SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 2:02:02 AMTHAR 25 Course Outline as of Summer 2012

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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 or Concurrent Enrollment in 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 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 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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In order to accomplish these outcomes, during the course the student will:
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.   Explain the production process, from script to performance,
      and correctly utilize basic theatre terminology within the process.
4.   Exhibit the discipline of backstage protocol.
5.   Adhere to the communication hierarchy of the theatre structure.
6.   Interpret and fulfill instructions accurately, working calmly under
7.  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:
   - 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 in
      each area of focus.
   - Gain 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.  Topics of instruction fall into three categories - Course Topics,
Orientation Topics, Position-Specific Topics (may also include Specialized Skills).
Potential production position assignments include:
    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.   Introduction to the production(s)
II.  Differentiating responsibilities when working in two or more production positions.
ORIENTATION 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
     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.  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:  The student will receive instruction on the following,
specific to the production position assignments to which they have been assigned.
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
V.   Specialized Skills:
      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:
      A.  Handling Specialty Items Such as Masks or Puppets
      B.  Flying Actors
      C.  Computer Graphics, Projections, Video
      D.  Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
      E.  Handling Weaponry and Stage Gun Safety
      F.  Moving in Character/Working in a Costume
Repeating students will:
1.  Develop higher proficiency in each of the position-specific techniques listed above,
     either in the same position and/or other related positions.
2.  Apply techniques to different plays each semester.

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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.
6.  Complete time cards accurately and submit them in a timely manner.

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%
Production position 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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