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  Introduction to Theater (3 Hours)  

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Students will be introduced to a variety of theatrical experiences, which includes reading plays and analyzing live theatre performances. This course also offers opportunities to experience theatre through set construction, design, stage and costume crew, or acting if the student desires. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

THEA 120H   HON: Introduction to Theater (1 Hour)

Prerequisites: Honors department approval.

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

  Fundamentals of Acting (3 Hours)

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of acting for those students who have little or no experience in the theatre. We will overview all the tools used by actors, including improvisation, vocal, physical and psychological warm-ups, building trust, relaxation and discipline techniques. Students will complete a minimum of three in-class performances. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

THEA 121H   HON: Fundamentals of Acting (1 Hour)

Prerequisites: Honors department approval.

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

  Improvisation for the Theater (2 Hours)

Prerequisites:.

The student will be introduced to theater improvisation, which will emphasize creative stage activities not requiring a written script. Participation in activities of this course will release and enhance the work of serious acting students and show the students how to approach characterization viscerally rather than intellectually, spontaneously rather than intentionally. 2 hrs. lecture/wk.

  Acting I (3 Hours)  

Prerequisites: (with a grade of "C" or higher) or department approval.

Acting I will expand on the skills learned in Fundamentals of Acting and will concentrate on developing scene work. Emphasis will be on expanding creative potential through exercises in self-awareness, posture, movement, voice and personality projection. Students will complete a minimum of four in-class performances. 3 hrs./wk. plus rehearsals and performances.

THEA 130H   HON: Acting I (1 Hour)

Prerequisites: Honors department approval.

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

  Voice and Speech (3 Hours)

The student will develop techniques to expand breath support, vocal range and dynamics; learn precise articulation; and strengthen the connection between thought and sound. Through the use of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, the student will be better able to communicate the full range of human emotion and all the nuances of thought. Skills acquired in this course are essential for actors, broadcast journalists, educators and other public speakers. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically taught in the fall semester.

  Technical Practicum I (1 Hour)  

Students gain practical experience in technical theater in this course. The student completes the course objectives by working in the theatre department's productions and/or working in the scene/costume shop during the semester. 2 hrs. lab/wk.

  Performance Practicum I (1 Hour)

This course will enable students to gain practical experience in performance-related aspects of college theater productions. Admission may be granted upon being cast in a JCCC production. 2 hrs. lab/wk.

  Stage Makeup (2 Hours)

An introductory course designed to provide an understanding of, and practical skill in, the design and application of makeup for theatrical performance. 1 hr. lecture, 1 hr. lab/wk. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

  Costume Construction (3 Hours)

This is a survey of the theory, techniques and skills used in costume creation for the theater and film. Areas of study and practice include basic construction, patterning and cutting; fabrics, design and realization; millinery; craftwork; and organization. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk.

  Movement for the Stage (3 Hours)

The student will develop techniques to expand kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, physical freedom and the language of movement. Through the use of exercises to free, develop and strengthen physical vocabulary, the student will be better able to communicate the physical life of a character. Skills acquired in this course will include mime, stage combat, commedia, improvisation and circus techniques. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

  Basic Stagecraft (3 Hours)  

This course introduces the general student and theater major to basic stagecraft. Through lectures, in-class demonstrations and hands-on experiences, the student will gain a working and appreciative knowledge of technical theater. The course includes 15 lab hours and attendance at two live theatrical productions. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk. This course is typically offered in the fall semester.

  Introduction to Theater Design (3 Hours)

This lecture and studio class introduces the theory and practice of theater design and the graphics and standards of entertainment technology. Emphasis will be on the processes and practices used in designing for the performing arts. Using course-taught computer and hand-based drawing techniques, the student will create a portfolio of his or her work through in-class projects. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk. This course is typically offered in the spring semester.

  Script Analysis (3 Hours)

Script Analysis introduces students to those methods used in the theater for the study and/or analysis of plays. Directors, actors and designers use script analysis during their preparatory work and then continue to use it through the rehearsal process until, and sometimes even after, the production has finished. This course is of value to the student because it focuses on the crucial elements of a play encountered during the production process including dramatic structure, content and meaning. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically offered in the fall semester only.

