E: Course Requirement and Methods of Evaluation
Encore is a Performing Arts Appreciation Course and is a graduation requirement. Student performance is evaluated on a Pass-Fail basis. To fulfill your Encore requirement and obtain the necessary credit toward graduation, you will be responsible for completing four terms of Encore. These four terms will take place during Terms I and II of your first and second years. For each term of Encore you will be responsible for attending eight or more Encore Events and then completing a 3-5 FULL page paper. Do not turn in your paper at the last minute because you will want to leave enough time to make appropriate changes if the director deems it necessary. You will receive a mid-term warning if you have not attended 4 events by mid-term. After successfully completing each term you will receive .25 credit hour toward the one credit hour required for Encore. We understand that you may not have reserved tickets ahead of time and that sometimes the majority of the performances occur after break. Please contact the Office of Encore if this is the case. In order to help you keep track of the number of performances you have attended throughout the term, you will receive progress reports to determine that your records match ours.
G. The Waiver Option
The option exists to attend up to two performances other than those on the Encore schedule and receive credit towards your eight required events each term. The waiver option requires all students enrolled in Encore to research the local professional classical and cultural performing arts opportunities and to present these to be approved by their Instructor. All students must submit both Waiver Form A for official approval prior to the attending the waiver performance to the Office of Encore. After approval has been granted and following attendance at the waiver performance, Waiver Form B must be submitted with the program stub, program, waiver summary (100 words for each section totaling 1 page), no later than two weeks subsequent to the performance date. A total of two waiver performances can be submitted per term for credit. For credit to be granted, the performance must be professional and approved by the Instructor. Therefore, High School productions will not receive credit. For example, Broadway productions are eligible if you go through the waiver process. Waiver Forms are available from the Office of Encore. Call the Director, Misheaila Neil at ext. 1814 or the Box Office at ext. 1853 for assistance. You should plan in advance! The waiver should be completed and submitted two weeks prior to a performance. Please read “The Waiver Option” sheet thoroughly before you choose this option.
H. Class Session Outline
The Gibson Theatre, Watson Fine Arts Arena, and the Clemens Center serve as the classroom for Encore. Therefore, the performances are reliant upon the utilization of the senses.
The theatre etiquette fits within the course objectives thus students involved in violating or disregarding appropriate theatre etiquette will receive first a WARNING CARD if they violate during performances. If the behavior is repeated twice they receive a DISMISSAL CARD and are required to meet with the Instructor following the performance that evening.