Courses

THRE 101 - Theatre Practicum
1 Credit Hours

Intensive practice in the various aspects of theatre production: acting; design, building and painting scenery and properties; lighting design and execution; costume design and construction; make-up design and application; box office and promotion procedures; children?s theatre; technical direction; and stage or theatre management. Students may accomplish their goals through active commitment to West Virginia Wesleyan College Theatre or Reader?s Theatre productions or through practicums arranged with department faculty members.
Prerequisites: Consent of the technical director or director of the theatre.
Other: May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit.
THRE 105 - Acting for Non-Majors
3 Credit Hours

Students from outside the Theatre major will explore the duties and responsibilities of the professional actor. In rehearsal, they will analyze the text for form, style, character, rhythms, and performance strategy, researching the validity of their choices, and ultimately defend their choices, learning the vocabulary of theatre. Textbooks will focus on the schools of Stanislavski and Uta Hagen.
THRE 110 - Introduction to Theatre Arts
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the theatre through a survey of its history, literature, and the various artists involved in the creation and production of a play. Lectures, reading, and discussion will be used to investigate the subject matter.
Other: Does not count toward a major or minor in theatre arts.
THRE 118 - Dramaturgical Methods
2 Credit Hours

An introduction to theatrical research strategies for directors, designers or performers. Students will engage critical thinking skills and learn methodologies for analysis of dra- matic texts. Those with performance and/or technical backgrounds will gain experience in applying dramaturgical and performance theory to the pre-production process.
THRE 120 - Stagecraft
3 Credit Hours

A course dealing with the basic tools, equipment, construction techniques and painting methods found in the theatre. The building of properties and the movement of scenery A course dealing with the basic techniques of lighting for the stage, designed to help students acquire competence in creating workable lighting effects for school, church, and community theatres.
THRE 125 - Stage Makeup
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of stage makeup techniques, including corrective, old age, fantasy, prosthetic and gender-reversed applications.
THRE 129 - Acting I
3 Credit Hours

An introductory course in acting for the stage emphasizing creative dramatics, improvisation, marketing techniques and scene studies. As they endeavor to formulate their own methods and techniques, students will become familiar with the teachings of Stanislavski and Uta Hagen.
Other: This course is only for Theatre Arts majors. Non-majors may participate with permission of the instructor.
THRE 139 - Acting II
3 Credit Hours

A course focusing on scene studies in which actors learn about various theatre phi- losophies and hone their skills and techniques for the stage. Students will work with the instructor and student directors on four to six scenes from contemporary plays.
Prerequisites: THRE 105 or 129
Other: The student must sign up with an acting partner.
THRE 216 - Musical Theatre Performance I
2 Credit Hours

Through historic, literary and performance methodologies, these courses introduce students to the fundamentals of musical theatre performance. Based on the work of major contemporary acting theories, students will be introduced to research techniques, script and score analysis, and performance discipline and style specific to musical theatre.
Prerequisites: THRE 129 and one semester of class or private vocal study, or permission of instructor.
THRE 220 - Scene Design
3 Credit Hours

A combined lecture and laboratory course in contemporary theatre methods of scene design. The student will develop a number of designs along with investigating past and present theories of design.
Prerequisites: THRE 120
Other: Offered in spring semester, even years.
THRE 221 - Scene Painting
3 Credit Hours

A hands-on exploration of the various responsibilities, equipment, and techniques of the scenic artist. Building on the various aspects of the job of the scenic artist, students will become involved in the practical aspects of scene painting, learning proper use and maintenance of equipment and simple to advanced scene painting techniques.
THRE 222 - Costumes
3 Credit Hours

A combined lecture and laboratory course in contemporary methods of costume design and costuming. The student will develop a number of designs and investigate the history of clothing.
THRE 226 - Musical Theatre Performance II
2 Credit Hours

Continuation of THRE 216.
Prerequisites: THRE 216.
THRE 229 - Acting II
3 Credit Hours

A course focusing on scene studies in which actors learn about various theatre philosophies and hone their skills and techniques for the stage. Students will work with the instructor and student directors on four scenes from contemporary plays.
Prerequisites: THRE 105 or 129.
Other: The student must sign up with an acting partner.
THRE 231 - Lighting Design
3 Credit Hours

A course dealing with the basic techniques of lighting for the stage, designed to help students acquire competence in creating workable lighting effects for school, church, and community theatres.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. THRE 120 is highly recommended
THRE 240 - Improvisation
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of team-driven improvisation techniques. Students will learn funda- mentals of establishing scenarios with partners from simple suggestions and audience participation. This course will not cover popular structures like The Herald, but will be closer to techniques employed by groups like TheatreSports.
THRE 245 - Voice and Diction for the Actor
3 Credit Hours

A course designed to give the actor a basic familiarity with the physiology of speech and with those techniques required by a stage performance. Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and become proficient in an accent or dialect of their choosing.
Prerequisites: THRE 129
THRE 250 - Stage Management
3 Credit Hours

