crew - sets
  Construction crew - properties
  Construction crew - costumes
  Construction crew - makeup (wigs, prosthetics, etc.)
  Construction crew - special (masks, puppets, etc.)
  Makeup crew
  Costume crew
  House staff - usher
  House staff - concessions
  House staff - box office
  House staff - publicity
  House staff - special events
I.   Learning the Position Responsibilities
II.  Position-Specific Terminology and Interpreting Instructions
III. Position-Specific Safety and Emergency Procedures
IV.  Position-Specific Tools and Resources
SPECIALIZED TOPICS - Depending on the nature and production demands of the
particular play(s) to which the student is assigned, one or more of the
following additional topics may be studied:
I.   Handling Specialty Items Such as Masks or Puppets
II.  Flying Actors
III. Computer Graphics, Projections, Video
IV.  Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
V.   Handling Weaponry and Stage Gun Safety
VI.  Moving in Character/Working in a Costume

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1.  Complete all responsibilities for two or more technical/front of house
   positions for one to three productions during the semester.
2.  Attend all scheduled shop hours, load-ins, rehearsals, strikes, and/or
   performances to which the student is called:
   a. Attend the introductory THAR 25 Series meeting (held the second
      Tuesday of each semester).
   b. Attend full company presentations prior to each production's Tech
      Week (for all students in THAR 25/THAR 11 Series assigned to show).
   c. Become familiar with each production by watching a final
      run-through, prior to the formal start of position
   d. Communicate all potential schedule conflicts prior to finalizing
      assignments with instructor.(Conflicts submitted late may be turned
      down by the instructor or may result in removal from the
   e. Respond promptly and dependably to all calls.
3.  Adhere to the standards of professionalism:
   a. Maintain an amiable and supportive attitude when interacting with
      other members of the production ensemble.
   b. Respectfully follow instructions in the preparation of the position
      and maintain that direction in performance.
   c. Perform assigned position in a conscientious and dedicated manner.
   d. Follow the terms of the Technician/House Staff's Contract and
      course syllabus.
   e. Maintain good health and safety practices throughout the
      construction, rehearsal and performance process.
4.  Provide and wear required attire for construction, rehearsals and
   performances. House staff wear black dress slacks or skirts, and white
   shirts.  Construction members wear appropriate safety attire. All
   production crews normally wear all-black clothing.  When stage crew
   are costumed, costumes are supplied and fitting appointments will be
5.  Read the script for each assigned production.

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
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
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
60 - 80%
Class 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
20 - 40%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Script(s) for selected productions.

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