  Reader's Theater (3 Hours)

Students will combine acting, interpretation and rhetoric as they analyze and perform poetry, prose and dramatic literature and present public performances. Through the process of reading, studying, investing, rehearsing and performing literary and nonliterary works, the student will learn to pay particular attention to the voice embodied in a given text and the cultural and social context within which that voice speaks. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. plus rehearsals. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

  Acting II (3 Hours)  

Prerequisites: (with a grade of "C" or higher).

This continuation of Acting I will focus on more in-depth character analysis and development, emphasizing the actor’s responsibility in creating the character. Students will complete a minimum of five in-class performances. 3 hrs./wk. plus rehearsals and performances.

THEA 230H   HON: Acting II (1 Hour)

Prerequisites: Honors department approval.

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

  Play Reading and Production (3 Hours)

Prerequisites:.

This course is an introductory survey in the process of reading and producing plays. The focus of the course will be on reading a play and understanding the steps necessary to create a production of that play. Some of the topics explored will include play selection, script analysis, the audition process, the rehearsal process, stage management, directing, and the actor-audience-director relationship. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

  Technical Practicum II (1 Hour)  

Prerequisites:.

Students gain practical experience in technical theater in this course. The student completes the course objectives by working on the theatre department's productions and/or working in the scene/costume shop during the semester. 4 hrs.lab/wk.

  Introduction to Costume Design (3 Hours)

This course is designed to instruct students on the concepts and realities of costume design. The course will provide hands-on design exercises that will include researching historical time periods, script reading and production analysis, costume rendering techniques, and presenting designs in a production meeting. This course is typically taught in the spring semester. 2 hrs. lecture and 2 hrs. lab/wk.

THEA 291   Independent Study (1-7 Hour)

Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA minimum and department approval.

Independent study is a directed, structured learning experience offered as an extension of the regular curriculum. It is intended to allow individual students to broaden their comprehension of the principles of and competencies associated with the discipline or program. Its purpose is to supplement existing courses with individualized, in-depth learning experiences. Such learning experiences may be undertaken independent of the traditional classroom setting, but will be appropriately directed and supervised by regular instructional staff. Total contact hours vary based on the learning experience.

  Special Topics: (3 Hours)

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

This course periodically offers specialized or advanced discipline-specific content related to performance, technical theatre, and design not normally taught in the curriculum, to interested and qualified students within the program. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

  • Title: Introduction to Theater
  • Number: THEA 120
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

Students will be introduced to a variety of theatrical experiences, which includes reading plays and analyzing live theatre performances. This course also offers opportunities to experience theatre through set construction, design, stage and costume crew, or acting if the student desires. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Textbooks:

http://bookstore.jccc.edu/

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Articulate a definition of theater.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between the audience and theater artists.
  3. Describe vocational options in the theater.
  4. Trace the historical development of the theater.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically read and discuss a play.
  6. Respond critically to a theatrical production, expressing both personal preferences and an appreciation for the aesthetic experience.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

30-40%    Examinations (minimum of two)
20-30%    Daily or weekly assignments/class participation
15-25%    Specialty Project (such as collaborative projects, an original 10-minute play, production work)
20-30%    Written production reviews

See individual instructor's syllabus for specifics of how these methods of evaluation are weighted.

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

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  • Title: Fundamentals of Acting
  • Number: THEA 121
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of acting for those students who have little or no experience in the theatre. We will overview all the tools used by actors, including improvisation, vocal, physical and psychological warm-ups, building trust, relaxation and discipline techniques. Students will complete a minimum of three in-class performances. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Model proper use of theatre nomenclature and vocabulary.
  2. Engage in exercises that develop the actor's instrument by improving vocal ability, physical agility and the ability to concentrate.
  3. Exhibit enhanced emotional and sensory awareness.
  4. Explore foundational approaches in creating a character.
  5. Complete thoroughly rehearsed acting exercises, scenes or monologues which demonstrate an understanding of the actor's craft.
  6. Engage in thoughtful criticism of the work of other actors and of oneself.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

10-20%    Class attendance and participation (as defined in the instructor's syllabus)
20-30%    Live theatre productions reviews (min. of two)
60-70%    Rehearsal and performance of at least three performance projects

100%       Total

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

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  • Title: Improvisation for the Theater
  • Number: THEA 123
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • Lecture Hours: 2

Requirements:

Prerequisites:.

