• On Line Learning for Theater Tech

     

    This section is for work due for Theater Tech while we are away from campus.   This section is update often with the most recent information placed at the top of the page. Scroll down for older assignments.  Please conplete the work and then submit it to: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Please check Mr. Ryan's Haiku page too:  https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/

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    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I & II June 1-5, 2020

     

    1.  Don't forget to do your attendance for the last time of the year.

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    https://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/Page/36322

    2.  This is our final week.  No homework assignments.  If you have any extra credit assignments you want to get done, you can email them to me by Wednesday at noon. After that, nothing will be accepted.

    3.  A Year In Review:

    It was never a secret how much I enjoyed teaching our class every A Day. The time we would spend building and painting was so fun and fulfilling each day.  We built The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe so well.  Putting up the trees, building the platforms, the professor's library, all of it amazing and it was ours!!!  We created our vision.  Then, duirng show, we moved each piece like a ballet, we knew our business.

    Our town was easy.  Just a few things, but we did it. We put it all together.

    West Side Story, the Dubens came in and built the big pieces and we painted and created.  We practiced every movement so that the set could flow.  We were so ready.

    I don't want to forget about the tech booth people who spend all those after school hours and evenings helping create a great show.  I so appreciate you!

    Some of you have been with me a very long time. We have done some incredible things together and now you are off to graduate and start a new adventure.  Know that you have meant a ton to me, you weren't just students, you were colleagues, you were friends.  I don't usually list names, but I need you seniors who have been with me for years to know that you made Mesa Drama is because of your multi-years of help:

    Desiree Alonzo, your art has been amazing for so many shows.  I love your passion to detail and how you incorporated all the ideas into each project.

    Jack Bench, always a smile and a kind word. He never complained or turned down a building idea. Instead, he was positive in everything he did.

    Bethanie Carr, the girl who can always get things done. When I needed to know if something looked right, it was Bethanie. She was my eyes for the details.

    Jacob Goza, a 3 year incredible builder who could accomplish everything.  I can't tell you how much I counted on him for some many things.  He was like my Drama Son :)

    Anu Kelly, what an amazing organizer and worker, all those after school times, you smile and your jokes.  I will miss that terribly!

    Holley Paul, who always had a wonderful view on the world.  She was always everyone's friend, and held the group together with her smile.

    Lucas Popp, the sleeper of the group. But I knew if I needed something done, Lucas would never complain, he would do what needed to be done, and done well.

    Jordan Rivera who was the quiet guy in the corner because he didn't want anyone to know that he could do everything, and he could.  He know how to build and to paint and set lights.  

    Bethany Valenzuela, the costumer that never quit working. Each and every day, she put in the time to make our shows incredible.

    Nikki Waggoner, the person always willing to help.  Nikki, you smile and positive thoughts were always such a great part of our class and our tech booth. Your time with us went too fast.

    Jasmine Woolf, the quiet one who always worked for the details in a project. What amazing things you did this year.

    I also want to thank my Theater Tech I seniors.  Even though you only got to spend 7 months with us, you made a huge impact.

    Gayle Briones, Daniel Jorgensen, Chloe Larson, Jolene Sison Franklin, Izzy Teniente.  

    You all did incredible work.

    Enjoy your summer.  I will miss you all a ton.

    Mr. Ryan, Theater Tech

     

     

    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I & II May 26-29, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    https://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/Page/36322

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week. 

    This Week:

    This week is our make up week for all past homework assignments.  You can raise your grade by getting some of these assignments done.  You had lots of work on your miniatures set.  Any part or all of it could be sent by pictures.  So, I would like you to scroll down and find any of these assignments you haven't done and get them done and email them to me.  Subject of the email: THEATER TECH FINAL ASSIGNMENTS.

    I have loved working with you all in theater tech this year!!!

    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I/II May 18-22, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    This Week:  This will be our FINAL WEEK of assignments.  So enjoy this week. You will have some fun.

