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Courses for the Theatre Major

The Bluefield College Theatre Department has a two-fold purpose. First, the department offers classroom training in both the practical performance aspects of theatre and the academic areas of theatre history and dramatic literature. Second, through regularly scheduled theatrical productions and touring drama teams, the department provides working, hands-on training for all students.

A student may earn a Theatre major with a concentration in general theatre or a concentration in Christian drama. The general theatre concentration is designed for students who desire a field of study covering the traditional secular theatre. It is designed for students seeking a career in the professional theatre or preparing for graduate study in either performance or academic theatre. The Christian drama concentration is uniquely designed for students preparing for a career in Christian ministry using the dramatic arts.

The Theatre minor may be earned by completing a minimum of 18 hours in Theatre courses. The selection of these courses must include the following: THR 1413, 1023, 3013, 3023.

 

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Theatre Major
General Education & Degree Requirements 51 SH
Core Studies (some of these satisfy general education requirements) 30 SH
THR 1413 Theatre Appreciation
THR 1023 Acting I
THR 2023 Acting II
THR 3013 Stagecraft
THR 3023 Directing I
THR 4023 Directing II
THR 3053 Theatre History I
THR 3063 Theatre History II
THR 4033 Survey of Dramatic Literature
THR 4053 Senior Project
Concentration (chose one)
Concentration in General Theatre
THR 1011, 1012, 1013 Theatre Practicum 10 SH
9 SH from the following list: 9 SH
THR 2013 Oral Interpretation
THR 2033 Stage Makeup
THR 2043 Voice and Movement
THR 3033 Drama in Ministry
THR 3043 Children’s Theatre
THR 3073 Intro to Stage Design
THR 3311, 3312, 3313 Internship in Theatre
THR 3501, 3502, 3503 Directed Study in Theatre
THR 4063 Script Writing
THR 4503 Special Topics in Theatre
6 SH from the following list: 6 SH
ART 1013 Drawing I
ART 1033 Two-Dimensional Design I
ART 1413 Art Appreciation
ART 2053 Painting I
COM 1013 Mass Communications
COM 4013 Media Ethics
ENG 3043 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 3073 Regional & Ethnic Literature
ENG 4233 Shakespeare
MUS 1011-4021 Applied Music (Private Voice)
MUS 1413 Music Appreciation
Electives 20 SH
Total 126 SH
Concentration in Christian Drama (some of these courses satisfy the general education requirements) ≥ 33 SH
THR 1311 Ransomed (at least 3 semesters)
THR 2013 Oral Interpretation
THR 3033 Drama in Ministry
THR 4013 Survey of Christian Drama
THR 4063 Script Writing
CST 1113 Old Testament Survey
CST 1123 New Testament Survey
CST 2213 Intro to Ministry
CST 2313 Intro to Christian Theology
CST 3313 or 3323 (Church History)
CST 3363 or 3373 (World Religions)
MUS 2533 Worship Forms and Practices
Electives 9 SH
Total 126 SH

 

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Course Descriptions

THR 1023 Acting I
A fundamental approach to the art through vocal and physical exercises, theatre games, and improvisations. (Every Year)

 

THR 1031, 1032, 1033 Practicum in Theatre
Applied theatre work at the discretion of the instructor (On Demand)

 

THR 1311 Ransomed
An auditioned Christian drama ensemble that performs in convocation, and tours throughout the region. By audition only. (Every Year)

 

THR 1321 Shakespeare Team
Auditioned touring theatre ensemble that travels year-round, performing Shakespeare throughout the region. By audition only. (Every Year)

 

THR 1413 Theatre Appreciation
Both the historical background and organizational components of theatre are examined within the context of its role as an art form that has influenced mankind since its origins. (Every Year)

 

THR 2013 Oral Interpretation (same as COM 2013)
Performance oriented development of skills in oral reading of dramatic literature, prose, and poetry. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 2023 Acting II
More advanced techniques in scene work and character development, building on the foundations of Acting I. Prerequisite: Acting I or Instructor’s Permission. (Every Year)

 

THR 2033 Stage Makeup
A study of the theory and techniques of stage makeup. (May Term)

 

THR 2043 Voice and Movement
A study of techniques and methods for freeing the voice and body, providing the student with a broader range of flexibility and expressiveness. (Alternate Years)

 

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THR 3013 Stagecraft
Techniques involved in scene construction, lighting, and costuming for the theatre. Required lab work on a main stage production. (Every Year)

 

THR 3023 Directing I
Basic techniques in analyzing and staging plays. Instruction will include training in stage management. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 3033 Drama in Ministry
A study of the use of various forms of drama in worship and outreach ministries. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 3043 Children’s Theatre
Techniques of writing, directing, and performing theatre for children. Class will culminate in the creation of a children’s theatre production. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 3053 Theatre History I
A study of the history of the theatre from its beginnings through the Elizabethan era. Methods of staging, theatre architecture, and the influence of political and social movements are emphasized. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 3063 Theatre History II
The development of theatre from the rise of the Neo-classical ideal to the modern American theatre. The effect of the cultural and social changes of each era upon the theatre is emphasized. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 3073 Introduction to Stage Design
An introduction to scene, lighting, costume, and makeup design. (Alternate years)

 

THR 3311, 3312, 3313 Internships in Theatre
See criteria for internships in this catalog (On Demand)

 

THR 3501, 3502, 3503 Directed Study in Theatre
This course offers the student the opportunity to explore topics of interest under the direction of a faculty member. Variable credit. Prerequisite: JR Standing. (On Demand)

 

THR 4013 Survey of Christian Drama
A survey of Christian drama from the liturgical and vernacular dramas of the middle ages through contemporary dramas being created for worship and ministry today. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 4023 Directing II
Advanced play analysis, theory and performance culminating in the direction of a play. Prerequisite: Directing I or Instructor’s Permission (Alternate Years)

 

THR 4033 Survey of Dramatic Literature
An analysis of selected great plays from the classic Greek to contemporary experiment. Prerequisite: JR Standing or Instructor’s Permission. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 4053 Senior Project
A semester long capstone project (selected in cooperation with the faculty) and an oral exam designed to demonstrate the graduating seniors mastery of the knowledge and skills expected of a theatre program graduate.

 

THR 4063 Script Writing
Theory and practice in writing dramatic scripts. Prerequisite: JR Standing and Instructor’s Permission. (Alternate Years)

 

THR 4501, 4502, 4503 Special Topics in Theatre
An intensive study of special topics in order to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding. (On Demand)

 

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