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  • DNC 1041

    Applied Dance: Ballet I (PE)

    1cr
    Beginning ballet instruction in fundamental movement including ballet positions and barre and center exercises. Open to all students. Fulfills general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Fall

  • DNC 1043

    Applied Dance: Tap I (PE)

    1cr
    Beginning tap dance skill in steps at the barre and on the floor. Open to all students. Fulfills general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Fall/Spring

  • DNC 1044

    Applied Dance: Jazz I (PE)

    1cr
    Beginning level instruction in the fundamentals of jazz dance, including jazz positions, barre and center exercises, progressions, and longer movement combinations. Open to all students. Fulfills general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Fall

  • DNC 1047

    Applied Dance: Modern I (PE)

    1cr
    This course offers a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas. Each class begins with a structured warm-up designed to prepare the entire body for full-out moving. Center combinations, turning, partnering, small jumps, and leaps, as well as traveling across the floor, develop a strong foundation for future study. Fufills general education requirement for EXS experience and is a graded course.
    Fall

  • DNC 1050

    Pilates (PE)

    1cr
    In this course, students will be given instruction in fundamental Pilates mat exercises focusing on coordination, posture, body awareness, and strength. The specific approach designed for this course will emphasize neutral spine and proper pelvic alignment to improve core stability and overall health. Open to all students.This course fulfills the EXS experience requirement.
    Spring

  • DNC 1120

    Dance Theory and Practices

    2cr
    Dance Theory and Practices surveys concert dance in America and establishes dance as a form of expression and creativity. Through readings, discussions, and practice, students will experience a variety of dance forms and learn about the contexts from which they emerged. Each class will begin with time to tune in and warm up and will follow with stylistic lessons and/or explorations within improvisational structures.
    Fall

  • DNC 2041

    Applied Dance: Ballet II (PE)

    1cr
    Continued ballet instruction in floor combinations and beginning allegro and adagio. Fulfills general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Prerequisites: DNC 1041 and consent of the instructor.
    Spring

  • DNC 2043

    Applied Dance: Tap II (PE)

    1cr
    Tap II is a continuation of tap technique instruction for students who have a foundation in tap technique. Students will further develop technical skills through classwork that includes progressions, stylized routines, and combinations that build on tap skills level I as well as reflect various stylistic and historical influences. This class fulfills the general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1043 or consent of Instructor
    Spring

  • DNC 2044

    Applied Dance: Jazz II (PE)

    1cr
    Continued jazz dance instruction in a variety of steps and combinations including floor combinations and stylized dances. Fulfills general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1044 or consent of instructor

  • DNC 2047

    Applied Dance: Modern II (PE)

    1cr
    This course offers continued instruction in Modern Technique. Classes will incorporate both floor and standing exercises, progressions that travel through space, and longer movement combinations.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1047

  • DNC 2060

    Dance Theory and Composition I

    2cr
    Dance Theory and Composition I navigates the creative process of dance making through reflection, exploration, and composition. Students will explore a variety of approaches in dance composition and will consider and discuss the concepts, choices, and the craft of other dance makers. This course will culminate in an informal presentation of dance works.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1120 or consent of the instructor
    Spring

  • DNC 2070

    Dance Choreography and Repertory

    2cr
    Dance Choreography and Repertory is a performance and choreography course that continues skills developed in applied dance technique, improvisation, and theory and composition courses. The course provides students opportunities to further understand modes of choreographic and performance inquiry and will culminate in a final performance presentation.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1120 or consent of instructor
    Spring

  • DNC 3041

    Advanced Ballet (PE)

    1cr
    A continuation and extension of the techniques learned in Ballet I and II including application of more difficult elements of the ballet style. Each class will include barre, port de bras, center barre, adagio, petit allegro, grand allegro, and entournant. Discussions will include theory and history of ballet as it applies to the styles being studied. This course fulfills the general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course. This course can be repeated for credit.
    Prerequisites: DNC 2041 and consent of instructor
    Fall

  • DNC 3044

    Advanced Jazz (PE)

