Southeast Missouri State University

Fall 2014 R&P Syllabus and Weekly Schedule

Department: Department of Theatre & Dance

Course No.: DA/TH 105 & 305

Title of Course: Rehearsal and Production - Fall 2014

Hilary Peterson (Email: / Phone: x7492)
Philip Edgecombe (Email: / Phone: x2014)

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 32 hours of lab time;
  • Students are required to attend Hairspray, Macbeth, and Fall for Dance 2014
  • Students are required to attend all Wednesday seminars;
  • Students are required to perform satisfactorily complete a production assignment for one Main Stage departmental 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, SETC 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: Wear only closed toe shoes (ABSOLUTELY NO FLIP FLOPS) 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 and 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 hours 32 hours total for semester. 10 of these hours MUST be completed in either the Scene Shop or the Costume Shop and will be counted as 'all or nothing'.
  • NOTE #1: New students MUST attend and complete a shop orientation before they will be allowed to work in the shops and complete lab hours. This policy also applies to Strike.

    Orientation Dates:
    Aug 29-8:15am-9:15am
    Aug 29-3:15pm-4:15am
    Sept 2-8:15am-9:15am
    Sept 2-4pm-5pm

    NOTE #2: If a student is absent from their scheduled shop hour time slot for two weeks, that student will be removed from the time slot. The student will then need to see the Shop Supervisor to be reassigned a lab hour time.
    NOTE #3: Students will not be able to sign-up for work hours in the Shops after November 24th.
    NOTE #4: You can get hours for the following: Working in the Scene Shop or Costume Shop; Crewing a Second Stage Show; Ushering; Cleaning T&D Spaces; Recruitment Help; Departmental Promotion Activities

  • (30%) 300 Points - Attendance & participation in weekly departmental meetings.
  • (25%) 250 Points - Satisfactory participation in one running crew or cast.
  • NOTE #1: 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.

  • (5%) 50 Points - Attendance at all Main Stage departmental productions. (You MUST turn in your ticket sheet by Friday, December 12th 2014 at 5pm.)
  • Total points = 1000 for the semester


Open Door Policy

Our doors are 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 us. Ninety-five percent of all questions and problems can be solved through open and direct dialogue.


If a student has a diagnosed disability or believes he or she has a disability that might require "reasonable accommodation" on the part of the instructor or the program, the student needs to contact the Campus Assistance Center at the University Center, Room 302, (573)651-2273, TDD 651-5927, or visit their Web Site as As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting "reasonable accommodation."

Modification of Syllabus

It is the professors' 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.)

*** 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. Kenn Stilson, the Department Chair.

Fall 2014 R&P Weekly Schedule

8/27 Welcome Back: Syllabus and calendar
9/3 Breakout Groups (Q&A – Geoff Alexander, CAC 157; Devising Theatre – Mac, Flex; Microphone Techniques – Phil, Flex Booth; Senior Showcase – Kenn, Room 403)
9/10 Breakout Groups (Resumes *new students only* – Acting/Mus. Th. w/ Bart/Mac, Rm. 403; Dance w/ Michelle/Philip, Green Room; Design w/ Staci/Dusty, Costume Shop; Yoga – M. Ramos, CAC 157; Cold Readings – Roxanne, Flex)
9/17 Digital Portfolios - Dusty
9/24 Breakout Groups (Pilates – Roxanne, CAC 157; Introduction to Moving Lights – Jonathan, Bedell; Acting Improv – Kenn, Flex)
10/1 Performance Day #1
10/8 Breakout Groups (Cha Cha – Lyman Goodrich (guest), RCC 119; British Dialects – Bart, Flex; Model Making – Staci, Design Lab)
10/15 Performance Day #2
10/22 Breakout Groups (Advising/Degree Requirements *new students* – Kenn (theatre), Rm. 403 and Hilary (dance), Green Room; Mock Musical Theatre Dance Audition w/ Feedback – M. Contrino, CAC 157; Contact Improvisation – Philip, RCC 119; Figure Drawing for the Stage – Dusty, Costume Shop)
10/29 Spring 2015 Advising Day - 4th Floor Seminary Building
11/5 Breakout Groups (Musical Theatre Auditioning – Mac, Flex; Commercial/Industrial Dance Discussion – M. Contrino, CAC 157; Color Mixing with Light – Jonathan, Bedell)
11/12 Performance Day #3
11/19 Fault Line Film Festival Awards Ceremony (Bedell)
12/3 Guest Q&As – Nan Giordano (Giorda no Jazz Dance, CAC 157) and Bob Dale (former Hollywood costumer, Flex)
12/10 Performance Day #4 (RCC 119)
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