Bryan · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM
- Fall 2018
- Section 300 CRN-12106
- 3 Credits
- 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
- Modified 08/27/2018
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.
Instructor: Mr. Greg Wise
- Email: [email protected]
- Office: H186
- Phone: 979-209-7244
- MW: Noon--1pm & TR: Noon - 2:30pm or by appointment.
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.
Core Curriculum Statement
This course is not a core curriculum course.
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.
(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.
Bryan on-campus performance schedule and tickets available online:
UNITY THEATRE, BRENHAM
Amelia by Alex Webb, Nov 1 -11, 2018
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
The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time from the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, Nov 14 - 17, 2018
ALLEY THEATRE, HOUSTON:
Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morriseau, Sept 7 - Oct 7, 2018
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Oct 5 - Oct 28, 2018
CATASTROPHIC THEATRE, HOUSTON:
Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard, Sept 28 - Oct 21, 2018
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Wilson, Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2018
MAIN STREET THEATER, HOUSTON:
The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, Sept 22 - Oct 21, 2018
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018
STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE, HOUSTON
Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez, Oct 3 -21, 2018
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
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
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (abridged) by Taylor Mac, Sept 27 - 28, 2018
THEATRE THREE, DALLAS
The Moors by Jen Silverman, Oct 25 - Nov 18, 2018
- Availability: Bookstore & online
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.
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.
Students will participate during vocal and physical warm-ups and 2nd circle concentration work.
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.
Students will write two written critiques over an actors performance in theatre.
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
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
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.
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.
Syllabus—DRAM 1351 (300) Acting I—FALL 2018
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)
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
*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)
*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
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)
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)
M Oct 8 Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)
W Oct 10 Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours
M Oct 15 Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)
W Oct 17 Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)
*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)
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
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)
*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)
*M Nov 19 Present Monologue/Auditions in-class/headshot & resumes
Final scene assignments given (1.5 Hours)
W Nov 21 HOLIDAY -Thanksgiving Break
*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)
M Dec 3 Final scene--Class coachings (1.5 Hours)
W Dec 5 Final scene--Class coachings (1.5 Hours)
*W Dec 12 3:15PM - 5:15PM --FINAL SCENE PRESENTATIONS, scene worksheets due (3 HOURS)
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