THT - Theatre

THT102 Theatre Technician Practicum

Students earn one credit by participating in theatre productions as technical personnel under the guidance of qualified theatre artists. A minimum of 42 hours of participation is required for each hour of credit; enrollment and grading will be arranged at the end of each semester by supervising faculty.

THT103 Theatre Travel Practicum

Students earn one credit by participating in an conference or workshop related to theatre. A minimum of 30 hours of participation is required for each hour of credit; enrollment and grading will be arranged at the end of each semester by supervising faculty.

THT110 Theatre Practicum

Students earn one credit by participating in theatre productions as actors or directors under the guidance of qualified theatre artists or by participating in an conference or workshop related to theatre. A minimum of 30 hours of participation is required for each hour of credit; enrollment and grading will be arranged at the end of each semester by supervising faculty.

THT111 Introduction to Acting

This course is an introduction to stage acting designed to introduce the beginning actor to foundational vocal, physical and imagination exercises. The class is designed to develop concentration and movement as well as interpersonal communication skills appropriate for stage performance. The course focuses on basic audition skills.

THT112 Movement and Voice for the Actor

THT 112 is an experiential course which will explore and sharpen the actor's instrument, the body and voice. Like any instrument, the body and voice must have attention and practice to effectively serve in its intended larger function, performing/acting. This course will familiarize students with the major movement and voice approaches in actor training and offer a safe space in which to explore the actor's instrument through a variety of movement and voice exercises in order to provide a foundation for sustainable character work. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills learned in class.

THT118 Theatre Appreciation

A course that aims to develop culturally literate citizens through study of theatre. While asking difficult questions about the realities of fine arts in our society, students will develop skills in research for theatre and take on real-world projects related to the stage. This course also requires attendance from a menu of performance opportunities in Helena.

THT121 Stagecraft

This is a practical course in stagecraft. This includes construction and design of scenery and properties, stage lighting and sound. Skills involve carpentry, painting, reading design plans, and methods of assembling the set on stage. Participation in current productions is arranged.

THT130 Dance I

This course introduces various styles of movement and principles common to ballet and jazz dance. The course will focus on dance technique, alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance, and rhythm/musicality. Students will learn fundamental dance skills and vocabulary, from which more advanced skills may be developed. This course is designed for students with little or no dance experience.

THT131 Dance II

This will be a technique-based course that will further the concepts learned in THT 130. This course will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genres with continued focus on ballet and jazz. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles through guest instructors and/or attendance at dance performances.

THT148 Film Acting

This course is designed to provide an introduction into the basics of acting for camera. Through practical experience in front of a camera, students will learn the art of stillness, the importance of truth, and constructive self critique. Over the course of the semester, students will also master the use of a working vocabulary of film terms, develop a personal warm up routine, and learn to use a professional demeanor. Students will gain valuable tools for communicating in any arena and sharpen public speaking skills.

THT160 Improvisation

This course will free the actor physically and offer practical knowledge and experience in improvisational theatre. Study will include Theatre games, and improvisational exercises developed by Viola Spolin and by the Mark Taper Forum. Coursework will develop skills in American Mime, juggling, voice and body movement, and animal images.

THT171 Stage Management Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT172 Stage Management Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT181 Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT182 Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT189 Special Topic

Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT207 Comedy Acting

Covering the basics of mime, commedia, clowning and slapstick, this course will have everyone in stitches. A practical course in acting for comedies, the course will focus on tools of comedy and culminate in a laugh-a-second showcase.

THT208 Stage Combat

Covering the basics of stage combat and safety, this course will keep students moving as they learn techniques in swordplay, brawling, and falls. A practical course, the course will focus on the basics and culminate in fully choreographed showcase.

THT210 Creative Drama for Educators

This course is designed to help teachers and facilitators to learn to use drama as a teaching tool. Perfect for any student, this method particularly helps students who need to engage the material actively to learn it. Through practical exercises in lesson planning and facilitation, students will learn to use drama techniques to teach science, math, literature, social skills, and any other subject you can imagine.

THT211 Puppetry

Beginning with a study of the history of puppetry and current performance practice, this course also teaches puppet construction techniques and performance. The course culminates in a Puppet Slam Performance.

