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Blinn College • Bryan • Visual and Performing Arts • Drama - DRAM


Acting I DRAM-1351

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 300 CRN-12106
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/27/2018

Meeting Times


Theatre Studio in Student Center

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, F125 - Studio Student Center

Exterior door for class is near the Bus pick-up/drop-off behind the Student Center.

Please remove your shoes and bags to the Dressing Rooms upon entrance of class.

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Greg Wise

Office Hours

  • MW: Noon--1pm & TR: Noon - 2:30pm or by appointment.
  • H186

Description


An introduction to the fundamental principles and tools of acting as used in auditions,rehearsals, and performances. This may include ensemble performing, character and script analysis, and basic theater terminology. This exploration will emphasize the development of the actor’s instrument: voice, body, and imagination

Three class hours. Credit: Three semester hours.

Requisites

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:

Core Curriculum Statement


This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes


1.  Analyze scripts from the viewpoint of the actor.

2.  Analyze, develop, and perform a character.

3.  Demonstrate effective and safe use of the voice and body.

4.  Define and discuss terms and concepts using the vocabulary of theater.

5.  Perform at an appropriately skilled level in ensemble building exercises, scenes and final projects, which may include participation in plays.

Materials


(Bryan Campus) There are two textbooks required for this course.  Bruder, Melissa, et al.  THE PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR. New York: Vintage Books.  Williams, Tennessee. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.  New York: New Directions Books.  Additionally, 1 quality photo printed headshot and resume.

Purchase of 1 ticket to the presented on-Campus productions AND a professional or other collegiate theatre production with Instructor approval for Fall 2018:

London Wall by John Van Druten, Nov 2 - 9, 2018 -- check website schedule for dates and times.  

Recommended professional theatres (please ensure that what you seek is NOT musical theatre--since we are not studying musical theatre performance, "straight plays" will be much more conducive to our study).  Please ensure you call the Box Office for either Student Discounted or RUSH tickets.

on-campus Bryan:

Bryan on-campus performance schedule and tickets available online: 

https://www.blinn.edu/vpa/bryan-schedule.html

UNITY THEATRE, BRENHAM

Amelia by Alex Webb, Nov 1 -11, 2018

https://unitybrenham.org/studio-series/

 

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE, HUNTSVILLE

An Evening at Jacques': The Songs of Jacque Brel adapated by Laura Avery, Oct 10 - 13, 2018

http://www.shsu.edu/academics/theatre/productions/upcoming-productions/fall-2018-productions/jacques%27

The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time from the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, Nov 14 - 17, 2018

http://www.shsu.edu/academics/theatre/productions/upcoming-productions/fall-2018-productions/curious-incident

 

ALLEY THEATRE, HOUSTON:

Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morriseau, Sept 7 - Oct 7, 2018

https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/skeleton-crew

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Oct 5 - Oct 28, 2018

https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/twelfth-night

CATASTROPHIC THEATRE, HOUSTON:

Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard, Sept 28 - Oct 21, 2018

https://catastrophictheatre.com/production/curse-of-the-starving-class/

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Wilson, Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2018

https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/a-christmas-carol

MAIN STREET THEATER, HOUSTON:

The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, Sept 22 - Oct 21, 2018

http://www.mainstreettheater.com/mainstage/bookofwill.html

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018

http://www.mainstreettheater.com/mainstage/miss_bennet_2018.html

STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE, HOUSTON

Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez, Oct 3 -21, 2018

https://stagestheatre.com/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=1845E8C0-298A-4C25-8EE0-43D47C251164

 

ZACH THEATRE, AUSTIN

Once by John Carne based on the motion picture directed by John Carney, music & lyrics by Glen Hansard & Margeta Irglova, book for the musical by Edna Walsh, Sept 19 - Oct 28, 2018

http://zachtheatre.org/shows-special-events/2018-19-season/

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (PAC) at UT AUSTIN

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Reduced Shakespeare Company, Sept 13 - 14, 2018

The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company, Sept 23 - 28, 2018

https://texasperformingarts.org/season/the-play-that-goes-wrong-broadway-austin-2018

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (abridged) by Taylor Mac, Sept 27 - 28, 2018

https://texasperformingarts.org/season/taylor-mac-mccullough-theatre-2018

 

THEATRE THREE, DALLAS

The Moors by Jen Silverman, Oct 25 - Nov 18, 2018

https://www.theatre3dallas.com/shows-tickets/

 

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Course Requirements


Students will present two dramatic scenes to the class in a professional manner.

