SRJC Course Outlines

4/21/2024 8:27:11 PMTHAR 13.2 Course Outline as of Spring 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 13.2Title:  SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP  
Full Title:  Performance Workshop: Shakespeare
Last Reviewed:4/26/2021

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:  39 - Total 2 Times
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to performing Shakespeare through an exploration of historical context, text analysis, acting theory, and performance techniques.  Includes both in-depth monologue and scene work, resulting in a showcase performance open to the public.

Course Completion of THAR 10B

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of THAR 1 OR Course Completion of ENGL 27

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to performing Shakespeare through an exploration of historical context, text analysis, acting theory, and performance techniques.  Includes both in-depth monologue and scene work, resulting in a showcase performance open to the public.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of THAR 10B
Recommended:Course Completion of THAR 1 OR Course Completion of ENGL 27
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times


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:

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 leaning outcomes, during the course the student will:
1.   Identify the influence of Elizabethan history, literature, and culture on
      Elizabethan theatrical practices.
2.   Identify the influence of Elizabethan history, literature, and culture on
      Shakespeare's writing.
3.   Analyze and score Shakespeare scripts (verse and prose) utilizing terms
      and scansion techniques.
4.   Conduct research and text analysis in preparation for roles from
      different Shakespeare plays.
5.   Translate basic Shakespeare acting theories and analytical concepts
      into practical application through performance interpretations.
6.   Create and sustain the distinct physical, vocal, and behavioral
      components of multiple Shakespeare characters.
7.   Revise and enhance acting choices, objectively incorporating the
      feedback of others, and utilizing the rehearsal process as a period of
      creative exploration.
8.   Critique the work of others performing Shakespeare, utilizing terms and
      concepts relating to the style.
9.   Select and prepare contrasting Shakespeare audition material that
      highlights personal skills and casting potential, while adhering to
      audition criteria.
10. Support the throughline of a composite showcase by sustaining energy,
      focus, and pacing, as well as creatively interpreting transitional
11. Work cooperatively and professionally within a high stress environment
      to produce a collaborative work of art for public performance.
A student repeating the course will be able to:
  - Analyze Shakespeare scripts at increasingly complex levels.
  - Perform Shakespeare monologues, scenes, and sonnets with greater
    proficiency and confidence.
  - Demonstrate broader knowledge of the Shakespeare canon gained by
    working on different scripts.
  - Perform for a public audience with greater proficiency and

Topics and Scope
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I.  Introduction to Shakespeare
   A. Course introduction and professionalism standards
   B. Historical overview
   C. Shakespeare's works
   D. Shakespeare's voice in today's world
   E. Elizabethan vs. modern acting
   F. Research techniques and reference materials
   G. Selecting a script version
II.  Approaching Shakespeare
   A. Overcoming anxieties about Shakespeare
   B. Basic structural components
   C. Reading a Shakespeare play
III. Basic Acting Skills Applied to Shakespeare
   A. Objectives, obstacles, actions, and motivations
   B. Substitution, personalization, and instincts
   C. Given and imaginary circumstances
   D. Character archetypes
   E. Acting styles
   F. Rehearsing and critiquing performances
IV. Understanding Shakespeare's Language
   A. Heightened/elevated vs. naturalistic language
   B. Word definitions and spellings
   C. Figures of speech - meaning/usage
   D. Figures of speech - sound
   E. Playing with the language
      1. Allusions
      2. Puns and wordplay
      3. Slang and colloquial expressions
      4. Double meanings, entendre, bawdry
      5. Syntax, Schemes-unusual arrangements of words
      6. Tropes-unusual meanings of words
      7. Other organizational devices
   F. Analyzing the punctuation
   G. Identifying operative words
V.  Speaking Shakespeare's Verse
   A. Analyzing the metre
      1. Defining iam and iambic pentameter
      2. Variations on iambic pentameter
      3. Using the Caesura
      4.  Utilizing punctuation from the First Folio
   B. Notating scansion
   C. Performance techniques for verse
      1. Rhythm, cadence, tempo, pace
      2. Phrasing
      3. Handling rhyming verse
      4. Breathing and breath support
      5. Handling line endings
VI. Speaking Shakespeare's Prose
   A. Functions of prose
   B. Interpretation techniques
   C. Verse/prose alternation
VII. Preparing for Performance
   A. Rehearsal and performance process
   B. Scoring the text
   C. Comprehension and rehearsal techniques
   D. Balancing emotional truth and technique
   E. Vocal techniques and characterization
   F. Physical techniques and characterization
      1. Developing the character's body
      2. Supporting the text
      3. Supporting the style
         a. Elizabethan/Jacobean movement/manners
         b. Applying other styles to Shakespeare
VIII.  Other Shakespeare Performance Techniques
   A. Auditioning for a Shakespeare play
      1. Identifying strengths and casting type
      2. Researching and selecting monologues
      3. Preparing the text
      4. Rehearsing and staging
      5. Handling cold readings
   B. Related areas and further study
      1. Stage combat training
      2. Vocal training
      3. Period music and movement
IX.    Preparing for the Showcase
   A. Rehearsing a composite performance
      1. Order and shape of the performance
      2. Transitional material
      3. Cutting and excerpting
      4. Differentiating multiple characters
   B. Performance techniques
      1. Personal and group warm-ups
      2. Maintaining consistency and focus
      3. Handling nerves
      4. Handling audience responses
      5. Handling the unexpected
Students repeating the course will:
 - read different plays each semester.
 - work with new sonnets, monologues, and scene selections each semester.
 - advance their skills and knowledge by assisting peers.