THT212 Advanced Acting

An advanced acting course for serious students, this class broadens both the knowledge and experience of acting and acting methods. Students prepare monologues and scenes of various styles, employing in-depth character development and exploring the acting methods of several acting schools. Recommended for majors and minors, others should consult professor before registration.

THT220 Scene Painting and Prop Artistry

A practical course offering instruction in the materials, tools and techniques of scenic artists, as well as a brief look at the history of scenic art. The majority of class sessions will be spent on scene painting techniques and application. Students will learn common faux finish and mural techniques and paint two pieces of scenic art, architectural and environmental.

THT221 Stagecraft II

A course in more advanced stagecraft techniques. Areas of focus will be stage machinery, rigging systems, sound and lighting systems. Skills will include welding and steel construction techniques, lighting and electrical safety, and construction management skills. Participation in current productions is arranged.

THT222 Introduction to Stage Design

This course will provide a beginning to design theory in general and then provide students with knowledge and practical work in specific elements of theatre design such as set, light, sound, costume, and makeup design. Subjects covered will include color theory, artistic concepts of shape and line, hand drafting, and collaboration with the entire artistic team.

THT223 Costuming

This is a practical course in the art and practice of costuming. Besides learning basic sewing skills, we will costume the current productions and study the evolution of clothing through the ages. Each student will learn how to follow a pattern, and build an article of clothing.

THT224 Stage Make-Up

By creating their own make-up portfolio (morgue), the student will learn the hands-on techniques of applying make-up: realistic and fantastic; and different eras and cultures of make-up styles. In addition, the student will study facial anatomy, the aging process, and the principles of light and shadow as they apply to stage make-up.

THT271 Stage Management Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT272 Stage Management Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT281 Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT282 Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT289 Special Topic

Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT305 Theatre Intensive

Students may receive credit for completing one to two week intensive courses with master teachers. In general, 1 credit is equal to 45 hours of course work.

THT308 Period Styles for Acting

THT 308 will examine the development of the drama and physical theatre style of the major dramatic movements from the time of Ancient Greece through the 21st century. This course will familiarize students with the major acting styles throughout history, and how to apply them. In addition to the course textbook, scenes from plays that best represent the period will be studied and performed in class. We will review insights into the production of the plays, the theatrical context and conventions of each historical period and culture and how that information influences the acting style. Students will be expected to demonstrate academic writing skills relative to the humanities and theatre. Foundation skills for body and voice learned in THT 112.

THT310 Women in Theatre

Covering much of the same coursework as the Directing course, this course examines the role women have played in theatre history, and reckons with the current inequality of women leaders in the field. Students will read plays written by female playwrights and will culminate the semester with a staging of a collection of scenes written by women and chosen by the students. This event will be part of the regular Carroll Theatre season.

THT311 Directing

A practical course in the principles and techniques of bringing a play from the page to the stage. The course provides step-by-step practice in how to approach the play, how to find its dramatic values, and how to direct the production with these aims in mind. Attention will be given to the collaborative nature of art, and the requisite communication skills of a director. The course will delve into the theories and practice of various directing schools of thought and will culminate in the staging of one act plays as part of the Carroll season.

THT312 Musical Theatre Acting & Auditioning

An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning techniques which will grow skills in performance of musical theatre and auditioning both for straight plays and musicals. Beginning with a historical study of the origins of musical theatre and its current practice, it will then shift to scene work and audition preparation which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT313 Stage Dialects

An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to apply it to dialect work, specifically standard American, standard British, and another dialect of the student's choosing. While there will be some academic work in this course, it will primarily focus on scene work and monologues which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT314 Shakespeare in Performance

An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning techniques which will grow skills in performance of Shakespeare. While there will be some academic work in this course, it will primarily focus on scene work and monologues which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT318 History of Theatre I(WI)

Arts & Letters-Fine Arts. Intermediate Writing.

The story of the theatre beginning with its origins in the rituals of primitive man through the cultural explosion of the Renaissance. In addition to the text, several plays representative of the major theatrical ages will be read for insights into how the physical stage, the styles of acting and production, and theatrical convention influenced the dramatic literature of the various periods.

THT319 History of Theatre II(WI)

Arts & Letters-Fine Arts. Intermediate Writing.

A continuance of the story of the theatre, from the English Restoration and through its objective imitation of nature at the end of the 19th century, to its return to subjective reality and ritual in modern times. In addition to the text, several plays representative of the major theatrical ages will be read for insights into the physical stage, the styles of acting and production, and theatrical convention influenced the dramatic literature of the period as well as the modern theatre.

