Theater: Behind the Curtains
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Theater: Behind the Curtains

The finished work of a production that the audience sees is not indicative of the full amount of design and management work occurring behind the scenes. In this theatre appreciation class, students will learn about all the different types of offstage jobs and roles that make a theatre production successful. We will look at the different design roles (makeup, hair, set, lighting, costume, etc.) as well as the directing team, the stage management team, and even the business management side of things including branding and marketing. The goal of this class is to give a full understanding of all the different ways to be involved in theatre because it takes people with a variety of talents to bring a production to the stage.

This class consists of several design projects and encourages student participation in class. We will be reading and working from real plays including Mousetrap, Hamlet, and The Importance of Being Earnest, so come prepared to act and design! Excerpts of other plays will be provided. Mature dispositions are best suited for this course.

Microphone and camera capability are a requirement for this dynamic class experience.

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Mousetrap

Hamlet

The Importance of Being Earnest

Excerpts of other plays will be provided

Camera and microphone capability are requirements for class and some projects.

Paulina Guerra is from Houston, Texas and she developed a love for music at a young age. Participating in musicals throughout high school, she decided to pursue a career in vocal performance. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in vocal performance and a minor in theatre at Louisiana Tech University. Paulina is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the University of Mobile.

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