Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2015 Course Syllabus

DRAM-2121-01 - Theater Practicum II

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2015
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 10-11 & 12-2pm MF& TTH 9:30-10:45or by appointment
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre Center (PAC)
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Course Information
Course Number11371
Course Description Practicum in theater open to all students with emphasis on technique and procedures with experience gained in play productions Laboratory instruction in production techniques in scenery, lighting, costumes and other technical areas. Course may be taken three times for a total of three semester hours. A student may not take more than nine hours of theater practicum.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks No Textbook Requirement: The purchase of some costume pieces may be required.

You will develop and build a Production Book (binder) with required assignments and lecture handouts of additional selected readings & the script for this semester’s production.

Put these notes in a 3 –Ring binder! You need bring it to use in class each day.

Access to campus Blackboard is required.

Attendance Policy Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed three hours (2 class periods) of excused absence, without it having attendance grade penalties. If you miss a performance the points are forfiet. To be excused requires a doctor’s excuse from hospital or return to work letter.

Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of points from this category for each day missed. Repeated tardiness (2) will have points taken out of your Audience Participation Etiquette points. After a student has missed 5 hours of class the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an “F”. This may affect your financial aid status, or scholarship funding and if this “instructor initiated” drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an “F” for insufficient work.

Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments, Or waking up feeling “under the weather”, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates.

There are 350 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette- Attendance/Participation and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor. These points are for participating effectively by giving conscientious feedback in rating peers in daily activities. Think of it as 10 points a day for 35 days ( I already took into accout the TCTA and TCCSTA missed days). The 3 performance days and strike day are worth 50 pts each. BEING HERE COUNTS!!!!
Course Grading Scale 1035-1150=A; 919-1034=B; 804-918=C;688-803=D;less than 685 =F

No Incompletes 1150 points total

Determination of Final Grade Oral Assignments         150 points

Written Assignments                 300 points

Exams                 250 points

Attendance/Participation Activity 450 points

1150 points total
Final Exam Date May 7, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Major Assignments Types of Assignments:

Exams: 250

Line Test 50pts on the first 5 sections of your lines. Oral

Line Grading week, Oral: 33pts per day for the 3 days covering entire show (100pts) total

Dialect Grade (50pts) Oral

Final exam (50pts) Written

Oral Performance: 150

Dress Rehearsal with audience 50pts

2 Evening Performances of Dialect script (50pt each) for a total of 100pts.        

Participation Activities:450

Construction Assignments 50 pts

Strike 50pts

Rehearsal /Preparation days 350pts

Written Assignments: 300 pts

Production Notebook (15 items) 150pts. (Includes teamwork analysis chart & other daily work.

Character Analysis paper 50pts

Theater Production Analysis paper 100pts

In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. There are no make-ups for daily drills, quizzes, or performances. There are NO RE-TESTS.

The order of presentation is up to the Professor so you must be in attendance and ready to perform on performance days. There is no guarantee that there will be any class time available to present a performance outside of the assigned days on the agenda calendar. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present.

For Weekly details see the next section.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates (2121-01 at 12:30-2:30pm TTH and 12-2pm on Wed.)

(Yes, We stay for the whole time and Test material is covered in class. Be Early or ON TIME!!! It is your responsibility to get material you miss from other students and turn in required papers on the due dates listed below.) Doctor’s appointments and going to work are NOT excused absences, make appointments outside of class time. There is no Make Up Time!{My cell number is 409-550-8945 -- call with questions, if you TEXT ME, give your name}

Week 1                

Jan.         20        Syllabus Overview/ DVD Do you speak American / get script

        21        Production Concept-notebook instructions/Spark note paper /Paul

                 Williams article/

        22          Auditions


Week 2                

Jan. 27        Read through / memory technique

        28        Set Work (Wear clothes that you can paint and work in)

        29        Set Work (Wear clothes that you can paint and work in) TETA

Week 3                

Feb. 3        Dialect web search Rm 122

        4        Assign set/costume work crews /line drill process while waiting for

                blocking instruction /Make-up workshop

        5        Block Act I Sc 1


Week 4                

Feb. 10        Block Act I Sc 2

        11        Block Act I Sc 3

        12        Block Act II Sc 1

Week 5        

Feb. 17        Blocking Act II Sc 2

        18        Blocking Act II SC 3

        19         Line test         Your first 5 cue sections (50 pts)

Week 6                

Feb. 24        Work on Set/Costumes

        25        Work on Set (Wear clothes that you can paint and work in) TCCSTA

        26        Work on Set        (Wear clothes that you can paint and work in) TCCSTA        

Week 7                Mar. 6th (Last day Drop no Grade)

