COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Introduction to the Theatre Arts

Theatre 105

Professor Kathy Kiser-Miller

Course Information:

Sequence Number:                #10316

Course Title:                           Introduction to the Theatre Arts

Course Code:                         THE 105        

Credits:                                   3 Credits

Semester:                               Fall 2005

Prerequisite:                            College Level Reading

Meeting Time:            9:00-12:00

Days:                                       Wednesday

Start Date:                              Sept. 7           

Refund Date:                          Sept. 16                     

Withdraw Date:                       Nov. 19

End Date:                                December 16

Class Location:                       Bristol 221

Instructor Information:

Phone:                        870-4489

FAX:                                       870-6772

Office:                                     Tolles Center Room 227

E-mail:                                    kmiller@coloradomtn.edu

Office Hours:                           Tuesday 1:00-3:00

                                                Wednesday 8:00-9:00, 1:00-4:00

Course Description:

This course includes discussions, workshops, and lectures designed to discover, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of the theatre experience: scripts, acting, directing, staging, history, criticism, and theory.  This course partially satisfies the core graduation requirements for Humanities.

Course Competencies:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the varied elements of the dramatic art.

Identify the value and necessity of theatre arts in culture and society.

Compare the relationship between the audience and the theatre artist.

Describe the artist’s responsibilities and activities.

Demonstrate knowledge of the theatre arts through hands-on experience in acting, design, and directing methods.

Demonstrate comprehension of theatre arts as an historical form of literature and communication through critical analysis presented in written essay or oral presentation.

Develop or improve critical thinking and communication skills such as listening, reasoning, analysis and criticism.

Demonstrate the ability to select and apply contemporary forms of technology to solve problems or compile information.

Read, analyze and apply written materials to new situations.

General Education Competencies:

As a result of taking the Colorado Guaranteed General Education courses and other courses comprising the AA and AS degrees, students are expected to demonstrate competency at an adequate level according to criteria for each outcome, and compile a portfolio of work in the following areas:

Reading
Students should be able to read critically and thoughtfully.

Communication (written and oral)
Students should be able to write and speak clearly and concisely to send and respond effectively to communications for varied audiences and purposes.

Critical Thinking
Students should be able to critically examine issues and ideas and to identify good and bad reasoning in a variety of fields with differing assumptions, contents, and methods.

Interpersonal and group interaction
Students should be able to interact effectively with individuals and within peer, work, social, and cultural groups.

Aesthetic responsiveness
Students should be able to articulate a personal response to the aesthetics in given contexts.

Evaluation Methods and Class Management:

Attendance:

EACH DAY YOU ATTEND CLASS IS WORTH 5 POINTS.  THESE POINTS CANNOT BE MADE UP.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND CLASS CONSISTENTLY.  YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLASS IS VALUED AND NEEDED.  IT DOESN’T TAKE MANY MISSED CLASSES BEFORE YOUR GRADE IS LOWERED CONSIDERABLY.

NO EXTRA CREDIT Except for Pop Quizzes:

Quizzes cannot be made-up.  ATTEND CLASS, DO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS AND YOU WILL SUCCEED!

Assignment policy:  NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED.

Test policy: THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MATERAIL COVERED IN CLASS.  I F CLASS IS MISSED ON A SCHEDULED TEST DAY; THE STUDENT MUST CALL THE INSTRUCTOR AND RESCHEDULE WITHIN 48 HOURS OR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE TEST MAY BE FORFIETED.  Make-up tests must be rescheduled within one week of the original test date.

NOTICE:

A student judged to have engaged in academic misconduct as defined in the “Academic Policies and Requirements” section of the Colorado Mountain College Student Handbook will, at a minimum, receive a “zero” for the work in question.  The student may also be removed from the class, resulting in a failing grade.  All student course material may be submitted to turnitin.com (or another anti-plagiarism program) at the instructor’s discretion. “Academic Expectations,” the “Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process” and more information about academic misconduct can be found in the Student Handbook

Students are responsible for course materials from assigned text(s) and reading, lectures, labs, and other assignments as required. 

