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100 Introduction to the Theater (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
A survey and theater appreciation course for both majors and non-majors. The class explores what theater is all about, what goes on in theater, and what it means from an audience perspective. The course seeks to supply the student with insights into the theatrical processes in order to give him or her a wider basis for evaluation and enjoyment. All aspects of play production are explored: playwriting, producing, directing, acting, criticism, theater architecture, set design, costume design, lighting design, and the role of the audience.


110 History of the World Theater (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Studies the development of the theater from earliest periods to the present. Play readings, films, and historical trends are discussed.


125 Dramatic Literature (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Same as English 213. Credit not given for both courses.
Surveys the major dramatic forms in the Western World from the early beginnings to the present time. Play reading for pleasure, appreciation, and interpretation are stressed. Analysis and criticism follow.


225 Beginning Direction (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Recommended Preparation: Theater 270 and one technical theater class (Theater 300 through 400).
Leads the student from the basic script through all the elements necessary to get the play on stage: interpretation, casting, scheduling, movement, blocking, business, pace and timing. Provides firm guidance for beginning directors in the technical handling of a script from preparation of a prompt script to working out of technical plots.


230 Acting for the Camera (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 4 hours.
Prerequisite: Theater 270.
Introduction to acting skills for the camera utilizing improvisational techniques, character building and in class performance of memorized prepared work, dramatic, comedic and commercial, for the camera

232 Play Production (2) UC:CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 6 hours.
Prerequisites: Theater 342 and 411 (may be taken concurrently)
Recommended Preparation: Theater 270.
Required audition will be held the first week during which casts are selected for faculty directed productions. Represents the culmination of the student’s acting experience. Here students demonstrate their ability to perform in fully staged productions for audiences of the general public, and are encouraged, wherever possible, to develop from minor roles to the creation of more demanding characterizations.


240 Voice and Articulation for the Theater (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Deals with the fundamentals of good voice, good speech, and dynamic vocal expressiveness. Toward these goals the following elements are studied: breathing, posture, resonance, loudness, timing, pitch, and clear articulation.


250 Children’s Theater Production (2) CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 6 hours.
Prerequisites: Theater 342 or 411 (may be taken concurrently).
Required auditions are held the first week of class, during which casts are selected for faculty directed productions.
This class is identical to Theater 232, the single exception being the kind of material presented.


265 Movement for the Actor (2) UC:CSU - RPT 1
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 2 hours.
Selections from plays, poetry and prose are utilized to train the actor to approach the text from a “movement” point of view. Exercises and improvisations in sensory-motor awareness lead to flexibility, balance, energy and expressiveness on stage.


270 Beginning Acting (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Provides instruction in the basic techniques of acting. Prepares the student for subsequent acting classes, and meets one of the requirements for the production class.


271 Intermediate Acting (2) UC:CSU
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Theater 270.
Provides more advanced instruction in acting fundamentals through the medium of scene study. Greater depth is expected in both characterization and script analysis.


273 Advanced Acting (2) UC:CSU - RPT 1
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Theater 271.
Continues the in-depth work of Intermediate Acting utilizing scenes from mature works of drama. Presentational skills are sharpened as the student is readied for performance.


279 Musical Theatre (2) *UC:CSU - RPT 3
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 2 hours.
A survey of Musical Theatre with emphasis on the development of singing, dancing, movement, and acting skills and techniques. Opportunities will be offered to apply these skills and techniques before a student audience.


280 Musical Theatre Workshop (3) *UC:CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 6 hours.
Practical experience using techniques and principles of acting in the musical theatre will be presented before an audience. Emphasis will focus on the development of acting, singing, and movement skills.

291 Rehearsals and Performances (1) UC:CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 3 hours, plus rehearsals and performances.
Recommended Preparation: Theater 270, 342, or equivalent.
Auditions and interviews are held the first week of classes, during which casts and technical crews are selected for productions. In this course students are actively involved in the production of plays for college and public performances. Primary emphasis is on the ability to perform acting and stage crew assignments. Students may also work in the areas of publicity, house management, technical theater, or costuming.


292 Rehearsals and Performances (2) UC:CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 6 hours, plus rehearsals and performances.
Recommended: Theater 270, 342, or equivalent.
Auditions and interviews are held the first week of classes, during which casts and technical crews are selected for productions. In this course students are actively involved in the production of plays for college and public performances. Primary emphasis is on the ability to perform acting and stage crew assignments. Students may also work in the areas of publicity, house management, technical theater, or costuming.


300 Introduction to Stage Craft (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Through lecture and laboratory demonstration, covers all phases of scene construction, painting, mounting and running of stage scenery. Also covers the use of sound, lighting equipment, and stage properties. Additional instruction is given in stage terminology and the organization and management of stage crew activities.


310 Introduction to Theatrical Lighting (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Presents the basic principles of theatrical lighting, designed to familiarize the student with the equipment, the medium, and the design functions of stage lighting.


315 Introduction to Theatrical Scenic Design (3) UC:CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Theater 300.
Covers training and practice in the problems of designing for stage including construction and painting techniques, development of the design concept, budgeting, and modeling the design.


320 Computer Aided Drafting and Designing for the Theatre (3)
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 2 hours
This course explores the techniques and skills needed to express the art of design in lighting, scenery, sound and costume in the theatre through the medium of the computer. This course focuses primarily on the computer drafting program known as Vectorworks.


340 Theatre Management-On and Off Stage (2)
Lecture 2 hours.
This course exposes the students to the knowledge and skills necessary to stage manage a theatrical production, and an overview of theatre administration.

342 Technical Stage Production (2) UC:CSU - RPT 3
Laboratory 6 hours.
Same as Theater 342. Credit not given for both courses.
Recommended Preparation: Theater 300.
Provides work in all aspects of play production in terms of study and laboratory practice, including stage managing, lighting, scene construction, painting, designing, and the use of stage equipment. Offers experience in stage crew and technical production.

411 Costuming for the Theater (3) UC:CSU - RPT 2
Lecture 2 hours; Laboratory 2 hours.
Note: Meets prerequisite for Theater 232 and 250.
Surveys theatrical costuming as a craft and as a design art. Introduces design principles, research methods, pattern and construction techniques, sewing equipment use and maintenance, and the functions of costume personnel in production work. Lab work may include assignments on current department productions.


450 Beginning Stage Make-Up (2) UC:CSU
Lecture 1 hour; Laboratory 3 hours.
Introduces students to the basic techniques and materials of theatrical make-up, and gives practice in its application. Students will learn to apply straight, corrective, middle age, old age, and fantasy make-up. The application of facial hair, scars and bruises and nose putty will also be studied. Lab work may include assignments on current department productions.

185 Directed Study - Theater (1) CSU - RPT 2


285 Directed Study - Theater (2) CSU


385 Directed Study - Theater (3) CSU
Conference 1 hour per unit.
Allows students to pursue Directed Study in Theater on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.


911-941
Cooperative Work Experience Education - Theater (1-4) CSU
See Cooperative Work Experience Education.
*UC Credit Limits: Theater 279 and Music 776 combined; maximum credit, one course.
Theater 280 and Music 777 combined; maximum credit, one course.