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Course Syllabus

Course: THEA 2602

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Theater Arts
Title: Performance Practicum II

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course allows application of acting skills through supervised play rehearsals and performances.This course is repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-2; Lecture: 1-2; Lab: 1-2

Prerequisites: Instructor

Corequisites: Consent of Instructor

Justification: This course is a lower-division core requirement for undergraduate theatre performance majors with equivalent courses at all four-year institutions in Utah and elsewhere. It fills a major requirement for theatre arts majors and, otherwise, satisfies elective credit criteria.This specific course of Performance Practicum will be available to students participating in the second production of the theatrical season. Because a student may be involved in the second show of the season as a freshman, sophomore, etc. this course is repeatable for credit.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Each student will be required to read the text of the play and interpret it according to genre, style, theme, period, locale, mood/atmosphere, and character relationships. Each student develops his/her character on the basis of background, motivations, relationships, and temperaments. The interpretation of each character will be evaluated, corrected, and re-evaluated by both the student and the director until performance. Production assessment of student performance will be based on participation in all rehearsals and performances, as well as completion of all role assignments such as character analysis, memorization of dialogue, execution of blocking, and character constancy.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. By its very nature, the art of acting requires the student to be able to analyze the script in order to retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and respond to the author's intent. This understanding will have a direct impact on their interpretation and performance of the character through speech and nonverbal components. Students will be assessed through rehearsals and performance.

Student Learning Outcomes:
As a result of this course, students will be able to: 

Memorize dialogue. Assessed through rehearsals and performance.  

Analyze scripts on the basis of:
1. Genre
2. Style
3. Theme
4. Period
5. Locale
6. Mood/Atmosphere
7. Character relationships
Students will be assessed through rehearsals and performance. 

Evaluate characters on the basis of:
1. Background (cultural, social, educational)
2. Motivations
3. Relationships
4. Temperaments
Students will demonstrate an understanding of their character through rehearsals and performance. 

Perform before live audiences maintaining:
1. Concentration and focus
2. Character consistency
3. Energy
4. Tempo
5. Pace
6. Projection
Students will be assessed through the final performances. 

Credit will be awarded for performing in Snow College Theatre productions scheduled each semester.
1. Auditions--participate in a three-day audition sequence performing prepared and cold audition pieces as required by the director.
2. Rehearsals--participate in a six-week rehearsal period as scheduled. The rehearsal sequence will consist of the following stages: Read-through/analysis, blocking/choreography, line/music, character, finishing, technical, costume/makeup.
3. Performance--perform before a live audience for four to seven performances.

Key Performance Indicators:
Each student will be evaluated on:
Assessment of Performance--in production:

Production assessment of student performance (70%- 90%) 

Post-production performance evaluation (10%-30%) 









Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The script for the current play serves as the text for this course.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 50
Optimum Class Size: 12