Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Review of Existing Instructional Programs

 

Institution: _____Chadron State College_______                         Program:  Theatre Program 2001-2006

Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts          

I certify the following:

-the information provided regarding this program is accurate

-the above named institution has in place a procedure for reviewing instructional programs and a

copy of the procedure has been provided to the Commission

-such review took place on or about ___________________________________________________

-such review was presented to the institution’s governing board on __________________________

-the governing board’s action was: ___________________________________________________

Signed: ______________________________________

(Chief Academic Officer or designated representative)                                      (Date) ___________

Evidence of Demand and Efficiency

 

Theatre

2001-2002

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

5 Year Avg

Student Credit Hour Production

597

661

782

763

747

710

Faculty Full-time Equivalency

1.66

1.7

1.62

1.57

1.62

1.63

SCH/Faculty FTE

359.64

388.82

482.72

485.99

461.11

435.66

Number of Degrees and Awards

 

 

 

 

 

0

BA

3

4

3

2

6

3.6

BSE

0

0

0

 

0

0

Total

3

4

3

2

6

3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

Majors

 

 

 

 

 

0

Fall

23

22

28

23

30

25.2

Spring

23

18

19

19

20

19.8

Summer

4

9

12

11

3

7.8

Total

50

49

59

53

53

52.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Term

Majors by Class Lvl

 

 

 

 

 

Fall            2006-2007

Freshman

 

 

 

 

 

13

Sophomore

 

 

 

 

 

3

Junior

 

 

 

 

 

3

Senior

 

 

 

 

 

6

PostBaccalaureate

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

           

Evidence of Need (provide a statement below or attach document)

 

See Attached

 

 

 

Justification if the program is below CCPE thresholds (provide a statement below or attach documentation)

 

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Chadron State College                                                                      Revised: Jan. 11, 2007

Department of Visual & Performing Arts                                        Roger Mays

Theatre Program

Total Faculty:  1.6 FTE

 

 

Evidence and Justification for 2001-2006

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION with Subject Emphasis in Theatre

 

OUTLINE

 

I.                   Centrality to Chadron State College Role and Mission

II.                Number of Majors & Graduates

III.             Recruitment

IV.              Retention

V.                 Curriculum

VI.              Educational & Cultural Impact of the Theatre Program

VII.           Theatre Program’s Service to the Educational Community within the Region

VIII.        Recommendation

 

I. Centrality to the Chadron State College Role and Mission

 

·        The program in Theatre Studies supports Chadron State College’s role and mission as defined by Nebraska statutes, the comprehensive plan of the Coordinating Commission and the Nebraska State Board of Trustees. In harmony with the role and mission statements, the undergraduate program in Theatre Studies prepares individuals for different careers in design and performance for professional, educational, and community theatre.  A degree in Theatre is also a proven training area to other disciplines such as law, public service and professions that requires high communication skills. Students of theatre develop communications skills, self-confidence, and the ability to create collaboratively.  Skills develop by the Theatre Program (such as critical thinking, teamwork, practical problem-solving, and creativity) will serve them well regardless of their eventual profession. 

 

·        The Theatre program offers a diversity of intellectual, cultural and recreational activities designed to serve the local as well as regional communities.  Each academic year, there are 4-12 productions which involve virtually all Theatre Majors, and many students and faculty from a variety of disciplines.   

 

·        Theatre program supports broad Liberal Arts and General Studies curricula of Chadron State College through the Elements of Theatre course and public performance events.  Of the available core curriculum courses (where students select from Art, Theatre, Music and Literature as their general studies requirement), the Elements of Theatre (TH 235) enrolls about one of every five CSC students.  When factoring in other theatre classes with a large non-major enrollment (TH 134 The Principles of Acting, TH 237 Beginning Directing,

TH 159 (Technical Theatre), the Theatre Department potentially serves half of the entire student population of Chadron State College.  Accomplished with a faculty FTE of 1.6,  the academic impact above  is a factor that is not necessarily reflected in FTE statistics.   In all of these venues, both majors and non-majors participate in hands-on skills development both in performance and technical theatre. 

 

·        The Post Playhouse is a professional, summer repertory, non-profit theatre located at Fort Robinson, NE. and an affiliate of Chadron State College. The Post Playhouse is a valuable training resource for the theatre program at CSC. 

