Syllabus - CTE Stage Craft

Syllabus for CTE Stagecraft I & II- Rasor

Dear Student,

       Welcome to CTE Theatre!  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 technical Theatre. Learning in the class is a team approach. Helping you to learn is your teacher, classmates, but most importantly, yourself. 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, the facility as well as respect the work that we do. 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 class!!


This CTE program follows prescribed Arizona state standards for CTE Stagecraft. The purpose of the Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry instructional program prepares students to participate in the technical and management areas of the performing arts and entertainment industry. In addition, students will possess the foundation skills needed for postsecondary studies in technical theatre or arts management. