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THEA 1000 INTRO TO THEATRE

The introductory course in theatre, tracing the historical development of drama as an art form and examining, within a historical context, individual plays which represent major periods and types.

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THEA 1030 WRITTEN THEORY I--MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS

Designed for the student interested in pursuing a major in theatre, this course uses an integrated approach toward the fundamentals of music and of written harmony.

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Corequisites

THEA 1035

THEA 1035 AURAL THEORY I--MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS

The study of sight singing, ear training, keyboard harmony and diatonic harmony.

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Corequisites

THEA 1030

THEA 1100 ACTING

The basic course in principles and practice of acting, examining the fundamental principles of oral and physical interpretation and providing practical experience in a variety of theatrical activities.

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THEA 1110 ACTING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of acting in musical theatre. Topics of focus will be song interpretation, truthful acting, and auditioning for musical theatre.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1100

THEA 1115 PLAY SCRIPT ANALYSIS

An Introductory course focusing on Aristotle's principles of drama (plot, character, language, spectacle, music and theme) and how each principle is used to help create the dramatic structure of the story within a wide variety of historical plays from the Greek tragedy to the modern play.

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THEA 1120 AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY & LIT

This course covers the origins and development of the musical from "The Black Crook" to the present. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of the structure of the musical, its components, and cultural connections.

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THEA 1200 INTRODUCTION TO STAGE DESIGN

This course introduces and explores visual aesthetic principles as they relate to various aspects of stage design. Studio projects in scene, lighting, and costume design supplement lectures will be required. This course will satisfy the prerequisite for other design courses.

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THEA 1300 SOCIAL DANCE

Socialization, play and fun are the basic elements essential to Social Dance and participation is considered more important than performance. Social dance is a form of silent language in that it tends to reflect, in music and movement, the mood of people. In this course, dances from seven periods which mark the progress of social dance will be explored.

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THEA 1310 CORE COND FOR WHOLE BODY CONNECTIVITY

This class is an approach to basic body training involving the core muscles. Various methods of instruction will be incorporated throughout the class including: Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, work with exercise-bands, exercise-balls, and the reformer. Students will participate in exercises that will increase strength and flexibility and they will gain an understanding of body awareness and connections in the body that will help relieve stress in various parts of the body due to over use and inefficient movement patterns.

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THEA 1373 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR I

This course is the first in a two part series and will focus on relaxation, alignment, breath, and placement of resonance and articulation (vowel and consonant execution). This course will create an atmosphere in which the student will be able to form confidence in their personal abilities to sing. These personal abilities will be enhanced as the student learns to apply the fundamental techniques of singing. This course will also teach the student versatility and clarity in several styles of music theatre material.

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THEA 1374 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR II

This course will focus on song interpretation (paraphrasing, subtexting, given circumstances, emotions, images, and releasing) and articulation (vowel and consonants).  The singing fundamentals learned in the first part of the series (relaxation, alignment, breath, and placement of resonance) will continue to be employed throughout this course.   This course will facilitate an atmosphere in which the student will be able to form confidence in their personal abilities to act while singing a heighten text.  These personal abilities will be enhanced as the student learns to apply the fundamental techniques of singing.  This course will also teach the student versatility and clarity in several styles of music.  Finally, this course will prepare a student to successfully perform songs within various styles and contexts. 

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THEA 1406 INTRODUCTION TO BALLET

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique utilizing barre work, and basic center enchaînments. The class will discuss anatomical principles of ballet technique and elements of the art forms history.
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THEA 1407 BEGINNING BALLET

This course will continue to build upon the fundamentals of ballet technique introduced in THEA 1406 Introduction to Ballet. The class will start with barre work, and then move to beginning level center work, and across the floor enchaînments. The class will discuss anatomical principles of ballet technique and focus on the proper physical execution of the vocabulary.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1406 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1410 BALLET I/I

This class will begin with the classical ballet vocabulary at the barre, with emphasis on proper alignment and anatomical execution of beginning/intermediate ballet vocabulary. The class will then move to beginning/intermediate level center and traveling enchaînments, with a focus on petit allegro

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Prerequisites

THEA 1407 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1420 BALLET I/II

This course will continue to build upon ballet vocabulary presented in THEA 1410. The class will begin with the classical ballet vocabulary at the barre, with emphasis on proper anatomical execution of intermediate ballet vocabulary. The class will then move to intermediate level center and traveling enchaînments, with a focus on grand allegro.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1410 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1426 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN DANCE

This course is designed to give non-dancers an introduction to the origins and fundamentals of modern dance technique with an emphasis on personal movement awareness. Weight, levels and dynamics will be introduced through non-locomotor and locomotor movements.
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THEA 1427 BEGINNING MODERN DANCE

This course will continue to build upon the fundamentals of modern dance technique introduced in THEA 1426.  Basic locomotor combinations that focus on weight, levels and dynamics will be introduced.
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Prerequisites

THEA 1426 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1430 MODERN DANCE I/I

This class will focus on the exploration of the fundamentals of modern dance with an emphasis on locomotor movement. The class will begin with a warm-up emphasizing sequencing through the body and clear movement pathways. The class will then move to center combinations, which will focus on the use of levels, weight and dynamics in both non-locomotor and locomotor movements. Anatomical principles such as movement of the spine, specific joints, and muscular cause and reaction will be discussed throughout the class.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1427 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1440 MODERN DANCE I/II

This course will continue to build upon the modern dance principles taught in course THEA 1430. The class will begin with a warm-up emphasizing sequencing through the body and clear movement pathways. The class will then move to center combinations, which will focus on the use of levels, weight and dynamics in both non-locomotor and locomotor movements. Anatomical principles such as movement of the spine, specific joints, and muscular cause and reaction will be discussed throughout the class.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1430 or Instructor Permission

THEA 1450 TAP DANCE

The study of basic tap steps with emphasis on rhythmic accuracy and clarity of tap sounds. May be used for fine arts credit.

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THEA 1460 MUSICAL THEA VOCAL ENSEMBLE

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Prerequisites

Instructor Permission

THEA 1480 JAZZ DANCE I

Exploration of the fundamentals of jazz dance techniques with emphasis on rhythm and style.

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THEA 2100 ACTING II

This course will continue to use "you" (yourself) as the source and foundation of true emotion and behavior. Skills of relaxation, trust, observation, substitution, sense memory, emotional memory, imagery, inner objects, professionalism, concentration, actor scoring, script analysis, and believability will be examined more thoroughly than in Beginning Acting through participation in class acting exercises, monologue and scene work, analysis and improvisation. Emphasis will be placed on learning multiple approaches to organic character development and relationship. Specific topics of study include: energy, connection, breath, spatial awareness, inner objects, endowing, the "moment before", centers, physicality, animal work and other image based characterization, and improvisation.

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Prerequisites

Take THEA 1100

THEA 2105 DANCE HISTORY I

This course will explore why and how dance is a vital participant in cultural practices around the world.  A wide overview of dance from Ritual to Romanticism will be covered, including non-western dance forms in India, Japan, Africa, Australia and Native American tribes. In addition to non-western dance, the origins of ballet beginning with Catherine de Medici’s Renaissance pageants through the Romantic era will also be examined.
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THEA 2106 DANCE HISTORY II

This course will explore the history of western dance styles starting with the Classical Era of ballet, the birth of modern dance, and continuing through the 20th Century. Social and political events of the 20th Century and their impact on dance, as well as the art forms reaction to these events, will be examined.
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THEA 2110 ACTING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II

This course will provide a more thorough study and application of a musical theatre performer's tools. Students will learn to perceive and project detailed aspects of vocal, physical, and psychological performance energies in musical theatre contexts.

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Prerequisites

Take THEA 1110

THEA 2125 BEGINNING SCENIC DESIGN

This course will prepare the student to understand the fundamentals of scenic design and how computer technology can help with the design process. This study will start with the research process and work through the entire design process. Following that, the course will cover the responsibilities of the scenic designer throughout the build and rehearsal process. Finally this course will help students learn the collaboration process as well as the communication required in theatre. Topics will include research process, concepts, design elements, computer drafting, renderings, model making, and technical rehearsals.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1200 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2145 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

This course emphasizes techniques for costume construction, both machine and hand sewing, and sergers. Students will learn pattern layout and alterations, basic costume alterations, taking measurements of an actor to successfully build a costume, and making a basic item of clothing.

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THEA 2150 STAGE MANAGEMENT

This course is a practical study of the art of stage management. Techniques necessary for efficient theatre production and a conceptual overview of the rehearsal and performance process will be stressed. This course will prepare the student to work as a stage manager in any performing arts setting, including preproduction work, how to run the rehearsal process and the responsibilites of the stage manager during a performance. Finally the course will cover human behavior within a theatre organization and will help develop the student's ability to manage such an organization. Topics will include production research, planning, organization, auditions, rehearsal rules, managing rehearsals, information distribution, technical and dress rehearsals, preperformance preparation, running a show, organizational structure and human behavior.

