Theatre Arts Courses

The theatre program at Rocky Mountain College offers the following courses:

THR 101: Introduction to Theatre 
Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

This course provides a survey of the unique world of live theatre. Students will examine theatre as an art, exploring its various components: the actor, the playwright, the designer, the director, the dramatic structure, and the history of the theatre.

THR 110: Introduction to Cinema 
Fall Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

This course is taught only in conjunction with the Rocky Freshman Experience. This course provides an introduction to the art of the cinema. Topics include history, genre, acting and directing styles, and the industry's response to cultural issues.

THR 131: Technical Production 
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Students examine a practical approach to the fundamentals of technical theatre. The course includes becoming familiar with tools, equipment, and the technology used in stage construction. Construction projects are required.

THR 132: Acting I - Beginning Acting 
Fall and Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

The student receives the fundamental skills and techniques for an in-depth exploration of the acting process. Through monologue and scene work, improvisations, and exercises, students will learn to communicate effectively with others on- and off-stage. Areas of concentration include the development of self-awareness, vocal production, physical flexibility, and emotional exploration. 

THR 135: Stage Makeup 
Fall Semester
Semester hours: 3

Students receive practical training in the design and application of theatrical makeup. Class projects will include standard, corrective, animal, fantasy, monster, and other makeups. 

THR 203: Creative Drama 
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Creative drama is a student-centered, process-oriented form of drama in which the focus in on the personal development of the participant. Students do drama exercises, which help them to develop skills in building character, relating to a setting, improvisation, story dramatization, social drama, and applications of this process for more formal theatre work. Students create five scenes with fellow students, performing roles in those scenes before class peers. This course fulfills the general education requirement for fine arts.

THR 230: Movement for Theatre 
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

In this course, the focus in on the principles, practices, and exercises in body technique and stage movement. The student learns concentration, centering, balance, agility, and movement skills through various techniques. 

THR 232: Acting II - Characterization 
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

This course builds upon the principles developed in Acting I. It stretches the actor's range by exploring methods of creating a character. Scene analysis is examined to discover the essence of the character, clarifying motivation and intention. Selected scenes from realistic texts by Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw will be incorporated.
Prerequisite: THR 132

THR 235: Drafting for the Stage
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This is a study of the drafting skills and techniques required for technicians and designers. Time will be spent in the study of hand-drafting, as well as computer-aided drafting.

THR 240: Voice and Diction
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Fundamental concepts of vocal production are examined. Students take an in-depth look at the vocal mechanism and its importance to the live stage performance. The course prepares the student to effectively produce audible, intelligible speech. Each student will become proficient utilizing "Standard Stage" speech.

THR 242: Modern Dramatic Literature
Fall Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Focusing on script analysis, students consider diverse trends in play-writing and theatrical performances over the past one-hundred years as viewed through the works of the major playwrights of Europe and the United States. Trends studied include realism, expressionism, surrealism, cubism, and absurdism. This course encourages cross-cultural understanding. This course is cross-listed with ENG 242.

THR 245: Scene Painting
Spring Semester: alternate odd years
Semester hours: 3

An overview of various painting techniques used in a theatrical setting. These may include, but are not limited to, wood-graining, marble, brick, and stenciling. A fee for materials will be charged.

THR 247: Puppetry
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

The course examines the use of puppets in educational, recreational, therapeutic, and religious settings. Design, construction, and manipulation of various kinds of puppets will be covered. Students will be given opportunities to develop performance skills through theatrical processes. While the course will focus on fundamentals, students will be encouraged to pursue their special puppetry interests and needs. 

THR 250: Directing I
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

This course provides an introductory study of the numerous functions of a stage director from play selection to the final performance, emphasizing the development of directorial skills. Students will direct a one-act play.

THR 253: Classical Dramatic Literature
Fall Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Focusing on script analysis, this course provides a chronological study of the major theatrical periods of dramatic literature from the emergence of Greek tragedy in the fifth century B.C. to the development of European realism in the late nineteenth century. The course also encourages cross-cultural understanding. This course is cross-listed with ENG 253.

THR 291: Theatre Practicum
Fall and Spring Semester
Semester hours: 1

Students participate in theatre productions under the supervision of the theatre faculty. Credit may be given for lighting, set construction, house management, costuming, publicity, and more. Grades are on a pass/no pass basis only.

