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THEA 2607

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Children's Theatre Production   
Prerequisite(s)   Permission of the theatre program coordinator and audition   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course is designed to offer the student practical theatre experience in performing, presenting and/or directing and writing children’s theatre. Final play will be toured to local elementary schools, after school programs and GPC campuses.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the specific acting, directing and writing requirements of Children’s Theatre from other Theatre.
  2. Adapt Acting and Delivery skills to a target audience—Children at the grade school level.
  3. Learn about all aspects of a touring children’s theatre including writing the play, developing a study guide, booking the shows, reservation follow up, rehearsal and performance.
  4. Develop an ensemble rehearsal practice.
  5. Hone improvisational skills.
  6. Appreciate and use constructive criticism in the on-going development of a Children’s Theatre Production.
General Education Outcomes   
This course ensures students will be able to "communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing" by requiring them to:
  • speak on stage to present effective and easily audible dramatic scenes.
  • speak off stage thoughtfully to participate in the ensemble rehearsal process.
  • listen on stage to scene partners to maintain specificity of performance.
  • listen off stage to understand instructor’s directing.
  • read to analyze and score the Children’s Theatre script.
  • write by developing a play and/or study guide for elementary schools.
This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills" by requiring them to:
  • collaborate with scene partners to solve staging and blocking problems in rehearsal.
  • Interact with teachers and principals at local elementary schools before and after performances.
This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts and literature in the human experience" by requiring them to:
  • base their acting on the knowledge that their art functions as a mirror of human experience allowing both them and those who view them to more proficiently examine vital moral and ethical issues, thereby actively participating in the improvement of society.
This course ensures students will be able to "identify and apply the basic concepts of wellness" by requiring them to:
  • increase their physical awareness of and care for their bodies as their actors’ instruments.
  • increase their awareness of audience safety while actively performing in a wide variety of physical spaces.
This course ensures students will be able to "apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment" by requiring them to:
  • observe fearlessly and respectfully, as well as embody through acting for children, the broadest range of human values and beliefs.
Course Content   
This course will cover the following major areas:
  1. The ensemble creation of a children’s theatre piece for touring purposes.
  2. Physical and vocal preparation exercises for actors.
  3. Work with teachers and schools to set up tour performances.
  4. Promptness, professional responsibility, and active participation, in meeting the obligations of the Children’s Theatre Tour.
  5. Guidance in accepting and using instructor criticism to improve rehearsal process and performance.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Students will be graded on their consistency of performance as well as completion of other production responsibilities as assigned by the instructor. Students will also be graded on their attendance, promptness and the timely meeting of their professional obligations.

One theatre workshop of every faculty member will be assessed one semester out of every four years. One performance will be videotaped, whereby the assessment faculty will determine the success of the production. Students will complete an Instructor Assessment form about the instructor. The tape and assessment forms will be given to a committee of Fine Arts faculty appointed by the department chair for the purpose of assessment. The script of the Children’s Theatre piece performed will accompany the videotape.

Specific plan for gathering assessment data:
The instructor will choose one performance mid way through the tour, to be videotaped. Students will be advised as to the use of the tape, their permission will be gotten in writing, and the tape will be destroyed/erased after completion of the assessment. Videotape and script shall be turned into the department chair within two days of taping the performance.

Methods of analyzing assessment data:
During the next semester, the assessment committee shall convene for the purpose of viewing the student video with children’s theatre script in hand. Written evaluations will be given to the department chair. The committee’s evaluations shall be sent to the department chair, in memo form. The chair will then send copies to the Theatre Workshop instructor.

Method for discussion of data analysis:
By the midpoint of the semester following receipt of the committee’s evaluations, the department chair shall meet with the evaluated Theatre Workshop faculty to discuss course improvement. Suggested course improvements resulting from the evaluation process shall be implemented as early as is practically possible but no later than the following academic year.

Last Revised: Sep. 07, 2011
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