THEA 406 Properties Studio 12:35-1:50 WF
Ron Naversen Comm 2030 453-3076 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Holcombe Comm 2034 453-7593 email@example.com
To introduce the student to the basic materials, techniques, and creative processes used in the research, design and construction of stage properties. The class will help the student achieve a basic competence and appreciation by working on specific properties problems. The class is repeatable so students with a special interest in props can progress with increasingly difficult projects, materials and processes.
1) Attendance is mandatory (see Departmental Attendance Policy in student handbooks). You cannot learn if you are not here and your fellow students are deprived of your insights and contributions.
2) Readings and research as assigned
3) The Departmental Attendance Policy will be followed (see Student Handbook). Attendance at McLeod & C. H. Moe Theater productions as we will discuss the properties aspects of each show.
4) A laboratory fee has been accessed to purchase materials and supplies. Advanced projects may require purchasing other materials dependent on your project selection and design.
5) You are responsible for taking notes in class.
6) Quizzes will be given if we see that you are not paying attention & learning.
7) The Department is increasing its safety instruction and at some time in the semester students may be required to take a pulmonary test at Health Services to determine if they can use a respirator. The cost of this test is $5.00.
10% Prop List/Research Book
The student will select a play with significant properties, develop a props list research the period providing pictures/ sketches, and determining what should be bought (listing approximate price), built, pulled from stock (providing sketch or picture), to create a props portfolio.
15% Research Project/Presentation
The student will research a particular problem related to stage properties and present a demonstration of this solution to the class (approx. 20 minutes). A handout documenting the materials, sources, etc. is required for each member of the class. Suggestions: Jewelry, Stage Weaponry, Pyrotechnics, Advanced Techniques & Materials, Printing, Basket Weaving, Electric Props, Book Binding, etc.
15% Mask Project
Each student will design and construct a mask. Several techniques and materials will be demonstrated and the student may use any of these processes or experiment with other materials and techniques. The mask must be wearable, comfortable, allow the wearer to see clearly and well constructed.
60% Prop Projects
Students will select 3 projects (20% each) from the list below
and create these props. Students must submit pictures of their projects and have them approved by the instructors before beginning the project. Closeness to these pictures along with construction integrity will be used as the basis for evaluating the projects. Projects may include:
Electric props (wiring of practical lighting, & sound props)
Weapons & armor
Casting and Molding
Floral props and arrangements
Special Effects (breakaways, electronics, motorized props)
Students will be evaluated on their growing craftsmanship in the construction of their various prop projects, the thoroughness of their research, and the creativity that they bring to the completion of their prop projects. Students must submit pictures of their projects and have them approved by the instructors before beginning the project. The pictures will serve as the basis for evaluation the projects in conjunction with the construction integrity of the finished prop.
What is a Prop?
Types of Properties & Prop Organization
Soft Hard Hand Costume Dressing Food
Property Research and Resource Materials
History of Stage Properties
The Working Professional Prop Master
Job Markets, Portfolios, Duties and Responsibilities
Papers & Fabrics Wood Plastics Metals
Paper Props & Documents
Floral Arrangements and Materials
Furniture Repair & Construction
Weaponry care and construction
Special effects, inc: Pyro-Techniques, Breakaways, Breakaway Glass
Stage Properties. Warren Kenton
Theatre Props. Motley
The Theatre Props Handbook. Thurston James
The Prop Builder's Molding and Casting Handbook. Thurston James
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Stage Properties. Thurston James
Scene Design & Construction. Welby Woolfe
Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to execute projects in this class are encouraged to inform the instructors at the beginning of the semester. The instructors will adapt the class for these individuals as necessary. The instructors reserve the right to alter the course content to benefit the class.