 

·        Nearly half of the cast and crew of  The Post Playhouse seasons in the last 5 years were CSC students.  Because of the Post Playhouse’s extensive recruiting talent base, this allowed CSC students to collaborate with artists from across the nation.    Between the Theatre Program productions at Chadron State College and the summer performances of The Post Playhouse within the review period,  over 61,000 audience members saw over  500 performances. The CSC Theatre program fills a vital artistic and cultural need of not only western Nebraska, but a four-state region as well.

 

 

II. Number of Majors and Graduates

 

·        5-year average of approximately 25-29 Majors each year.

 

·        This equals 15.6 Majors per full-time faculty

Indicating strong initial success with recruitment with possibility for growth

 

·        Average graduates - 3.6  Increase from 3.2 last review.   Increase of .4

The primary target for improvement

 

·        4 will graduate in academic year 06-07   above 3.6 Avg.

Indicating success in improved retention from the previous 5-year period

 

·        Graduates from past 5 years  have been highly successful in this competitive field

 

Recent graduates in professional & graduate programs:

·        Ranae Nelson, University of Montana, MFA design

·        Amy Campion, University of Southern Illinois, MFA design

·        Mary Katherine Housewirth, Texas Tech, PhD Performance

·        Amy McClure, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Internship

·        Kristin Hall, Theatre intern at Hartford Stage Company, CN, Internship

·        Ritch Galvin, Kansas State University, Texas Tech, PhD program

·        Tonye Meads Humboldt State, CA, MFA design

·        Brian Griffith, University of Delaware, MFA Stage Management

·        Hannah Huckfeldt  Costume Assistant , OLNY Theatre Washington, DC

·        Adam Spencer Properties and Technical Assistant OLNY Theatre, Washington, DC

·        Elisabeth Saunders, Graduate Assistant,  ND State University, History

·        Andrew Cassiday, Graduate Student, CSC Range Management

·        13 total former students currently employed in this highly competitive field

 

Goals for improvement include:

            A. Expanded recruiting efforts regionally

                        Faculty attends Wyoming State Tournament for recruiting

                        Faculty attends conference and district drama festivals for recruiting

                        06-07:  

                        90 students identified and targeted for recruitment Fall ’07.

            B. Continued development of electronic marketing already utilized

·        PowerPoint CD covering program sent to over 100 high school seniors with positive response from students

            C. Greater visibility in area schools

·        Theatre Program tour to 11 Elementary/Middle Schools April ‘04

·        Theatre Program will tour 11 area schools with a production Nov. 07

·        Faculty attended 3 major regional theatre competitions this past year

·         “Theatre Days” each year on campus drawing 300 area high school student to campus per day

 

III. RECRUITMENT

 

Theatre has added substantial improvements to both facilities  and equipment, positioning itself for even greater improvement in recruitment. 

 

Computer Light Lab

  • 10 G-3-G4 Apple super computers

Each recently equipped with:

    • VectorWorks Design Software enabling digital scene and set design
    • 3-modeling
    • Imovie for video editing
    • Digital Performer up to 200 independent channels of sound design

§          (used to create digital orchestra for Working, Grease, Spitfire Grill, and Pump Boys & Dinettes)

o       PowerPoint used for digital portfolios in Senior Assessment

o       CD & DVD –burners on all computers

o       120 Gig hard drives added to all computers to store audio & video

o       1 Hewlett Packard Plotter for floor plans, light, and scene design up to 24”x48”

o       Permanent light grid equipped with 24 dimmers and 6 circuits for light lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK BOX THEATRE

·               2 Makeup Labs fully equipped with 8 workstations

      Lighting

·        Strand Light Palette Computer Board with 144 channels

·        72-   2.4k dimmers with expandable capacity to 144.

Sound

·        10 x 4 Mackie mixer with 4 channel output

·        4 EV speakers for mixer

·        2 85w x 2 stereo power amps

Flexible Seating

·        27 interchangeable seating platforms for flexible and experimental staging.

·        90 flexible backed seats for audience comfort

 

Voice and Movement Lab

·        Workroom newly equipped with tile floor and dance mirrors. 

