Senior Capstone Central
Read RICK'S UPDATE ("Dear Seniors") to the process- 1/30/13Overview / Policies for 2013 Spring Capstone Productions
- Three cycles of Capstone Productions, all produced in Byron Theatre.
- Each production may run up to 30 minutes in length
- One single scenic configuration for all three cycles
- Each cycle will be rehearsed, built, and performed in three-week slots: 10 days (35 hours) of rehearsal + 2 days of tech + 3 dress rehearsals + 3 performances
- Unlike last year, this will be a sequential/stock schedule, not a repertory schedule.
- Cycle I = Weeks 1, 2, 3 of Spring Quarter, performs April 11 – 13
- Cycle 2 = Weeks 4, 5, 6 of Spring Quarter, performs May 2 – 4
- Cycle 3 = Weeks 7, 8, 9 of Spring Quarter, performs May 23 – 25
- Students wishing to count Festival as production requirement must hold a position in at least two cycles
- Design positions must be confirmed by December 31
- Crew positions may be confirmed at any time before auditions. At that time, open crew positions will be assigned as part of the rep casting process. For example, if an actor is cast in Cycle 1, s/he should plan on being a crew member in either Cycle 2 or Cycle 3.
- No precasting. Anyone wishing to act must go through the audition/callback/rep casting process. All actors must embrace the casting and/or crew position they receive. Declining a role/crew position is not an option.
- Producing seniors may hold more than one position for own production
- Producing seniors may not work another show in same cycle
- Producing seniors are expected to drive the process of enlisting design/artistic teams for their show
- $500 budget per producer
- The Department will pay the first $75 of any royalties/licensing fees. Fees above $75 will be paid out of the $500 show budget. Productions from public domain do not receive an "extra" $75.
- Faculty/staff/guest mentors & facilitators: Davy*, Steven, Laurie, Shannon, Rick, Kim, Allison, Anne, Pam, Jennifer, and guests TBD (* = 100% in Winter, but partial presence in Spring)Scheduling
- IMPORTANT: during Winter Quarter, there will be weekly meetings (Thursdays, 4:00 – 6pm) that all producing seniors and their design teams are required to attend. DO NOT SCHEDULE CLASSES IN THIS TIME SLOT. Full attendance and active participation throughout the entire production process will be crucial to your final grade. Rehearsal
- Basic rehearsal format: 7:00 – 10:30pm, Mon – Fri, + 3.5 hrs on Sat. Nothing on Sundays.
- No other rehearsal times are allowed.
- Build Schedule: 2:00 – 6:00pm, Mon, Wed, Fri, with assigned build times for each show
- Dress rehearsals on Mon, Tue, Wed / Open Thu, close Sat
WINTER QUARTER 2013 (revised)
Week 1 - All adaptations and/or original works to be finished for rehearsal draft
- Weekly Practicum meeting (4:00pm, Thu Jan 10): full review, Q & A of policy, procedures, & processWeek 2 - 60-min 1st Design Conferences w/at least 1 fac present Week 3 - 60-min 2nd Design Conferences w/at least 1 fac present Week 4 - 60-min 3rd Design Conferences w/at least 1 fac present Week 5 - 60-min 4th Design Conferences w/at least 1 fac present February 10- 6-7pm REQUIRED Scenery/Director Paperwork Workshop
Week 6 - Cycle 1 Show-and-Tell/Design Presentations (4:00pm, Thu Feb 14)Week 7 - Scenery Paperwork Workshop (Day/Time TBD)
- Cycle 2 Show-and-Tell/Design Presentations (4:00pm, Thu Feb 21)
- Start publicizing auditions
- Registration for Spring Quarter classes: seniors enroll in PracticumWeek 8 - Cycle 1 Drawings DUE
- Cycle 3 Show-and-Tell/Design Presentations (4:00pm, Thu Feb 28)Week 9 - Cycle 1 production meeting (4:00pm, Thu Mar 7)Week 10 - General Auditions: Mon March 11
- Cycle 1 callbacks: Tue March 12
- Cycle 2 callbacks: Wed March 13
- Cycle 3 callbacks: Thu March 14
- Cycle 1 production meeting (4:00pm, Thu Mar 14)
- Casting/Fill in Master Grid: casts, crews, all positions, all shows: Fri March 15
The Capstone FAQ
Working in two Cycles durig the festival counts as a Ensemble Production Assignment. Positions include design, acting, run crew, management. If you're doing something that isn't on the standard list, check with Steven before using it as an assignment.
The Capstone project will cast in a standard "Repertory Company" format. Many Rep theatres hire a pool of actors, but cast them at the beginning of the season, depending on auditions and the needs of the shows. Auditions will take place March 11th, with callbacks March 12,13 &14. On the 15th, all Capstone directors will gather together and cast from the pool of actors they have seen. NO pre-casting.
The Senior Capstone Festival is the Spring Departmental production, so a performance role in Spring Capstone can count toward Departmental Acting Distinction.