    First: If you have anything in my classroom (anything you want to pick up before it gets thrown away), TUESDAY, MAY 19 is pick up day from my class.  To keep everyone safe, we will have specific times, so not everyone is there at one time.  TUESDAY, MAY 19.  Freshman 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m., Sophomores 10:00-11:00a.m., Juniors 11:00a..m-12:00noon, Seniors 12:00-1:00p.m. When you arrive, park in front of the theater.  YOU MUST WEAR A MASK or you will be sent away.  You must keep a social distance from everyone in front of you.  I will allow one person in my class at a time to collect their items. After you have gotten your items, you can not stay and chat.  I am sorry, I just want everyone to be safe.

    If you can't make that time, on Wednesday, May 20 from 10:30-12:00noon will be an alternative time, but very limited.  If you can't make any of those times, please email me and we will set up a time for you.  If you don't come or don't contact me, then your bin will be donated to the drama company as I clean up the drama room and prepare for next year.

    Second, please make sure you fill out your Drama Club Election Sheet and your Drama Banquet Nomination Sheet and email and email them to me no later than Wednesday.  This is an important part to prepare for next year and to help us celebrate our year in drama.  If you are a senior and you would like to include a senior speech, remember that is also due by Wednesday!!!!

    Third, remember we are having our vitual Drama Banquet on Friday, May 29th at 5:00p.m.  I will put a link up on my HOME PAGE so you can get all the information.

    I hope you got a chance to finish your miniature set.  This week, I will give tons of extra credit for any of you who can take pictures of it and send it to me.  If you want, you could bring it with you on Tuesday when you come to pick up your stuff.  I would love to see them all.

    For this week's assignment, I would like you to write a paper for me and email that to me by Friday at noon. I know I don't always assign papers to Theater Tech, but I want to know what you learned.

    What is the paper all about?  It is about evaluating your year in Theater Tech.  I'd like to hear about the things you learned this year, things you practiced this year, and maybe some of the vocabulary that you learned. Tell me about the things you loved and the things you didn't love.  Share with me how you felt that you grew because of being in the class.  Try to share activities that enhanced your learning and how they affected you.

    This paper is as much for you as it is for me. I learn a ton by reading these and seeing what impacted my students.

    When you have the paper finished, could you copy and paste it onto an email and email it to me at: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us .   Please email it to me no later than Friday, May 22 at noon.  It will be something that can help improve your grade in my class.

    Next week, I will have you do a survey for me and a couple of closing activities.

    I hope you have enjoyed Drama.  I can't tell you how much I have missed it over the past several months.  I can't wait until this is over.

    Mr. Ryan

    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I & II  May 11-15, 2020

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    This week:

    We are coming to the end of our school year.  Our final project is the set design project listed on Thursday, April 23 (scroll down to that date and click on the BUILDING PROJECT THEATER TECH.  That will give you all the information you need.

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    Last week, you built your first piece of miniature. Way to go. The pictures looked great.  This week is a simple assignment. Continue to build it.  Take a picture of it and send it to me this week (by Friday at noon). 

    Subject of the email:  Building Project Progress. 

    Email it to: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

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    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I & II  May 4-8, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance that will only require you to check in once a week, by Wednesday at noon.  Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

     

    This week for theater tech:

    I want to compliment those of you who drew out you set design pictures last week. I thought they looked great.  And you should see that I added 5 points to your grade, which is a nice bump.  The pictures were detailed and looked like professionals.  Several of you used graph paper and that was amazing.

    First, if you need to review the project, let look at it.  If you don't have it in front of you, scroll down to the lessons for Thursday, April 23.  Go to the instruction section and there is a link called: Building Project Theater Tech.  Click it and it will share the whole project with you.  We have designed it.  Now we need to start the build.  But what to build and how to build it.

    Monday:  Today I just want you to look at other designs of miniatures.  So I went into my google search and found some links to miniature sets and the pieces for it.  Today, let's just look at them and see if any of them could be copied for our project.

    https://www.pinterest.com/lennielev/miniatures-theatrical-set-design/

    https://www.pinterest.com/hilarybryce/set-design-miniatures/

    Now these are professionals.  They create some incredible pieces.  You get to set your expectations to the level you feel you can accomplish.  After you look at these two sites, see if you can find any pictures of set pieces you have in your design.  Google miniatures and see if you can see how other people have built them.

