SRJC Course Outlines

6/3/2023 8:06:03 AMTHAR 13.2AL Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 13.2ALTitle:  SHAKESPEARE WKSHP 1-LAB  
Full Title:  Performance Workshop Lab: Shakespeare 1
Last Reviewed:4/26/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR1.50 Contact DHR26.25
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 26.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  THAR13.2AL

Catalog Description:
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This lab meets the last two weeks of the semester for extended preparation related 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 AND Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 13.2A

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of THAR 1 OR ENGL 27

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This lab meets the last two weeks of the semester for extended preparation related 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 AND Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 13.2A
Recommended:Course Completion of THAR 1 OR ENGL 27
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2015Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2016Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply analysis of Shakespeare's scripts to public performance, utilizing various
    scansion techniques, vocal awareness term, and acting theories.
2. Prepare, rehearse and perform Shakespeare scenes, monologues, and sonnets at a
    beginning classical acting level for a public audience.

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In order to achieve these leaning outcomes, during the course the student will:
1. Conduct further analysis, scoring (verse and prose), and research as needed in
    preparation for roles from different Shakespeare plays and apply this work in a
    public performance.
2. Translate basic Shakespeare acting theories and analytical concepts acquired throughout
    the semester in the corequisite course into practical application through performance
3. Create and sustain the distinct physical, vocal, and behavioral components of multiple
   Shakespeare characters in preparation for a public performance.
4. Revise and enhance acting choices, objectively incorporating the feedback of others, and
    utilizing the showcase rehearsal process as a period of further creative exploration.
5. Critique the work of others performing Shakespeare, utilizing terms and concepts relating to
    the style.
6. Support the throughline of a composite showcase by sustaining energy, focus, and pacing,
    as well as creatively interpreting transitional business.
7. Work cooperatively and professionally within a high stress environment to produce a
    collaborative work of art for public performance.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Review of Acting Standards of Professionalism
II. Review of Basic Acting Skills Applied to Shakespeare
    A. Review of Understanding Shakespeare's Language
         1. Analysis of the language
         2. Research
         3. Scoring and Scansion
         4. Comprehension and rehearsal techniques
    B. Review of Speaking Shakespeare's Verse
    C. Review of Speaking Shakespeare's Prose
    D. Review of Shakespeare Performance Techniques
    E. Review of Related Areas (if applicable for Showcase)
III. Working with Peer Assistants for Showcase
IV. Showcase Rehearsal and Preparation
    A. Instructor directing and rehearsing with peers
         1. Collaborative rehearsal techniques
         2. Critiquing others' work
         3. Self-assessment and improvement goals
         4. Noting and applying instructor's direction
         5. Rehearsal costumes and props
    B. Script preparation
         1. Excerpting and cutting
         2. Timing
    C. Staging
         1. Developing and adjusting a basic floorplan
         2. Blocking in 3/4 thrust
         3. Sight lines and upstaging
         4. Adapting from rehearsal to performance space
    D. Showcase preparation assignments
         1. Performance costumes
         2. Performance props and  furniture
         3. Showcase promotion and materials
         4. Technical needs (lighting, sound, etc.)
         5. Rehearsal set-up and clean-up
         6. Rehearsal stage management
         7. Introductions and transitions
         8. Other needs
V. Improving Vocal Techniques for Performance
    A. Articulation
    B. Projection
    C. Characterization
    D. Stylization (verse, rhyme, etc.)
    E. Pronunciation and dialect/accent
VI. Improving Physical Techniques for Performance
    A. Characterization
    B. Movement and timing
    C. Style-specific movement (period movement, etc.)
VII. Preparing for the Showcase
    A. Rehearsing a composite performance
         1. Order and shape of the performance
         2. Supporting the throughline of the performance
              a. energy
              b. focus
              c. pacing
         3. Transitional and introductory material
         4. Final cutting and excerpting
         5. Differentiating multiple characters
    B. Incorporating production elements as a performer
           1. Lights
           2. Costumes and costume changes
           3. Staging transitions
           4. Performance protocols (such as calling for places)
    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
           6. Incorporating directorial feedback
VIII. After the Showcase
    A. Reflection on performing for an audience
    B. Productive self-assessment
    C. Productive peer assessment
    D. Comparative analysis of semester & showcase
         1. Where we started
         2. How far we came

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1. Showcase Preparation Assignment
    Each student will complete an assigned Showcase preparation assignment.
    Examples include hanging lights, coordinating costumes, gathering props,
    designing the poster, nightly set-up or clean-up team, publicizing the showcase
    via social media, etc.  (May be optional, depending on Showcase needs.)
2. Showcase Preparation
    A. Content: With student input, the instructor will determine the Showcase performance
        selections, drawn from the class's THAR 13.2A work. Most students will perform
        one to two selections. In rare cases, students may also be assigned new material.
    B. Revive and rehearse selected sonnets, monologues and scenes, doing so in an
        efficient, responsible and productive manner. This may include conducting
        additional research or analysis; reviewing lines, cues, and blocking; and/or making
        additional cuts so each piece is within the time limit determined for inclusion in the
        Showcase (scenes - approx. 2-5 minutes; monologues - approx. 1-2 minutes).
    C. When assigned, memorize and rehearse any new pieces, introductions or transitions.
    D. Attend all polishing rehearsals with partner(s), as well as coaching appointments
         with instructor.
    E. Attend all scheduled class rehearsals for the Showcase. Rehearsals are usually held
         in the evenings during the last two weeks of classes prior to the Showcase date.
         The rehearsal schedule is announced the first week of the class.
3. Showcase Performance
    A. Participate in the presentation of two public showcase performances,  With each
         piece performed, demonstrate an understanding and competence in performing
         Shakespeare, as well as effective performance skills.
    B. Arrive by the call time; participate in set-up and performance day preparations, as
         well as warmups.
    C. Attend the class notes session with the instructor between the performances.
    D. Participate in Showcase strike (usually held immediately following the 2nd
4. 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
    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.

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
70 - 90%
Showcase preparation, rehearsal, 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
10 - 30%
Professionalism (includes attendance and participation); Showcase preparation assignment (may be optional)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Acting With Style. 3rd ed. Harrop, John and Epstein, Sabine. Allyn and Bacon. 2000 (classic)
The Actor And His Text. Berry, Cicely. Hal Leonard Corp. 2000 (classic)
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare. Asimov, Isaac. Avenel. 2003 (classic)
Essential Shakespeare Handbook. Dunton-Downer, Leslie and Riding, Alan. DK Adult. 2004 (classic)
The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile. 2 Sub ed. 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: An Actor's Guide. Barton, John. Anchor Books. 2001 (classic)
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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