CQUniversity Unit Profile
THTR11125 Theatre: Stage, Screen and Musicals
Theatre: Stage, Screen and Musicals
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will study the evolution of theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day. You will examine the role of prominent performers and creatives in the development of these styles. You will share your learnings through innovative presentations as well as written assessments. You will also contextualise these developments within the important technological, social and political movements of this period.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students who have completed THTR12123 Theatre Studies 1: Music Theatre History cannot enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022

Mackay
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation
Weighting: 40%
2. Annotated bibliography
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation.

Feedback

Delivery of unit content.

Recommendation

Continue current structure of unit to ensure strong student engagement.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify the stylistic characteristics of theatre forms for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  2. Explain the influence of prominent performers and creatives in the development of theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  3. Describe the social, political and technological events that shaped theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Annotated bibliography - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Presentation - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Annotated bibliography - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Presentation - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Teams
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Judith Brown Unit Coordinator
J.Brown@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 07 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Introduction to the unit and assessment.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 14 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

19th century stage and screen

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 21 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Vaudeville and revue: Stage and screen

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 28 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Birth of the Broadway musical

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 04 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

From silent to 'talkies' and beyond

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Famous theatre creatives Due: Week 5 Monday (4 Apr 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 11 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

The Golden Era of musicals: Stage and screen

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 25 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Popular culture meets the musical

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 02 May 2022

Module/Topic

Spectacle and the stage

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 09 May 2022

Module/Topic

The animation phenomenon

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Annotated bibliography Due: Week 9 Monday (9 May 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 16 May 2022

Module/Topic

Theatre innovators and mainstream theatre

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 23 May 2022

Module/Topic

The future of theatre: Stage, screen and musicals

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 30 May 2022

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 12 Monday (30 May 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 06 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 13 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Famous theatre creatives

Task Description

Length: 5 minutes

Select a prominent creative practitioner from stage, screen or musical theatre from the list below and create a presentation (5 minutes in length) about their contribution to the development of popular (mainstream) theatre during the 20th century.

Choose one of the following practitioners for your presentation:
Busby Berkeley Vincente Minelli Arthur Freed Jerome Kern Florenz Ziegfeld Jnr
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Sondheim
Kurt Weill
Cameron Macintosh
Irving Berlin
Cole Porter
George Gershwin
Jule Styne
Oscar Hammerstein
Leonard Bernstein
Jerome Robbins
Agnes de Mille
Bob Fosse
Cy Coleman
Al Jolson
Paul Robeson
Neil Simon
Buster Keaton
Julie Taymor
Barbra Streisand

The aim of your pre-recorded audiovisual presentation is to educate your audience about this person, highlighting their significance to their field within the entertainment industry.
In this presentation you must:
  • Identify the time period in which they came to prominence
  • What they did and how they came to be recognised
  • The social, political and technological events that shaped their contribution to the entertainment industry
  • The significance of their work which connects to why and how they are recognised or remembered today
Task format:
  • Link to your final presentation in Youtube (unlisted site) of 5 minutes.
    • This link will be shared with each member in the class.
    • You will be required to watch each presentation from all of the class members and provide a peer assessment for each presentation.
  • Word document with your list of references.
    • The Reference List is to be in APA style, 7th edition. You should have a minimum of 5 academic references for this assignment.
    • Do NOT cite from Wikipedia or other websites that do not have an acknowledged author.
    • Include in your reference list all recordings used, Youtube sources, as well as books, academic journal articles, and articles from Oxford Music Online and/or JSTOR and/or Wiley Online Library
    • All images and video clips must be included in the reference list.
Format for your presentation:
  • This is to be a pre-recorded presentation of 5 minutes in length.
  • Include your name and student number in the opening credits of the recording.
  • Include a final credits screen which includes a list of references.
  • You must use a PowerPoint presentation and speak over the PowerPoint slides with your face visible in the final presentation.
  • You may include up to 3 short video clips to illustrate your argument. Each clip should be no longer than 30 seconds in length.
  • Be creative!




Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Monday (4 Apr 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (22 Apr 2022)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (20%)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and logically through audio-visual media (20%)
  • Appropriate and clear visual material included in the presentation (20%)
  • Correct use of APA style for the references listed in the final credits and the separate hard copy reference list (10%)
  • Peer assessment (20 %)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload your assessment through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the influence of prominent performers and creatives in the development of theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  • Describe the social, political and technological events that shaped theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

2 Annotated bibliography

Assessment Title
Annotated bibliography

Task Description

Length: 1200 – 1500 words

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

After selecting one of the essay topics for Assessment 3, prepare an annotated bibliography on your chosen topic.

