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Theater is such an important part of a liberal arts education and I think, while it can be very entertaining, it can also be enlightening and thought provoking.
From acting, stage production, costume and set design to house management, the theater arts program at St. Petersburg College empowers students to explore their creativity and hone their stagecraft.
Since its resurgence in 2011, SPC's theater program has drawn rave reviews for its work, including a significant collaboration with American Stage on the production of WIT. Two instructors have been honored with awards and SPC alumnus Russell Andrade recently performed in Sweeney Todd.
Our theater facilities range from the 500-seat Clearwater Arts Auditorium to the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. The college also has forged strong community ties with American Stage Theater, Jobsite Theater, free Fall Theater and other local companies, giving students access to a variety of theater experiences.
Check out SPC Theater performance opportunities or attend any of our upcoming plays. Performances take place at the SPC Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater Campus at 2465 Drew St., unless otherwise noted.
Twelve people walk into a room to decide the life or death of a teen on trial for murder. With twists and turns, the jury feels the weight of the arguments and the final conclusion is anyone’s guess.
Performances Oct. 11-14: 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14-15: 2 p.m.
A rustic summer theater in New England is the setting for this farcical comedy about what can (and does) go wrong when you are trying to do Dracula, Charlie’s Aunt and Hamlet all at the same time. Watch the company go from outrageous auditions to out of control rehearsals to opening nights of the plays.
PerformancesMarch 21-24: 7:30 p.m.
March 24-25: 2 p.m.
Directed by: Scott Cooper,This classic musical enjoyed the longest run in the history of Broadway. This Summer Theater Program is a great chance for college and high school students on both the performance and production side to immerse themselves in a classic musical theater production.
General Admission: $10; Free for SPC students, faculty and staff.
Auditions: Aug. 23-24, 2016
Play by: Charise Castro SmithDirected by: Scott CooperSomething is wrong in Chris' house. The thing that dad hit with his car doesn't seem to want to die and her stepmom is just weird. Comedy and horror mix in this Florida Premiere. * Adult Content.
Auditions: Nov. 29-30, 2016
Play by: William ShakespeareDirected by: Betty Jane ParksShakespeare's classic comedy of lovers escaping into the woods only to find out that they are in the midst of a battle in the fairy world. Magic, mischief and some Steampunk fashion will make this a "Night" you won't soon forget.
Play by: Jessica DickeyDirected by: Scott CooperA fictional account of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture, and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness.
Play by: Howard Ashman and Alan MenkenDirected by: Scott CooperSeymour works at a flower shop, attending a plant who he has named Audrey II (after the love of his life, Audrey). However, his plant is no normal plant.
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Music by: Dana P. RoweBook and lyrics by: John DempseyBased on a story by: John Dempsey and Hugh MurphyDirected by: Scott CooperBoy Meets Girl. Girl Rejects Boy. Boy runs into the nuclear waste dump – and returns as a zombie wanting to go to prom and graduate.
View Facebook Photo Gallery Play by: Jean AnouilhTranslated by: Lewis. GalantiéreDirected by: Karla HartleyThis powerful modern adaptation of the Sophocles tragedy presents a world of fated consequences and raises the question of law and who is above it.
View Facebook Photo Gallery View video clipPlay by: Ann Morrison Directed by: Scott CooperA 10 year old Scottish Lass has a mystical calling to an adventure that summons her real purpose in life. World premier.
We are offering two $500 scholarships for theater students this term. If students are interested, they should fill out the paperwork found in front of CR 154 and turn it in to Scott Cooper. Actors will be required to audition for both plays if they would like to be considered for the scholarships. Technicians will be able to set up an interview with Scott Cooper to fulfill their requirements for the scholarship.
Established by Diane Nelson and friends of the arts to provide assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, a 3.0 GPA and a commitment to complete a degree program in the Fine Arts.
Get details on how to apply for Foundation Scholarships like this or research other Financial Aid Scholarships.
You can take theater classes as electives for your Associate in Arts degree or to meet common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major. You can also explore our Study Abroad London Theater trip scheduled for May 2015.
Learn more about learning plans for theater:
This is a survey course of dramatic theory and history with special emphasis on play reading of representative genres. The essential qualities of actor, director, and the various designers are discussed, and stage terminology is defined. Written compositions are required. Classroom activity includes stage performance.
