SRJC Course Outlines

8/12/2020 8:08:09 PMTHAR 25.2 Course Outline as of Spring 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

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 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: 
Formerly: 

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.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


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)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 2
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2005Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2005Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 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



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Apply discipline-specific technical theatre skills to backstage
    production practices throughout the preparation and process
    of public performance.
2.  Implement safe running crew and technical theatre practices while
     correctly following protocol within the theatre hierarchy.
3.  Support the work of the rest of a production ensemble, collaborating and
    working cooperatively within a team structure.

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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
    demands.
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
    pressure.
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
         audiences.

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 Topics.  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
    A. Safety lights and glow tape
    B. Pre-setting and deck schedule
    C. Working in the dark
    D. Following the show
    E. Working with spike marks
    F. 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.

Assignments:
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1. Complete all running crew responsibilities for each Tech/Dress
    rehearsal and performance of one to two productions during the
    semester.
    a. Participate in pre-show preparation process
    b. Perform assigned responsibilities during each rehearsal and
         performance
    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
         production/class
     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
 
Repeating students will demonstrate increased depth and breadth in completion of assignments.

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%
None
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%
None
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%
None
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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