Description:

The student will be introduced to theater improvisation, which will emphasize creative stage activities not requiring a written script. Participation in activities of this course will release and enhance the work of serious acting students and show the students how to approach characterization viscerally rather than intellectually, spontaneously rather than intentionally. 2 hrs. lecture/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Increase concentration skills.
  2. Enhance observation skills.
  3. Create characters using non-verbal strategies.
  4. Demonstrate a heightened awareness of the physical space.
  5. Work cooperatively and interdependently in group situations. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Attendance 20% of grade Class participation and individual progress 30% of grade Journal 30% of grade Weekly oral assessment 20% of grade

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Acting I
  • Number: THEA 130
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: (with a grade of "C" or higher) or department approval.

Description:

Acting I will expand on the skills learned in Fundamentals of Acting and will concentrate on developing scene work. Emphasis will be on expanding creative potential through exercises in self-awareness, posture, movement, voice and personality projection. Students will complete a minimum of four in-class performances. 3 hrs./wk. plus rehearsals and performances.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Read and discuss plays from a variety of genres.
  2. Describe emotional and sensory awareness and creatively tap into that awareness for use in performances.
  3. Perform basic character analysis.
  4. Perform memorized, contemporary monologues and scenes that are carefully and thoughtfully rehearsed and presented in final form.
  5. Engage in thoughtful criticism of the work of other actors and of oneself.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

5-15%    Class attendance and participation (as defined in the instructor's syllabus)
10-20%    Play reading journal
15-25%    Live theatre productions reviews (min. of two)
40-60%    Rehearsal and performance of at least four performance projects
5-15%    Examination(s) of theatre vocabulary and readings

100%     Total

See individual instructor's syllabus for specifics of how these methods of evaluation are weighted.

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

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  • Title: Voice and Speech
  • Number: THEA 131
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

The student will develop techniques to expand breath support, vocal range and dynamics; learn precise articulation; and strengthen the connection between thought and sound. Through the use of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, the student will be better able to communicate the full range of human emotion and all the nuances of thought. Skills acquired in this course are essential for actors, broadcast journalists, educators and other public speakers. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically taught in the fall semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the physiological mechanics of the voice.
  2. Develop a relaxation process to free up the voice.
  3. Direct the voice through all the resonators.
  4. Access breath for power in communication.
  5. Incorporate vocal dynamics directly into the spoken text.
  6. Demonstrate productive work habits in the classroom. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

. Oral assignments 60% of grade (should include a minimum of four texts, in both prose and verse). Participation 30% of grade (includes attendance and willingness to work). Tests 10% of grade

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Technical Practicum I
  • Number: THEA 133
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • Lecture Hours:
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

Students gain practical experience in technical theater in this course. The student completes the course objectives by working in the theatre department's productions and/or working in the scene/costume shop during the semester. 2 hrs. lab/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Participate in the staging and/or costuming techniques required for theatrical productions.
  2. Identify the basic parts and functions of the theatrical facility.
  3. Use basic tools and equipment related to theatre.
  4. Exercise selected procedures related to running a theatrical performance.  

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

The student's final grade will reflect successful completion of the following assignments:

  1. Attendance at required rehearsals and performances.
  2. Completion of assigned tasks.
  3. Professionalism, as exhibited by punctuality, cooperation with instructors and other students, and care of equipment and materials.
  4. Completion of required hours.

Grade Criteria:

82 hours or more = A
70 - 82 hours = B
58 - 70 hours = C
36 - 58 hours = D
36 hours or below = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Performance Practicum I
  • Number: THEA 134
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • Lecture Hours:
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

This course will enable students to gain practical experience in performance-related aspects of college theater productions. Admission may be granted upon being cast in a JCCC production. 2 hrs. lab/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Audition for a production and be cast in a role.
  2. Develop a character intended for live performance.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of stage directions.
  4. Rehearse cooperatively with a director and members of the cast and crew.
  5. Enhance the character through the use of make-up and costume.
  6. Participate in performances. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

1. Punctual attendance at rehearsals and other scheduled activities 2. Satisfactory performance of assigned role(s) 3. Professionalism as exhibited by preparation and cooperation with the director, designers, cast and crew Although attendance is essential, productive attitudes and work habits affect morale, efficiency, and overall artistic endeavor in the theatre, and will be a factor in determining grades. In addition, collaboration and teamwork will be expected and evaluated.

