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THTRE 110: THEATRE APPRECIATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This is a general education humanities course, and is not a performance based class. This course will enhance the appreciation of the theatre as an art form. Emphasis will be placed upon the dynamic way in which theatre can reflect, enhance, and enlighten the human condition, and includes historical, social, esthetic, and technical aspects of theatrical expression. [IAI: F1 907]

THTRE 111: MODERN DRAMA

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This is a general education humanities course, and is not a performance based class. This course introduces the many fascinating forms of drama and should make students aware of the extraordinary vitality and diversity of the modern global theatre through reading and study of various theatrical works. [IAI: F1 907]

THTRE 113: INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course introduces safety procedures and basic techniques of scenery and property construction, tool use, scene painting, basic lighting techniques, and backstage organization. Through the use of laboratory hours, students will have hands-on experience in conjunction with departmental productions. [IAI: TA 911]

THTRE 114: FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRICAL DESIGN

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: THTRE 113 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to design elements, the design process, and the ability to communicate the progression of a theatrical design from concept to realization. Some areas covered are: script analysis, creating a vision statement, basic drafting, renderings, and model making.

THTRE 115: STAGE MAKE-UP

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is hands-on introduction to the basic knowledge, techniques, and application of make-up as it applies to theatre and film. Course content will incorporate color analysis and design and application techniques for creating corrective, straight, old age, fantasy, trauma, and special effects make-up for the stage.

THTRE 118: THEATRE PRACTICUM

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course offers the student practical experience in on-stage and off-stage theatrical production techniques. The student arranges a minimum thirty-two hours of hands-on experience workshop at times of student's convenience.

THTRE 119: THEATRE PRACTICUM

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course offers the student practical experience in on-stage and off-stage theatrical production techniques. The student arranges a minimum thirty-two hours of hands-on experience workshop at times of student's convenience.

THTRE 122: ACTING I

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This is a performance based fundamentals of acting course. The course covers the actors' use of concentration and observation, the importance of acting choices, basics of character development and script analysis.Course topics are introduced through acting exercises, improvisations, and short scene study. A variety of acting techniques such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Cohen will be used as a basis to help the actor acquire the tools needed to create believable characters. [IAI: TA 914]

THTRE 123: DIRECTING I

3 hrs. (TC)

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This is an introductory course to acquaint the student with the study and practice of the fundamentals of directing through director terminology, brief historical development and importance of the director. The student will acquire practical knowledge and use of the director's tools, beginning script analysis, use of stage space and work with actors in a laboratory setting.

THTRE 210: INTRODUCTION TO COSTUMING

3 hrs. (TC)

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This introductory course focuses on planning and executing costumes for theatrical production including experience in conjunction with departmental presentations. The student learns the use of costume plots, measurements for fittings, procedures for construction, and standard works for research in historical costume periods and folk costume.

THTRE 211: THEATRE INTERNSHIP

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed to give the student/intern experience in their chosen field of interest under the direct supervision of a professional (Producer, Director, Designer, Stage Manager) while engaged in on-the-job training. The student/intern will also do individual research and study on approved area of interest.

THTRE 217: CREATIVE DRAMATICS AND CHILDREN'S THEATRE

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course links Creative Dramatics and Children's Theatre. The focus of the first portion is leading children to develop their imaginations through the use of dramatic activities as a learning tool -- in any classroom or as an end in itself. The second division, Children's Theatre, involves the analysis of playscripts and the techniques of directing, acting, and designing for the child audience.

THTRE 218: THEATRE PRACTICUM

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course offers the student practical experience in on-stage and off-stage theatrical production techniques. The student arranges a minimum thirty-two hours of hands-on experience workshop at times of student's convenience. THTRE 218 and THTRE 219 may be taken a maximum of three times each.

THTRE 219: THEATRE PRACTICUM

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course offers the student practical experience in on-stage and off-stage theatrical production techniques. The student arranges a minimum thirty-two hours of hands-on experience workshop at times of student's convenience. THTRE 218 and THTRE 219 may be taken a maximum of three times each.

THTRE 220: SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is for all residents of Illinois Central College District 514 who wish to participate in a summer theatre workshop. They are encouraged to enroll in this exciting venture. High school juniors and seniors may also enroll in this course. Students will work with several theatre instructors in the preparation, rehearsing, staging, and actual presentation of a major production in Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center.

THTRE 221: STAGE MOVEMENT

3 hrs. (TC)

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This performance course is taught in a three-section format. The first section is warm-up; the second is the study of mime techniques; the third is improvisation/performance. Classwork begins with solo work and progresses through duet, trio and ensemble exercises. Completion of this course will provide a basic knowledge of theatrical and dramatic stage movement.

THTRE 222: ACTING II

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: THTRE 122 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This is a performance course and is a continuation of Acting I. In this course the student-actor will concentrate on the extended development of character and the further application of learned techniques. The student will move from exercises and improvisation to the use of the script and formal application of acting techniques through scene work.

THTRE 223: DIRECTING II

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: THTRE 123 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of Directing I. In this course the student-director will further development the director's tools, director/actor communication, and the understanding and use of acting tools and techniques necessary to the rehearsal and performance process. The student will display knowledge and ability to use techniques through class exercises, text analysis, and extended scene work.