 

MAINSTAGE

·        96 2.4k dimmers

·        144 channel light palette with soft patch

·        1 Soundcraft 24x8x2 mixing console

·        2 Yamaha power amps

·        4 Yamaha 4115 speakers hardwired

·        3 Crown PCC stage mikes

·        12 Audiotechnica wireless mikes

·        Dressing rooms remodeled and equipped with cueing speakers, mirrors, & counters

o       Submitted a Vision 2011 Proposal to upgrade wireless system to UHF for increased fidelity and reliability Fall ‘07

 

 An energetic, comprehensive  recruitment plan was instituted 3 years ago in order to draw talented students to the Theatre Program with the three latest improvement being:

 

·        The development of an “electronic” promotional brochure on CD-ROM

·        A Theatre website with new facility and production photos, applications, and contact information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Recruitment Efforts

Each year the Theatre Program implements the following procedures:

 

June                                                                                                                                                   

    • Faculty attends Wyoming State Tournament  attending auditions for scholarships involving over 30 potential students.  In 2006,  a list of 90  students was compiled.  Each student on this list received:

o       A personalized letter

o       An application form to CSC

o       A CSC view book

o       An application for Theatre Scholarships

o       A PowerPoint CD informing them about the Program.

o       A brochure about the Theatre Program

o       A brochure about the 2002-2003 Season

o       A personal phone call

o       A personal email

September                                                                                                                                         

A mailing to 475 area (Nebraska, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, and Eastern Wyoming) high school drama teachers asking for them to recommend potential students.  This mailing includes information about the Program and Theatre Day.  (See attachments for examples) This provides the Department with a contact list of about 70-80 potential students.  This list is in addition to the potential students provided by the admissions ambassadors or students that visit the campus.

 

November                                                                                                                                          

Theatre Day I

300  students visiting campus, attending workshops and performance

*In 2003, schools from Nebraska, Colorado, and South Dakota attended.

First scholarship audition/interview.

 

December                                                                                                                                          

    • Each student on the revised recruitment list received:

o       Theatre Brochure

o       Speech Brochure

o       Scholarship information on Theatre and Campus

o       Application for Admission

o       Information about Theatre Days in the Spring Semester

 

·        Each potential student is contacted by phone. 

The purpose of this contact is to gauge the interest of the student in pursuing a degree in Theatre, invite student to visit the campus or attend Theatre Day, and answer any questions.

 

·        Advertisement in State One Act Program about CSC Theatre.

 

January – February                                                                                                                          

·        Additional mailing for student nominations and Theatre Day (275)

·        Follow-up phone call to discuss material sent to nominated students and answer questions, invite student to visit campus, attend theatre production and audition/interview for scholarship.

·        Theatre Day II

o       100  students visiting campus, attending workshops and theatre performance.

o       Second scholarship audition/interview

 

March                                                                                                                                                

·        Phone call to potential students that did not attend Speech Theatre Day to encourage them to apply or set up a date for the audition/interview.

 

April                                                                                                                                                   

·        High School Scholastic Day--Audition or interview Scholarship Applicants

·        Scholarships and waivers awarded

 

May                                                                                                                                                   

·        Scholarships and waivers confirmed or re-awarded.

 

Anticipated Results

 

To add and retain 8-10 NE, CO, SD, and WY majors per academic year

 

IV.     Efforts in Retention for Theatre Program

 

Recent efforts show great improvement with 100 % of the recruits from 01-02 and 02-03 currently still with the program.   

 

Professional Development of Theatre Majors:

 

·        The Theatre Program has provided workshops for majors with theatre professionals such as Anthony Zerbe (film and stage actor) and Martin Barter (head of the renowned Sanford Meisner Center in Los Angeles)

 

·        Faculty sponsors annual trip to St. Louis where students are provided a professional audition for over 75 theatre companies and attend professional productions.

 

·        Faculty assist in providing students with headshots, resumes and other professional documentation for future employ.

 

·        Faculty subscribe to two job placement monthlies that list professional opportunities in the arts for graduates in theatre. These monthlies are posted in the Theatre Lab for access by the students.

 

·        Faculty provide extensive letters of recommendation for exiting Seniors.

 

·        Faculty encourage and require one-on-one appointments for student assessment of both student progress and program improvement throughout the entire four year process.

