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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.