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Stage Scenery Theatre 2001 (Section 001, 002) (3hr credit)

Fall 15 Syllabus
Instructor: Reid Parker Class Days: MWF
Office Phone: 328-6925 Office: Scene Shop
Office Hours: M&W 12:00 12:50, and during crew hours Email. Parkerth@ecu.edu
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Course Description: Backstage organization and basic scenery production methods.


Lectures and mandatory participation in construction and running crews of department productions.
Reading Requirements: Theatrical Design and Production, by J. Michael Gillette 7th Edition
Other Requirements: You must attend ECU Playhouse productions. You must purchase an Architect Scale Rule.

Safety: Do not wear baggy clothes or open toed shoes to lab, you will be asked to leave and be counted ABSENT from crew.
While working in the scene shop you MUST wear eye protection. If you have long hair, pull it back or tuck it under a hat.
Attendance: You get FIVE absences, ABSENCE NUMBER SIX IS AUTOMATIC F. After you have reached your limit,
there will be no excuses, it will not matter if it is a funeral, court case, or illness. Dont use them and be sorry later. Attendance
is taken each class and I keep the record in my office if you want to know your standing, come by and see me.
Lateness: To quote John Shearin, If youre on time, youre late! We will start class and crew on time.
Crew: Part of this class is crew, crew is mandatory; if you fail crew you will fail the class. Crew is approximately 80 hours
of work, when you arrive to your crew call be ready to work. Every student will work on both crews, 40 hours of scenery crew,
and 40 hours of paint crew; or work on the running crew for a show. While you are on scenery crew you must attend strike for
4 hours. Strike runs from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm, dinner break 5:00pm to 6:30pm, and then 6:30pm till 11:00pm. If you are cast
in a show, you are still expected to complete your crew assignment, I will work with your schedule so you get the hours you
need and not miss any rehearsals. Running crew is approximately two full weeks of commitment, every night usually from
6:00 pm till 12:00am (apprx. 78 hours). First running crew meeting is usually Tuesday or Wednesday a week and a half before
the show opens. If you are working scenery crew on the current show, it is required that you attend strike for that show.
FALL SEMESTER MAINSTAGE CREW ASSIGNMENTS TAKE PRIORITY OVER ALL WORKSHOPS AND
OTHER THEATRE AND DANCE PROJECTS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM DIRECTORS OR
CHOREOGRAPHERS OF YOUR CREW COMMITMENT, YOU WILL NOT BE EXCUSED FROM ANY CREW TO
REHEARSE OR PERFORM, UNLESS IT IS A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION.

Section 001: Las Meninas, Strike is on Oct. 8th, 1pm-11pm (dinner break 5-6:30).
Section 002: Rent, Strike is on Nov. 30th, 1pm -11pm (dinner break 5-6:30).
Crew Grade: Is based off attendance and attitude, you get 3 points for every hour that you attend and up to 2 pts per hour for
attitude. Hours can only be made up if you give notice to the faculty crew head 24 hours in advance. Sometimes under
SEVERE and STRICT circumstances you maybe allowed to make up hours but that is the Faculty Crew Heads decision. If
you have a really bad attitude toward your crew or the other students in crew you will be asked to leave crew and you will not
be allowed to make up the hours.
Test # 1: Covers all material in Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10

Test #2: Covers all material in Chapters 7, 11, and the rest of Chapter 10

Final Exam: Covers all material from Test #1 and Test #2

Grade Breakdown:
Test 1 (100) Test 2 (100) Crew (400) Project 1 (100) Project 2 (100) Attendance (100) Final Exam (100)

Grade Scale:
A 4.0 94.00-100
A- 3.7 90.00-93.99
B+ 3.3 87.00-89.99
B 3 83.00-86.99
B- 2.7 80.00-82.99
C+ 2.3 77.00-79.99
C 2 73.00-76.99
C- 1.7 70.00-72.99
D+ 1.3 67.00-69.99
D 1 63.00-66.99
D- .7 60.00-62.99
F 0 Below 59.99

Class Breakdown: This class will be part lecture, part lab, and crew. Mondays and Wednesdays we will meet in the
classroom. On Fridays, the class will be meeting in the scene shop.

Group A 001 - Antoci through Leedham


002 - Abdalla through Knowles

Group B 001 Lienau through Williams


002 Martin through Young

Crew Assignments: Crew assignments for the shows will be broken down by section, if you are assigned to a running crew,
the stage manager will be in contact with you for your starting time and date, via ECU email and/or Callboard.
Section 001: Scenery Crew: Las Meninas Section 002: Scenery Crew: Rent
Paint Crew: Rent Paint Crew: Las Meninas
Class Schedule:
Aug. 24th: Class Overview, Shop Safety
Homework: Bring schedules to class on Monday to feel out crew schedules.

