SRJC Course Outlines

4/21/2024 7:58:45 PMTHAR 25.2 Course Outline as of Summer 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 25.2Title:  PRODUCTION RUNNING CREW  
Full Title:  Production Lab: Running Crew
Last Reviewed:4/23/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled017.5 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 as a member of the running crew for public theatre performances. Students will complete crewing responsibilities during final rehearsals and performances for one to two Theatre Arts productions during the semester.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 2

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Practical experience as a member of the running crew for public theatre performances. Students will complete crewing responsibilities during final rehearsals and performances for one to two Theatre Arts productions during the semester.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in 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 2005Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2005Inactive:
 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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In order to achieve these outcomes, during the course the student will:
1.   Demonstrate the professional responsibilities of a running crew member
      associated with the preparation and performance of a theatrical
      production before a paying public audience.
2.   Inventory and maintain instruments, properties and/or set pieces
      efficiently, safely utilizing basic tools and equipment.
3.   Support the artistic intentions of the designers and director through
      well-paced cue responses and well-organized pre-sets.
4.   Prioritize tasks in an environment with multiple and competing
5.   Explain the production process, from script to performance,
       and utilize basic theatre terminology within the process.
6.   Exhibit the discipline of backstage protocol.
7.   Adhere to the communication hierarchy of the theatre structure.
8.   Interpret and fulfill instructions accurately, working calmly under
9.   Quickly assess situations and adapt accordingly within production and
      performance environment.
Students repeating the course will be preparing and performing running
crew responsibilities in conjunction with entirely different theatrical
productions.  Repeating students will:
   -  Work with different directorial and managerial styles, as well as
       production processes.
   -  Participate in the interpretation of different theatrical works,
       supporting different artistic visions and developing versatility as
       a running crew member.
   -  Gain greater proficiency in technical theatre, improving
       technical skills while contributing to productions for diverse

Topics and Scope
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Students in this course will be assigned to the running crew of one to two
productions.  Topics of instruction fall into two categories - Orientation Topics and Position-Specific Topices.  Positions include:
   Stage Crew (scenery, fly system, and special effects)
   Properties Crew
   Lighting Crew - Board Operator
   Lighting Crew - Deck Electrician
   Lighting Crew - Spot Light Operator
   Sound Crew - Board Operator
   Sound Crew - Microphone Technician
ORIENTATION TOPICS - The following topics will be covered for all productions:
I.   Working With the Production Ensemble
    A.  Director
    B.  Technical director
    C.  Stage management
    D.  Designers
    E.  Technicians
    F.   Actors
    G.  Front of house
    H.  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. Handling the unexpected
III.  About the Production(s)
    A.  The script's historical context and style
    B.  Director's concept
    C.  Scenery and properties design
    D.  Other design interpretations
    E.  Technical responsibilities
    F.  Special technical responsibilities
IV. Working During a Performance Situation
    A.  Production attire-wearing blacks    
     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:  The student will receive instruction on the following, specific to the production position assignments to which they have been assigned.
I.  Running Crew Responsibilities
    A. Stage crew - learning the job
          1.  Interpreting instructions
          2.  Dividing responsibilities
          3.  Deck supervisor
          4.  Safety and emergency procedures
          5.  Basic tools and equipment
    B. Properties crew - learning the job
          1.  Interpreting instructions
          2.  Dividing responsibilities
          3.  Properties coordinator
          4.  Safety and emergency procedures
          5.  Basic tools and equipment
          6.  Properties inventory
    C. Lighting crew-learning the job
          1.  Interpreting instructions
          2.  Dividing responsibilities
          3.  Lighting designer and master electrician
          4.  Safety and emergency procedures
          5.  Basic tools and equipment
          6.  Position responsibilities
              a.  Board operator
              b.  Spot light operator
          7. Light check and changing lamps
    D. Sound crew-learning the job
          1.  Interpreting instructions
          2.  Dividing responsibilities
          3.  Sound designer
          4.  Safety and emergency procedures
          5.  Basic tools and equipment
          6.  Position responsibilities
              a.  Board operator
              b.  Microphones
          7.  Sound check and problem-solving
II.  Running Crew in performance
          1.  Safety lights and glow tape
          2.  Pre-setting and deck schedule
          3.  Working in the dark
          4.  Following the show
          5.  Working with spike marks
          6.  Strike procedures
Depending on the nature and production demands of the particular play(s)
to which the student is assigned, the following additional specialized topics may also
be studied:
   - Handling specialty items such as masks or puppets
   - Flying actors
   - Computer graphics, projections, video
   - Pyrotechnics and special effects
   - Handling weaponry and stage gun safety
   - Moving in character/working in a costume
Repeating students will:
1.  Develop higher proficiency in each of the techniques listed above, either in the
     same position and/or other running crew positions.
2.  Apply techniques to different plays each semester.

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1.  Complete all running crew responsibilities for each Tech/Dress
     rehearsal and performance of one to two productions during the
          a.  Participate in pre-show preparation process.
          b.  Perform assigned responsibilities during each rehearsal and
          c.  Participate in post-show preparation process.
2.  Attend all scheduled rehearsals, performances, and/or strikes 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 an on-stage run-
                through, prior to the formal start of position responsibilities.
          d.  Communicate all potential schedule conflicts prior to finalizing
                position 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 Contract and course syllabus.
         e.  Maintain good health and safety practices throughout the rehearsal
               and performance process.
4.  Provide and wear required attire for construction, rehearsals and
     performances. All production crews normally wear all-black clothing.
     When stage crew are costumed, costumes are supplied and fitting
     appointments will be scheduled.
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%
Running crew assignments
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%
Attendance and Professionalism

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

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