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Pasadena City College
Department of Theatre
Theatre Arts 30 - Fall 2015
Instructor: Eric J. Larson (213) 944-4699 c. (626) 585-7095 o.
Office: Room C270
Office Hours: Mon - Wed 10:30 -12:00pm Thu - 10:30-11:30am Division Office CA102, Mailbox is in Division Office
Course Description 30:
Experience in technical theater as member of staff in lighting, scenery, costuming, makeup or props for College productions. Maximum credit 4 units, 1 unit each semester. Total of 54 hours laboratory. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC
Student Learning Outcomes 30:
1. Be involved in decision-making and know the role that a given crewmember plays and the importance of that role in successfully producing live theatrical events. 2. Follow verbal instruction as a tech crewmember and fulfill their role on the production of a given play. 3. Discuss with a group their roles as crewmembers in a given production. Specifically assign positions and assess job performance.
TEXT (VOLUNTARY) -
Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre. Gloman and Napoli, Focal Press, 2007. This is very much a “learn by action” class. We will be working and learning as we go along by DOING, as well as REFERENCING the Text.
SUPPLIES (REQUIRED) -
a 5” x 7” spiral notebook and 1 dozen sharpened pencils, for taking notes during rehearsal.
STAGE CREW REQUIRMENTS:
There is no lecture section for this class. The class will consist of crewing 1 of 3 shows as follows, 1 of 2 main stage plays in The CA Theatre, or both sets of One Acts.
If you choose to crew the One Acts, please note, there are 2 sets of One Acts and you must crew both. These 2 performances occur during Su/Mo/Tu of week 8 and Su/Mo/Tu of week 15.
STAGE CREW REQUIRMENTS (continued):
Attached to this Syllabus is a schedule showing when and where the main stage productions and 1 acts will happen It is imperative that each student shows up and attends all tech rehearsals and scheduled performances. Please note the dates and adjust your schedule accordingly. This class is graded upon your participation.
Note: Appropriate clothing is required for this class. Close toed shoes and work clothing should be worn. No loose fitting clothing. Show crews are expected to show up in show blacks. Part of your grade is dependent upon showing up to performances in show blacks.
CLASSROOM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
After the drop deadline it is the Students responsibility to Drop. The instructor will drop “no show” students within the first week of class. PLEASE NOTE: Since this is a TBA class you WILL NOT BE DROPPED by the instructor after the drop deadline. If you decide to drop AFTER the introduction to the class it is incumbent on the STUDENT to drop.
2. PARTICIPATION/TARDY POLICY:
Students are allowed 1 unexcused absences and 1 unexcused tardy during the semester. Non-participation and tardies after that will begin to count against the student’s grade. 5% will be deducted per absence and 2 - 1/2 % per tardy.
3. DROP POLICY:
Students may be dropped from a semester-length class for continuous or cumulative absences that total the number of hours the class is scheduled to meet in a two-week period. Three tardies may be considered the equivalent of one absence. In other words, this is a 54-hour class, if you are consecutively absent for 12 hours, you CAN BE DROPPED. This is roughly the equivalent of 2 TECH REHEARSALS!!
4. ACADEMIC HONESTY:
PCC Campus wide policy on Academic Honesty is available at:
5. CELL PHONES/LAP TOPS
Use of cell phones or lap top computers is not permitted during class hours, unless it is for a specific project with instructor or stage manager approval.
It is the student’s responsibility to know the schedule of the class. The schedule is covered during the introduction of the class. All students MUST understand the class schedule.
7. GRADING PROCEDURES:
Participation in Department Productions (Performances) 40% Participation in Department Rehearsals, Notes and attentiveness 40% Attitude, Dress, Promptness 20%
Schedule: Introduction to Class
WK # Date LECTURE LAB/assignment 1 8-31 or 9-1-15
(M or Tu) Intro to class
Discuss course and requirements. Fill out contact info.
Review contract and sign paperwork. ** PLEASE come to first class meeting from 10:30 am to 12 noon on 8-31 or 9-1. **
Schedule: First Show
WK # Date LECTURE LAB/assignment 6 10-5-15
(Mon) Reminder Call for
First Show Tech 7 10-12-15
(Mon) Production Meet for
4:00 pm CALL Crew assignments
MEET is in CA 132
CA Theatre 7 10-12-15
(Mon) 1st TECH/DRESS for First Show
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 7 10-13-15
(Tue) 2nd TECH/DRESS
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 7 10-14-15
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 7 10-15-15
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show
Set and props complete
PREVIEW 7 10-16-15
6:00 CALL. Crew Show
Performance #1 7 10-17-15
(Sat) Shows #2 and #3
Matinee 12:00 CALL.
Evening 6:00 CALL. Crew Show
Performances #2 and 3 7 10-22-15
(Thu) Show #4
6:00 PM CALL Crew Show
Performance #4 8 10-23-15
(Fri) Show #5
Performance #5 8 10-24-15
(Sat) Shows #6 and #7
Performances #6 and 7
Prop and audience post show strike. Schedule: 2nd Show
WK # Date LECTURE LAB 13 11-23-15
First Show Tech 14 11-30-15
CA Theatre 14 11-30-15
(Mon) 1st TECH/DRESS for
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 14 12-1-15
(Tue) 2nd TECH/DRESS for 2nd Show
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 14 12-2-15
(Wed) Final DRESS for
5:00 PM CALL Crew Show 14 12-3-15
(Thu) Preview for
PREVIEW 14 12-4-15
Performance #1 14 12-5-15
(Sat) Shows #2 and #3
Matinee 12:00 call.