    1cr
    This course will build upon the technical foundation of Jazz I and Jazz II. Students will further develop jazz dance skills through class work that includes warm-up exercises, progressions, and combinations that progress beyond intermediate level skills and reflect specific stylistic and historical influences. This course fulfills the general education requirement for Exercise and Sport Science experience and is a graded course. This course can be repeated for credit.
    Prerequisite: DNC 2044
    Spring

  • DNC 3050

    Dance History

    4cr
    This course is designed to provide a contextual understanding of American concert dance from the early 1900s until today. The course will look at significant artists and works that have influenced and shaped dance in America, including those within the styles of ballet, modern, jazz, and music theatre. Through reading, discussion, written work, and independent research, students will develop an understanding of the historical threads that have converged into the multiplicity of American concert dance today.
    Prerequisite: DNC 1120 or consent of instructor
    Spring

  • THR 0200

    Applied Technical Production

    1cr
    Students may receive one credit hour for assuming significant responsibility as stage manager, designer, crew chief, assistant director, publicity director, or dramaturg of a production. Course may be repeated if a student has successfully completed one production/design course. Limit: one credit hour per semester or January term. Students will write an outline of goals for the experience and upon completion will write a short self-assessment paper.
    Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 0300

    Applied Acting and Directing

    1cr
    Students may receive one credit hour for assuming significant responsibility for a sizable role in a preapproved theatre production, or by directing a one-act or full-length play for public performance. The actor or director will keep a journal documenting the learning experience and upon completion will write a short self-assessment paper.
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 1110

    Introduction to Acting (FAR)

    4cr
    This course offers an examination of the basic concepts, vocabulary, and techniques of acting. The class will include improvisation, monologue preparation, scene study, character development, and textual analysis.

  • THR 1150

    Introduction to Theatre (FAR)

    4cr
    An introduction to texts, practice, and production in the theatre in order to understand it as a social and aesthetic experience and as a reflection of culture. Various aspects of theatre, a broad view of theatre history, and a study of representative plays of the past and present will constitute the content of the course.
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 2010

    Oral Interpretation of Literature (FAR)

    4cr
    A study of, and participation in, the techniques employed in translating print narrative into oral communication. Students will analyze, prepare, and present different types of text and develop their vocal range, capacity, and expressiveness.
    J-Term

  • THR 2110

    Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting (For Majors and Minors)

    4cr
    A beginning course for the Theatre major or minor, with an introduction to the art of acting through individual and group work. Students will develop basic acting skills with a strong emphasis on the Stanislavski system. The class will include improvisation, monologue preparation, scene study, character development, textual analysis, vocal development, and historical research.
    Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor or Music Theatre major
    Fall

  • THR 2120

    Acting and Directing One Acts

    4cr
    The objective of this project-driven course is to explore the process of new play development. The specific focus is an ensemble-driven approach to play development. Students will participate in a highly collaborative team consisting of directors and performers with special emphasis on developing and staging new scripts written by the playwriting class. The students will showcase scripts at the end of the semester.
    Prerequisites: Theatre majors and minors or THR 1110 and consent of the instructor
    Fall

  • THR 2180

    Theatre for Children (FAR)

    4cr
    The course includes a study of drama and community settings for persons of all ages, as well as study and experiences designed to develop the skills needed to provide environments conducive to the development of creativity in the individual, and an examination of the child's potential for creative achievement at different age and grade levels.
    Fall

  • THR 2620

    Music Theatre Workshop

    0-2cr
    This course for the singer-actor provides formal and informal venues to develop music theatre skills: character development and portrayal, scene study, and audition skills. The laboratory format allows students to learn from the instructor as well as each other as they cover varied repertory. The course culminates in a performance at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit.
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 2900

    Play Reading and Analysis

    4cr
    The course will include a critical examination of dramatic literature for the purpose of production. Students in this course will consider representative dramatic works from the ancient Greeks into the 21st century. Students will study the play script as literature, an historical artifact, and a blueprint for production. Course materials may be linked to Carthage theatre productions. This course involves extensive play reading and analysis, historical research, practical application, and a major project.
    Prerequisite: COR 1110
    Fall