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    This week, our homework will be to build just ONE PIECE.  Maybe a chair or a table or a miniature picture.  Something that will go in our final project set.  But just one piece, so don't go crazy and build the whole thing. 

    Remember on those stressful days when you would have a test or a project due and you would roll into Theater tech and I would assign you a paint project. And for an hour, you would just paint.  Remember how relaxing that was?  How it just gave you some peace for an hour or so?  My tech project is intended to do jus that, be relaxing.   Enjoy today just looking at pictures. Tomorrow we will start the building process.  Miss you guys a ton.

    Tuesday-Thursday

    Okay, here we go.  Let's try to build one miniature piece. That's it. Try. Then, on Friday, can you send me a picture of what you did?  That's all I need from you!!!

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    Wednesday Supplement:  I found this Ted Talk x that I think is very valuable.  It is all about self motivation.  I know that each day, I have to get myself up and make my bed and get some school work done.  To get the day ready for you.  So, this is a science-based thought on motivation.  Enjoy it.  Drop me an email on what you thought.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sxpKhIbr0E

    Weekly Lessons for Theater Tech I & II  April 27 - May 1

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance that will only require you to check in once a week, by Wednesday at noon.  Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u


    From now on, instead of a daily assignment, I will give you a weekly assignment that will be due by Friday at noon.   I will add supplimentary documents and videos through out the week to enhance your learning, so please check back often.

    This week:  I'd like you to pick a scene for your favorite play or movie and I'd like you to draw it.  I want you to create a drawing of the scene you are going to build for your project.

    Monday and Tuesday, please spend that time looking at different scenes to find the exact one that you will be designing.  Ultimately I want you to copy it as best you can.  Look at several diffenent examples.  In class, we called this "studying set design".  Also please take a look at this link to give you more information about set design:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scenic_design

    Wednesday and Thursday, you will do art.  Draw the set as if you are sitting in the catwalk above the stage.  Design everything that goes on the stage for your scene.  Remember, you need to consider scale.  Our stage is 40 feet long and 30 feet deep (to the back cyc curtain.  If you can you graph paper, that would be the best situation.  If not, just use whatever paper you have.

    Friday, take a picture of your set design art project and email it to me BY NOON. The subject of the email should be SET DESIGN PICTURE. Send it to  cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Question: Do I really need to do the work since I already have an A in this class?  Answer:  Yes, you will be developing skills that will make you very valuable in your college or job.  This skill of set design also is valuable for those of you who will design house layouts, or  backyards.  This skill transfers to so many different realms of life.  And this is a chance for you to learn and grow. I hope you will accept the challenge.

    Tuesday Update:  Here is another resource on how to build model sets:

    https://www.liveabout.com/scenic-design-create-scale-model-2638615

    Wednesday Update:  Take a few minutes and watch this video.  I hope it will bring you joy.  When you are done, find a picture on the internet or take a picture at home of something that brings you joy, and then email me that picture (no, it isn't required, subject the email JOY PICTURE).  Today or tomorrow, I will set up a photo gallery on here with your pictures of joy, because even though we aren't in the same room, I still want to support you through this.  And Joy is an important part of life.  Enjoy the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_u2WFTfbcg

    Thursday Update:  I found a TED talk that talks about Stress.   I know that being home 24/7, having the same conversations, feeling like nothing is changing, I feel a level of stress always.  And under stress, we aren't ever at our best.  So, today, I'd like to offer you this as a way of looking at life.  No homework from this, just the joy of learning.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_levitin_how_to_stay_calm_when_you_know_you_ll_be_stressed?language=en

     

    Thursday, April 23rd Work Theater Tech I & II

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  Seems like every day we are learning how this process works.  Well, now I am taking attendance. How?  Simple, go to my Daily Blog section, and one of the blogs is Attendance and the corresponding day (B Days - Monday and Wednesdays, A Days - Tuesday and Thursdays). Click on the comments button.  Then, type in your name and period.  And that is it.  Now I have attendance for you.  

