TEXTS: - No text book is required. All resources
are online or will be given out in class.
You will require your architect's triangular scale ruler, showing ¼" and ½" scales, for
this course. Available at the Wallacks if you lost it. 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 the cad software- Qcad and Audacity
along with 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 January 26. This fee will cover all materials.
Lighting Plot - Murder by Mail 25%
Sound Plot - The Mousetrap 15%
Costume Project . 15%
PRACTICAL PARTCIPATION - Including
Production crew assignment 45%
It is now the policy of the Department of Drama that all students registered in Drama courses
are required to see each Departmental Major Production. This policy facilitates informed classroom discussion on a broad variety
of subjects and issues by ensuring that every student in the classroom has theatrical experiences in common.
PRACTICAL PARTICIPATION in Drama 242 involves a commitment to a minimum thirty six (36) hours of technical work related to departmental
productions over the course of the term.
One type of project available is a lighting, sound, video, 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 includes running the equipment / consoles for a minimum of 1 show.
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.
The other type of project is 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.
Attendance at a minimum of 1 production 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 your other projects and assignments. Although there are a large choice of projects available, I would suggest you choose
a different one from your fall choice. (For example, if you were and ASM in the fall try lighting or sound this term. Or vice-versa.)
Keep in mind you cannot be a performer in the same show that you are working on and 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
The production assignment signup sheets will be posted at the start of 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. Room 102.
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 or theatre, 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!
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.
" Production hours breakdown sheet: a point form, day-by-day record of your production activities with a very brief
description of the projects worked on. Examples will be given in class of how to organize and present this information.
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 week
after the close of your assignment show.