This is a course designed to prepare the student in the examination and analysis of play scripts as preparation for production. Through a working knowledge of theatrical literature, students may better grasp the knowledge of what is in a stage script and how to find the important information with the script. The student will read plays from various periods and genres and analyze dramatic elements such as plot, character, theme, dialogue and style. Students will analyze scripts looking for acting, design and directing indicators provided within the script. Study Abroad opportunities may apply to this course (http://www.spcollege.edu/studyabroad/).
Prerequisite: THE 2000
This course provides the student with a supervised, practical learning experience in a work setting that is relevant to his/her program of study. Through course assignments and workplace projects the student will apply, connect, and extend academic theory and competencies for the purpose of building professional skills and affiliations
Permission of the Program
A course designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Program
This course offers an introductory study of costume construction techniques including work with costume shop equipment, fabrics, pattern drafting and fabric dyeing and decoration. The course is designed to prepare the student to perform the responsibilities needed to work in and also maintain a costume shop. Through a working knowledge of costume construction, the student shall understand costume shop hierarchy and the importance of the costume construction in the professional and educational theatre. (Note: A minimum of 45 lab hours. Additional hours may be required during production weeks.)
This course introduces the student to the technical aspects of theatre operations. Through classroom lectures and laboratory practice, the student will gain skills in the fundamentals of scenery construction, painting and rigging. Participation in a public performance is required. (Note: A minimum of 45 lab hours. Additional hours may be required during production weeks.)
This is a continuation of Stagecraft I, with an emphasis on more advanced construction techniques and problem solving with an introduction to theatrical drafting techniques and Computer Aid-Drafting (CAD). Students will serve in supervisory capacities on productions. (Note: A minimum of 45 lab hours. Additional hours may be required during production weeks.)
Prerequisite: TPA 2200C or Permission of the Program
This is a course enabling participants in the production operations of a public performance to receive academic credit for their contributions. Through such participation, the student acquires practical skills in such areas of theatre as designs, scene construction, lighting, sound and music, stage crew work, costumes, makeup and house management. May be repeated up to 12 credit hours. Credit will be awarded according to the difficulty of the tasks. (Note: A minimum of 45 lab hours. Additional hours may be required during production weeks.)
This is a course designed to prepare the student to perform the responsibilities of a stage manager for a theatrical production, including organization, delegation, scheduling, and personnel management. Through a working knowledge of stage management, the student shall understand theatre hierarchy and the importance of the stage manager in the professional and educational theatre. (Note: A minimum of 45 lab hours. Additional hours may be required during production weeks.)
This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve.
This course will include lectures and discussions to explain, analyze, and evaluate the theories, techniques, and principles of acting common to the various types of styles of dramatic production. Specific work in the areas of voice and body exercises and improvisations is included. Workshop projects help the student to develop his/her acting skill.
This course is the second level of acting involving lectures, discussions, and laboratory work to explain, analyze, execute, and evaluate the theories, techniques, and principles of performing various styles of acting before an audience. Specific work in both classical and contemporary styles will be examined. Workshop projects, both in class and for the public, will help the student develop his/her acting skills.
Prerequisite: TPP 1100 or Permission of the Program
A course enabling members of a cast of a public dramatic performance to earn academic credit for their participation. Through intensive rehearsal and performance experience, the student will acquire skills in expression, in human understanding, in cooperation, and in self discipline. May be taken up to six times for credit. From 12 to 18 hours per week is the minimum requirement during rehearsal and performance periods.
Lectures, demonstrations and discussions will be used to explain, analyze and evaluate the theories, techniques and principles of performing various styles of acting in front of the camera. Specific problems in voice and body exercises in preparation for auditions, commercials and scene work will be explained. Class projects will help the student develop skills in acting for the camera. 47 contact hours and a minimum of 45 lab hours.
Prerequisite: TPP 1100 and TPP 1111 or Permission of the Program
Lectures, demonstrations and discussions explain, analyze, and evaluate the theories, techniques and principles of directing common to the various types of styles of directing. Specific problems of script analysis and the director's relationship with actors, environment and audience will be studied. Workshop projects help the student to develop his/her directing style.
A liberal arts education with courses in theater can serve as the foundation for advanced degrees and professions such as law, medicine and business, as well as teaching, acting, directing and producing.
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