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    While you are in the blog section, our Daily Blog for today is a dumb joke (school appropriate).  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :)

    Instruction:

    Today we are again just taking a look at the project.  Over the weekend, I'd like to you to take a look at several plays online or on your favorite movie channel.   You are going to get a chance to choose one to help you develop this building project. 

    Here it is again in case you haven't seen it yet:

    Building Project Theater Tech

     

    Tuesday, April 21st Work Theater Tech I & II

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  Seems like every day we are learning how this process works.  Well, now I am taking attendance. How?  Simple, go to my Daily Blog section, and one of the blogs is Attendance and the corresponding day (B Days - Monday and Wednesdays, A Days - Tuesday and Thursdays). Click on the comments button.  Then, type in your name and period.  And that is it.  Now I have attendance for you.  

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    While you are in the blog section, our Daily Blog for today is a dumb joke (school appropriate).  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :)

    Instruction:

    We have been talking about making models of sets.  That is going to be our focus for the rest of the semester.  It is artistic and will require you to do some work and send me pictures of your project, maybe even some videol . I would suggest 

    Todays assignment is easy.  Take a look at the project.  That's it, take a look at it, and read it over a couple of times.  I suggest you print it out.  And start thinking about what you could create.  On Thursday we will discuss details and deadlines.  That's it for today. 

    Here it is:

    Building Project Theater Tech

     

     

     

    Thursday, April 16th Work THEATER TECH I &II

    Instruction:  Today, start off by visiting my Haiku pages.  Don't forget to come back here after.

    https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/ 

    Find Mr. Ryan's pages.  Then, click on the correct period (Theater Tech I and Theater Tech II have different pages, but the same assignments).

    On that page, you will need to explore the different pages. I'd like you to especially visit the Discussion page and the Poll Page.

    Next:  Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    Next: Check the DAILY BLOG section on menu list to the left here.  Answer the daily question and don't forget to put your name at the end. Today's is pretty creative. There will be a new Daily Blog every day, so come back and post every day (even Friday, Saturday and Sundays).

     

    Today, we are going to see two different philosophies of set design.  These two people are super interesting.  Just watch these.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlh-0QWk3kg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nMeDeZp9LU

     

    Ultimately, our final project is going to be building a miniature set design.  What I am going to be looking for is detail.  So, for today, I would like you to watch this video (This guy is a character).  He will share with you how to create a miniature set design.  His work is good.

    When you are done watching, I'd like you to send me an email with the subject title CRAFTMAN Video.  In the email I woiuld like you to share 5 observations you had from the video.   Share the examples he shared in the video.

    I am setting us up for success as we step closer to doing our own miniature set design.

    Video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgUXYpeC1tU

    Due Date: This  CRAFTMAN email is due by Friday, April 17th by noon. 

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  8:00-8:50 a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

     

    Tuesday, April 14th Work THEATER TECH I & II

    Instruction:  Today, start off by visiting my Haiku pages.  Don't forget to come back here after.

    https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/ 

    Find Mr. Ryan's pages.  Then, click on the correct period (Theater Tech I and Theater Tech II have different pages, but the same assignments).

    On that page, you will need to explore the different pages. I'd like you to especially visit the Discussion page and the Poll Page.

    Next:  Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    Next: Check the DAILY BLOG section on menu list to the left here.  Answer the daily question and don't forget to put your name at the end. Today's is pretty creative. There will be a new Daily Blog every day, so come back and post every day (even Friday, Saturday and Sundays).

     

    Today we are going to take a look at Beetlejuice the Broadway Musical (I was supposed to see it during spring break on Broadway :( but that trip had to be cancelled).  So, today we are going to take a look at two videos about the making of the set. As you watch the videos, take a few notes about your observations and things you thought were cool. I want you to be able to compare and contrast the items in the movie to the set design you see in the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtqgQua5giM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ6hViRIDHk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2jgBRDPWOA.   This one is the cast singing.

    Assignment:  After you have watched the videos, send me an email with the subject title: Beetlejuice Set Design.  In the email, share some of your observations about their techniques.  After, see if you can off some compare and contrast between what you saw in the set design on the  link from today and the movie you watched the other day.

