Academics

Theatre Course Descriptions

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THR 101 Introduction to Theatre. 3 cr.
This course develops an appreciation for the theatre arts. Topics include an overview of the historical development of drama and theatre and a general survey of the roles of the collaborative artists responsible for a theatre production. Some evaluation of outside performances is required. Some involvement in one of the college theatre productions may also be required. (Not applicable toward the major.)
THR 110 The Actor in You. 3 cr.
An exploration of creativity primarily through the medium of acting. Students will rekindle their inherent creative potential as well as learn a bit about the acting process by participating in a variety of creative theatre activities and performance projects. Designed for students with little or no theatre experience who are NOT planning to major or minor in theatre. Some involvement in one of the college theatre productions may be required. (Not applicable toward the major.)
THR 195 Practicum 1. 1 cr.
Credit is earned through significant involvement in an acting role or staff position for a WLC Theatre Department production and documentation of a professional process. Roles/Positions are designated by faculty as approved practicum opportunities for a given production.  Prereq: THR 210 for acting role, THR 230 for technical position, THR 330 for design position - may be concurrent; Students must have participated in at least one WLC theatre production prior to enrolling.
THR 200 Dance for Theatre 1. 3 cr.
An introduction to beginning ballet and jazz technique with application to musical theatre performance.
THR 201 Script Analysis. 3 cr.
An introductory course that progresses from the reading of literature in script form to more complex analyses used by the various practitioners of theatre and narrative performance. Students will explore a variety of methods and influences for the purpose of developing a coherent, structured approach for work of artistic merit in many expressions.
THR 205 Survey of American Musical Theatre. 3 cr.
An overview of the development of the genre known as the American musical, from its early roots to the present. A large portion of the class will be spent listening to and/or viewing examples of important musicals that impacted the world of musical theatre by virtue of their content, structure and/or style.
THR 210 Principles of Acting. 3 cr.
This introductory course is geared for students who plan to major or minor in theatre. The course will introduce them to the process of acting, based on Constantin Stanislavski's approach to character and script analysis. Coursework will culminate in the performance of one or two scenes and a final monologue. Journal writing and outside reading will be required.
THR 214 Voice and Dialects. 3 cr.
This course will focus on introduction to healthy vocal production and theatre speech for the stage. Students will apply acquired techniques to a variety of theatrical selections. A variety of stage dialects will be introduced using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
THR 230 Stagecraft. 3 cr.
An introduction to the tools and materials of scene construction and stage lighting. Presentations, demonstrations, exercises and projects will cover a comprehensive range of hand and power tools and painting techniques for 2D and 3D construction as well as lighting techniques and equipment. Practical crew work on current productions will be expected.
THR 240 Stage Makeup. 2 cr.
Students will learn techniques for applying stage makeup based on lighting, size of house, character considerations and their own facial anatomy. A makeup kit is required for this course.
THR 260 Theatre Management.  2 cr.
An exploration of all aspects of management regarding theatre production. Units will include Stage Management, General Management including Front-of-House, Marketing, Public Relations, Audience and Fund Development as well as an introduction to union affiliations and legal and fiscal self-employment issues important to Career Management. Skills and principles will apply to single productions and season presentation in educational, community and professional theatre operations.
THR 295 Practicum 2. 1 cr.
Credit is earned through significant involvement in an acting role or staff position for a WLC Theatre Department production and documentation of a professional process. Roles/Positions are designated by faculty as approved practicum opportunities for a given production.  It is recommended that this practicum be in a different production than THR 195. Prereq: THR 195.
THR 300 Dance for Theatre 2. 3 cr.
An introduction to soft-shoe and tap technique with application to musical theatre performance. Prereq: THR 200.
THR 301 Theatre History and Scholarship. 3 cr.