THR 310: Lighting Design
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This course provides a study of the principles, technology, and aesthetics of designing stage lighting. Practical application is emphasized.
Prerequisite: THR 131

THR 315: Scene Design
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This course examines the principles and aesthetics of generating practical, working designs for the modern stage. Requirements include models and research presentations. 
Prerequisite: THR 131

THR 320: Costuming for the Stage
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This course will investigate the role of costumes in theatrical production. Topics include costume history, color theory, and light/fabric relationships. Practical designs and construction projects will be completed.
Prerequisite: THR 131

THR 335: Acting III - Shakespearean Techniques
Fall Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Students will explore and apply the techniques necessary for the preparation and performance of Shakespeare. The focus of the work is on thorough script and verse analysis, interpretation, voice, and movement. Acting monologues and several scenes are required.
Prerequisite: THR 232

THR 336: Rendering for the Stage
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

A study of the media and techniques used to present a theatrical design. Practical application in rendering a scenic, lighting, and costume design.
Prerequisite: ART 101

THR 347: Musical Theatre
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to musical theatre. Study includes such topics as musical conventions, historical perspectives, act-ability or musical numbers, and staging of numbers. The course will culminate in an evening performance of prepared audition numbers.

THR 391: Advanced Theatre Practicum
Fall and Spring Semester
Semester hours: 2 - 3

Students participate in theatre productions under the supervision of the theatre faculty. Credit may be given for lighting, set construction, house management, costuming, and publicity. Each project will be given a letter grade.
Prerequisite: Permission of professor

THR 420: Methods and Materials - Teaching Theatre Arts in the Secondary School
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

This course requires focused study and consultation with a public school theatre teacher or other acceptable professional. Hours will be arranged in consultation with the content-area professor, the secondary education professor, the student, and the professional mentor. This course provides a study of curriculum development and theatre production in the secondary school. Students study production possibilities within various educational settings. Students also explore methods for creating instructional and motivational curricula.
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program and senior standing.

THR 432: Audition Preparation
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

Cold readings, prepared auditions, and the interview will be scrutinized. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped to present diversified auditions. Effective resumes and photographs will be examined.
Prerequisite: THR 132

THR 433: Theatre History I - Beginnings through Neoclassicism 
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

This course provides a chronological study of the history of theatre from its origins to the 1850s. Critical, theories, representative plays, and the physical conditions that contributed to the mainstream of theatrical history will be covered.

THR 434: Theatre History II - Neoclassicism to the Present
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

This course provides a chronological study of the history of theatre from Darwinism through modern drama. Critical theories, representative plays, physical conditions, theatrical conventions, and cultural and social movements, which affect the mainstream of theatrical history, will be covered.

THR 435: Acting IV - Period Acting Styles
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Students examine and perform fundamental styles of movement and expression dictated by specific historical periods.
Prerequisite: THR 335

THR 440: Performance/Design
On Demand
Semester hours: 1 - 3

Performance Emphasis: Students prepare and perform a major role in a Rocky Mountain College production. Each role must be approved and supervised by faculty. A daily rehearsal and performance journal and a major character analysis paper are required. The paper will address the role being undertaken and how it fits into the thematic structure of the piece, as well as how the actor applies the arc of the character in performance. Credit is dependent of role. This course is repeatable to a maximum number of three credits.

Design Emphasis: Students will prepare a design for a major element in a Rocky Mountain College production. A daily journal during the building process and technical rehearsals is needed. A critical paper is required, addressing struggles and successes within the process. Credit is dependent on development and creation of the design.

THR 450: Internship
On Demand
Semester hours: 1 - 12

This course is a guided work experience in an already established place of business. The student must arrange the internship in agreement with the instructor and the Office of Career Services. The internship should relate to the student's major or minor area of study. Contract is required.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

THR 471: Shakespeare
Spring Semester: alternate years
Semester hours: 3

Students are provided with an advanced examination of representative Shakespearean plays. Emphasis is placed equally on script analysis and the acting process.

THR 483: Senior Project
On Demand
Semester hours: 3

A course designed for the senior as a culmination of study in his/her area of concentration. Theatre faculty must approve the project by the end of the student's junior year. Each project will be closely supervised by faculty. Requirements for this course can be met in one of four ways:

  • Acting: A student will act a major role in a full-length play. Journals and analysis are required;
  • Directing: A student will direct a full-length play during Rocky Mountain College's main season. Journals and analysis are required;
  • Play writing: A student will write a play and arrange for a public reading of that play. Journals and analysis are required;
  • Technical: A student must complete a design for lights, costumes, and/or sets for a Rocky Mountain College or Billings Studio Theatre production. A technical student may also stage manage a major production. Journals and analysis are required.

Students will meet individually on a regular basis with their faculty supervisor throughout the duration of the project. Performance students will be required to turn in character analysis, play analysis, and/or research paperwork. Technical students will be required to turn in all design (or management) paperwork. Deadlines for the appropriate paperwork will be determined at the beginning of the semester during which the senior project will be completed. Following completion of the senior project, students will meet with all theatre faculty to discuss the production, journal, analysis work, and upcoming goals.

THR 490: Seminar
On Demand
Semester hours: 1 - 3

Selected topics in theatre are explored.

THR 499: Independent Study
On Demand
Semester hours: 1 - 3

This course allows a superior student to devise and pursue independent study in an area agreed upon in consultation with, and supervised by, a faculty member. Students should be either a major or minor and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

 

 

 
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