Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas, Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 2331 STAGECRAFT II • 3hrs • Instructor: Bill Huey
Spring 2013 • Harned Sisters Fine Arts Center Stage
Office hours/class schedule • 806-874-4838

Course Purpose:
1. To create or improve students’ awareness and respect for the technology and design involved in stage productions. The course will familiarize students with design procedures for various areas in live theatre and dance production.
2. To aquaint the students with particular equipment and facilities available in the Theatre.
3. To improve the students’ ability to conceptualize design ideas and communicate them to the production team clearly using verbal and visual means.

Course Objective
This course is intended to instill the confidence and basic knowledge necessary to function in different environments including, but not limited to the C.C. theatre. The course is intended to create a pool of capable students interested in designing and providing technical support for stage productions.

Expected Results of the Course
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Understand the function of a production team, including script reading and notation, design meetings, production meetings, technical analysis, rehearsals. • Understand basic electrical theory • Safely use tools and materials to build and rig stage scenery
• Operate sound playback and recording equipment. • Identify all major areas and equipment in the physical theatre space.
• Develop computer skills relevant to the production process • Safely and efficiently rig from a lighting plot
• Effectively utilize verbal and visual means to illustrate design ideas. • Identify most types of lighting instruments, electrical cable, connectors and lamps

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

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


Course Requirements
• 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 production light rigs 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.
Assignments / Grading
1. Several brief quizzes on recent topics discussed in class.
2. Several projects demonstrating design approaches and concepts and an understanding of the procedures, methods and equipment presented in class.
Grades based on:
Projects (4) 40
Quizzes (2) 20
Portfolio 20
Final Project 20

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

On line Stage Terminology

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.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT: Failure to comply with lawful direction of a classroom instructor is a disruption for all students enrolled in the class. Cheating violations include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining an examination by stealing or collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examination before it is given; (3) using an unauthorized source of information during an examination; (4) entering an office or building to obtain unfair advantage; (5) taking an examination for another person; (6) altering grade records; (7) plagiarism. Plagiarism is the using, stating, offering or reporting as one’s own, an idea, expression, or production of another person without proper credit.

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.