 

 

Social Meetings between advisors, advisees and clubs

 

·        Each August, the Theatre Program offers a barbecue at faculty homes to welcome new students.  After the meal Student Handbooks are passed out, information, schedule, and expectations are covered, and student’s questions are answered. 

 

§         Each April.  Students and faculty attend the Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honorary) Banquet to honor outstanding achievements from the previous year in performance and technical theatre

 

Retention Summary

 

Over the past several years, not only have recruitment efforts improved, but more importantly retention has significantly increased.  100 % of the recruits from 01-02 and 02-03 are currently still with the program.    Most Theatre Majors are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and two are pursuing the Bachelor of Science Education in Theatre.   There are several areas of emphasis within each of these degrees that are available to the students; they are performance, technical theatre and design, directing, and dramaturgy.  All theatre students are expected to study all areas of emphases; however, they are encouraged to become more specifically involved in their particular area of interest as their college education advances.  This allows them to approach the professional and educational job markets as both “generalists” and “specialists.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. CURRICULUM CHANGES AIMED AT IMPROVED RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

 

The Theatre Program has successfully presented the implementation of a Comprehensive Major in Theatre for 05-07 to the Academic Review Committee with the following rationale:

 

§         Due to the program’s geographic isolation and low population within the service region, Theatre has begun recruiting on a national basis.  Professor Mays is currently in weekly communication with students ranging from VA, OR, WA, TX, NM, CO, SD, and NE.   This means that the CSC Theatre program must compete with institutions such as Boston Conservatory in Boston, North Carolina School of The Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, Webster Conservatory, and the Goodman School of Theatre.  Chadron State College’s Theatre Program must as closely approximate a conservatory curriculum as a Liberal Arts institution allows it  to be competitive with conservatories vying for the same talent.

 

§         All of the classes below are already being offered on a regular rotation with existing faculty, meaning no substantive changes in either personnel, payroll, or resources.

 

§         With 6 former students currently in graduate school programs in Theatre,  and 13 total students working in the field, the comprehensive program below would more readily insure preparation and success for future students at the next level. 

  

§         With the inclusion of the requirement of FCS 135 below (Family & Consumer Science’s Alteration & Construction Technology), students taking a B.S. in Ed. with a Subject Endorsement in Theatre would receive additional training in compliance with  State Board of Education’s Rule 24.

 

§         THIS PROGRAM WAS ACCEPTED AND IMPLEMENTED IN THE FALL OF ‘05

 

The Comprehensive Major in theatre/ Subject endorsement

 

Core Curriculum: and Subject Endorsement

 

TH 134            Principles of Acting                                                                                        3         

TH 159            Technical Theatre                                                                                          2         

TH 159L         Technical Theatre Lab                                                                                  1         

FCS 135          Alteration and Construction Technology                                          3

TH 222           Stage Makeup                                                                                                2

TH 234            Audition Techniques & Practices                                                                  2         

TH 224            Fundamentals of Voice & Movement                                                           3         

TH 237            Beginning Directing                                                                                       3

TH 243            Intro to Set and Light Design                                                                        2

TH 243L         Intro to Set and Light Design Lab                                                                1

TH 336           Theatre History I                                                                                           3

TH 337           Theatre History II                                                                                          3

TH 429            Playscript Analysis                                                                                        3                                                        TH 412            Senior Assessment Jury                                                                                1

TH 435           Special Topics in Theatre:    One of the following   

                        Stage Combat                                                                                                 3

                        Scene Painting                                                                                                3

                        Acting for Camera                                                                                         3

 

                                                                       Theatre Core Total                           35

 

Performance/Directing OPTION              19 hours from the following                                        

 

TH 334            Intermediate Acting                                                                                       3         

TH 359            Computer Applications for    the Theatre                                                     3         

TH 340/440     Summer Theatre Internship                                                              3-6      

TH 339            Children's Theatre and Workshop                                                                 4

TH 435      Special Topics in Theatre: 3 more credits  in addition to the  above

Stage Combat                                                                                     3

Acting for the Camera                                                                       3

TH 434            Advanced Acting (Periods & Styles)                                                            3

TH 437            Directing for the Stage                                                                                  3

                                                                                                           

                                                            Performance Directing Option                                 19

                                                                       Theatre Core                                                   35

                                                                                                TOTAL                       54

 