Aug. 26th: Crew Scheduling


Homework: Read Chapter 1.

Aug. 28th: Chapter 1: The Production Organization


Homework: Read Chapter 3(A Brief History of Theatre Architecture and Stage Technology)

Aug. 31st: Chapter 3: A Brief History of Theatre Architecture and Stage Technology
Homework: Read Chapter 4 (The Stage and Its Equipment)

Sept. 2nd: Chapter 4: The Stage and Its Equipment

Sept. 4th: Group A: in Scene Shop (Topic: Parts of the Theatre)

Sept. 7th: State Holiday (No Class)

Sept. 9th: Chapter 4: The Stage and Its Equipment (The Fly System)
Homework: Read Chapter 5 (Style, Composition, and Design)

Sept. 11th: Group B: in Scene Shop (Topic: Parts of the Theatre)

Sept. 14th: Chapter 5: Style, Composition, and Design


Homework: Read Chapter 9 (Scene Design)

Sept. 16th: Chapter 9: Scene Design


Assign Groups for Scene Design Project
Homework: Group Projects

Sept. 18th: Group: No Group, No Class

Sept. 21st: Group Project, Class Work

Sept. 23rd: Group Project, Class Work


Homework: Read Chapter 10: (Hand Tools & Power Tools)

Sept. 25th: Group A: in Scene Shop (Topic: Hand Tools)

Sept. 28th: Chapter 10: Hand Tools, Power Tools


Homework: Read Chapter 10: (Hardware, Glue and Adhesives, Fasteners)

Sept. 30th: Chapter 10: HardWare, Glue and Adhesives


Homework: Read Chapter 10: (Finish Reading)

Oct. 2nd:Group B: in Scene Shop (Topic: Hand Tools)


Oct. 5th: Chapter 10: Finish Discussing the Chapter

Oct. 7th: GROUP PROJECT PRESENTATION (SCENE DESIGN)

Oct. 9th: Group: No Group, No Class

Oct. 12th: Fall Break (No Class)

Oct. 14th: Crew Scheduling

Oct. 16th: Group A: in Scene Shop (Topic: Power Tools)

Oct. 19th: Review for Test #1

Oct. 21st: Test #1 (Covers everything up to this point)

Oct. 23rd: Group B: in Scene Shop (Topic: Power Tools)

Oct. 26th: Review Test #1


Homework: Read Chapter 11 (Scenic Production Techniques)

Oct. 28th: Chapter 11: Scenic Production Techniques


Homework: Read Chapter 11 (Finish Chapter)

Oct. 30th: Group: No Group, No Class

Nov. 2nd: Chapter 11: Cut Lists

Nov. 4th: Chapter 11 (Scenic Construction Techniques)


Assign Groups: Presentation How to Build a Flat

Nov. 6th: Group A: in Scene Shop (Topic: Building a Theatrical Flat)

Nov. 9th:Group Project, Class Work

Nov. 11th: Group Project, Class Work

Nov. 13th: Group B: in Scene Shop (Topic: Building a Theatrical Flat)

Nov. 16th: GROUP PRESENTATIONS DAY #1


HOW TO BUILD A FLAT

Nov. 18th: GROUP PRESENTATIONS DAY #2


HOW TO BUILD A FLAT

Nov. 20th: Group: No Group, No Class

Nov. 23rd: Chapter 7: Mechanical Drafting

Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 27th: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30th: Review for Test #2

Dec. 2nd: Test #2 (all material since Test #1)

Dec. 4th: Group: No Group, No Class

Dec. 7th: Review Test #2

Section 001 Final Exam: Friday, Dec. 11th, 8:00am 10:30am


Section 002 Final Exam: Monday, Dec. 14th, 11:00am- 1:30pm
CELL PHONES:
-All cell phones are to be turned off and in your pocket, backpack, or purse. If I see them on your desk or if they ring
during class you will give them to me till the end of class, the second time I will take your phone and count you absent
for class.

Academic Integrity Policy


Can be found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/customcf/currentfacultymanual/part6.pdf

ACADEMIC DISRUPTION POLICY:


Can be found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/customcf/currentfacultymanual/part6.pdf

STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


Can be found here: http://www.ecu.edu/osrr/

DISABILITY SERVICES STATEMENT:


Can be found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/dss/

CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION:
Assignments and crew changes will be posted on Blackboard and through your ECU email.

CAVEAT STATEMENT:
This syllabus represent a written contractual agreement between us. Occasionally, it may be necessary to revise this
syllabus to meet students needs. I reserve the right to revise the syllabus if the need arises. Advance notification will
be provided to you through class announcements, blackboard and email.