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Master of Arts (M.A.)




Considered from the viewpoint of drama and stagecraft instructors, many of our school theater buildings are inadequate. Visits to numerous high school and college auditoriums in northern California and contact with faculty members using them have convinced the writer of the need for improvement to campus theater planning. The auditorium and little theater in the recently constructed Franklin school in Stockton, California, are good examples of poor planning. In the writer's opinion the auditorium is too large and the little theater too small for either of them to give practical service, especially in relation to their construction costs.

That successful projects have been accomplished in some of these poorly planned auditoriums cannot be denied. In such cases ingenuity has succeeded in spite of the poor facilities. The writer contents that better planning will improve the quality of school theater productions as well as give to the school a more functional building.





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