Technical & Design OPTION         19 hours from the following
 
TH 359            Computer Apps for Theatre.                                                                   3

TH 339            Children's Theatre and Workshop                                                                4

TH 340/440     Summer Theatre Internship                                                              3-6       

TH 402           Independent Study:  Mainstage Design                                                       3

TH 435           Special Topics in Theatre:  Scene Painting                                                  3

TH 445            Advanced Set Design                                                                                    3

TH 459            Advanced Light and Sound Design                                                               2

TH 459L         Advanced Light and Sound Design Lab                                                       1

 

                                                            Technical Design Option                                          19 hours

                                                                                Theatre Core                                          35

                                                                                            TOTAL                                       54

 

Curriculum Summary:

The curriculum changes enhance training for graduates in teaching, professional opportunities, and graduate programs by providing them with an even sounder knowledge base and improved marketable skills.  It also maximizes efficiencies, involving no additional faculty, course offerings, or facilities.  

 

 

 

VI.  Educational and Cultural Impact of the Theatre Program:

 

The Theatre Program at Chadron State College offers the most culturally diverse,  professionally produced, and socially relevant  productions  within a 100 mile radius.

 

·        The criteria of play selection is based on a belief that an effective program of higher education in theatre taps the natural talents of the artist, trains the crafts of the technician, and stimulates the intellect of the academician.  The degree to which these are accomplished is directly affected by both the faculty and administrative policies of both the program and the institution. Therefore, productions for public performance are selected by both students and faculty serving on a 6-member committee aimed at diversity, cultural significance, and popular appeal. 

 

·        The following is a list of major productions since 2001 in which students were given major assignments in plays presented to our regional audience.

 

·        None of the following is reflected in the SCHP or FTE in the matrix

 

·        With few exceptions, all the following plays were performed in one of two spaces:

 

1.      Memorial Hall Auditorium seating 700 maximum capacity

 

2.      **The Black Box Theatre seating 90    maximum capacity

 

Note: + symbol indicates former and current students in either graduate school and/or professional employment in theatre outside of the program. 

 

                Production                                      Month Year                            Approx. Attendance

·        Major Student Projects

 

Working by  Studs Terkel       Feb.’01                                                            Attendance   1,200

·        Stage Manager Ranae Nelson+

·        Makeup Design Julia Jaeke+

 

**A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov       April ’01                             Attendance      300

·        Directed by Elisabeth Sanders+

·        Set & Light Design Ranae Nelson+

·        Costume Design Tena Sunde

·        Stage Managed by Julia Jaeke

 

 

 

**The Still Alarm by George S. Kaufman    April ’01                                  Attendance      300

·        Set & Light Design Gabrielle Becker

·        Costume Design Shannon Allen+

·        Stage Manager Pamela Jungck

·        Directed by Ray Phillips

 

**Footfalls by Samuel Beckett                      April ’01                                  Attendance      300

·        Directed by Erin McCauley

 

**Little Red Riding Hood by Billy Aronson  April ’01                                  Attendance      300

·        Set & Light Design Quinten Jaeke+

·        Costume Design Sandra Dee Rau

·        Sound Design Elisabeth Sanders+

·        Stage Manager Natalie Sheppard

 

**Women & Wallace by Jonathan Marc Sherman  April ’01                         Attendance       300

·        Directed by Kristin Hall+

·        Set and Light Design Amy Campion+

·        Sound Design Jeremy Campion

·        Stage Manager Ranae Nelson+

 

**Lone Star by James McClure                       April ’01                                   Attendance        300

·        Directed by Matt Connely+

·        Set and Light Design Tonye Meads+

·        Costume Design Shannon Allen+

·        Sound Design Jeremy Campion+

·        Stage Manager Amy Campion+

 

The Good Doctor* by Neil Simon based on Anton Chekhov    Nov. ‘01      Attendance       600

*presented downtown as Dinner Theatre for the community

·        Stage Managed by Elisabeth Sanders+

·        Costume Design by Maggie Collela

 

**To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady              Feb. ’02      Attendance         400

·        Set Design by Ranae Nelson+

·        Light Design by Amy Campion+

·        Sound Design by Jeremy Campion+

·        Stage Manager Brian Griffith+

·        Scenic Artist Tonye Meads+

 