Your annotated bibliography must comprise 9 different sources.

  1. Three books (these can be hard copy, online books or e-books)
  2. Three articles from Oxford Music Online and/or JSTOR and/or Wiley Online Library (these databases can be accessed through the CQUniversity library)
  3. Three academic journal articles (these can be accessed through the CQUniversity library)


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (9 May 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (27 May 2022)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

  • Correct number and type of annotations (10%)
  • Correct presentation of each reference in APA style, 7th edition (20%)
  • Appropriate length of each annotation (10%)
  • Appropriate depth for each annotation (60%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload your assessment through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics of theatre forms for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay

Task Description

Length: 1500 - 2000 words

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

Choose one of the essay topics below and complete an essay using the guidelines shown below.

  • Operetta and its links to the comedy book musical: Compare and contrast one operetta from the 19th century by Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Johann Strauss Jnr with any comedy book musical written in the 1940s or 1950s. The assignment may be based on the stage or screen version of these musicals. As part of this analysis of these two pieces of music theatre consider the following characteristics and their differences and similarities:
    • the types of characters, their status and their role in conveying the story
    • the role of the chorus and their relationship to the main characters
    • use of dance to convey the story
    • For each stage or screen work that you discuss, find appropriate YouTube clips to support your discussion. Include the URL for these clips in the body of your assignment and also include in the Reference List.
  • Spectacle on the stage: Investigate the use of spectacle as a stage design technique from late 19th century melodramas to present day musicals and dramatic theatre works.
    • Provide specific examples of at least 4 stage works across the time period from the late 19th century to the present day that relied on spectacular sets/scenery/costumes/lighting design to enhance the story-telling.
    • Discuss how these designs balance the demands of the spectacle with the limitations of the theatrical space
    • For each example discuss why the creative team have chosen to use these devices as part of their story-telling
    • For each stage work that you discuss, find appropriate YouTube clips to support your discussion. Include the URL for these clips in the body of your assignment and also include in the Reference List.
  • The movie musical: Investigate the development of technology and cinematography in the evolution of the movie musical from the early 1930s to the present day.
    • Provide specific examples of at least 4 innovative movie musicals from early 1930s to the present day.
    • Do not include animated musicals in your discussion.
    • Discuss why you would consider these 4 movie musicals to be innovative
    • Discuss the contribution from the creative team and performers
    • Discuss the technology and cinematography that has contributed to their success
    • For each movie musical that you discuss, find appropriate YouTube clips to support your discussion. Include the URL for these clips in the body of your assignment and also include in the Reference List.
  • Revivals and re-imaginings: Investigate ways that novels, epic stories or fairy-tales have been revived and/or re-imagined through the medium of stage and film (this can include animated film).
    • Select 4 modern novels, pre-20th century novels or plays, epic stories or fairy-tales that have been revived and/or re-imagined for either stage, screen or musical through the 20th and 21st centuries
    • You may include animated films, but these cannot be every example.
    • The origin of the stories can be ancient myths and legends, pre-20th century novels or plays, or modern novels
    • Include a range of examples in your discussion.
    • Describe the innovative approaches that have been used by the creative team in the revival and/or re-imagining of the work for stage, screen or musical and how this has impacted the original story.
    • For each example that you discuss, find appropriate YouTube clips to support your discussion. Include the URL for these clips in the body of your assignment and also include in the Reference List.

Assessment format

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font for the body of the essay.
  • 1.5 spacing throughout
  • You may use sub-headings if you wish to organise your assignment. These may be in a different colour or different size font.
  • Include in-text references (citations) throughout the assignment.
  • Include your name and student number in the header of the document
  • Include page numbers in the footer of the document
  • Include a Reference List at the end of the assignment in APA style, 7th edition.
    • You should have a minimum of 15 references for this assignment, including the 12 references used in your annotated bibliography from Assessment 2
    • Do NOT cite from Wikipedia or other websites that do not have an acknowledged author.
    • Include in your reference list all images, authoritative websites, music scores used, Youtube sources, as well as books, academic journal articles, and articles from library databases.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (30 May 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (17 June 2022)


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
  • Detailed discussion on the primary source examples provided (25%)
  • Ability to write clearly and logically (15%)
  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear lay-out (10%)
  • Correct use of APA style for the in-text referencing and reference list (15%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload your assessment through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics of theatre forms for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  • Describe the social, political and technological events that shaped theatre for stage, screen and musicals from the late nineteenth century to the present day.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

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