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Stage Makeup
  • Number: THEA 135
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • Lecture Hours: 1
  • Lab Hours: 1

Description:

An introductory course designed to provide an understanding of, and practical skill in, the design and application of makeup for theatrical performance. 1 hr. lecture, 1 hr. lab/wk. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Identify different mediums of makeup and the application thereof.
  2. Analyze the traits that create a character.
  3. Design makeup based on character traits and standard application techniques.
  4. Describe and use the principles and materials of special effects makeup.
  5. Explain the design and care of hairpieces. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Makeup design and application projects 50% of grade Makeup morgue 10% of grade Written exams 25% of grade Class participation/attendance 15% of grade

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Costume Construction
  • Number: THEA 136
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours: 2
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

This is a survey of the theory, techniques and skills used in costume creation for the theater and film. Areas of study and practice include basic construction, patterning and cutting; fabrics, design and realization; millinery; craftwork; and organization. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Use an industrial and domestic sewing machine, serger and other basic costume shop equipment.
  2. Discuss the theory and process of costume design and production.
  3. Identify basic pattern pieces; draft and construct a fitting sloper from basic actor measurements.
  4. Identify a variety of types and fabrics and trims and understand their uses and limitations.
  5. Demonstrate the scope and uses of craft work in costuming for the theatre and perform simple craft techniques.
  6. Recognize and demonstrate productive attitudes and work habits in the costume shop. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

30% of grade A minimum of three exams over text and lecture material. 5% of grade Attendance at two theatrical performances and one written review. 50% of grade Two construction/pattern drafting projects and one craft project. 15% of grade Class participation and completion of in-class practice/experiences.
Grading Scale: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 59% or below

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Movement for the Stage
  • Number: THEA 137
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

The student will develop techniques to expand kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, physical freedom and the language of movement. Through the use of exercises to free, develop and strengthen physical vocabulary, the student will be better able to communicate the physical life of a character. Skills acquired in this course will include mime, stage combat, commedia, improvisation and circus techniques. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Express the physical life of a character.
  2. Communicate character objectives and emotions through movement.
  3. Engage in exercises that develop the actor's flexibility and strength.
  4. Demonstrate rudimentary stage combat skills.
  5. Perform basic circus techniques.
  6. Demonstrate productive work habits. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

. Attendance 20% of grade. Class participation and exercises 30% of grade. Journal 10% of grade. Minimum of three movement projects 30% of grade. Written production review 10% of grade

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Basic Stagecraft
  • Number: THEA 140
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours: 2
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

This course introduces the general student and theater major to basic stagecraft. Through lectures, in-class demonstrations and hands-on experiences, the student will gain a working and appreciative knowledge of technical theater. The course includes 15 lab hours and attendance at two live theatrical productions. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk. This course is typically offered in the fall semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Develop comprehensive and safe working knowledge of stage machinery.
  2. Exercise onstage safety.
  3. Exercise shop safety.
  4. Exercise scenic materials safety.
  5. Exercise technical methods and procedures used by theatre professionals to achieve their goal.
  6. Identify the parts and functions of a theatre building.
  7. Use basic hand and power tools.
  8. Construct scenic elements.
  9. Exercise stage painting and decorating techniques.
  10. Identify and hang a variety of lighting instruments.
  11. Use a computer light board.
  12. Use a sound mixer board and playback components.
  13. Appreciate and enhance the aesthetic experience of attending live productions in the performing arts.
  14. Write an informed technical review.
  15. Discuss viewed productions in class. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Scene Shop Orientation