On The Verge by Eric Overmeyer                                         Feb. ‘ 02          Attendance          800

·        Costume Design Shannon Allen+

·        Stage Manager Ranae Nelson+

·        Scenic Artists Ranae Nelson+ & Tonye Meads+

 

**The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman                       Oct.’02             Attendance           500

·        Stage Manager Samantha Farris+

·        Costume Design Shannon Allen+

·        Graphic Design Gabrielle Becker

 

 

**Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen                                                                   Attendance       400

·        Sound Design by Andrew Cassiday+

·        Set Design by Tonye Meads+

·        Light Design by  Amy McClure+

·        Stage Manager Natalie Sheppard

 

**Naomi in the Living Room by Christopher Durang                                 Attendance        400

·        Directed by Deanne Topic

·        Sound Design by Kyle Sasse +

·        Light Design by Kalyn Mead+

·        Stage Managed by Brian Griffith+

 

**Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room by Christopher Durang        Attendance       400

·        Directed by Kalyn Mead+

·        Stage Managed by Crystal Neitzel+

 

**1-900 Desperate by Christopher Durang                                                   Attendance    400

·        Directed by Hannah Huckfeldt+

·        Sound Design by Amy McClure+

·        Light Design by Amy McClure+

·        Stage Managed by Sarah Lockwood

 

**For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang                 Attendance    400

·        Directed by Amy McClure+

·        Sound Design by Ben Gothier+

·        Stage Managed by Adam Spencer+

 

**The Hardy Boys and the

Mystery of Where Babies Come From by Christopher Durang                    Attendance    400

·        Directed by Ben Gothier+

·        Stage Managed by Cynthia O’Donnell

 

Grease                                                         April ’02                                    Attendance   2,100

·        Asst. Scenic Design Amy McClure+

·        Choreographer Tiffani Taylor+

·        Stage Management Brian Griffith+

·        Costume Design Shannon Allen+

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing                                 ()ct. ’03                                    Attendance 1,200

·        Costume Design Amy Crilly

·        Stage Manager Julia Jaeke

·        Asst. Stage Manager Jenna Shelhamer

 

**Escape From Happiness                                Nov. ’03                                      Attendance 800

·        Lighting Design Natalie Sheppard

·        Costume Desing Amy Crilly+

·        Sound Design Kyle Sasse

·        Stage Manager Brian Griffith+

 

**All My Sons

o       Scenic Design by Andrew Cassiday+

o       Sound Design by Brian Griffith+

 

Stage Magic     Panhandle Elementary Tour  April ‘ 04                                  Attendance  1,500

·        Panhandle Tour to over 1,500 Elementary & Middle School students

 

The Rimers of Eldritch                                  Oct. ’04                                        Attendance 1,200

o       Costume Design Hannah Huckfeldt+

o       Stage Management Phil Lockwood

o       Dramaturg Julia Jaeke

 

**Time Flies                                                      Nov. ’04                                       Attendance 400

·        Sound Design Adam Spencer+

·        Dramaturg Julia Jaeke

·        Light Design Natalie Sheppard

·        Stage Management Crystal Neitzel+

·        Film Director Phil Lockwood

 

**Antigone                                                         Feb ’05                                        Attendance 400

·        Lighting Design Adam Spencer +

·        Costume Design Hannah Huckfeldt +

·        Stage Manager Mark Griffith +

 

Arsenic & Old Lace                                       April ’05                                      Attendance 1,300

·        Asst. Set Design  Adam Spencer+

·        Stage Manager Jennifer Reisner

·        Asst. Stage Manager Katie Ringleman

 

Honk  Chadron Library Children’s Show      Oct.  ’05                                      Attendance2,500                                                           

o       Lighting Design Adam Spencer+

o       Costume Design Shelley Fiester+

o       Stage Management Crystal Neitzel+

 

The Illusion                                                  Nov.  ’05                                         Attendance 800

o       Costume Design Hannah Huckfeldt+

o       Stage Management

 

**Proof                                                          Feb. ’06                                       Attendance  500

o       Scenic Design   Adam Spencer  +   

o       Costume Design Hannah Huckfeldt+

o       Stage Management Crystal Neitzel+

 

