Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas, Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 1330 STAGECRAFT I • 3hrs • Instructor: Bill Huey
Spring 2013 • Harned Sisters Fine Arts Center Stage
Office hours/class schedule • 806-874-4838

Drama 1330, Stagecraft I is an introductory college course that offers instruction in some of the technical aspects of mounting a production (including lighting, sound and props) with some practical experience in scene design and general stagecraft.

TEXT: None. Recommended Reading: Gillette, Michael J. Theatrical Design and Production, 4th Ed. Mayfield Publishing Co., 2000

Methods of Instruction: Classroom discussion / lecture followed by hands-on demonstration / usage of current subject matter.

I. Theatre plants and types of stages
• Proscenium • Thrust • Arena • Black box • Experimental
II. Scene design and stage settings
• Principles of design from drafting to rendering • Construction of scenery • Theories of color • Painting the set • Methods of scene changes • Safe methodology in relation to construction, tool use and set changes
III. Other aspects of theatre production
A. Lighting: Electrical theory and practice • The aesthetics and coordination of color • Production- instruments, dimmers and circuiting
B. Costuming and makeup: Considerations • Visual presentation
• Makeup drawings • Types of makeup • Application techniques
C. Sound: Function • Nature • Production
D. Properties: Definition • Design • Crafting technique
Grades based on:
Written assignments*
Final Project
* to include critiques,
character & play analysis

Three (3) unexcused absences will result
in a lower grade by one letter.

On line Stage Terminology

Course Requirements
• Students will be required to do written designs, including ground plans and color renderings of a set for a show. Students will be expected to actively participate in set construction and painting, as well as one other area of design; such as lighting,
costuming, etc.

• There is a sixty (60) hour lab requirement in which you must work in one of the shops. (Costume, Electrics, Carpentry, Paint, Props) 30 hours must be completed by Midterm. The remainder must be completed before finals.

• Everyone should work on mainstage productions and strikes. (They count as lab hours.)

**Portfolio: Save all of your work during the semester in a portfolio. At the end of the semester, turn in the portfolio which will be graded by the instructor. I am not only looking for quantity and quality but also for improvement in your work throughout the semester.

Exemplary Educational Objectives
To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts.
To understand those works as expressions of individual & human values within an historical/social context.
To respond critically to works in the arts.
To engage creative process & understand the physical & intellectual demands required of the artist.
To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts.
To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the arts.
To demonstrate knowledge of the infuluence of the arts or interculteral experiences.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: A student who drops a course after the first 12 class days of instruction will receive a grade of “W.” No classes may be dropped after the 12th week of a fall or spring semester or the 5th week of a summer term. To drop a class, the student must obtain the written consent of the instructor. Drop forms are available in the Student Services Office.

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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT:  It is the policy of Clarendon College to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities.  This college will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the student services office in a timely manner if he/she desires to arrange for accommodations.