The survey of theatre history from its origins to the 20th century; an exploration of theatre history and an introduction to dramatic literature analysis and scholarly writing.
THR 302 Topics in Theatre History/Literature. 3 cr.
An in-depth study of theatre in a specific historical time period, dramatic genre or sub-genre, or production aspect that will attempt to directly correspond to a WLC Theatre Department production.  Prereq: THR 301 or consent of instructor.
THR 310 Scene Studies in Acting. 3 cr.
A continued study of realistic acting, using Stanislavski's approach as a basis, but also exploring aspects of other acting methodologies (William Meisner, Uta Hagen and David Mamet). Focus will be on application of these various methods to specific scenework. Prereq: THR 210.
THR 312 Musical Theatre Performance. 3 cr.
Students will learn techniques for performing various types of musical theatre selections and for using their vocal instruments (regardless of singing ability) to their best advantage. Prereq: THR 210.
THR 320 Principles of Directing. 3 cr.
An introduction to the basic principles, skills and methods of directing for the stage. Emphasis will be on script analysis, director-actor communication, blocking and stage composition/picturization. Laboratory experiences are integral to the course and will consist of the in-class direction of several short scenes, culminating in a final directing showcase of a 10-15 minute scene from a contemporary play in the Blackbox Studio Theatre. Prereq: THR 210 and Sophomore standing.
THR 330 Principles of Theatre Design. 3 cr.
The craft and skills of theatre design (scene, lighting, costume and sound) are introduced through presentations and hands-on assignments. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation, creative process and visual presentation. Issues and trends in design are presented in lectures with an overview of theatre production from the Greeks to the present. Prereq: THR 230 or consent of instructor.
THR 395 Practicum 3. 1 cr.
Credit is earned through significant involvement in an acting role or staff position for a WLC Theatre Department production and documentation of a professional process. Roles/Positions are designated by faculty as approved practicum opportunities for a given production.  If THR 195 and THR 295 were in the same position (i.e. acting) this practicum must be in a different production position.  Prereq: THR 295.
THR 401 Senior Seminar in Theatre and Christianity. 3 cr.
The focus of this course will be three-fold: 1) to review the relationship between theatre and the church from its early roots to the present, 2) to examine critical treatises on the nature and purpose of theatre in society and the church, and 3) to explore the challenges faced by the Christian theatre artist in today's world and 4) to develop a personal creed and manifesto. Intended for theatre majors and minors.
THR 410 Styles in Acting. 3 cr.
An introduction to text analysis and to the physical and vocal requirements necessary for acting in classical plays. Primary focus will be given to Shakespeare. Prereq: THR 210.
THR 412 Acting in Commercial. 3 cr.
Students will learn about the business and technique for acting in radio/television commercials and industrial videos. In addition to spending a good deal of time in front of the camera, they will learn how to prepare a commercial resume, secure and work with agents and casting directors, and other do's and don'ts of the business. Prereq: THR 210.
THR 430 Methods of Teaching Theatre. 2 cr.
A study of the special problems that face the teacher of theatre at the secondary level. Includes special attention to the development and criticism of theatre class assignments, the operation and organization of a high school theatre program, and the selection and production of dramatic activities at the secondary level . Open to theatre majors or minors in secondary education certification programs. Offered as needed.
THR 431 Scene Design. 3 cr.
Advanced study will focus on theatrical stage design and techniques including script analysis, sketching, rendering, drafting and model-making. Opportunities for realized designs will be attempted with an emphasis on communication issues, visual presentation and portfolio development. Prereq: THR 330. Recommended: ART 101, 121, 122.
THR 432 Lighting Design. 3 cr.
Advanced study will focus on stage lighting design and techniques including sript analysis, plotting and color. Opportunities for realized designs will be attempted with an emphasis on communication issues, visual presentation and portfolio development. Prereq: THR 330. Recommended: ART 101, 121, 122.
THR 460 Topics in Theatre.  1-3 cr.
Will be offered occasionally on a rotational basis or as demand dictates. Topics may include: Introduction to Playwriting; Costume History and Design; Audition Techniques, Survey of Dramatic Literature, etc.
THR 490 Internship. 1-6 cr.

THR 199-499 Independent Study. 1-3 cr.