A. Identify and demonstrate correct usage of hand and power tools.

B. Identify a wide variety of theatrical hardware and fasteners.

C. Identify and be aware of the properties of a variety of scenic materials.

D. Exercise shop safety rules.

II. Graphics and Standards for the Performing Arts

A. Be able to use and comprehend scale and the scale ruler.

B. Comprehend and utilize USITT Graphics and Standards.

C. Read a tape measure.

D. Read working drawings.

III. Scenic Construction Techniques

A. Select appropriate building materials.

B. Exercise use of correct building techniques.

C. Build scenic elements such as flats, platforms, sculpture, etc.

IV. The Stage and Its Equipment

A. Identify the following:

1. The stagehouse

2. Counterweight rigging systems

3. Masking, curtains and drops

4. Catwalks, booths, galleries, grids, traps and elevators

B. Safely use the above equipment and areas.

V. Electrical Theory and Practice

A. Comprehend electricity and its parts and laws.

B. Exercise and comprehend electrical safety.

VI. Lighting Production and Technology

A. Identify a wide variety of lighting instruments and their structural makeup.

B. Correctly hang and focus lighting equipment.

C. Comprehend and use theatrical computer lighting control boards.

D. Identify a wide variety of lighting accessories.

VII. Scenic Painting and Decoration

A. Identify and describe scenic and commercial paints, dyes and materials.

B. Identify and use a wide variety of paint and dye applicators.

C. Comprehend basic color theory and paint mixing.

VIII. Stage Properties

A. Differentiate between a variety of theatrical properties and their usage.

B. Develop a theoretical knowledge of their acquisition/procurement.

IX. Sound Production and Technology

A. Identify a variety of sound equipment including:

1. Mixer board and patch panels

2. Amplifiers and pre-amps, speakers and microphones

3. Analog and digital playback components

B. Safely operate and patch the above components and equipment.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

  1. A minimum of three exams.
  2. Completion of assigned tasks and assignments.
  3. Class participation in practical experiences.
  4. Completion of required lab hours.

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Introduction to Theater Design
  • Number: THEA 145
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours: 2
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

This lecture and studio class introduces the theory and practice of theater design and the graphics and standards of entertainment technology. Emphasis will be on the processes and practices used in designing for the performing arts. Using course-taught computer and hand-based drawing techniques, the student will create a portfolio of his or her work through in-class projects. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk. This course is typically offered in the spring semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Create basic scenic and lighting designs for the stage, screen, and television.
  2. Complete a portfolio of his/her design work from the course.
  3. Read and draw a variety of two-dimensional scale drawings.
  4. Render basic three-dimensional scale drawings and white models.
  5. Use computer-aided drafting and drawing for the theatre.
  6. Read and use the industry-wide graphics and standards in the performing arts, as set down by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT). 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

• Studio projects including at least one scene design and one light design project. • Two tests over lecture material and text. • Final portfolio review. • Class participation and in-class drawing studies.

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Script Analysis
  • Number: THEA 209
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

Script Analysis introduces students to those methods used in the theater for the study and/or analysis of plays. Directors, actors and designers use script analysis during their preparatory work and then continue to use it through the rehearsal process until, and sometimes even after, the production has finished. This course is of value to the student because it focuses on the crucial elements of a play encountered during the production process including dramatic structure, content and meaning. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. This course is typically offered in the fall semester only.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Articulate how the dramatic script serves as the primary source of information for theatrical performance.
  2. Develop a system for analyzing and evaluating different types of scripts from the standpoint of their theatrical requirements and aesthetic qualities.
  3. Use basic research techniques in the analysis of a play script in order to identify elements of dramatic structure and characteristics of dramatic genre.
  4. Communicate clearly her/his ideas about dramatic literature, the production requirements of particular plays, and shaping the performance experience for the stage. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Examinations (minimum of two) Research project (a completed script analysis of a play chosen in consultation with the instructor). Class attendance and participation in class discussions In-class assignments and short scene analyses Attendance at a minimum of two productions with reports/analyses of the same See the individual instructor's syllabus for specifics of how these methods of evaluation are weighted and the grading scale to be used.

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. Students are required to attend the theatre department’s productions during the semester they are enrolled in the course. A ticket charge may be required for this. Attendance at other plays being presented in the area is encouraged.  

