• 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:
    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.


    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


Last Modified on August 12, 2011