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THEA 2160 STAGE MAKE-UP

This class is designed to teach students fundamental techniques in stage make-up design and application.

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THEA 2165 BEGINNING DIRECTING

This course provides an analysis and application of the techniques of theatrical directing. The course will be divided into two parts: working with actors, and the interpretive process. Topics include creating ensemble, rehearsal methods, director values and concept, casting, staging, script selection, analysis, and factors of preparing a production. Upon completion, students should be able to plan, execute, and critically discuss student-directed scenes.

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Prerequisites

Take THEA 1100

THEA 2175 BEGINNING COSTUME DESIGN

This course will prepare the student to understand the fundamentals of costume design starting with the research process and working through the entire design process. Following that, the course will cover the responsibilities of the costume designer throughout the build and rehearsal process.

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Prerequisites

THEA 2145 and THEA 1200

THEA 2185 PERIOD STYLES

This course is a historical survey in the developments of dress, dicor and architecture of western civilization from antiquity to modern age.

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THEA 2212 DANCE IMPROVISATION

A study of fundamental concepts in dance improvisation and exploration of movement through spontaneous problem-solving. The course is designed to evoke the student's creative individuality and sense of ensemble through individual as well as partner and group exercises.

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Corequisites

Corequisite: Enrollment in a Modern Dance Technique course

THEA 2215 DANCE COMPOSITION

A study of fundamental concepts in dance composition. Dynamics, rhythm, design, motivation, gesture and improvisation are explored as basic elements for building dance. May be used as fine arts credit.

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Prerequisites

THEA 2212 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2220 STAGECRAFT

A study of fundamental skills and concepts necessary to create a theatrical environment utilizing image and function.

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THEA 2230 STAGE LIGHTING

A study of stage lighting equipment and basic design concepts for lighting a play.

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THEA 2250 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN I

This course will introduce students to computer programs commonly used in designing for the theatre stage. Students will learn to use tools of selected software programs to create groundplans, elevations and lightplots. Students will also learn to create a 3-dimensional representation of a groundplan, export a drawing from software into a 3-dimensional rendering program, and create and manipulate textures to be applied to the design.

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Prerequisites

COSC 1200, may be taken concurrently

THEA 2252 DRAFTING & RENDERING FOR THEATRE

This course focuses on developing hand drafting, drawing and rendering techniques used in the various areas of design in theater.

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THEA 2270 BEGINNING LIGHTING DESIGN

This course will prepare the student to understand the fundamentals of lighting design starting with the research process and working through the entire design process. Following that, the course will cover the responsibilities of the lighting designer throughout the build and rehearsal process.

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Prerequisites

THEA 2230 and THEA 1200

THEA 2370 SUMMER THEATRE

This course will focus on the preparation and presentation of several plays for the College's summer stock theatre company. Students enrolling in this class will participate in all phases of production in the summer stock theatre company. Company members will be responsible for all technical and management preparations of the productions. They will also be performing in or running each production. Additionally, these students will work with youth in the preparation of a youth production.

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Prerequisites

By Audition Only

THEA 2410 BALLET II/I

This course may be used for Applied Arts credit. This course will continue to build upon the principles of ballet technique from THEA 1420. The class will begin with the classical ballet vocabulary at the barre, with emphasis on proper anatomical execution and aplomb. The class will then move to intermediate center, petit allegro, and grand allegro enchaînments.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1420 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2420 BALLET II/II

This course will continue to build upon the principles of ballet technique from THEA 2410. The class will begin with the classical ballet vocabulary at the barre, with emphasis on proper anatomical execution and aplomb. The class will then move to intermediate/advanced center, petit allegro, and grand allegro enchaînments.

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Prerequisites

THEA 2410 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2430 MODERN DANCE II/I

This course is the study of intermediate modern dance techniques with an emphasis on complex combinations and increasing physical demands on the body. The class will begin with a warm-up concentrating on sequencing through the body. The class will then move to center combinations, which will focus on more complex ideas of levels, weight and dynamics. An emphasis will be placed on anatomical awareness and the proper execution of the modern dance vocabulary.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1440 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2440 MODERN DANCE II/II

This course will continue to build upon the principles of modern dance technique from THEA 2430. The class will begin with a warm-up concentrating on sequencing through the body. The class will then move to center combinations, which will focus on more complex ideas of levels, weight and dynamics. An emphasis will be placed on anatomical awareness and increasing physical demands on the body through locomotor combinations.

