Drama Minor

20 Credits: 9 credits in residence. Required:

DR 100 Techniques of Acting 3
DR 220 Understanding Drama and its Forms 3
DR 235 Play Production Workshop 3
DR 235 Shakespeare 3
DR 281 Play Directing 2
OR DR 282 Costume Design 2
OR DR 283 Scenic Design 2
DR 240 Oral Interpretation 3
Three Credits from the Following:
DR 380 Advanced Acting 3
DR 115 Chancel Drama 1-3
DR 335 Play Production Workshop 1-3

 Course Descriptions

DR 100 Techniques of Acting (3 credits)

Stage acting theory and practice. Principles of movement and voice; role development, improvisation and scene rehearsal and presentation. May involve planning and presenting an optional performance.

DR 115/315 Chancel Drama Workshop (3 credits) (Alternate years 2011-2012)

A “hands on” experience in discovering and producing specifically Christian plays. Reading and discussion of theory. The class will focus on producing and presenting Christian drama on campus and possibly touring short works to area churches and schools. Repeatable to a total of six credits. DR 100 recommended.

DR/EN 220/319 Understanding Drama and Its Forms (3 credits) (Alternate years 2011-12)

An overview of the development of Western drama through the study of representative plays and their historical contexts. Includes viewing plays on and off campus. May be taken for Fine Arts credits as DR 220/319 or EN 220/319 for Literature Core Studies credit. 300 level by consent of instructor; upper division credit available for students who complete a major project.

DR 235/335 Play Production (1-3 credits)

Production of major plays. Roles by audition; production assignments by interview. Repeatable to a total of 12 credits. Prerequisite: DR 100 or consent of instructor..

DR/SA 240 Oral Interpretation (3 credits)

Study of theory and practice in oral readings of literature: children’s literature, poetry, prose and scripture. The course focuses on interpretation of literature as well as on the development of the voice as a tool to evoke a desired response in the audience. Recommended for teachers, actors and those interested in the ministry. Possible, optional, group presentation at the end of the semester.

DR/EN 250/349 Understanding Film and Its Forms (3 credits) (Alternate years 2010-2011)

Introduces students to the historical, technical and aesthetic development of film, with special emphasis on examining the mythology underlying various genre, and learning how to determine a film’s thematic statements in light of its worldview. May be taken for Fine Arts credit as DR 250/349 or EN 250/349 for Literature Core Studies credit. 300 level is available by consent of instructor and requires an additional major project.

DR 281 Play Directing (2 credits)

Directed study in the theory and practice in the art and craft of play directing, including play selection, casting, rehearsals, blocking. Consent of instructor required. Must be taken in conjunction with either DR 115 or DR 235. Prerequisite: DR 100.

DR 282 Costume Design (2 credits)

Directed study in the theory and practice of costume design and construction for the theater. Consent of instructor required. Must be taken in conjunction with either DR 115 or DR 235. Prerequisite: DR/EN 220/319.

DR 283 Scenic Design (2 credits)

Directed study in the theory and practice of scenery/lighting design and construction. Consent of instructor required. Must be taken in conjunction with either DR 115 or DR 235.

DR 310 Drama for the Classroom (3 credits) (Alternate years 2010-2011)

Reading and hands-on projects related to the production of children’s theater/literature. Low budget scenery, costumes and creative dramatics of rthe classroom teacher. This class is also recommended for those interested in Youth/Children’s Ministry. Satisfies participatory Fine Arts Core Studies requirement.

DR/EN 360 Shakespeare (3 credits) (Alternate years 2011-2012)

A broad study of selected sonnets and major plays of Shakespeare, including comedy, tragedy and history. Shakespeare’s life and the historical context of his work are integral. Required of English majors. Prerequisite: One Literature course of consent of instructor.

DR 380 Advanced Acting (3 credits)

Further voice and movement theory and practice for the more serious drama student. The focus is on performing period works, verse plays and developing professional auditions. Prerequisite: DR 100.