THT320 Corsetry

This course is designed to explore the history of corsetry and to teach students how to build corsets from different time periods of fashion. Through reading, discussion, experimentation, and production work, students will gain knowledge and practical skills in corset building. Over the course of the semester, students will show mastery of the coursework by successfully building at least two period corsets. No sewing experience is required.

THT322 Scenic Design

This is a practical study of the scenic design process. The course focuses on collaborating and visualization skills, theatrical design formats, research for scenic design and model building.

THT323 Lighting Design

This is a practical study of the lighting design process. The course leads the student step-by-step from script analysis through plotting a finished design. Individual areas of exploration include light and color theory, electricity, and lighting instrumentation and control systems.

THT324 Digital Media Design

This course prepares students for the technical process of creating media design for theatrical production. Students will explore the emerging interdisciplinary art of media design, and theatre by the following elements: Learning software that implements sound design, media creation and projection design; Following in-class tutorials, and adjoining modules that develop integrated digital art skills within the context of media design Collaborate in various workshops that expose students to the praxis of media design; Produce six complete projects ranging in size, and complexity that explore different methodologies of practical and conceptual design work; Participate in critical discussions regarding their work. This course will primarily introduce the multi-directional workflow of the Adobe Creative Suite for the nonlinear process of design. Students will develop compositional aptitudes, learn technical skills, and develop a sequence of work that can be critiqued, edited, and synthesized into presentation. The overarching goal for this course is to provide students the technological competences, and artistic forte to work in the digital media design industry.

THT371 Production Stage Mgmt Apprenticeship

Production Stage Management Apprenticeship. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT372 Production Stage Mgmt Apprenticeship

Production Stage Management Apprenticeship. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT381 Master Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT382 Master Electrician Apprenticeship

Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT389 Special Topic

Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT403 Theatre Projects

An opportunity for qualified theatre students to participate in Carroll College theatre productions as primary designers. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student may direct or design the set, costumes, or lighting for a full-length play.

THT404 Theatre Projects

An opportunity for qualified theatre students to participate in Carroll College theatre productions as primary designers. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student may direct or design the set, costumes, or lighting for a full-length play.

THT418 Theatre for Young Audiences

In graduate seminar style, students will study the history of theatre for young audiences and learn about current practice. Course work includes projects in playwriting, adaptation, puppetry, and creative dramatics.

THT422 Advanced Design

THT 422 Advanced Design 3 Cr This course prepares advanced theatre designers to apply for graduate school. Over the course of the semester, students work independently on a major design project and complete a professional portfolio of their work.

THT425 Internship

Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the intership coordinator at the Career Services Office.

THT426 Dramaturgy (WI)

Arts and Letters-Fine Arts. Advanced Writing. For theatre majors and history students, this course covers dramaturgy, theatre criticism and script analysis. Students will read plays from the current Carroll season as well as other important works of theatre and complete dramaturgical and script analysis projects. Theatre major or minor or consent of instructor.

THT471 Production Stage Mgmt Mentorship

Production Stage Management Mentorship. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT472 Production Stage Mgmt Mentorship

Production Stage Management Mentorship. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Stage Management track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/ work under the leadership of the Senior Production Stage Manager with the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Additional assignments in assistant stage management and stage management are included in the hours required to satisfy the requirements of this course.

THT481 Master Electrician Mentorship Practicum

Master Electrician Mentorship Practicum. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT482 Master Electrician Mentorship Practicum

Master Electrician Mentorship Practicum. Weekly meetings will be scheduled with the entire Electrician track. All students on the track will attend each week and learn/work under the leadership of the Senior Master Electrician with the supervision of the Technical Director. Additional work days will be scheduled several times each semester as well.

THT485 Independent Study

Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

THT489 Special Topic

Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT495 Senior Seminar

This course is designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a career in the arts by providing peer and instructor feedback on resumes and other job materials, educating students on graduate school opportunities, providing advice from career professionals, and giving instruction in job search strategies. The course will require you to build your professional website, create a CV, and prepare resumes.

THT499 Senior Thesis

The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic. Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College. The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project. For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants. The thesis is typically to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. Departments with a designated thesis research/writing course may award credits differently with approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the thesis credits exceed the full-time tuition credit limit for students, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.