  • THR 2910

    Play Production I: Stagecraft

    4cr
    A beginning stagecraft course for all Theatre majors and minors. This course introduces students to the basic aspects of technical theatre production and construction of theatrical scenery. Students will learn how to operate the necessary power tools and stage machinery safely. Students will be involved directly with the Carthage theatre productions. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor or Music Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 2920

    Play Production II: Costumes and Makeup

    4cr
    Practical study and experiences to develop technical skills including effective planning and safety practices for basic elements of costume design, acquisition and construction, and makeup design and application. Students will work on projects currently in production by the department.
    Prerequisite: Theatre major or minor or Music Theatre major or minor, or permission of the instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • THR 2930

    Play Production III: Stage Lighting

    2cr
    This course introduces students to the basic technology of theatrical stage lighting. Students will learn the fundamentals of lighting instrument identification and use, as well as how to hang, focus, and operate the theatre lighting system. Students will be involved directly with Carthage theatre productions. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: THR 2910
    Spring

  • THR 2940

    Play Production IV: Scenic Painting

    2cr
    This course introduces students to the basic practices of theatrical scenic painting. The class will cover color theory, scenic painting techniques, and the use of color renderings and elevations. Students will be involved directly with Carthage theatre productions.
    Prerequisite: Theatre or Studio Art majors
    Spring

  • THR 2950

    Play Production V: Advanced Makeup Techniques

    2cr
    This course will study advanced techniques in makeup that are not covered in the Play Production II course. Makeup techniques could include but are not limited to airbrush, prosthetics, advanced aging, wig ventilating, and fantasy and special effects. Drawing and rendering techniques for makeup design will be practiced. The class will work on projects based on the Theatre Department productions for that semester.
    Prerequisite: THR 2920 or consent of instructor
    Spring

  • THR 2960

    Play Production VI: Draping and Patternmaking

    2cr
    This course will introduce students to draping and patternmaking for costumes. It is a hands-on course with emphasis on learning techniques used in professional costume shops to create patterns used to build costumes from a costume design rendering. Students will drape/make patterns from various sources, as well as work on Theatre Department productions.
    Prerequisite: THR 2920
    Spring

  • THR 3000

    Playwriting

    4cr
    In this workshop, students examine great plays of the 20th century in order to develop a deeper understanding of the playwright's craft. Students then develop their own writing skills by creating an original dramatic work.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
    Spring

  • THR 3010

    Stage Management

    4cr
    This course is an examination and exploration of the role and function of the stage manager in theatrical productions including plays, musicals, and dance performances. This course provides a specific framework emphasizing organization, documentation, and dissemination of information. With paper projects and case studies, students will gain insight into management strategies and develop critical-thinking skills.
    Prerequisite: THR 2900
    Fall

  • THR 3100

    Voice for the Stage

    4cr
    This course provides instruction in the proper use and maintenance of the performer's voice, with special attention given to the unique needs of the stage actor. Exercises and training will help students to understand and develop breath control, resonance, vocal range, and articulation. Accurate vocal style and characterization will be taught as key components to performing various historical periods and styles. Students will also work to minimize vocal tension, improve body alignment and awareness, and acquire or shed dialects as required for a role.
    Prerequisite: THR 2110, declared preformance major, or instructor consent
    Spring

  • THR 3110

    Acting II: Character and Scene Study

    4cr
    An intermediate course for the Theatre major or minor. A continuation of the acting skills presented in Acting I. A process-oriented course exploring modern and contemporary playwrights. The class will include scene study, character development, textual analysis, vocal development, and historical research.
    Prerequisite: THR 2110, declared preformance major, or instructor consent
    Spring

  • THR 3210

    Ensemble and Experimental Theatre

    4cr
    Students in this course will develop and perform scenes through the use of ensemble/experimental acting techniques. They will develop a deep and practical understanding of the theories and practices of a significant modern theatre movement, theorist, or practitioner, applying what they learn to new or pre-existing play texts. Content for this course varies; the course is therefore repeatable for credit.
    Prerequisite: THR 2110

