SRJC Course Outlines

10/4/2023 8:45:45 PMTHAR 25.3 Course Outline as of Summer 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 25.3Title:  PRODUCTION HOUSE STAFF  
Full Title:  Production Lab: House Staff
Last Reviewed:4/23/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum.25Lab Scheduled017 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 house staff 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 house staff 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 accomplish these learning outcomes, during the course the student will:
1.  Demonstrate the professional responsibilities of a 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.  Utilize basic theatre terminology within the process.
4.  Exhibit the discipline of front of house 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.
8.  Practice good public relations, interacting positively and diplomatically
     with theatre patrons and members of the community.
9.  Demonstrate knowledge of public safety and emergency procedures in
     a theatre environment.
Students repeating the course will be preparing and performing 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 presentation of different theatrical works,
     supporting different artistic visions by maintaining the desired
     front-of-house environment as a member of the house staff.
   - Gain greater proficiency in public relations, improving
     house staff skills while interacting with diverse audiences.

Topics and Scope
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Students in this course will be assigned to the house crew of one to two
productions.  Topics of instruction fall into two categories - Orientation Topics
and Position-Specific Topics.  Potential front of house assignments include:
    Concessions assistant
    Box Office assistant
    Publicity assistant
    Lobby Display assistant
    Special Events assistant
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
    F.  Managing time, health, and personal responsibilities
    G.  General safety and emergency procedures
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
    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
    A.  Position-specific terminology
    B.  Interpreting instructions
    C.  Front of House supervising staff
              a.  House manager
              b.  Assistant house manager
              c.  Box office manager
              d.  Publicity coordinator
     D.  Basic tools and equipment
     E.  Resource management
     F.  Special production demands
II.  Public Relations
      A.  Personal appearance and professional attire
      B.  Interacting with the public
           1.  Answering questions
           2.  Handling complaints
           3.  Listening and timing in communication
III.  Production-Specific Issues
      A.  Patrons with special needs
           1.  Seating and assisting disabled patrons
           2.  Production elements and health concerns
                  (strobe lights, particulate matter, etc.)
           3.  Hearing assistance
           4.  Interpreted performances
           5.  Content concerns (strong language, sexual references, etc.)
       B.  Handling money  (For Box Office and Concessions)   
       C.  Working in the theatre (For Ushers)  
             1.  Handling late seating and disruptive patrons
            2.  Audience protocol
            3.  Programs
            4.  Seating configurations
                 a.  General vs assigned seating
                 b.  Seat numbering system
      D.  Facilties and resource maintanance
IV.  Emergency procedures with an audience
      A.  Location of ermergency exits
      B.  Evacuation procedures
      C.  Location of emergency equipment
V.  Working During a Performance Situation
     A.  Working calmly under stress
     B.  Handling others' nerves
     C.  Prioritizing and adapting
     D.  Staying focused and alert
     E.  Handling the unexpected
Repeating students will:
1.  Develop higher proficiency in each of the position-specific techniques listed above,
     either in the same position and/or other front-of-house positions.
2.  Apply techniques to different plays each semester.

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1.  Complete position-specific assignments - either 1a. or 1b.:
    1a.  Ushers, Concessions, Box Office Assistants:  
            Complete all house crew responsibilities for the Preview and
           performances for one to two productions during the semester.
           a.  Participate in pre-show preparation process before each
           b.  Perform assigned responsibilities during each performance.
           c.  Participate in post-show process after each performance, leaving
                only when released by house manager or faculty supervisor.
    1b.  Publicity Assistant; Lobby Display Assistant; Special Events Assistant:
           Complete all position responsibilities as outlined in the position guidelines
           for one to two productions during the semester.
2.  Attend all scheduled orientations 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
               the public, as well as 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 course syllabus, as well as position-specific guidelines.
         e.  Maintain good health and safety practices throughout the rehearsal
               and performance process.
4.  Provide and wear required attire for performances.
         a.  House staff wear black dress slacks or skirts, and white shirts.
         b.  Other front of house positions should dress neatly and respectably.
5.  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%
Front of house assignment(s)
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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