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As a 2-hour lecture/3-hour lab/1-hour contact DHR course, students will complete 4 hours of
homework per week, which will include:
1. Reading: 10-40 pages/week (text, scripts, prepared materials),
  including approx. five Shakespeare plays during the semester.
2. Written Work and Problem-Solving:
  a. 1-4 short homework exercises, on subjects such as:
       - Shakespeare research for actors
       - Basic acting analysis
       - Sonnet scansion
       - Figures of speech
  b. Script scoring and analysis for monologues
  c. Script scoring and analysis for each scene
  d. Performance critiques (notes and/or 1-2 page papers
    critiquing performance work of self and others).
3. In-class Performances:
  Stage, memorize, and perform the following -
  a. 1-2 Shakespeare sonnets
  b. 2 contrasting monologues (audition package)
  c. 2-3 partnered Shakespeare scenes
4. Public Showcase:
  a. Homework preparation
      1. Revive and rehearse existing pieces.
      2. Memorize and rehearse any new pieces selected for the Showcase.
   b.  Showcase rehearsals and preparation [17.5 hours - DHR]
           1.  Assist in the preparation of the Showcase (props, costumes, set-up, transition, etc.)
           2.  Attend 3-5 out-of-class rehearsals for the Showcase
               (normally scheduled at night during the last 1-2 weeks of classes)
           3.  Participate in two public Showcase performances
               (normally scheduled the last Friday prior to Finals week)
           4.  Participate in Showcase strike
               (held immediately following the 2nd performance)
     c.  Showcase analysis:  Participate in Showcase follow-up discussion
               (held during scheduled class meeting during Finals week)
5. Acting Professionalism and Attendance:
  a. Arrive promptly and prepared for all class meetings,
     outside rehearsals, and performances.
  b. Maintain an amiable and supportive attitude.
  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.
6. Production Viewing (outside of class):
  a. View 1-2 assigned Shakespeare productions
     (may be live performance or on video)
  b. Attend 1-3 Theatre Arts productions.

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
10 - 20%
Written homework, Script/Character Analysis; Performance Critiques
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 15%
Script scansion and scoring
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
60 - 70%
Class performances, Showcase preparation and performance
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
5 - 10%
Professionalism (includes attendance and participation)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Representative Texts:
Acting With Style, Third edition.  Harrop, John and Epstein, Sabine.  Allyn and Bacon:  2000. (Classic)
The Actor And His Text.  Cicely Berry.  Hal Leonard Corp.:  2000. (Classic)
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare. Asimov, Isaac.   Avenel:  2003.
Essential Shakespeare Handbook. Dunton-Downer, Leslie and Riding, Alan.  DK Adult:  2004.
The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile. 2 Sub edition.  W. W. Norton & Company:  1996 (Classic).
Freeing Shakespeare's Voice: The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text.  Linklater, Kristin.  Theatre Communication Group:  1993 (Classic).
How To Speak Shakespeare.  Pritner, Cal and Colaianni, Louis.  Santa Monica Press: 2001. (Classic)
Playing Shakespeare.   Barton, John   A & C Black:  2011.
Secrets of Acting Shakespeare: The Original Approach. Tucker, Patrick.  Routledge:  2001. (Classic)
Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Vol. 1 & 2.  Schmidt, Alexander.  Dover Publications, Inc.:  1971. (Classic)
Shakescenes (Shakespeare For Two). Brown, John Russell (ed).   Applause Books:  2000. (Classic)
Shakespeare Without Fear:  A User-Friendly Guide to Acting Shakespeare.  Olivieri,  Joseph.  Harcourt, Inc.:  2001. (Classic)
Instructor Prepared Materials
Scripts for selected plays

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