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The Costumer's Manifesto: THR 101 Theatre Practicum This is an Old Syllabus - This Does NOT reflect current UAF courses, and I no longer work at UAF. This is only kept online to help new teachers who are trying to write their own course descriptions.


Every Semester THR F101 FE1Theatre PracticumTara Maginnis1-3 Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in theatre. Notes For section F01: First class meets 1/24/06 at 5:30pm in the Lee H Salisbury Theatre.

Campus: Fairbanks

Building: THEA


Credits: 0+Var

Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre.

Theatre Practicum TechnicalSince no structured teaching takes place within the practicum format, the primary objectives are to develop previously acquired skills through participating in producing theatre and to develop new skills through on-the-job training in the production process.

The student may choose one of the following areas in which to concentrate his/her work or may combine two or more of these areas (as agreed upon in consultation with unit heads);

1. Scenery

a. construction and finishing

b. running crew

2. Properties

a. building and acquisitions

b. running crew

3. Lighting

a. hanging and focusing

b. running crew

4. Costumes

a. construction, hair dressing

b. wardrobe mistress & running crew

c. makeup crew

5. Sound

a. creating and recording

b. running crew

6. Publicity, Box Office, House Management

Job description available at box office

7. Production Staff

a. stage management

39 Minimum hours for earning 1 credit;

78 Minimum hours for earning 2 credits;

117 Minimum hours for earning 3 credits.

The student must keep a time sheet and accurately record the number of hours completed on a regular basis. Each Running Crew position is equal to 1 credit of practicum. Since production work is seasonal, the student is reminded that the approach of production deadlines often demand a more concentrated use of time; a written schedule will be maintained, keeping in mind that the hours cannot be completely equally spaced throughout the semester. If a student does not complete the required number of hours for registered credits, (s)he may receive an unsatisfactory or failing grade for the course. Student commitment and quality of work, as well as the student?s attitude towards learning will be examined upon the assignment of grades.

Theatre Practicum PerformanceCredit is awarded for participation as a performer in UAF mainstage productions. Credit will vary from 1 to 3, depending on: a) size of role; b) length and difficulty of rehearsal process. Credit may occasionally be granted for ?Lab Theatre? productions (Winter Shorts) - but the student must petition a faculty advisor for their role / production before signing up for credit (must be pre-approved). In these cases; credits will rarely exceed 1 or 2.

Theatre Practicum

Scene Shop and Electrics Crew

'What is Expected?

In return for practicum credit, you have the option to choose which area of the theatre you most want to work in - thank you for showing interest in the Scene Shop and Electrics Crew.

Set-up, General, Running Crew

Within the Shop / Electrics Crews, there are three options.

Set-up Means that you work for a specific-show. You try to get all, or the majority of your credit hours working on one specific project. This will offer you the most satisfaction in the way that when it is done, there will most likely be a specific piece which you completed entirely on your own.

General Means that you want to spread your due hours throughout the semester - roughly 4 hours a week. This way you have something to do with everything.

Running Crew Means that you are given a specific responsibility working on a show - Light Board operator, sound op., fly-person, Stage Manager etc. You must be at all specified show calls for that production - regardless of time actually spent. You will get a "contract" outlining your specific duties. Once you serve as a running crew member for a specific job, you can not duplicate the same job for credit, bnut you can serve on a running crew in another capacity.

For both Set-up and General crew-person, you will have the opportunity to; build sets, paint, work on general scene-shop or stage maintenance. Hang lights, focus light, work on general electric shop or stage-electrical maintenance. You may work on any number from one to all categories listed here. We will do our best to give you either a taste for everything or try to keep it all in one field you choose as best we can.

You are expected to show up on time to all calls you sign up for. When doing work for the shop or electrics crews, you should plan to put in at least two hours at once - and should let the supervisor know ASAP if two hours is not possible. Please let the Technical Director (or master Electrician- if applicable) know, in advance, when they can expect you to come in so they can plan to have something for you to do. These hours can not be used for practicum and Stagecraft of Lighting Design hours - they must be kept separate. You are expected to keep a time sheet / record in the shop throughout the semester. If you tell a supervisor you will be in and something interferes, please call and let them know as early as possible so they can arrange the project to be done by someone else.

You must read and follow the posted set of Scene Shop Rules and Regulations. If there are any problems, please see the Technical Director ASAP. Thank You

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"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis