• On Line Learning for Theater Tech:

    During our time off campus, we will be continuing our education with on line assignments and instruction.  Please email all completed assignments 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

     

    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 14th Work THEATER TECH

    Instruction: 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 Wednesday 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

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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 Today at 6:29 AM