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Reader's Theater
  • Number: THEA 225
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

Students will combine acting, interpretation and rhetoric as they analyze and perform poetry, prose and dramatic literature and present public performances. Through the process of reading, studying, investing, rehearsing and performing literary and nonliterary works, the student will learn to pay particular attention to the voice embodied in a given text and the cultural and social context within which that voice speaks. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. plus rehearsals. This course is typically taught in the spring semester.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Further develop performance techniques appropriate for oral interpretation.
  2. Develop performance techniques appropriate for readers theatre.
  3. Compile thematically unified scripts from a wide body of literature.
  4. Present readers theatre for public and/or educational performances.
  5. Recognize and demonstrate productive attitudes and work habits in the classroom. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

1. Oral interpretations (minimum of 2) 2. Readers theatre/chamber theatre performances (minimum of 2) 3. Submit typed readers theatre or chamber theatre script 4. Submit typed dramatistic, literary or content analysis (minimum of 2) See individual instructor's syllabus for specifics of how these methods of evaluation are weighted.

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Acting II
  • Number: THEA 230
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: (with a grade of "C" or higher).

Description:

This continuation of Acting I will focus on more in-depth character analysis and development, emphasizing the actor’s responsibility in creating the character. Students will complete a minimum of five in-class performances. 3 hrs./wk. plus rehearsals and performances.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Execute continued development of the actor's instrument through physical, vocal and sensory exercises.
  2. Exhibit an awareness of how blocking (physical action) communicates character motivation and intention.
  3. Perform memorized, scripted scenes that reflect careful analysis, sufficient rehearsal, the ability to collaborate with scene partners, and the ability to take on scenes of greater complexity.
  4. Perform scenes and monologues that demonstrate an intelligent grasp of non-contemporary plays.
  5. Engage critical oral and written skills regarding the acting process in the classroom and/or in theatrical productions.
  6. Develop greater observation skills.
  7. Read and discuss plays from a variety of genres.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

10-20%    Class attendance and participation (as defined in the instructor's syllabus)
10-15%    Play reading journal
15-20%    Live theatre productions reviews (min. of two)
50-60%    Rehearsal and performance of at least four performance projects
10-15%    Examination(s) of theatre vocabulary and readings

100%       Total

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

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  • Title: Play Reading and Production
  • Number: THEA 232
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites:.

Description:

This course is an introductory survey in the process of reading and producing plays. The focus of the course will be on reading a play and understanding the steps necessary to create a production of that play. Some of the topics explored will include play selection, script analysis, the audition process, the rehearsal process, stage management, directing, and the actor-audience-director relationship. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Evaluate important plays of the contemporary theatre.
  2. Demonstrate and apply the various roles of the director.
  3. Demonstrate and apply the various roles of the stage manager.
  4. Identify and compare the different physical relationships between actors and audience.
  5. Critically evaluate theatre productions and identify the strengths and weaknesses in performance.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills: analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation in oral and written form. 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

20-30% Readings and discussions 20-30% Written assignments (could include evaluations of current theatre productions and short papers over the assigned readings) 25-40% Directing scenes (student directed or stage managed scenes, accompanied by a director's or stage manager's prompt book) 15-25% Test(s) Grade Criteria: A = 90-100% B = 80- 89% C = 70- 79% D = 60- 69% F = under 60%

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. Students are required to attend theatre productions during the semester they are enrolled in the course, for which they may have to purchase tickets. 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Technical Practicum II
  • Number: THEA 233
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • Lecture Hours:
  • Lab Hours: 2

Requirements:

Prerequisites:.

Description:

Students gain practical experience in technical theater in this course. The student completes the course objectives by working on the theatre department's productions and/or working in the scene/costume shop during the semester. 4 hrs.lab/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Participate in the staging and/or costuming techniques required for theatrical productions.
  2. Identify the basic parts and functions of the theatrical facility.
  3. Use basic tools and equipment related to theatre.
  4. Exercise selected procedures related to running a theatrical performance.  

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

  1. Attendance at required rehearsals and performances.
  2. Completion of assigned tasks.
  3. Professionalism, as exhibited by punctuality, cooperation with instructors and other students, and care of equipment and materials.
  4. Completion of required hours.

