The Practicum is the hands on portion of the class. You will be called on to help move equipment, build and paint sets, lay cable and program the light board, map microphone passes, research sound effects, organize and clean up the prop, costume and tool closets, move ladders and hang lights, inventory make-up and bulbs, lay out the prop table . . . the list goes on and on, and includes all the things we need to do to get ready for the fall and spring productions. You are a major part of making that happen!
Experience has proven that some people are harder workers than others. Those people will be rewarded in the following way: Everyone will start out with a 70% (7 out of 10 points for any given practicum day). This equates to a "C", or an average level of working - walking to the CCMS auditorium or other site to work, doing minor tasks when asked, and staying safely seated when not engaged in the practicum. Those who want to earn an 8, 9 or 10 out of 10 will be those who actively seek to be a part of the practicum process, volunteering to work with out being asked and sticking with an assignment until it is completed. Furthermore, it will be possible to drop below a 7 out of 10 for the following: not staying safely seated when not working, working in an unsafe manner, horseplaying, being disruptively loud (to the point where those working cannot safely communicate with each other) and anything else the teacher might determine is detrimental to finishing the task at hand. All students will be trained in the proper, safe ways to do any job in the theatre, and will be given the opportunity to work if they ask (although the teacher reserves the right to choose the task). Please note that some tasks (such as painting) will be better performed in clothing that the student does not mind getting dirty (latex paint will not come out of clothes). Students are urged to listen carefully to the teacher as it will be announced the day before if a Practicum will involve painting. No student will be forced to paint in nice clothing, but your failure to come prepared with paint clothes may prevent you from earning higher marks that day. All students will have a Practicum worksheet to fill out and return each day we work in the theatre. Failure to turn in a sheet means the assignment was not completed.