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Technical Theatre I - a CPA Program course

Abstract

In California, this course has program status for Visual and Performing Arts (f) as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) a-g course. CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE. Technical Theatre I introduces students to the purpose, history, and importance of artistic and technical design for theatre; the many aspects of technical design, theatre and production; and the craft knowledge and skills necessary to design and produce live theatre. Students acquire design and artistic skills that are applied in assignments and projects involving scenery design and construction, stage lighting, sound, properties, costumes, makeup, and projection. Strong emphasis is placed on knowledge of artistic concepts and design techniques, application of art and design principles, safety practice in the theatre context, and backstage and technical aspects of theatre design and production. Author: Please contact Patricia Clark, Director of Teaching and Learning at CCASN, for more information: patricia510@gmail.com

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Technical Theatre I introduces students to the purpose, history, and importance of artistic and technical design for theatre; the many aspects of technical design, theatre and production; and the craft knowledge and skills necessary to design and produce live theatre. Students acquire design and artistic skills that are applied in assignments and projects involving scenery design and construction, stage lighting, sound, properties, costumes, makeup, and projection. Strong emphasis is placed on knowledge of artistic concepts and design techniques, application of art and design principles, safety practice in the theatre context, and backstage and technical aspects of theatre design and production.

Description of Activities

Technical Theatre I introduces students to the purpose, history, and importance of artistic and technical design for theatre; the many aspects of technical design, theatre and production; and the craft knowledge and skills necessary to design and produce live theatre. Students acquire design and artistic skills that are applied in assignments and projects involving scenery design and construction, stage lighting, sound, properties, costumes, makeup, and projection. Strong emphasis is placed on knowledge of artistic concepts and design techniques, application of art and design principles, safety practice in the theatre context, and backstage and technical aspects of theatre design and production.

Culminating Activity and/or Assessment

Each student will:
- Analyze, derive meaning from, and evaluate theatrical productions.
- Perceive plays, using academic language to express observations with regard to aesthetic, technical, narrative, and ideological qualities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of discourse when completing written assignments embedded in the course work. These will include narrative, expository, persuasive, descriptive, analytical, and reflective writing as well as research
-Read and understand theatrical studies texts. Analyze and synthesize information about theatrical productions, directors, and the cultural and historical impact of technical theatre, especially in regard to its reflection of and influence on societal values and behaviors.
- Compare and contrast theatre from various historical eras and/or global societies. Research and write an analytical essay regarding the influence of a specific cultural context on a particular well-known example of theatre/theatrical production.
- Parse a play for key thematic and technical elements and present conclusions in class.
- Compile complex material from a range of information sources for a research project, organize and present findings effectively in an oral presentation and in a critical research paper.

Instructional Materials Needed

Access to theatre space, art supplies, fabrics, set building tools and material, musical instruments

Instructional Materials Provided

Detailed lesson plans; instructions for set design, lighting, sound, costume design, etc.; student assessments; detailed course outline; documents outlining connection to common core standards

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Additional criteria

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Visual and Performing Arts; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration

States' Career Clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology, Communications

California Industry sector(s): Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Duration: 1 year

Grade Targets: 10, 11, 12

Level of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced

Targeted Support Materials: Community Involvement, Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided  

Technical Theatre I is offered as part of a technical theatre pathway for students enrolled in a "school within a school" - the Creative and Performing Arts Academy program. Many students have already taken introductory courses.

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE.

Source: Colleague

Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)


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