  • THR 3260

    History of Premodern Theatre (FAR)

    4cr
    This survey course introduces students to the major playwrights and movements in the European theatre from 1650-1850, from the beginning of the English restoration until the rise of Romantiscism. Course work will include both practical applications and written evaluations of play texts and theatre productions.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

  • THR 3270

    History of Classical Theatre (FAR)

    4cr
    A comprehensive study of dramatic literary forms and the theatrical expressions of civilizations and cultures from the inception of theatre to the Renaissance. Course work will include both practical applications and written evaluations of theatre productions.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

  • THR 3280

    History of Modern Theatre (FAR)

    4cr
    This course provides a detailed study of theatre and its development in the West since the rise of Modernism. Particular attention is given to the immeasurable influence of Marx, Darwin, and Freud on the world, and therefore on the theatre. Students will consider representative works from several late 19th and 20th century movements, such as realism, naturalism, symbolism, German expressionism, futurism, dadaism, and absurdism. Course work will include both practical applications and written evaluations of play texts and theatre productions.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

  • THR 3400

    Music Theatre History

    4cr
    An exploration of how drama, art, movement, and music combine into the "spectacular" form of music theatre. Students survey and study a variety of works from music theatre's operatic beginnings through present-day patchwork rock shows. We will attend at least four live productions. Ticket fee.
    Fall

  • THR 3600

    History of Scenic Design

    4cr
    A survey course in the history of scenic design in the Western world, from the golden age of Greece until today.
    Prerequisite: COR 1110
    Fall

  • THR 3610

    History of Clothing: Ancient Egypt to Modern

    4cr
    This course will study the history of Western fashion from ancient times to modern day with emphasis on understanding the basic psychology of why people wear clothes. Additionally, it will fine-tune historical research skills and analysis of both the play text and characters. Classwork will include research projects as well as using research skills to do character analysis for a costume design.
    Prerequisite: COR 1110
    Fall

  • THR 4010

    Senior Seminar in Theatre

    4cr
    A guided preparation and revision process for the completion of a Senior Thesis or Senior Project.
    Fall

  • THR 4110

    Acting III: Periods and Styles

    4cr
    An advanced course for the Theatre major, focusing on the techniques needed for classical drama. The course will include advanced acting techniques exploring period and style work from the Greek/Roman theatre, Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, and Moliere and the French Restoration. Activities will include scene study, textual analysis, vocal development, and historical research.
    Prerequisites: THR 3110 and THR 3100, declared performance major, or consent of the department chair
    Fall

  • THR 4200

    Methods and Materials in Teaching Theatre

    4cr
    A study of theatre teaching methods and instructional materials. Special attention is given to the selection and organization of subject matter and learning activities. Fieldwork required.
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program

  • THR 4550

    Directing

    4cr
    This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of directing plays for the stage. We will carefully examine play structure and analysis, interpretation, and communication with the actor and designer, as well as the rehearsal process and performance.
    Prerequisite: THR 2900, 3110, 2910, 2920, or consent of the instructor
    Fall

  • THR 4600

    Scenic Design

    4cr
    A course in theatrical design focusing on scenic design. Students will learn the process, vocabulary, and conventions of designing theatrical scenery for plays. Students will then design scenery for a play and realize their designs through sketching, drawing, and drafting, as well as with computers, 3-D models, and paint renderings.
    Prerequisites: ART 1070, 1071, and 2000, and THR 2900 and 2910
    Spring

  • THR 4610

    Costume Design

    4cr
    This course will be both an intellectual study of costume design for theatre as well as work on practical skills of drawing and rendering. The student will read and analyze a play from a costume design point of view, learn about directing and design concepts, and use research skills, culminating in a design project that can be entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's design competition and presented in their portfolio.
    Prerequisites: ART 1070, 1071, and 2000, THR 2900 and 2920 or consent of the instructor
    Spring

  • THR 4990

    Senior Thesis Completion

    0cr
    Students should register for THR 4990 during the semester they intend to complete their Senior Thesis.

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