Syllabus - Theatre 1-8

Dear Student,

       Welcome to Theatre Arts!  I hope this class will be a positive experience for you and that you gain a better understanding of yourself, your classmates and the many creative aspects of Theatre. Learning in the class is a team approach. Helping you to learn are your teacher and classmates, but most importantly, you. YOU are responsible for the grades I record. Learning is an active process in every way possible, but in the end, it is you who determines whether you learn and grow.

       As in any group endeavor it will be important for us to show respect to each other and the work that we do as well as respect this facility and its’ contents. I will do so and I will expect the same behavior from each of you. The following policies and procedures are in place to help you succeed more often, learn from your mistakes and ensure your safety while doing both. I look forward to a creative and challenging school year.



This Theatre Arts program follows prescribed Arizona state standards for the Arts. The purpose of our yearlong course is to give the student an increased appreciation of and additional experience in theatre as an art form.  Students will learn about communication skills, acting, acting theorists, various technical theatre mediums, design elements, play production, theatre history, musical theatre and plays as literature.


1.     Quarter and semester grades are evaluations of student progress in terms of a) quality of work   b) quantity of work   c) interpretation and application of facts and principles   d) understanding and demonstration of skills   e) creativity and originality and f) reasoning.

2.     All tests, homework, projects and scenes are assigned a pre-determined number of points. At the end of the term, the total number of points you have EARNED will be divided by the total number of points POSSIBLE to yield your percentage.

3.     The percentage grading scale used in my class is as follows-

                 90 – 100 % = A      80- 89% = B       70- 79% = C      60- 69% = D   0- 59% = 5 or F  

4.     Maintaining good grades is important. If your grade falls below a “C” or you are missing work,

       you will be assigned to 8th hour or “EOP”. Please come in for extra help!



1. There is no talking during tests and eyes should remain focused on your own test.

*      When testing in the classroom, please use your 3-ring notebook as a “divider” between you and your desk mate.  Place your backpacks or other materials under your desk.

*      When testing in the “house” students will sit in assigned seat, 1 row apart and 3 seats away from another student.  Backpacks or other materials will be placed on the stage.

My seat number: ___________



1.     Late assignments will not be given full credit.

2.     Written work is always proofread. Use Standard English with correct punctuation and spelling.

3.     Unless otherwise specified, all assignments are to be done in blue or black ink or typed with a proper heading. (demonstrated in class)


1.     A specific due date for performances are set for each assignment. You are expected to give a well-prepared performance when called upon to do so. Your ability to meet a performance deadline is part of the grading criteria.

2.     Often groups of students will be assigned performances that require rehearsal during class time. Practice time is considered vital to the completion and success of the performance. If the group does not use this time well, or a member is frequently absent, alternative assignments will be given.


1.     Writing utensil and paper. Materials distributed will be 3 hole punched.

2.     Bring notebook daily, as there will be random checks for upkeep and organization. Keep handouts, vocabulary and notes organized by unit, as some tests are “open notebook.”


1.     All Theatre students are required to attend MV’s major productions this school year and respond with a written critique or oral presentation. Special arrangements will gladly be made with anyone who requests help due to financial difficulties in purchasing a ticket.

       Please plan to attend by adjusting your work or extracurricular schedule will in advance.


       Fall production dates: October 1-3      Spring production dates: ______________


1.     The GUHSD Governing Board regulation of make up work is followed in this class. (I-7261)

2.     Generally, students are given 2 days to make-up work that was missed due to absence. It is the students’ responsibility to ask for make up work upon your return.


1.     School and district rules as listed in your MVHS handbook are enforced in this classroom.       

2.     You are expected to participate in class, listen when a lesson is presented or others are talking and work as directed. Common courtesy is expected from all students.

3.     Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, especially during a performance. Extraneous movement or speech is distracting to the performing artist. Therefore, as a courtesy, if you need to exit or enter while someone is performing, do so as quietly and unobtrusively as possible

4.     Food and drink are not allowed in the theatre. Bottled water is acceptable in the classroom. Gum is acceptable as long as you are not performing or the manner in which you are chewing is distracting or rude.

5.     Do not sit on tables or rock back on chairs. At the end of each class, tables and chairs should be straightened. All props, costumes, set pieces, etc. must be put away in their proper place. Late passes will NOT be given for your next class, so plan your “clean-up” time accordingly.

6.     Respect and courtesy must be shown to all teachers and substitute teachers. 

7.     Additional auditorium safety policies are listed on the following page.


       1st offense: Student conference with Mrs. Rasor

       2nd offense: Parents contacted.

       3rd offense: Detention assigned; parents contacted

       4th offense: Administrative referral

       5th offense: Action plan created


       Please take advantage of additional help outside of class time if needed. My office hours are before and after school, during extended opportunity period and by appointment. My door is open to you.  You are expected to attend assigned EOP time or 8th hour if your grades are slipping or you are missing work.  The Theatre office phone # is 602- 915-8032.

I am here to help you. Please let me do that. If you are having a problem in class, let’s

talk about it. I feel confident in your ability for success in Theatre Arts class. 

I’m looking forward to a fun, creative and challenging year!

                                                                    Mrs. Rasor

Special Auditorium Rules

  1.        Do NOT remain stationary directly under the asbestos curtain. Respond immediately to any “heads up” call and move from the stage area.

  2.     Operation of the counterweight system is restricted to qualified technicians with permission from a theatre instructor.

  3.        Stay between 1 to 2 feet from the edge of the apron. Absolutely NO walking or sitting on the edge/lip of the pit. 

  4.        The pit safety net is kept in place at all times. Misuse will not be tolerated. This includes lying, sitting, falling, pushing or rolling onto the net. Immediate consequences will follow.

  5.  Students are not allowed unattended in the auditorium.

  6.        Shoes are to be worn on the stage and in the scene shop.

  7.  Special eye protection is to be worn when operating power tools. Unless given training and express permission, students may not operate power tools.

  8.  Students are NOT allowed in the catwalks or loading gallery without express permission of theatre instructor. Members of lighting and sound crews are admitted during production time. Only qualified riggers are allowed in the loading gallery.

  9.  Report any open or unlocked outside doors to a theatre instructor or maintenance.

10.   Food & drink are not allowed in the house, control booths and stage areas.

11.  Avoid touching the curtains with your hands.  (Especially the cyc and grand drape!)

12.   Return cabinet- door keys immediately after use. Doors & cabinet are kept locked when not in use.

13.   Remove pens, pencils or sharp objects from back pockets before sitting in house seats.

14.   Any accident is to be immediately reported to the theatre instructor. This includes any injuries to students as well as damaged equipment.

15.  Any personal property left on school premises is at the risk of the owner. Arrangements may be made to lock up valuables. You are expected to take home your belongings in a timely fashion.

16.   You are responsible for any props, costumes, furniture pieces, work materials, etc. that you use. Items must be returned to its proper place in good working condition. Lights are kept off when a room is not in use. This includes the stage and house proper.  Please leave the ghost light on when the stage/house lights are off.

17.   Theatre classes and production members are responsible for cleaning the auditorium as   



18.    Keep this theatre “green.” Turn off lights when an area is not in use; recycle when you can!


19.    Be SAFE!!!! Remember the rules & practice the safety rules as you learn them!


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I look forward to having your son /daughter in my class and to having contact with you. If your teen is having difficulties in class, please do not hesitate in calling. Together, we can work to help ensure his or her success. Please read over my rules and policies and contact me if you have any questions.  I am confident we will have an enjoyable and productive year.


Thank you for your cooperation!




Mrs. Julie Rasor