Script into Performance
UNB Saint John has two courses that we run in partnership with the Saint John Theatre Company (SJTC).
ENGL 3801 Script into Performance is a course that focuses on plays taught in local high schools (frequently Shakespeare), with the goal of taking scenes from these plays into local high schools. We also have at least one public performance. Students approach the plays as scripts, considering character development and possible ways of directing the scenes; they also develop theatre skills each class through various theatre games and scene rehearsals. The students have a range of experience, from years of performance, to first time actors. Students are evaluated on written work (generally about character development and directing choices) and on performance. Classes are held in the BMO Studio Theatre at 112 Princess Street, the SJTC’s building uptown (it has a studio, rehearsal space, space for building and storing costumes and sets, and offices).
The course is limited to 15 students, and is taught every other year.
ENGL 3902 Drama Production is a practicum course in which students learn about various production aspects of theatre by participating backstage in one of Saint John Theatre Company’s (SJTC) Main Stage productions, performed at the Imperial Theatre. There is no class work; all of the student’s time is spent at the SJTC and—during production week—the Imperial Theatre. Students are required to participate from the initial stages of production right through the final week of performance. Possible ways to contribute backstage have included participating in prop, set, and / or costume construction; helping with make-up and hair; attending production meetings and rehearsals; assisting with technical elements; observing stage managers, or lighting and sound professionals; and assisting in various ways backstage during the week of performance. Students are evaluated on a clear understanding of the play on which they are working (two short papers), and an ongoing journal of their practicum experience.
This course is limited to a maximum of 3 students (depending on the play performed and the needs of the theatre company), and is offered in the Fall and Winter of every term.