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Theatre Appreciation and Acting for the Non-Major Curriculum Overviews

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Jennifer Purvis

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Transcript of Theatre Appreciation and Acting for the Non-Major Curriculum Overviews

Theatre Appreciation Curriculum
Required Textbook:
• The Enjoyment of Theatre, 9th edition. Jim Patterson and Tim Donahue.
Course Description:
This course provides a study of the art, craft, and business of the theatre. Emphasis is placed on the audience’s appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and critic. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a vocabulary of theatre terms and to recognize the contributions of various theatre artists.
Required Plays:
The Bacchae (Euripides)
The Second Shepard’s Play
Tartuff (Moliere), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)
Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw), The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan)

Grade Breakdown:
Participation 50 pts
Final Exam 100 pts
Play Abstracts (6) 300 pts (50 pts each)
Performance Critiques 100 pts (25 pts each)
Shop Hours 50 pts
Total 600 pts

600 – 500 = A
400 – 499 = B
300 – 399 = C
200 – 299 = D
0 – 199 = F
Units of Study:
I. The Nature of Theatre
(Chapters 1 – 2)
1. Defining Performance and Theatre
2. Personal Performance
3. Community Performance
II. Theatre and Society

(Chapters 3 – 5)

1. Society and Aesthetic Expression
2. Theatre and Social Change
3. Public Nature of Theatre
4. Theatre and Religious Festivals
III. Theatre History
(Chapters 11 – 14, 20 – 22)
1. The Greek Theatre
2. The Medieval Theatre
3. The Elizabethan/Renaissance Theatre
4. Restoration Theatre
5. Modern Eastern and Western Theatre

Units of Study: Continued
IV. Theatre Practitioners
(Chapters 6 – 10)
1. The Playwright
2. The Director
3. The Actor
4. The Designers
5. Theatre Management
V. Theatre Style
(Chapters 17 – 18)
1. Realism
2. Theatricalism
3. Epic Theatre
4. Theatre of the Absurd
5. Total Theatre
VI. Theatre Structure and Genre
(Chapter 23)
1. Elements of Dramatic Structure
2. Drama in Space and Time
3. Tragedy and Comedy
4. Melodrama
5. Tragicomedy and Farce
Acting for the Non-Major Curriculum
Required Textbook:
There is not a required textbook for this course!
Course Description:
This course serves as an introduction of skills necessary for the beginning actor. Through a series of exercises and a variety of acting techniques, students will explore the essential elements of acting, creative expression and collaboration in the theatre. These include vocal and physical warm-ups, relaxation, concentration, sensory awareness, listening, communication, teamwork, and spontaneity.
Grade Breakdown:
Participation 50 pts
Monologue 50 pts
Character Analyses (6) 150 pts (25 pts each)
Play Abstracts (6) 300 pts (50 pts each)
Performance Critiques (4) 100 pts (25 pts each)
Audition Participation 50 pts
Total 700 pts

700 – 600 = A
500 – 599 = B
400 – 499 = C
300 – 399 = D
0 – 299 = F
Required Plays:
1. Arthur Miller -
The Crucible
2. Tennessee Williams –
The Glass Menagerie
3. Luigi Pirandello –
Six Characters in Search of an Author
4. Henrik Ibsen –
A Doll’s House
5. Bertolt Brecht –
The Life of Galileo
6. Gilbert & Sullivan –
H.M.S. Pinafore

Units of Study:
I.An Actor’s Instruments

II. Developing a Character

a.Character Analysis
b.Invoking Empathy
c.Speaking to the Audience
III. Scene Study

a.One-person Scenes
b.Partner Scenes
IV. Improvisation

a. Acting and Reacting
b. Physical Comedy & Slapstick
c. Stage Fighting
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