PRACTICAL PARTICIPATION in Drama 240 involves a commitment to a minimum twenty four (24) hours of technical work related to departmental
productions over the course of the term.
One type of project could be a lighting, sound, video, dresser etc. show crew assignment
related to a production.
This is a short term, fast paced, project including participation in the set-up, level set, cuing, technical
rehearsals, performances and strike of the show.
Part of this assignment may include running the equipment / consoles for a minimum
of 1 show.
There will be a mandatory orientation session at the start of each term as well as ongoing instruction.
Attendance at a
minimum of 1 productions meeting, 1 run thru rehearsal and the strike is required.
One other type of project could be a production
crew assignment related to a specific technical team (i.e. props, carpentry, stage management (ASM), costumes, scene painting etc.)
on a departmental production. This is a longer term project. But less hours per week.
The crew related tasks will involve participation
in the planning, attending production meetings, working in the shops, rehearsing in the theatre, move in and setup.
a minimum of 1 productions meeting, 1 run thru rehearsal and the strike is required
A FEW NOTES
It is strongly recommended that, if
possible, you balance your project over the term with other projects and assignments. In addition, you cannot be a performer in the
same show that you are working on. You must be exclusively available to work on the show. IE: Not in or working on another show, not
going home or away, 2 weeks prior to opening, plus the run if you are on the show crew
The production assignment sign up sheets will
be posted in the 1st. week of term. Interviews and decisions will be completed in the 2nd week of term.
A JOURNAL describing the nature
of your project, your contribution, your assessment of its merits, and hours spent must be submitted by the final week of classes.
Your journal entries are important in the determination of your overall grade. They should be kept up regularly. SEE MORE INFO BELOW
Class. 1 ½ hour per week. Monday. 2.30 Room 102.
Attending the class is expected, since we value your input to our discussions.
However, things do come up that may take priority. You may miss two classes without penalty. After two absences your grade will be
reduced 5% (and we will chat). For example; miss 1 class no penalty, miss 2 classes no penalty, miss 3 classes -5% and then -1% more
for each additional class missed. I suggest you save them for special occasions. Note: being late to class twice times will equal
one absence. Regardless, projects are due when specified whether you are in class or not.
Labs and assignments.
You may miss 2 labs
without penalty as above, but projects and assignments are due when specified, regardless. Please wear appropriate clothing: no open
shoes or sandals in the scene shop, long hair tied back etc. (You will not be allowed to attend). On the days we are in the scene
shop, you will very likely get dirty--so be prepared! We will be building with wood and painting everything in sight. This is the
fun stuff so get ready to get involved.
TO PASS THIS CLASS:
With an A: join in class discussions with enthusiasm; demonstrate that
you know the material and actually thought about it. Show superior understanding of the production process and turn in well-thought-out
and well-crafted projects on time.
With a B: join in class discussions; demonstrate that you know the material and actually thought
about it. Show good understanding of the production process and turn in either well-crafted projects of average quality or superior
projects of average execution on time.
With a C: join in class discussions occasionally; demonstrate that you heard the material and
remembered it. Show average understanding of the production process and turn in average projects of average execution on time.
a D: sit there and say nothing. Skim the material and luck out on your projects. Fail to grasp the production process and turn in
poorly thought-out projects of poor execution.
With an F: well, you can't pass the course with an F!
PRACTICAL PARTICIPATION -details
The mark assigned to Practical Participation will be assessed in the following way:
· 33.33% Participation: punctuality and attendance:
showing up for every crew call, on time, equipped and ready to work, and keeping adequately informed of up-coming calls; not "skipping
out" or letting fellow crew members down in any way, intentionally or otherwise;
· 33.33% Skills and Knowledge: relevant, factual
knowledge gained from classes or past experiences; in other words, data; applying that knowledge to the challenges faced by the student,
and expanding on it in the solving of new, more complex tasks;
· 33.33% Attitude: taking ownership of projects; reliability to think
through and complete any task assigned, as well as the willingness to take on additional responsibility when appropriate, and the
demonstrated ability to operate as part of a team.
Students are required to keep track of their production work in a logbook.
The format is not important (notepad, binder, pages stapled together, electronic) but the following must be included:
" Tech hours
sheet: the running list of hours you have worked on production or other approved activities, on the form provide, initialed by the
senior student crew leader or staff member. Hours that cannot be confirmed or are not signed off will not be counted.
hours breakdown sheet: a point form, day-by-day record of your production activities with a brief description of the projects worked
on. Examples will be given in class of how to organize and present this information.
" Detailed project description and assessment:
a minimum 400 word analysis of both major undertakings in your areas of the productions. It should fully describe the project and
your involvement with it, from the first discussions about approach and design, to the final integrating of the element in to the
production. It should also clearly illustrate the projects' place in the overall design and technical scheme for the production, and
include your assessment of what you learned as a result of your involvement.
The journal is due 1 weeks after the close of your assignment
Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect
and responsibility (see http://www.academicintegrity.org/fundamental_values_project/index.php). These values are central to the building,
nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed
through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life
of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities)
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with
the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity.
Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science
website (see http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academics/academic-integrity), and from the instructor of this course.
Departures from academic
integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the
development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on
academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course
to a requirement to withdraw from the university.
Week 1: Introduction to Drama 240 / Structure of Technical Theatre
Detailed production facilities orientation, cards.
Week 2: Set Design overview
Lab: Scale rules. What is a groundplan?
Drafting groundplans on paper.
Week 4: Cad Introduction.
Lab: Measure and draft Rm115 / 118 / hallway.
Week 5: (No Monday class -
Lab: Intro to CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting)
Week 6: Cad review, Advanced cad techniques
Lab: Cad "simple set"
7: (No Monday class)
Lab: Work on assignment
Week 8: Intro to workshop. Building Materials. CAD EX. DUE
Lab: Tools and safety Build
Week 9: No Monday class
Lab: / Work on assignment CONSTRUCTION EX. DUE
Week 10: Introduction to Stage management.
the Prompt Script
Week 11: Stage management: Paper work application
Lab: Creating Stagemangement Paperwork
Week 12: Stage management:
Equity, Blocking, and CTA
Lab: Taping a floor. Recording blocking. PROMPT BOOK DUE
COURSE OUTLINE DRAMA 240 2012
TEXTS: - No text
book is required. All resources are online or will be given out in class.
You will require an architect's triangular scale ruler,
showing ¼" and ½" scales, for this course. Available at the Drama Desk and included with your Lab Fee. Make sure it is in feet and
inches, NOT METRIC. In addition, you will need a 2H pencil and a white eraser. Available from the bookstore.
SOFTWARE: We will be
using Cad software- Qcad, and MS Office, (Word, Excel etc.). All this software will be provided and in addition is loaded on the computers
in the lab.
LAB FEE: There is a lab fee of $20.00 due to the office by September 15. This fee will cover all materials.