Grade Criteria:

82 hours or more = A
70 - 82 hours = B
58 - 70 hours = C
36 - 58 hours = D
36 hours or below = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

  • Title: Introduction to Costume Design
  • Number: THEA 250
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours: 2
  • Lab Hours: 2

Description:

This course is designed to instruct students on the concepts and realities of costume design. The course will provide hands-on design exercises that will include researching historical time periods, script reading and production analysis, costume rendering techniques, and presenting designs in a production meeting. This course is typically taught in the spring semester. 2 hrs. lecture and 2 hrs. lab/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate textual interpretation through the use of basic elements and principles of design.
  2. Identify, define and describe the key concepts and practices in costume design, both verbally and visually.
  3. Verbally defend and support visual critiques of student's own work as well as the work of others.
  4. Give a descriptive critique of visual concepts and practices as observed through live theatrical performances.
  5. Apply 2D interpretations of scripts through the use of design principles in renderings.
  6. Develop an adequate vocabulary to discuss visual work.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. The Impact of Costume Design on Production

A. Explore the definition of "costume."

B. Survey history of costume and costume design in early cultures and theatre history:

1. Ritual and dance

2. Religious ceremony and pageants

3. Ancient to modern theatre

C. Determine roles that costumes play in a production.

1. List character traits that are indicated through costume choices.

2. Explore how costume contributes to the production as a whole:

a. Theme, concept, mood

b. Overall design and visual impact

II. Responsibilities of a Costume Designer

A. Describe various design and technical staff positions in a theatre or film production.

B. Identify specific roles and responsibilities of a costume designer.

C. Trace the basic steps in the costume design process from initial reading to completion of production.

1. Read and discuss assigned play

2. Create a costume plot

III. The Role of Research in Costume Design

A. Describe the importance of research in any type of costume design.

B. List possible sources of research for plays and film:

1. Historic plays and film

2. Modern works

3. Fantasy or abstract theatre or film

C. Research an assigned historical period.

1. Create a research board from multiple sources.

2. Present orally and in written outline form the basic characteristics, garments, fabrics, and accessories for the time period assigned.

IV. Basic Elements of Costume Design

A. List and describe the six basic elements of all design:

1. Space

2. Line

3. Shape and form

4. Light

5. Color

6. Texture

B. Relate each of the design elements to costume design and explain their significance.

1. Complete projects based on shape, line and color.

2. Experiment with light and its effect on fabric and color.

3. Explore subliminal and cultural aspects of costume color.

C. Use elements of design to complete a final costume design project for a play.

1. Create a viable color scheme for the final project

2. Use line, shape and texture to indicate character in preliminary and final design sketches

V. Materials, Tools and Techniques

A. Demonstrate a knowledge of common fabric types and their uses; compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages.

B. Define and use common terms used in costume and theatre design.

VI. Key Historical Periods in Costume Design

A. Identify the silhouettes and basic garments of 6 major historical periods of Western fashion:

1. Greek

2. Medieval

3. Renaissance / Elizabethan

4. Restoration

5. 18th Century

6. Victorian

B. Design and illustrate costumes based on one of the six periods of fashion history.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

20-30%    Examinations (minimum of two)
30-40%    Daily or weekly assignments/class participation
25-35%    Final Design Project
5-15%      Production Reviews (two)

Total  100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

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  • Title: Special Topics:
  • Number: THEA 292
  • Effective Term: 2018-19
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Description:

This course periodically offers specialized or advanced discipline-specific content related to performance, technical theatre, and design not normally taught in the curriculum, to interested and qualified students within the program. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Textbooks:

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Accomplish complex readings and research in the designated topic area
  2. Define key terms and explain concepts within the scope of the topic
  3. Perform skills relevant to the area of study 

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Evaluation will be based on typical assignments such as readings, discussion, design or application projects, written assignments, etc., dependent upon the needs of the topic and the instructor. Grade Criteria: A = 90 – 100% B = 80 – 89% C = 70 – 79% D = 60 - 69% F = 0 – 59%

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. Course work may transfer to universities only as elective credit
  2. A student cannot take more than two Special Topics courses in theatre, one in performance and one in technical theatre 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).



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