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                        Course Title:                                         Musical Theatre



                        Course Identification:                            MUSI 1159.74, .99,

MUSI 2159.74, .99


                                                                                    Credit Hours:  1


Contact Hours:  5


                        Prerequisites/Corequisites:                                None



                        Division:                                               Humanities and Fine Arts:   Music


                        Room:                                                  FA Auditorium & Scene Shop


                        Time:                                                    See attached Schedule

                                                                                    TH 6:30p.m. - 9:15p.m.

                                                                                    SUN 2:30p.m. - 6:00p.m.

                                                                                    Last class day is November 29, 2001



                        Faculty Member Preparing Syllabus:     Dr. Marylynn L. Fletcher


                        Office Telephone Number                     (512) 573-3291, Ext. 6425 or (572-6425)




                        Date:  Fall 2001                                    Office Hours:  By appointment and as Posted on Office Door Fine Arts Building, Room #115


Monday:  9:00 - 9:50 am

                                                                                    Tuesday:  12:30 – 1:00 pm

                                                                                    Wednesday:  9:00 - 9:50 am

                                                                                    Thurs:  6:00 - 6:30 pm & 9:30 - 10:00 pm

                                                                                    Sun:  2:00 - 2:20 pm


Musical Theatre

MUSI  1159.74, 1259.74

Fall 2001


INSTRUCTOR:                     Dr. Marylynn L. Fletcher




REQUIRED MATERIALS: Pencil, Paper, and Willingness to Learn



Study and performance of works from the musical theatre repertoire. 



In this course, students will learn all aspects of musical theatre by performing a musical:  Script Analysis, Costuming, Set Building, Lighting, Sound, Performance, and Publicity.


GRADING:  Grades will be based on knowledge presented, daily work, attitude and cooperation, and attendance.

            Grading is based on:

                        1.    Attendance at classes and performances:                                                               

a.       Your final semester grade will drop one letter grade for every class absence after the second.  In special circumstances such as extended illness this may be altered slightly.  See the instructor for a variance and get it in writing.

b.       Three tardies will equal one absence.

2.       Performance Participation

a.       A student, who misses a performance, will fail the course.

b.       A student, who misses a dress rehearsal, will have their grade dropped one letter grade.

c.       A death in your family does not automatically give you permission to miss a performance.  Contact the instructor before the performance.

d.       A student, who is tardy for a performance, will have their course grade lowered.

e.       A student, who misses the production strike, will have their grade dropped two letter grades.

3.       Knowledge and Effort

a.       Quizzes

b.       Assignments

c.       Production Work: Costuming, Set Construction, Lights, Sound, Publicity, Performance, and Strike Production

4.  Attitude and cooperation with fellow students and directors.

a.       Be ready to work including having your music, script, and a pencil at the beginning of each rehearsal.

b.       Participate in all warm-ups.

c.       No talking while others are rehearsing or the director is talking.


Knowledge and Effort Component                    70%

Attendance, Attitude, and Cooperation             30%


Production work grading will be dependent on the number of hours worked and the quality of the work.  You will have two Production Work Grades, one until October 16 and one between Oct. 17 and Nov. 10.  Strike Production hours do not count toward total Production hours needed.  Everyone will stay and strike the production.























Below 3

Below 6



Failing the course may result from any one of the following items or a combination of the following items:

1.       Missing 6 scheduled classes.

2.       Absence from performance.

3.       An inability to contribute positively to the ensemble because of an unproductive attitude and disrespect of fellow students and the director.



            Auditions:  Thursday evening, September 6, 2001, 6:30 pm – VC Auditorium

            Rehearsals:  Sunday afternoon 2:30 –6:00 pm, beginning Sept. 9 and Monday 12:00 – 3 pm?


Required Work Outside of Class Times:  (see grading chart for grades)

By October 16, 2001: 

                        Costuming:                             3 hours

                        Set Production:                       6 hours

                        Production Work:                   2-6 hour          (Your choice what kind)


October 17, 2001 to Nov. 10, 2001:

                        Costuming:                             3 hours

                        Set Production:                       6 hours

                        Production Work:                   2-6 hour          (Director assigns)


            Required work days are

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, TBA

                                    Sunday, Oct. 6, 2001, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, TBA


Required Dress Rehearsals:

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001

                        Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001

                        Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, 1:00 pm (cut version)

                        Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001 TBA, run cut version

                        Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2001; Call TBA, probably 5PM, rehearsal 6-9PM


Children’s:  (Cut version)

Wed., Nov. 14, 10am, call is 8am

                                    Thurs, Nov. 15, 10am, call is 8am


                        Fri., Nov. 16, 7:30 pm, call is 5:30

                        Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 pm, call is 5:30

                        Sun., Nov. 18, 2:30 pm, call is 12:30


FINAL EXAM:  Your Final Exam and evaluations will be completed Thursday evening, November 29, 2001.



1.       For workdays:  A safety session will be provided at the first work day.  Always wear closed toe shoes on stage.  Keep long hair pulled back and loose fitting clothing must be taped so it can not get caught in ladders, ropes, or machinery.  Preferable clothing for work days is old jeans or shorts; T-shirts or old shirts; and closed toe shoes.  Remember you may be using power tools or painting.  Wear clothing you do not mind damaging.

2.       For rehearsals:  Wear comfortable clothing.  Always bring socks because no later than the second rehearsal you will be wearing shoes and you do not want blisters! 



Students who officially drop this course will receive a grade of "W" if they withdraw before the 12th week of classes, or if they are passing on the date I receive the official withdrawal form.



Unexcused Absences:  The attendance policy for this course is The Victoria College attendance policy as stated in The Victoria College Catalog.  A student may be dropped for excessive absences with a grade of "F" when a total of five classes in this TS class are missed.  Excused and unexcused absences will be counted.  Three tardies equal one absence. If there are mitigating reasons for more absences, students may remain in class but their grade will be lowered.  Students should speak with the instructor for this variance and the amount the grade will be lowered.  You should get the agreement in writing.


Excused Absences:  A request for an excused absence for a religious holy day must be given to me in writing by the 15th class day of the semester.  You should request acknowledgment with my signature and date.  You should turn in assignments and take scheduled exams before your excused absence if possible.