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Prerequisites

THEA 2430 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2450 TAP DANCE II

This course will build on the basic steps and use more complex rhythms. Improvisation will be used to help the dancer hear and duplicate rhythms. The emphasis will continue to be on the rythmic accuracy and clarity of tap sounds.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1450

THEA 2471 THEATRE & DANCE PRACTICUM I

This course provides practical experience for students interested in participating in college-sponsored theatre and dance activities and production. Areas of interest include acting, dancing, singing, stagecraft, lighting, costumes, props, and other technical support. Students will be required to perform at least 30 lab hours for each credit hour. May be taken four times for credit.

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THEA 2472 THEATRE & DANCE PRACTICUM II

This course provides practical experience for students interested in participating in college-sponsored theatre and dance activities and production. Areas of interest include acting, dancing, singing, stagecraft, lighting, costumes, props, and other technical support. Students will be required to perform at least 30 lab hours for each credit hour. May be taken four times for credit.

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THEA 2473 THEATRE & DANCE PRACTICUM III

This course provides practical experience for students interested in participating in college-sponsored theatre and dance activities and production. Areas of interest include acting, dancing, singing, stagecraft, lighting, costumes, props, and other technical support. Students will be required to perform at least 30 lab hours for each credit hour. May be taken four times for credit.

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THEA 2480 JAZZ DANCE II

This course will provide continued exploration of basic and intermediate jazz dance technique with emphasis on increasingly complex combinations and style.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1480 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2495 WORKSHOPS IN THEATRE

 

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THEA 2500 THEATRE PORTFOLIO

This course will provide students with the opportunity to prepare a comprehensive portfolio which may help them transfer to another college or gain employment. Students will also complete a project in their primary area of emphasis with a final presentation juried by faculty within the selected discipline. This course does not fulfill the WWCC Assessment requirement for graduation.

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Prerequisites

Must have completed 45 credit hours toward an AFA or AA degree

THEA 2610 SOUND REINFORCEMENT I

This course is the introduction to the theory, techniques, and equipment used in sound reinforcement. Skills will be developed through theory and application discussion, as well as hands-on training with professional sound equipment. Projects will include setting up and running an audio reinforcement system.

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THEA 2615 SOUND DESIGN

This course will prepare the student to understand the fundamentals of sound design and how to use computer software in that process. This study will start with the research process and work through the entire design process. Following that, the course will cover the responsibilities of the sound designer throughout the design and rehearsal process. Finally, this course will help students learn the collaboration process as well as the communication required in theatre. Topics will include the history of sound, the future of sound, research process, concepts, design elements, special effects, and technical rehearsals.

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Prerequisites

THEA 1200 or Instructor Permission

THEA 2810 SCENIC PAINTING FOR THE THEATRE

This course will introduce students to basic painting techniques that are commonly practiced in theatre. Students will learn to paint with a variety of tools and mediums that are used in scenic shops.

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THEA 2810 SCENIC PAINTING FOR THEATRE

This course will introduce students to basic painting techniques that are commonly practiced in theatre.  Students will learn to paint with a variety of tools and mediums that are used in scenic shops.
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THEA 2971 TECHNICAL THEATRE INTERNSHIP

This course will provide practical technical theatre work experience. Students enrolling for this course will be trained and will work in the theatre doing lights, set, sound, costume, props, and rigging assignments. Interns will also be responsible for preparing and running the technical aspects of every event in the theatre.

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THEA 2972 THEATRE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

This course will provide practical theatre management experience. Students enrolling for this course will be trained and will work in the theatre office doing publicity, tour planning, events coordination, house management, patron donations, box office, book keeping, payroll, requisitions, recruiting, solictiting advertisements, program compilation, correspondence and/or other secretarial work.

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THEA 2973 REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST INTERNSHIP

This course provides practical experience working as a rehearsal accompanist for the musical theatre program at the college. Students enrolling in this course will be trained in accompaniment skills and will play piano for private rehearsals and in-class work for students or for main stage production rehearsals. Through this experience the student will learn about and prepare themselves for a valuable career option. May be taken up to six times for credit.Only six internship credits allowable toward graduation.

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