COMT150 Theatre Production

Department of The Arts: Performance Arts

I. Course Number and Title
COMT150 Theatre Production
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students taking this course must be able to utilize skills in the backstage aspects of producing a play. At least one of the following may be required: carpentry, sound control, light control, scenery painting, stage crew, hanging lights. Work is likely to be scheduled at irregular times outside of regular class meeting times. Students are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours outside of class time in their backstage area of focus. Students are required to attend all technical and dress rehearsals. Students are required to attend all performances of the college production. Student's grade is based primarily on contribution to college production.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students gain practical experience in technical or administrative aspects of theater through participation in the department's major theatrical production during the semester.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to

    1. develop an understanding of backstage skills required for producing a play; and
    2. develop proficiency in the specific area the student emphasizes, such as lighting design, sound design, and/or set construction.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Backstage areas of focus include the following:
      1. Stage managing
      2. Hanging gelling and focusing lights
      3. Running lights
      4. Running sound
      5. Building scenery
      6. Building or gathering props and furniture
      7. Scene painting
      8. Running crew
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Participation and contribution to college production
    2. Self-evaluation of work
    3. Fulfillment of contractual agreement
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    1. The script of the play being produced is the primary reference
    2. Textbook: check with instructor
    3. The instructor and play director are resources for the specific tasks to be accomplished

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; Revised 11/09; New Core 8/2015