The instructor may alter any, or all, of this syllabus during the semester as the learning environment requires.  Students will be notified in writing of changes.

Attendance at all class meetings is expected.

Students with disabilities – As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, appropriate accommodations will be made for all students with documented disabilities.  Students must turn in a Notification of Accommodation to all of their instructors at the beginning of each semester. With these accommodations, students are required to meet the academic standards of the college.

Students wishing to withdraw from this course must INITIATE the course withdrawal/drop process at the site Registration Office.

This class could be cancelled one week prior to the census date if a sufficient number of students are not enrolled by that date.

GRADING SYSTEM:

            *Three Written Tests- 50 points each                150 points

            *Pop Quizzes                                                   50 points

            *One performance focused presentation          100 points

                (Group or Individual)

            *One written essay                                           100 points

               (8-10 pages)

            * Class Participation                                         150 points

Save your essay as a sample for the portfolio in the outcomes for aesthetic awareness and communication.  Also a possible portfolio addition could be a video of your performance presentation.

Total Points:                                         550 points

A  =523            B-=440             D+=374

A- =495            C+=429                        D =358

B+=484                        C  =413                        D-=330

B  =468                        C- =385                        F =BELOW 330

Required Text:

Orientation to the Theatre, Theodore W. Hatlen, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 1992

Virtual Library Information

You will find online articles, books and other library resources on the following web site: http://www.coloradomtn.edu/library/databases.html.

Virtual Library Help Desk

If you need help with the Virtual Library, email reference@coloradomtn.edu or call Michelle Marx at 970-569-2926.

COURSE OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE

WEEK                                      TOPIC/ACTIVITY                                   READING

1                                              Course Introduction                                Pgs. 2-24

                                                Background

                                                Empathy, Dramatic Action

                                                Theatre as Art

                                                Theatre Conventions

WEEK                                      TOPIC/ACTIVITY                                   READING

2                                              The Play and its Parts                            Pgs. 30-67

                                                Aristotle

                                                The Six Elements of the Play

3                                              Definition of Tragedy                              Pgs.69-89

                                                Aesthetic Pleasure

                                                Catharsis, Content

                                                Modern Tragedy

                                                No Class September 28

4                                              Melodrama                                                       Pgs. 91-108

                                                Melodrama & Film

                                                Musicals, Opera

                                                Drame

                                          Test One- Wednesday Oct. 5

5                                              Comedy                                                           Pgs. 112-124

                                                The Nature of Comedy

                                                The Comic Attitude

6                                              Dark Comedy

                                                Sources of Laughter                               Pgs. 124-151

                                                Comic Mechanisms

                                                Comedy in Performance

7                                              Traditional Modes of Theatre                  Pgs. 153-179

                                                Classicism, Roman Drama

                                                French & English Neoclassicism,

                                                German, English, & French Romanticism

8                                              Realism                                                            Pgs. 181-208

                                                Observation & Objectivity

                                                Naturalism & Expressionism

9                                              Theatricalism & The New Theatre           Pgs. 210-243

WEEK                                      TOPIC/ACTIVITY                                   READING

9                                              The Absurdists, New Theatre

                                                Theatre of Images, Performance Art

                                                Test Two Wednesday Nov. 2

10                                            The Director                                          Pgs. 247-272

                                                Modern Director, Functions

                                                Director at Work & Interpretation

11                                            The Actor                                                          Pgs. 276-304

                                                Contribution, Requisites

                                                Evolution, Ways of Working

                                                New Theatre, Film Acting

                                                Acting Approaches

12                                            The Designer                                         Pgs. 308-342

                                                Pictorial Tradition

                                                Stage Scenery

                                                Scene Design, Lighting, Costume

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25

13                                            Theatre Architecture                               Pgs. 344-370

                                                Types of Spaces

                                                Historical Perspective

                                                Contemporary Changes

                                                Performance Activity/Presentations

14                                            The Audience                                        Pgs. 372-387

                                                The Nature of Attention

                                                Audience as Crowd

                                                Types of Audiences

                                                Opportunities for the Audience

                                                Essay due- Wednesday December 7

                                                Final Test- Monday December 14

                                                Last Day of Classes-December 14