A course dealing with the basic principles and skills of stage management. Emphasis on organizing, scheduling, and running a theatrical production from pre-production to closing night. Development of techniques and skills in personnel management, organizational communication, technical theatre, and performance as they relate to mounting a theatrical production.
Prerequisites: Six hours in dramatic arts above THRE 110 or permission of instructor. THRE 120 is highly recommended.
THRE 258 - Directing I
3 Credit Hours

Study of play analysis and the theory and practice of directing. Includes auditioning, casting, staging, and working with actors. Students will direct two scenes working with student actors.
Prerequisites: THRE 129,229
THRE 263 - Movement/Voice Practicum I
1 Credit Hours

A daily physical and vocal regimen designed to develop discipline and consistency in training -- thus the good health, efficiency, strength and stamina needed for performance in musical theatre. This regimen consists of work in yoga, t?ai chi, aikido, and adjunctive body therapies.
THRE 264 - Movement/Voice Practicum II
1 Credit Hours

A daily physical and vocal regimen designed to develop discipline and consistency in training -- thus the good health, efficiency, strength and stamina needed for performance in musical theatre. This regimen consists of work in yoga, t?ai chi, aikido, and adjunctive body therapies.
THRE 309 - History of the Theatre I
3 Credit Hours

A comprehensive study of the literature and history of the theatre from primitive man through Elizabethan England. Lectures and discussion concerning plays and historical background.
Other: Offered fall semester, even years.
THRE 310 - History of the Theatre II
3 Credit Hours

A comprehensive study of the literature and history of the theatre from Elizabethan England through Romanticism. Lectures and discussions concerning plays and historical background.
Other: Offered spring semester, odd years.
THRE 326 - Musical Theatre Performance III
2 Credit Hours

Continuation of THRE 226.
Prerequisites: A passing grade of C in THRE 226 or permission of instructor.
THRE 329 - Advanced Acting
3 Credit Hours

Continuation of Acting II, exploring methods and methodology of characterization and individualizing training to the actor?s needs. Students must sign up with an acting partner.
Prerequisites: THRE 229
Other: May be repeated for a total of nine hours of credit.
THRE 330 - Dance Repertory for the Musical Stage
2 Credit Hours

Tap technique and performance with research, technique and repertory specific to the musical theatre stage. Required passing with a ?C? (2.0) for all musical theatre majors. Repeatable three times for credit.
Prerequisites: DANC 101 or permission of the instructor.
THRE 340 - Drama for Youth
3 Credit Hours

An examination of drama as a tool for aesthetic, emotional, ethical, and social development in young people. The principles governing the production of appropriate plays are examined, dramatic literature for youth is surveyed, and students gain experience in leading dramatic activities with young people. This course is especially recommended to individuals who intend to work with children and young people in schools, churches, and other settings.
Other: Offered spring semester, odd years.
THRE 342 - Advanced Theatrical Design
3 Credit Hours

An advanced theatrical design course that builds on the introductory material covered in the 200-level design courses. The course will consist of a number of individualized design assignments.
Prerequisites: One selection from THRE 220, 222. or 231
Other: May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit.
THRE 358 - Directing II
3 Credit Hours

Advanced study of the theories and practices of directing, including the history of directing. Students will direct a play in addition to scene work.
Prerequisites: THRE 258
THRE 363 - Movement/Voice Practicum
1 Credit Hours

A daily physical and vocal regimen designed to develop discipline and consistency in training -- thus the good health, efficiency, strength and stamina needed for performance in musical theatre. This regimen consists of work in yoga, t?ai chi, aikido, and adjunctive body therapies.
THRE 395 - Senior Internship
1 Credit Hours

Professional or semi-professional experience in theatrical production for theatre arts majors. Students will be assigned significant responsibilities determined by their needs and capabilities and the needs of the sponsoring organization.
Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty.
THRE 397 - Seminar
3 Credit Hours

The capstone course of the theatre arts major; a study of various critical approaches to the theatre and application of those approaches to dramatic literature and performance of that literature. Evaluation of the student?s knowledge and skills in the major. Culminates in a performance or gallery exhibition of the student?s theatrical history.
Prerequisites: Minimum of 20 hours in theatre arts or permission of instructor.
Other: Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
THRE 398 - Advanced Musical Theatre Research
2 Credit Hours

This course is an intensive study of musical theatre performance style from prior to theurn of the 20th Century to the present. Each semester will focus on a composer/lyricist team from a specific period in American Musical Theatre. Students will act as dramaturges, producers, designers and performers creating both an in depth research project as well as a performance project.
Prerequisites: A passing grade of C in Musical Theatre Performance or permission of instructor.
Other: May be repeated for a total of eight hours of credit.
THRE 491 - Advanced Design Practicum
3 Credit Hours

A capstone design course involving the realization of a design project. The student will execute an actual design that will be used for a production in the WVWC Theatre season.
Prerequisites: THRE 220, 222, 231