Colonia High School Performing Arts
Teacher: Stephanie Platko
Grade Level: 10-12
Course: Theater Arts Production
Course Description: This course offers an intense study of technical theater and its practical application. Students will learn design skills as well as the understanding and use of theatrical language and technical theater techniques. Students will take part in small group as well as individual projects, in addition to after school/evening technical theater opportunities that may arise .
Grading Procedures: 50% of your grade will be comprised of Minor Assessment grades including weekly participation grades (see below for grading requirements), homework, activities, group work, assigned reading responses, and rehearsal journals. The other 50% of your grade will be comprised of Major Assessments including all quizzes and technical theater project presentations.
Homework Policy: Work is due at the beginning of the block. No late work is accepted without penalty unless there is an excused absence from school. Assignments which are 1 day late are subject to a 10 point deduction. If the student fails to hand in the assignment the following day, the assignment will be given a grade of 50. Once the assignment is a week late or more, the assignment will no longer be accepted and the student will receive a zero. Please be aware that being absent on a day that an assignment is due does not mean you do not have to hand it in on that day. In the event of an absence, you have two options: 1. Your parent/guardian may bring in the assignment and leave it in my mailbox in the main office, or 2. You may email me with your assignment. If you bring the assignment in the day you return, it will still be subject to my late work policy.
Make Up Work Policy: As per district regulation, students are given 2 days per day absent to make up all assignments. It is your responsibility as the student to find out what you missed on that day. Your syllabus should be helpful in keeping you on track. All handouts will be placed in the folder on the bulletin board behind my desk. Upon arrival to class, you may pick up anything from the folder that you may have missed. All assignments are posted to schoolwires each Monday for the week. Notes, powerpoints, etc… will also be posted to schoolwires.
Extra Credit: Students may earn extra credit by seeing a theatrical production or being a part of a theatrical production in or out of school. It is beneficial that you see any and all theater as opportunities arise. See me for viewing opportunities as well as some great Broadway Discounts. Additional extra credit may be earned by bringing in tissues or hand sanitizer. All extra credit is worth 5 points and may be added to any Minor Assessment grade.
Assigned Readings: Basic Drama Projects, Fundamentals of Theatrical Design, Stagecraft, Theatre: Art in Action, as well as theatrical scripts (to be determined) throughout the semester. Readings will either be in a textbook, posted on classroom in pdf format, or copied and handed out. All readings will have a corresponding written assignment.
Participation: Participation is based on in class discussion and active contribution in classwork. Unexcused absences and absences due to disciplinary action impact negatively on participation grades; 1 point per day will be deducted.
100% - Individual risk taking, active participation
90% - Group participation
80% - Limited participation
70% - Poor participation
50% - Disruptive and/or unwilling to participate
Final Exam: The final exam for this class will be two segments. Part I (worth 75%) is a final design project of the student’s choosing. (The details of this assignment will be handed out at the beginning of the second marking period.) Part II (worth 25%) will be on the language and information learned throughout the semester.
3 Ring Binder
College Ruled paper
Tabbed Dividers with Labels for 4 sections: Notes, Handouts, Projects, Scripts
Plastic Sheet protectors
- Be on time – you must be near your seat by the time the bell rings to be counted as present. Running through the door as the bell rings does not count as being on time!
- Be prepared with your notebook, any scripts/scenes/worksheets and something to write with. Not being prepared for class will result in a lower daily participation grade.
- NO FOOD, DRINK, GUM, OR CANDY OF ANY KIND IN THE AUDITORIUM OR 248 ESPECIALLY WHEN WE’RE WORKING ON PROJECTS. YOU MAY BRING A CLOSED CLEAR WATER BOTTLE TO CLASS IN EITHER LOCATION.
- Electronic device usage will be determined on a case by case basis. Usage of such devices will be limited to research within and for class assignments ONLY. Personal usage on class time will be subject to disciplinary action as per district policy.
- Watch your language – foul language, swearing, cursing, and derogatory statements are considered offensive and disrespectful not only to me but to your fellow classmates. If I have to speak with you multiple times regarding this rule, a call will be made to your house to discuss it further with your parent(s) or guardian(s).
- Respect each other – this includes respecting other people’s space and property as well as respecting them as a person. This also includes how you treat me. I will extend the same courtesy towards everyone in this class, as long as you do the same.
- RESPECT THE AUDITORIUM SPACE.
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be disciplined according to district policy.
- You must remain in the seating area until the bell rings.
Attitude and Attendance: This is one of the most important areas in Theater Arts Class. Because this is a practical application based class, it is very important that you are supportive of each other and maintain a positive attitude at all times. You will be working in groups for many assignments, so it is important to try to get along with everyone. Regular attendance is EXTREMELY important. Each person’s participation is VITAL to the success of the group. Please make every attempt to limit absences in this class.
Unit One: Introduction to Technical Theater
pgs 74-90 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapter 2 - It’s all about Collaboration - Design for the Theater - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Chapter 1 - Script Analysis for Designers - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Career Component Research Presentation
Unit Two: Set Design and Construction
Chapter 18 - Set Design and Construction Basic Drama Projects
Chapter 7 - Scenic Design Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
pgs 202-218, 464-469 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, and 9 - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Theater Safety Video
Short Play- Set Design Project (Rendering, Elevation, Model)
Chapter 19 - Lighting Basic Drama Projects
Chapter 9 - Lighting Design Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
pgs 228-231, 339-344, 478-482 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapters 10 and 11 - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Film to Stage Conversion - Lighting Design Project (Google Slides presentation)
Programming the ETC Board
Final Performance Designs in Conjunction with Dance Two
Chapter 20 - Sound Basic Drama Projects
pgs 232-233, 345, 483-484 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapters 14 and 15 - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Short Play - Sound Design Project (preshow, production, and postshow)
Chapter 21 - Costumes Basic Drama Projects
Chapter 8 - Costume Design Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
pgs 234-237, 346-348, 485-490 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapter 12 - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Short Play Design and optional Construction Project Presentation
Sewing Tutorial Project
Chapter 22 - Makeup
pgs 238-239, 349-351, 491-495 Theatre: Art in Action
Chapter 13 - Stagecraft Fundamentals
Make Up Morgue Project
Make Up Practical Design and Application
Chapter 23 - Props
pgs 226-227, 337-338, 470-477 Theatre: Art in Action
Props Budgeting and Procurement Project
Final Design Project