    Due Date: This email is due by Friday, April 17th by noon. 

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  8:00-8:50 a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    Thursday, April 9th Work THEATER TECH

    Instruction: Last class, I had you watch a video on the set design of WICKED the Broadway musical.  Actually, after reading your emails, I realized I forgot to connect the link, so go back to the top and take a look at the link again. Its there now. Some of you just went on Youtube and found it anyways.  Way to go!  That being proactive. :)

    During the video they referenced 1/2 inch scale models.  The reference said that they made models where 1/2 inch represents 1 foot in the design.  As your final project for this semester, you are going to create a 1/2" scale model of a set.  We will talk about that more in the future.

    Today, we get to do something that you will love. We are going to study set design the old fashion way.

    Assignment:  Today,  would like you to watch the movie BEETLEJUICE. Its an oldie but a goodie (1988).  As you watch, I want you to note some of the 3 best set pieces in the movie.   If you can't find it online, go on YOUTUBE and watch some of the trailers and pieces of the movie.

    After you have watched the movie, drop me an email with the subject title: Beetlejuice the Movie

    In the email, tell me about the 3 best set pieces from the movie and your observations about the movie.

    Due Date: Your email response will be due by Monday, April 13 by 9:00p.m.

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  8:00-8:50 a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    Tuesday, April 7th Work 1st Period THEATER TECH I & II

    Instruction: We are going to spend the next couple of days studying set design.  No, not just watching a movie. We are going to actually study set design and how to create amazing sets.  Plus we are going to start doing a few drawing of sets to scale which will be great practice.

    Assignment:  Today, I have a video for you to watch.   It is about set design from one of my favorite shows WICKED.  Watch the video and write down some of your impressions and ideas.  Think about their set design compared to our set design for West Side Story.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OquZzu-CfJc

    After you have watched the video, send me an email on your thoughts.  I am not demanding pages and pages, but I do want to see that you watched the videos and applied it to our understanding of set designing.  This email is your first assigned grade. Please title your email WICKED VIDEO IDEAS.

    Due Date:  Your first email is due by Wednesday Night at 9:00p.m.

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  8:00-8:50 a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

     

     

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    Welcome to MMHS Theater Tech I/Theater Tech II

     

    Dear parents and students,

                Welcome to our production company for the Murrieta Mesa Drama Company.  Our Theater Tech class centers on the process of designing and building useable and durable set designs and helps support our on campus shows.

    Our course description:
     
    TECHNICAL THEATER I
    Course # 6565

    Prerequisite: None
    Length: Year

     

    Students will learn backstage skills including set design and construction, costuming, properties, sound and stage lighting. This is a hands-on class and students need to be willing to "get their hands dirty". After school and weekend work is required to help build sets for the school Drama Department productions and runs stage crew for rehearsals and performances.

     

    TECHNICAL THEATER II
    Course # 6566

    Prerequisite: Technical Theater I and instructor approval
    Length: Year

     

    This course meets District graduation requirements for Visual and Performing Arts.

     

    Students will expand backstage skills and career opportunities in Technical Theater. This is a hands-on class with an emphasis on stage lighting, sound and stage management. Students will be engaged in set construction and directly involved in the Drama Department’s productions, requiring after school and weekend work. Class members will be engaged as crew members for the school productions.

     

    Class Syllabus:

     

    1st Semester…

    1.      Learning the process of safely using the tools in our shop.

    2.      Learning basic building skills and design

    3.      Set Design/Painting

    4.      Script evaluation

    5.      Introduction to lights and sound

      

    2nd Semester

    1.      Advance building techniques

    2.      Set Design with application to spring show

    3.      Painting Skills

    4.      Performing opportunities including  teching one of our shows.

     

    Recommended Classroom supplies

    1.      A spiral notebook (at least 80 pages)

    2.     A Pair of Safety Goggles

    3.     An Extra Large t-shirt for Painting

    4.     3 paint brushes (1”, 2” and a 3” or roller) with name on each

    5.     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

    cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

Last Modified on June 1, 2020