• Welcome to MMHS Drama III/IV


    Dear parents and students,

                Welcome back to your pathway to professional acting. This class centers around a two year rotation, with different activities designed to help fine tune your acting skills.


    Our course description:

    Course # 6560  and Course # 6570

    Prerequisite: Drama I & II completed


    This course meets the UC/CSU and District graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.


    The course emphasizes preparation of one act and full length plays for classroom and public presentation. Individual scene study in combination with a study of period acting styles, stage direction and production techniques is included.   Also, students in this course are required to participate in the class productions. Participation might be as an actor or as technical support. It is a "hands on" class, which includes a culminating project. This course demands time after school, some weekends and weekday evenings. Grade is affected by both class and after school participation.


    Class Syllabus:

    1st Semester…

    1.       Development of Advanced Acting Skills

    2.      Reviewing 7 W’s of Acting

    3.      Reviewing and mastering the resume and audition process, including work for our in class fall production.

    4.      Advanced Blocking Skills

    5.      Rehearsal Techniques

    6.      Props and Costume Design

    7.      Public Relations

    8.      Job Descriptions for theater personnel

    9.      Introduction to set building and design

    10.  Resumes


    (Semester Evaluations will center on in class acting activities and out of class theater experiences)

    2nd Semester

    1.      Script Evaluations

    2.      Advanced Script writing

    3.      Advances Directoral instructions

    4.      Script adaptation from books/movies

    5.      Breaking down a scene/elements

    6.      Elements of Acting from the past (Historical perspective)

    7.      Choreography

    8.      Poetry

    9.      Live production in front of an audience  (School and after school opportunity)

    10.  Resume update/professional requirements for theater

     Recommended Classroom supplies

    1.      A spiral notebook (at least 80 pages)

    2.     A variety of pens and pencils

    3.     Graph Paper

    Supply Donation:  We are always in need of colored copy paper, Kleenex and dry board markers.  If you would like to make a donation, it is VERY MUCH appreciated.


    I have some basic classroom rules that I would like to share with you:

    1.      “Everyone does the work” is the theme for my class.  We promote a strong work ethic and encourage students to try (“I can always try”) every assignment and to turn in each requirement on time.

    2.        Students stay on task and remain in their seats during class.  Wandering or doing other things can be a distraction not only to the student, but also to the others in the class.

    3.      Students are encouraged to talk and ask questions using the procedure of “raising hands”.  This way, everyone in the class gets the chance to be heard.  I also feel that there are no “dumb questions.” I want every student to feel completely comfortable in my class so that all comments and questions can be openly shared.

    4.      Students need to demonstrate respect, politeness and courtesy to both teacher and students in the classroom.  We wish to promote a very positive environment for each student in our class.

    5.      Students who are absent need to take the responsibility to get and make up all missed work.  In our classroom, we have a calendar that lists all of the homework for each semester.  Students are welcome to come in before or after class and get the information and ask questions if necessary.


     If a rule is broken, or a student acts inappropriately in class, we work with the following procedures…

    1.       The first infraction of a rule is given a warning (unless it is a severe violation – fighting, inappropriate language, etc.).  For severe behavior, refer to the fourth infraction.

    2.       The second infraction is a time-out and a short meeting with the teacher about classroom rules and teacher expectations. This is a very positive meeting to get us both on the same page.

    3.       The third infraction is a meeting with the teacher and a quick note home to the parents (a letter of concern or a quick email sharing the problems we are having in school).

    4.       The fourth infraction will result in a meeting with school administration and parents, getting everyone in the loop and solving the problem together.



    Our goal is to create the best learning situation for each and every student.  If you ever have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


    Christopher J. Ryan

    Drama Director

    Murrieta Mesa High School



Last Modified on August 12, 2011