Evening 6:00 call. Crew Show
Performances #2 and 3 15 12-10-14
Performance #4 15 12-11-15
Performance #5 15 12-12-15
Prop and audience post show strike.
Schedule: One Acts 1st Set
WK Date LECTURE LAB 8 10-18-15
(Sun) One Acts Tech Day and Open Show
10:00 am Call
In the Little Theatre (C108)
Performance #1 8 10-19-15
(Mon) One Acts, Show #2
6:00 pm Call In the Little Theatre
Performance #2 8 10-20-15
(Tue) One Acts, Show #3
Post show props strike
Schedule: One Acts 2nd Set
WK Date LECTURE LAB 15 12-6-15
(Sun) One Acts Tech Day
10:00 am Call In the Little Theatre (C108)
Performance #1 15 12-7-15
Performance #2 15 12-8-15
(Mon)(Tue) One Acts, Show #3
PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to crew one acts you must crew BOTH sets of 1 acts!!!
Pasadena City College Student’s Name(print)___________________
Theatre Arts 30
CONTRACT pg. 1 of 2
Agreement Between Pasadena City College and THA 30 Crew Participants.
ATTENDANCE: (initial at each section)
______I will attend and take part in all tech rehearsals, production meetings and performances.
______Nothing short of physical injury or family emergency will prevent me from attending rehearsal and performances. I understand that all excuses will be verified with a doctor’s note or some other form of proof.
______I have looked at the rehearsal calendar and agree to attend all required rehearsals unless the Technical Director or Stage Manager releases me. I understand that I may also inform the Technical Director (Eric Larson) if I have any conflicts, but these conflicts are limited to school classes, or in SPECIAL cases work. I understand that it is not acceptable to miss rehearsal for any other reason.
______I will always call, text or email first, the production stage manager and second, Eric Larson if I will be late or if illness prevents me from attending rehearsal or performances. I understand that missing rehearsals or performances without phoning in may result in my removal from my current production assignment. I also understand that my grade will suffer as a result.
______I understand that “show blacks” are required in this class for preview rehearsals and performances. I understand that show blacks are black pants, black t-shirt and black shoes. NO LOGOS OR CONCERT SHIRTS ALLOWED!
______I understand and acknowledge that the student stage manager and assistant stage manager(s) are my immediate supervisors when I am a member of the crew. I will respect their authority.
______I am 18 years of age or over. If I am not I understand that my parents must co-sign this contract.
______I have read and understand the schedule for the class. If I drop it will be MY RESPONSIBILITY to drop (The Instructor will not drop students with a signed contract after the drop deadline, if the student does not drop and doesn’t show to class/crew assignment student will receive an F grade)
Everyone involved with the show must live by two Golden Rules of theatre:
DO NOT HURT THE SHOW. The director and designers goal is the overall quality of the production. It should be everyone’s. We are creating a piece of theatre together and it takes many people in concert to achieve this. If it seems like you have an insignificant role you DO NOT. As a famous actor once said “There are no bad roles, only bad actors”. This applies to tech students as well.
DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING SAID IN REHEARSAL PERSONALLY. As stated above, it takes many people to crew a show; this means many personalities are involved. Tech rehearsal is a pressure packed time when all the design elements that make a show are coming together. Sometimes tempers can flare, usually nothing personal is meant.
Pasadena City College
CONTRACT pg. 2 of 2
RULES/POINTERS AND ETIQUETTE:
*BE ON TIME.
*Wear show blacks. This means all black – no logos or concert t-shirts, black shoes and socks as well. This is part of your overall grade.
*Never chew gum.
*Always have pencils and a notepad to take notes. (It is a good idea to keep a small folder.) This is part of your overall grade.
*Turn off cell phones, laptop computers, notebook devices and anything noisy.
*No food or drink in the theatre.
*Absolutely NO use of cell phones, laptop computers notebook devices or texting during rehearsal.
*Always pick up your trash. Dispose of properly (in a trashcan).
*Listen to and assist the director and stage managers as required.
*Respect and follow direction from ALL student stage managers.
*Respect the authority of student stage managers. THEY ARE IN CHARGE AND YOU MUST RESPECT THEIR AUTHORITY AS A CREW MEMBER.
*Respect your fellow theatre artists, this includes fellow crew members, the director, the designers and of course, the actors.
*Have fun, be focused and stay on task. There is a lot of “downtime” in rehearsal. Please be aware and pay attention to what is happening on stage. You do not want to miss your cue.
*Check call times at the end of every rehearsal and note the next days call times.
Check these with the instructor or the stage manager. Rehearsal is a fluid process – call times MAY change.
*If you are at rehearsal but are not necessarily doing anything please keep noise to a minimum. Never leave unless released for a break and observe break times (a ten minute break means 10 MINUTES). Don’t miss your cues.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE RULES WILL RESULT IN REMOVAL FROM THE PRODUCTION CREW. YOUR GRADE WILL SUFFER AS A RESULT!
Student’s Name (print)__________________
Student’s Signature_____________________ Date___________
Parents (Minor Only)___________________
ECIAL cases work. I understand that it is not acceptable to miss rehearsal for any other reason.
*If you are at rehearsal but are not necessarily doing anything please keep noise to a minimum. Never leave unless released for a break and observe break times (a ten minute break m