Students will be expected to complete 70% mastery on at least two major exams.

Students will be graded on class participation.

Students will be expected to attend at least one dramatic production during the semester and will submit a written evaluation detailing the experience.

Evaluation


Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Scenework 40%

Students will present two prepared and rehearsed scenes with partner(s). 

Monologue and Auditions 20%

Students will prepare monologues during a formal in-class Audition.

Class Participation 20%

Students will participate during vocal and physical warm-ups and 2nd circle concentration work. 

Performance Credits 10%

Students will be expected to attend 2 Theatre productions.

On-campus: LONDON WALL by John Van Druten, Nov 2 - 9, 2018 (check for dates/times)

Off-campus: from above recommended theatres.

Written Critiques 10%

Students will write two written critiques over an actors performance in theatre.

Total 100%

Breakdown

900 - 1000 = A

800 - 899 = B

700 - 799 = C

600 - 699 = D

599 & below = F

 

Class participation/in-class written work    = 200 points

Performance credit (2 plays)                      = 100 points

First Scene                                                = 200 points

Monologues/Audition                                 = 200 points

Final Scene                                                = 200 points

2 Critiques (50 points each)                       = 100 points

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TOTAL                                                       = 1000 points

Extra credit for additional performances attended (25 points, 2 max)

working ushering/stage crew for production: (10 - 50 points)

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


 NO CELLULAR DEVICES OUT OR IN YOUR POCKETS DURING CLASS

1.)  Class Exercises – In-class exercises are a vital portion of this course and your willingness to participate is crucial. Our regiment will take us through voice (Linklater, Lessac, Berry, Rodenburg), movement (Laban, Alexander, Yoga) and imagination (improvisation, Spolin, etc.) exercises, which will prepare us for the work.

2.)  Scene analysis – This is probably the most underestimated and underutilized tool of the actor. As we learn to analyze scenes, you will be required to use this technique and turn in assignments accordingly. There are a hundred different answers to interpreting the intentions of the playwright first and the interpretation of the character by the individual actor second.

3.) 2 Written Performance Critiques - You will be required to see 1 play as required performance credit and write ONE two-page analysis (1st Due Mon, Nov 12th) on the performance of one particular actor (please name them and their character, as well as the title of the play, playwright and where you saw this performed in the critique).  Discuss in turn their characterization choices (physical, vocal, actions), use of action/objective, props/environment, memorization, voice/handle of language, movement and ability to work with other cast members. You are observing and critiquing the performance and the craft of acting. Nowhere in this paper should there be a retelling of the plot or lambasting of the particular performer.  Your SECOND Critique (2nd Due Mon, Nov 26th) will be of one particular actor’s in your professionally seen 2nd theatre production. 

4.)  1st Scene - You will present a prepared scene in class assigned and partnered by the instructor. This scene will be worked in-class, through independent rehearsals and schedule coachings with the instructor and graded according to the following criteria: character analysis, memorization, clear action & objective, voice, movement, costume (from yours, your friends, parents, Goodwill, etc), use of props/environment, and rehearsal. You must commit to rehearsing the scene outside of class time— your inability to do so is a direct reflection on your work. The scene is to be 5 – 10 minutes in length. A written “scene worksheet” entailing character analysis and evaluation of you and your scene partner’s process will be due on the showing date of your scene in class in front of your peers.

5.) Monologues/Audition – 2 contrasting monologues of your choosing and instructors approval will be required within the context of an Audition. This monologue will receive work time in class and in individual coachings outside of class) as well as performance in class and should be treated as an audition, complete with entrance, slate, transitions, pieces, thank you and exit. You will need nice clothes from your wardrobe for this assignment. A typed theatrical resume and quality printed photo (headshot) of you will be due on the showing date of your Audition in class.

6.) FINAL Scene - A final scene demonstrating all that we have covered in this beginning course. The scene must be a minimum of 10 minutes in length. This also includes written “scene worksheet”, coachings, rehearsals, etc. like the initial rounds. All written work will be due upon the presentation of your scene.

7.) Out-of-Class Coachings - These are critical times where you (and your partner(s)) will work outside or within regularly scheduled class period for acting coachings with the instructor. You are expected to come prepared with analysis, memorization, appropriate props and costumes needed to develop your character and scene.

8.) Independent Rehearsals outside of Class.These are scheduled with your scene partner are expected to arrive prepared and on-time.

9.) Performance Credits: Production credits require you to see 2 shows: 1  on-campus Blinn production, 1 off-campus professional production (not a musical).  Must present your Blinn I.D. before & after the show for credit: (50 pts [1/2 a letter grade] each).

