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Adv. Rehearsal & Production

Course Details

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Fall 2016
Fain Fine Arts Center
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5:00 - 5:50 pm  Tuesday

Elizabeth James Lewandowski (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Expectations


The evaluation form that will be used to assess students’ performance in the courses is attached.  So is a schedule of the production season and theatre events.

The student’s responsibilities are as follows:

·         Complete the “Cast and Crew Questionnaire.”

·         Check the Theatre Callboard (the bulletin board outside the Green Room) for the crew list, which should be posted no later than the Monday following the first majors/minors meeting.

·         Contact your crew head and watch for crew work calls.

·         Complete 4-8 hours per week for each production.

·         Crew heads must post crew meetings and weekly work calls.

·         If you are assigned to a running crew, you must attend a full run-through of the play before the first technical rehearsal (scenery, lighting, props) or before the first dress rehearsal (costumes, makeup).

·         This fall we will NOT be holding traditional strikes.  Instead, students will be responsible for putting in two hours on the relevant crew during the week following the final performance.  In the case of Ghosts into A Christmas Carol, students are responsible for both the two strike hours and the new hours required for A Christmas Carol.  This is mandatory.  Failure to put these hours in will result in an “F” for that production.

·         Attendance at the Post-Production Evaluation is mandatory.  Work is not an excuse.  You will earn a grade of “F" for that production for failure to attend the evaluation, which will be held at 4:00 p.m. the first available Monday after strike.

·         Crew heads must complete and turn in evaluations of their crews by the time of the Post‑Production Evaluation.  Crew heads not meeting this deadline will receive a failing grade for that production.

·         Each student will receive a copy of the crew head’s evaluation.

·         On the first Monday after the first weekend of performances for the first production of the semester has ended, work begins on the next production.  Therefore, crew heads need to post meetings and work calls for the second production prior to the first day of rehearsal for the second production.

·         During the academic year – in the fall in most cases – theatre majors must receive special safety instruction and new theatre majors must pass the safety test as part of their Rehearsal and Production requirements. Procedures for accomplishing these requirements will be made clear at the majors/minors meeting.

·         Both men and women who are cast in MSU Theatre productions must purchase acceptable rehearsal shoes.

·         Acting and Teacher Certification BFA candidates are required to audition for all mainstage productions and to accept any role in which the candidate is cast.

·         Any questions or requests, such as requests for revisions of the crew lists, must be directed to the Professor of Record.

·         Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016.  Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law.  The MSU scene shop has been designated an area excluded from concealed carry due to the presence of explosive chemicals.  Students who serve on properties, lights, set and sound crews will be required to enter the scene shop and should be aware of this policy.  Additionally, participating in theatre classes often require students to wear fitted garments which may make concealed carry of a firearm difficult, if not impossible.  In addition, students are often required to leave their backpacks/purses and work with other students in scenes or rehearsals.  This required activity may also make concealment of a firearm difficult.  While concealed carry is not prohibited in any area other than the scene shop, students are reminded that intentional display of a firearm is a violation of university policies and may result in disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from the program and the university.  Students should factor the above in their decision as to whether or not to conceal carry in theatre classes/rehearsals.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at