 

** Best American One Act Plays                     April ’06                                 Attendance  400

·        Student Director Cody Griebel +“Joe & Stew”

·        Student Director Shelley Fiester “Spring Dance

·        Student Director Lars Monson+ “Oedi”

·        Student Director Mark Griffith +“First Love”

·        Student Director Jen Beckstead+ “Fourteen”

·        Production Stage Management  Crystal Neitzel+

 

Jungalbook  Chadron Library Children’s Show  Oct. ’06                           Attendance 1,700

·        Stage Management Shelby Wilson

·        Costume Design Jen Beckstead+

 

The Vagina Monologues      Ministries in Higher Education Oct. ’06         Attendance  600

o       Light Design Clint Wright+

 

**Boy Gets Girl                                                   Nov. ’06                                 Attendance   500

·        Asst. Light Design Shelby Wilson

·        Stage Management Clint Wright

·        Costume Design Brittany Benardis

 

Summary of Cultural and Educational Programming Offered within the service region from 2001-2006:

 

·        37  fully-produced Major Productions from 2001-2006

·        11 Productions by playwrights of historical and cultural significance

·         6 Children’s productions

·         3  Major musicals

·         13 Comedies

·        15 Contemporary dramas of social significance

·        23,300 in total attendance on the Campus of Chadron State College. 

·        Cultural Outreach with:

·                    3 Children’s Shows In Conjunction Chadron Library Foundation

·                   1 Touring Children’s Show to Pan Handle Region Elementary Schools

·                   9 Theatre Days providing Theatre Workshops for Area High School Students

·                   3 Performances provided to Job Corps Students

·                   1 Production With Ministries in Higher Education

·        Most professionally produced, non-commercial theatre in a 100-mile service region

·        97 major student production projects providing invaluable training and professional development.

24  Students have gone on to Graduate School in Theatre or Professional Employment.

 

Comment:

In spite of Theatre’s excellent record on FTE’s and SCHP as indicated on the matrix, and an increasing number of retainees and graduates, it must be noted that:

 

·        All of the above cultural programming was done by the 25-30 Theatre majors and 1.6FTE faculty members in the five-year period.

 

·        THESE PRODUCTIONS ARE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS to the cultural richness and diversity of the region, with the inclusion of Native Americans and African Americans as cast members in non-traditional roles and performances.

 

·         No SCHP nor FTE is reflected in the cultural and educational programming above, meaning that the productions above show impact, education and training IN ADDITION to the numbers indicated by the matrix. 

 

Post Playhouse Cultural and Educational Contribution to the College & Region:

 

Since the CSC Theatre faculty and many CSC students have been involved with The Post Playhouse within the time frame of this review, The Post Playhouse’s contributions can and should be viewed as important additions to cultural and educational programming within the region.

 

 

This CSC-affiliate summer professional theatre is:

§         Designed, artistically directed, and produced by CSC Theatre faculty and staff.

§         Employs 4-6 CSC Theatre students/year in vital and educational roles each season. 

§         Is the only professional summer theatre in a 100-mile radius. 

 

  The following is a list of plays performed at The Post Playhouse from 2001-2006  that provided cultural and educational contributions to the service region.

*Indicates CSC student performers in major roles.  

 

2001                                       

§         *The Rainmaker

§         *Nunsense Country Jamboree

§         *Flora, the Fur Trader’s Daughter

2002                                       

§         *Anne of Green Gables

§         *The Importance of Being Earnest

§         *Southern Fried Murder

 

2003                                       

§         *Lie Cheat & Genuflect

§         Private Lives

§         *The Spitfire Grill

2004                                       

§         A Night in the Theatre

§         Greater Tuna

§         I Ought to be in Pictures

2005                                       

§         *A  Year With Frog and Toad

§         *Saving Grace

§         *Smoke on the Mountain

2006                                       

§         Spinoff

§         *The Fantasticks

§         Opal’s Baby

 

Summary of Cultural and Educational Contributions of Theatre Program through The Post Playhouse 2001-2006:

 

§         24  professional productions

§         4 classics from theatre

§         9  renowned musicals

§         14  comedies

§         14 family shows

§         40  professional jobs for CSC students

§         Professional experience for CSC students prior to graduation

§         64,000 total attendance

 

VII. Theatre Program’s Service to the Educational Community within the Region

 

·        A touring theatre production was established in  April ’04 going to area elementary schools and will occur again in Nov. ‘07.