London Wall: Nov 2 -9, 2018

Professional Show off-campus

Dress : Wear comfortable, appropriate and non-confining clothes that you can move in daily to class. You may be required to remove your shoes, as well as sit or squat on the floor for certain in class exercises.

Memorization: Unless otherwise specified, all performances will be memorized.

Decorum: This work requires a trusting and trustworthy, collaborative atmosphere in the classroom. You will be expected to conduct yourself in a manner that shows respect for yourself, all others, and our common process at all times. Persons unable to accomplish this will be asked to leave.  It is also important to note that in a class of this kind, where art is involved, one's moral makeup must be left at the door. What this means is that there may be adult content and language in some of the literature we decide to use and it is not for you to decide that it is inappropriate for this course because of your moral opinion. If you think this will be a problem you should see the professor immediately.

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
 

Syllabus—DRAM 1351 (300) Acting I—FALL 2018


DATE                                             TOPIC/ASSIGNMENT

M Aug 27       Introductions/review syllabus (1.5 Hours)

W Aug 29       2nd Circle/physical & vocal warm-ups (1.5 Hours)

**AUDITIONS: Wednesday, Aug 29, Student Center Theatre 6PM - 9PM  

(Audition sign-ups outside of H186)

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M  Sept  3      Labor Day Holiday - no class (1.5 Hours)

*W  Sept 5     Warm-ups and exercises/written inventory assignment

                       Discussion Practical Handbook pp ix - 12, Quiz #1 online (1.5 Hours

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*M  Sept 10   *Inventory Due in-class, Exercises, Discussion Practical Handbook pp 13 -39, Quiz #2 online (1.5 Hours)       

*W  Sept 12    Exercises/Discussion Practical Handbook, pp 40 - 54, Quiz #3 online (1.5 Hours)

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*M  Sept 17  *read Streetcar for today's class; Exercises/Discussion Practical Handbook, pp 55- 58, Quiz #4 online (1.5 Hours)

W  Sept 19    Exercises/Discuss A Streetcar Named Desire (1.5 Hours)

                      Character Analysis for Streetcar scene 1 due in-class

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M  Sept 24    Exercises/Discuss  Practical Handbook, Ch 6 & 7, Quiz #5 online;

Discuss Streetcar, Character Analysis for Streetcar scene 10 due in-class (1.5 Hours)

                      

*W  Sept 26    NO CLASS - Instructor at TETA TheatreFest Conference in Dallas.

Complete reading Practical Handbook, Ch 8 – 12 Quiz #6 online (1.5 Hours)

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M   Oct 1      *Open Scenes & preparing for your scenes, Scene assignments (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 3        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

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M  Oct 8         Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 10       Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours

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M  Oct 15        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 17        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

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*M   Oct 22    Scene #1 in class, scene worksheets due (1.5 Hours)

*W   Oct 24    Scene #1 in class, scene worksheets due (1.5 Hours)  

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M  Oct 29        Audition/Monologue in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 31        Monologue work in-class (1.5 Hours)

**REQUIRED ATTENDANCE: LONDON WALL by John Van Druten

Nov 2, 3, 6 & 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Oct 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Student Center Theatre

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M   Nov  5       Headshots taken in-class: Dress appropriately, hair/make-up (1.5 Hours)

*W  Nov 7        Monologue Work in-class (1.5 Hours)

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*M   Nov 12    1st Theatre Actor Critique Due in-class, Monologue/Auditions private coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 14      Monologue/Auditions private coachings (1.5 Hours)

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*M  Nov 19     Present Monologue/Auditions in-class/headshot & resumes 

                       Final scene assignments given (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 21      HOLIDAY -Thanksgiving Break

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*M  Nov 26     2nd Theatre Actor Critique in-class, Final scene –class coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 28       Final scene--class coachings (1.5 Hours)

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M  Dec 3         Final scene--Class coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Dec 5         Final scene--Class coachings (1.5 Hours)

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*W  Dec 12      3:15PM - 5:15PM --FINAL SCENE PRESENTATIONS, scene worksheets due (3 HOURS)

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48 Total Contact Hours

DATES TO NOTE:

Aug 27                Last day to add/drop a class

Sept 3                 Labor Day Holiday

Sept 12               Day of Record (12th class day)

Oct 15                 Winter Mini-mester & Spring 2018 registration begins

Nov 30                 Last day to drop with a “Q”

Nov 21-23           Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec 7                   Last day of class

Dec 10 - 13         Finals