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Theatre II

DRAMA 114

Theatre II

  • Course ID:DRAMA 114
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:Drama
  • Teachers:Joseph Bissex

Description and Objectives

The motto of the Omnibus Players is “Omnia Omnibus.” Visit www.heights.edu/arts/drama for a description of the crest and the motto!

The primary objective of Theatre I is to introduce the student to the basic elements and terminology of production and rehearsal of staged performance. Theatre I runs concurrently with the Fall Play. Theatre II expands upon Theatre I, challenging the student to explore beyond the parameters of a single play, encountering plays, artists and movements in a broad theatrical tradition. This course runs concurrently with the Spring Play. 

Topics Covered

  • Theatre I: a study of the stage process, including basic stage and script analysis terminology, the rehearsal process, production flowchart, and design elements. 
  • Theatre II: awareness of the world of theatre beyond the play being produced, including plays, playwrights, and schools of theatre.

Textbooks

A personal notebook is required. Scripts for the plays will be provided, and no textbooks are required for these courses.

Course Requirements

  • Dedication, enthusiasm, initiative, and willingness to serve.
  • Check drama website (omnibusplayers.wixsite.com/heightsdrama) regularly, and fill out required forms. (This site is designed for drama students and parents – patrons and general public should be directed to the Heights drama page.)
  • Daily presence in class with script, notebook and pencil in hand.  
  • Preparation of assigned character.
  • Knowledge of assigned lines and blocking.
  • Exclusive availability after school during tech/performance week. Exceptions will be given for extreme circumstances such as hospitalization or a death in the family. Exceptions will be made for reception of a sacrament if a direct time conflict exists. No exceptions will be made for vacations, sports events, minor illnesses, or other extracurricular events.

Assignments and Grades for Theatre I and II Students

  • Theatre I students will keep a neat, legibly handwritten journal listing theatre terms they have acquired. Each term must be followed by a definition and an example from class. One test per quarter will be given on this material. As a group, the Theatre I students will also create a production flowchart for all that year’s productions. This assignment may count toward midterm exam points. 
  • Theatre II students will prepare one 15-minute class presentation each quarter on an assigned play, artist, or school of theatre. 

Assignments and Grades Common to All Drama Students

  • Line memorization: students are expected to have lines memorized verbatim before the rehearsal date (calendar and scene breakdown provided on drama site and on class handout). Students will receive a weekly grade for line memorization.
  • Vocal characterization: grades given twice per quarter.
  • Physical characterization: grades given twice per quarter.
  • Script preparation: grades given twice per quarter. A fully prepared script will include handwritten notes on all assigned blocking, all rehearsal notes given by the director, and notes on characterization developed by the student.
  • Students will receive a grade of A, C, or F for each day of tech/performance.

Exam

The midterm exam for this class consists of a selection of multiple projects that take place over the course of each semester to assist in the marketing and production of the fall play. Examples of these projects include bake sales, participation in the Dramatic Speech club, marketing projects, and many others. I encourage all students to begin this process early.

Successful Students

Successful students will display attentiveness to detail, will come to class with script and pencil,  and will foster habits of creative initiative, respect for the rehearsal space and for each other, and habits of school and team spirit.