Spring 2016 Syllabus and Weekly Schedule

Department: Conservatory of Theatre & Dance

Course No.: DA/TH 105 & 305

Title of Course: Rehearsal and Production - Spring 2016

Hilary Peterson (Email: hpeterson@semo.edu / Phone: x7492)

Catalog Descriptions and Credit Hours of Course:

Training and practical, hands-on experience in performance, crew work, and all aspects of technical production through active participation in the mounting of departmental productions. May be repeated. (1 hour credit)

Prerequisite(s): None

Purposes or Objectives of the Course:

  • To develop an appreciation of the backstage preparations for theatre and dance productions;
  • To develop a basic understanding of the various jobs in theatre and dance;
  • To develop a basic understanding of the various materials and tools used in productions;
  • To develop and nurture artistic skills in theatre and dance;
  • To develop a basic vocabulary associated with theatre and dance

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will create a professional-quality resume
  • Students will demonstrate proper rehearsal and performance etiquette
  • Students will accurately perform costume/scene shop skills including sewing, painting, measuring and cutting
  • Students will perform production tasks in costuming, marketing, scene building, and lighting
  • Students will identify theatre and dance auditions and job websites

Expectations of Students:

  • Students are required to obtain 16 hours of lab time;
  • Students are required to attend On the Town, Spring into Dance 2016 and The Imaginary Invalid
  • Students are required to attend all Wednesday seminars;
  • Students are required to perform satisfactorily complete a production assignment for one departmental main stage production.

Course Outline:

Although not every area listed below will be covered each week, a typical format is as follows:

  • Sign-In for Attendance
  • Department Announcements
  • Current Main Stage Productions - Stage Manager and/or Director
  • Current Student Production - Director/Choreographer
  • Outside Guests (when appropriate)
  • Daily Topic (e.g. resumes, stress reduction techniques, acting class scenes, costume/scene shop basics, dance technique combinations, vocal presentations, building a website, auditions, etc.)

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials or Equipment:

  • No textbook is required.
  • Supplies: Each student should bring notebook, pen, and calendar to each weekly meeting. Safety glasses and ear protection (baffles or plugs) are recommended for work in the scene shop.
  • Lab Dress:
    • Closed-toe shoes ONLY that are secured on your feet and that have a good tread
    • Long pants and shirt that can be tucked in and sleeves that roll up.
    • No loose or baggy clothing.
    • Clothing should be something you are okay getting dirty.
    • No jewelry
    • Long hair should be pulled back
    • Drinks with lids only!
    • No Ipods or other personal devices.
    • If you are not dressed appropriately for shop, you may be dismissed. You cannot make up this time.

Basis for Student Evaluation:

  • (40%) 400 Points - Successful completion of lab hours16 total lab hours for semester.
    • This requirement will be graded pass/fail. Students will only receive points if they complete all 16 hours.
    • Each student is required to complete 4 hours of work per week (2 days x 2 hours) for a 4 week period in one shop; scene shop or costume shop.
    • Students will be pre-assigned a 4-week block.
    • The blocks are:
      1. Jan 25 – Feb 19
      2. Feb 29 – Mar 11/Mar 21 – Apr 1
      3. April 4 – 29
    • Student sign-ups for specific days/times will begin 2 weeks prior to the start of the block except for Block 1 which will begin immediately.
  • (30%) 300 Points - Attendance & Participation in weekly Wednesday departmental seminars.
  • (25%) 250 Points - Satisfactory participation assignment.
    • The production assignment is a pass/fail grade. If you fail this portion of the course, you may receive credit by completing an additional 32 hours of lab work.
    • Strike is a requirement of this assignment. Students who do not participate in strike for their assigned production will receive no points for this portion of the class.
    • Production Assignments will be made using an online survey that all students are required to complete even if a student has already been cast or assigned a crew position. All surveys are to be filled out by Friday, January 29th.
    • If a student does not complete the online production survey by the deadline, the student will automatically fail their production assignment regardless of current status in a production.
    • Crew assignments will be posted no later than the 3rd Wednesday class meeting. If you are assigned a crew position that will not work for you, you have until 5pm on Friday, February 5th to contact the Technical Director about re-assignment. After that date has passed, you must either fulfill the original assignment or choose to complete 16 additional hours in the shop.
  • (5%) 50 Points - Attendance at all Main Stage departmental productions.
    • You MUST turn in your ticket sheet by Friday, December 11th at 5pm.
  • Total points = 1000 for the semester


Open Door Policy

My door is always open to students. If you have any questions or concerns about a project, an assignment, a grade, or anything else pertaining to your academic or professional development, please discuss the matter with me. Ninety-five percent of all questions and problems can be solved through open and direct dialogue.

Modification of Syllabus

It is the professor’s prerogative to change or modify this syllabus at any point in the semester.


You are responsible for any material given on a day you were absent. There are no makeup sessions. (“Academic Policies and Procedures: Absence from Class,” Southeast Missouri State University Undergraduate Bulletin: 2009-2010, pp. 17.)

Accessibility Statement


Statement of Whom to Contact with Concerns

Questions, comments or requests regarding this course should be taken to your instructor. Unanswered questions or unresolved issues involving this class may be taken to Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, Department Chair.

Civility and Harassment Statement


Academic Honesty Statement


Spring 2016 R&P Weekly Schedule

1/20 Welcome Back: Syllabus, Calendar and Announcements
1/27 Summer Study: Workshops, Intensives and Internships – Hilary
2/3 Breakout Groups (Theatre Movement – Roxanne, Flex; Dance Injury/Conditioning Q&A – Dance Faculty, CAC dance studio; CNC Router Usage – Jonathan, Scene Shop; Senior Showcase – Kenn, Rm. 403)
2/10 Guest Speaker - Michael Sullivan
2/17 Performance Day
2/24 Breakout Groups (Nail Your Interview – Mac, Flex; Pilates – Roxanne, CAC dance studio; Costume Crafts – Dee, costume shop; Senior Showcase – Kenn, Rm. 403)
3/2 Performance Day (Flex)
3/9 Performance Day (RCC Dance Studio)
3/23 Breakout Groups (Microphone Techniques – Phil, Flex Booth; Groin Shots, Falls and Kicks – Bart, Flex; Fall 2016 Dance Proficiency Class – RCC 119)
3/30 Fall 2015 Advising Day
4/6 Breakout Groups (Following the Conductor – Josh, Flex; Foam Carving 1 – Dee and Jonathan, Scene Shop; What to Expect from a Ballet Audition – Alyssa, CAC dance studio)
4/13 Breakout Groups (Dance Critique/Discussion – Philip, CAC Studio; Cold Reading Techniques – Kenn, Flex; Foam Carving 2 – Dee and Jonathan, Scene Shop)
4/20 Performance Day (Flex)
4/27 Performance Day (RCC Dance Studio)
5/4 No Class – BFA Reviews


Janice Bittle
River Campus Seminary 454
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701