Mar. 3        Run Act I sc 1 & 2

        4        Run Act I sc 3 & Act II Sc 1

5        Run Act II Sc 2 & 3


Week 8        (Try to be off script)        

Mar. 10        Run Act I sc 1 & 2 / Character Analysis Paper Due 50pts.

        11        Run Act I sc 3 & Act II Sc 1

        12        Run Act II Sc 2 & 3

Week 9         Mar. 16-20 Spring Break Campus closed

Week 10         (Work your lines and dialect on your own time)

Mar.        24        Set completion (Bring clothes that you can paint and work in)

        25        UIL        

        26         Set Completion (Bring clothes that you can paint and work in)


Week 11        (OFF SCRIPT GRADING WEEK)        100pts (30 pts per day)

Mar. 31        Act I Sc. 1 & 2

Apr.          1        Run Act I sc 3 & Act II Sc 1

         2        Run Act II Sc 2 & 3


Week 12        

        (last day to drop with grade April 6th )

Apr. 7         Act I Run with props /

        8        Act II Run with props

        9         Act I Run with props / music

Week 13        (All Costumes complete)

Apr.         14        Act II Run with props / music

        15        Run Act I & Act II

        16        Run Act I & Act II /Production Analysis Paper Due 100 pts.

Week 14                        

Apr. 21        Production Notebooks Due!!!!! 150pts. / Run Show with Tech

        22        Run Show with Tech & Costume /Dialect Grade Day 50pts.

        23         Run Show with Tech & Costume / Construction Contribution 50pts.

Week 15                        

Apr. 28        Run Show with Tech & Costume

        29        TBA                                

        30 No day class Evening call 6pm Dress rehearsal with audience 50pts

May          1        Call 6pm Show 7:30pm (EDA in the morning) 50pts

         2        Call 6pm Show 7:30pm (cast party after this show) 50pts.

Week 16                        

May 4         Strike 50pts.

Final Exam on May 7th at 2pm in Pac 132 50pts.

Attendance/Participation is worth 200 pts. 44 days committed to this project (5pts per day) – Audience Etiquette – disrupting a performer/partner in drills can lose your points and it can go into the negative numbers!!!!

All performers must be ready to perform on the Day of the assigned performance and turn in any written assignment on time or lose points!!!!

If you are absent the day a performance is due you will lose points!!! Turn off cell phones PLEASE!!!!

Supplies:         Bring Production Notebook with handouts in a binder to class every meeting with a highlighting pen, a regular pen, and paper for extra notes.

Everyone is valuable and necessary to produce an ensemble show!!!!

We need you here & focused!!!

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.

Course Student Learning Outcomes After taking DRAM 2121, the student(s) will be able to:

CSLO 1: Use collaboration in the creation of theatrical productions demonstrating the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal in preparation for group or public performance. (PSLO 4) Measured by teamwork rubric for performance in the production notebook

CSLO 2: Demonstrate the practical application of appropriately leveled theatrical skills and procedures. (PSLO 2) Measured by the Theater production analysis project and evening performance analysis.

CSLO 3: apply critical thinking skills for the creation of a theatrical production. (PSLO 1) Measured by character analysis written report; evening performance analysis; and the Theater Production Analysis paper

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!

    If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please feel free to come and discuss this with me.

Additional Information Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other students’ reports, they are recognizable. That earns a zero. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.

Cell Phones & IPODS: Turn off all communication devices that make noise during class. No Texting or Listening to Music during class. No doing other subjects homework during class. No Laptops during lecture. You will lose Audience Etiquette points if this policy is violated.

If you forget your password or have log in problems call Kenneth Lisbey at 409-984-6150. (8-5pm week days only)

Blackboard problems with seeing or hearing course materials, submitting assignments call or email Darren McIntire at 409-984-6141 or (8-5pm week days only)

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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