SYLLABUS

Course:  Theater Tech

  • Course Description:

    The theatre tech class will introduce students to the areas of stagecraft and theatrical production. Students will demonstrate technical knowledge of safety procedures and safe operation of theatre equipment, which will require physical movement such as climbing, lifting, and building. Students will be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances beyond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

    Class Materials:

    • Folder or binder for class  (To be left in class)
    • Paper or notebook
    • Writing utensil(s)
    • Class t-shirt $15

    Course Plan:

    • Unit 1 - Event Spaces and Safety
    • Unit 2 - Theatre Equipment and Operation
    • Unit 3 - Lighting
    • Unit 3 - Sound 
    • Unit 4 - Scenery and Stagecraft
    • Unit 5 - Design & Script Analysis

    Attendance:

    Student attendance is vital to succeed in this course. Participation points cannot be earned when a student is absent. In the event of an excused absence, due dates will be extended for the number of days the student was absent. It is the student's responsibility to ask for missed assignments on the day of his or her return. Students may not have more than twelve (12) absences a semester to receive a letter grade in this course.

    Late Work:

    All assignments are due on the assigned due date; digital copies may be turned in on Google Classroom until 11:59 p.m. Students may turn in late work up until two days before the end of the marking period. After that time, late work will not be accepted and zeros will be entered. Late work may receive a deduction of 10% per day (up to 40% off).

    Student Expectations:

    All policies from the Student Handbook will be strictly enforced. Students will also be expected to do the following:

    •   Be ready to work when the bell rings. Students not in their seat when the bell rings will be marker tardy.

    •   Be respectful of yourself and others. This includes no food or sugared beverages in the PAC or classroom.

    •   Only use cell phone during designated times (refer to “Electronic Device Policy”).

    Additionally, students are also expected to maintain academic integrity; anyone engaged in plagiarism or cheating will be subject to failure for the assignment or assessment in question.

    PAC Behavior Guidelines:

    The Franklin Performing Arts Center (PAC) was refurbished in 2016. In order to maintain the beautiful appearance of this space, students must abide by the following:

     

    1. Avoid touching the curtains or the orchestra shell, since hand grease can damage them.
    2. The following items may only be touched if they are being used intentionally and with purpose, under the supervision of an adult: sound equipment, lighting equipment, and any buttons on panels.
    3. Students should not put their feet on the seats or the wooden ledges.
    4. Students should use stairs, rather than jumping on or off the stage.
    5. All musical instruments should not be touched or played.
    6. When moving equipment through the shell doors, move carefully to avoid scratching the shell.
    7. Pick up all trash; absolutely no food, drink, or gum in the PAC at any time.
    8. There should not be any students in the production booth or concession booth without adult supervision

    Hall Pass Policy:

    Students are expected to use the restroom before or after class.  In case of emergencies, students are limited to 4 hall passes per marking period.

    Electronic Device Policy:

    Electronic and/or listening devices are not permitted at any time without verbal direction from the teacher. They also  may not be used to access social media or record video or audio without permission.

    If students violate this policy, this process will be followed:

    1st Offense: Teacher warning

    2nd Offense: Student places device in teacher’s drawer; parent contact.

    3rd Offense: Detention

    4th Offense: Office referral

    Failure to surrender electronic device when asked will result in an automatic disciplinary referral.

    Consequences:

    For safety reasons, this course requires responsibility, maturity, and trust. Students who fail to follow the expectations and guidelines will experience the following:

    1st Offense: Teacher warning

    2nd Offense: Parent contact

    3rd Offense: Detention

    4th Offense: Office referral

    Depending on the nature of the offense, students jeopardizing the safety of themselves or others are subject to removal from the class.

    Grading:

    The semester grade for this course will be determined by combining two marking periods (40% each) with the score of the final exam (20%). All marking periods and exam grades will be graded according to the percentage scale (listed below) that is used to grade regular class work:

    • Assessments (tests, quizzes, essay, projects) = 60%
    • Class Work (warm ups, practice) = 30%
    • Participation = 10%

    Card marking and exam grades will be averaged by using the same percentage scale (listed below) that is used to grade daily class work. 

    GENERAL GRADING SCALE:

    ​A   100-93​       B   86-83​         C   76-73​         D   66-63​

    A-  92-90​        B-  82-80       ​C-   72-70       ​D-   62-60

    ​B+  89-87​        C+  79-77        ​D+  69-67       E     59-0

    Both formal and informal assignments will have firmly established due dates (refer to "Late Work") and grading rubrics will be provided whenever possible.  Student grades are routinely updated and available for viewing online and it is recommended that they are monitored regularly. 

    Daily Participation:

    Students will receive hands-on training in theatrical production. In order to do so, students must have the physical ability to work with and around theatrical equipment and machinery; walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; partake in moderate or light lifting and carrying; bending, stooping, kneeling, and crawling. Students will earn daily points for participation, as well as a rubric detailing the grading the criteria for daily participation.

    Training Events:

    Students are required to complete a minimum of six (6) unpaid hours of production training outside of class hours. This may include the following:

    • School Events
    • Franklin Players’ Stage Crew
    • Community Theatre productions 

    In order to receive full credit, students are expected to behave in a responsible manner, being helpful and respectful at all times. This includes: arriving to the event a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, wearing all black (including the class t-shirt, black pants, and black shoes), completing all assigned tasks, and staying until all equipment is properly stored and put away. Students are also required to have a supervising adult sign their time card, which is their responsibility to turn in for grading. The school district may choose to hire select students to work at events who have already completed their mandatory training time. Students will not be paid until they have completed and returned  the appropriate hiring paperwork.

    Teacher Availability:

    Student success is my number one priority. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I can be reached by email at lrea3@livoniapublicschools.org, or by text message or voicemail at (734) 210-1976. I am also available to meet in person by appointment.

    All students, parent(s), and/or guardians may sign up for class updates via text messaging through Remind.com by texting @fhstechrea to 81010. Important class information can also be found on Google Classroom.