|Taught by Robin Aronson, Ph.D.
Department of Theatre Arts
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, California 95003
(831) 477-5201 ext.1362
Welcome to Online Appreciation of Theatre Arts. This course is offered as a full term, 16 week class and as a 6 week summer session. The summer session is an intensive version of the full term course.
Appreciation of Theatre Arts is a comprehensive exploration of
the art form known as theatre. Its goal is to familiarize
the student with the various aspects of theatre, and to cultivate an
appreciation of theatre's place in the human experience. It covers the
literary, historical, design, architectural and performance aspects
of theatre. It introduces the student to the fundamental principles
and practices of theatre, and to the many collaborative artists who
contribute their special talents to the production process.
Theatre is a living art, and this course aims
to conjure for the online student a sense of theatre's aliveness; it
therefore includes, along with the textual component (reading and writing),
theatre going experiences.
Textbook: The Theater
Experience, 13th edition, Edwin Wilson, McGraw-Hill. You can purchase the 13th edition, print or online version, at the Cabrillo College Bookstore. The 12th edition can also be used, and can be purchased from online booksellers (Amazon.com, eCampus.com and BarnesandNoble.com).
No earlier editions can be used. Textbook is required; materials that may come with are not used in the course.
Play: A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams. You can find a copy at the library,
in used book stores and at online bookstores. Online purchases range from $1-10 at Amazon.com, eCampus.com
and BarnesandNoble.com. Three copies are on reserve at the Cabrillo College library.
The course is comprised of 5 parts, corresponding
to the 5 part format of The Theater Experience. Each part covers
a distinct aspect of theatre arts.
The following assignments are standard for each unit:
1. Textbook Reading-— The Theatre
Experience by Edwin Wilson
This comprehensive and engaging textbook contains
the course content, plus an abundance of beautiful photographs of past and contemporary
theatre productions. By the time you finish reading the
book, you'll have a wealth of information about theatre and,
hopefully, a new found and deeper appreciation!
2. Open Book Multiple Choice Quizzes
There are 5 quizzes that correspond to the 5 Parts of the textbook.
Students respond to weekly Discussion topics and to the postings of classmates.
4. In addition to the reading, quizzes and discussions, the following
projects are assigned:
- See live theatre productions. Submit theatre critiques. Theatre Critique Guidelines are provided.
- Read A Streetcar Named Desire and submit Play Analysis. Play Analysis Guidelines are provided.
Your grade is based on the timely and successful completion of all assignments.
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