 

·        Two Theatre Days on CSC Campus per year with 300 high school students  in attendance

o       Each Theatre Day Includes:

§         Workshops in performance, technical theatre, and combat

§         Mainstage performance for all in attendance

§         On-campus visits by 10-12 regional  high schools including students and faculty

 

·        The Theatre Faculty provides adjudication and consultation for area high school one act plays

·        Within the five-year period, faculty have assisted regional high schools:

o       Chanticleer One Act Play Festival, Ord NE.

o       Schools attending and given feedback by CSC faculty:

§         Palmer High School

§         Columbus Scotus High School

§         Wood River High School

§         Ord High School

§         Burwell High School

§         Arcadia High School

§         Lincoln High School

§         Kearney High School

§         Loup City High School

§         Sargent High School

§         Valentine High School

 

Wyoming State One Act Tournament

           Rock Springs High School

          Rawlings High School

           Wheatland High School

           Jackson Hole High School

          Wright High School

          Cheyenne East High School

          Laramie High School

          Cheyenne Central High School

          Star Valley High School

          Riverton High School

         Thermopolis High School

         Wright High School

         Gillette High School

         Campbell County High School

        Douglas High School

        Evanston High School

        Kelly Walsh High School

       Green River High School

 

District Play Festival

At Hyannis

 

Conference Festival

                                    At Hay Springs

 

                         Gordon One Act Play

                                      Individual feedback with directors

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

In addition to the significant  involvement with area high schools creative projects as shown above, area schools rely heavily on our program in an advisory capacity, consultations  and requests are continually made concerning:

 

o       Technical requests:  solutions, equipment, vendors and service

o       Play selection:  rights, royalties, suitable material, and publishers

o       Equipment and Production:  follow spots, fog machines, microphones,  and digital solutions

o       Costume & Makeup:  loans, rentals, suggestions, techniques, and vendors

 

VIII. Program Recommendations

 

While the number of current majors seems adequate and graduates will increase this academic year:

 

1.      The statistics clearly indicate a need for improved results in the numbers of graduates each year 

o       Up  .4/year   from previous review

 

2.      Recruitment and retention must be the primary goals to increase graduate rates

o       Theatre Program currently has active recruitment files on 90 potential freshmen.

 

3.      The efforts outlined above show improvement towards these goals.

 

4.      The recent improvements in facilities and equipment should allow for still greater results in both recruitment and retention.

 

5.      Faculty needs to continue to refine and develop technologies as an aid to recruitment and retention such as website, email, and electronic marketing.

 

·        Curriculum changes should allow CSC Theatre Program to be more competitive with conservatories and other national programs.

 

·        Faculty needs to target and identify community colleges to add to recruitment base.

 

·        Contacts made with Casper Community College 03-04-05-06

·        Contacts made with Central Wyoming Community College 03-04-05-06

·        Contacts made with Laramie County Community College  03-04-05-06

·        Contacts made with Western Nebraska Community College  03-04-05-06

 

·        All of the above can and should increase both the recruitment and retention, and, as a result, increase the primary goal of graduation rates.

 

Theatre

2001-2002

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

5 Year Avg

Student Credit Hour Production

597

661

782

763

747

710

Faculty Full-time Equivalency

1.66

1.7

1.62

1.57

1.62

1.63

SCH/Faculty FTE

359.64

388.82

482.72

485.99

461.11

435.66

Number of Degrees and Awards

 

 

 

 

 

0

BA

3

4

3

2

6

3.6

BSE

0

0

0

 

0

0

Total

3

4

3

2

6

3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

Majors

 

 

 

 

 

0

Fall

23

22

28

23

30

25.2

Spring

23

18

19

19

20

19.8

Summer

4

9

12

11

3

7.8

Total

50

49

59

53

53

52.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Term

Majors by Class Lvl

 

 

 

 

 

Fall            2006-2007

Freshman

 

 

 

 

 

13

Sophomore

 

 

 

 

 

3

Junior

 

 

 

 

 

3

Senior

 

 

 

 

 

6

PostBaccalaureate

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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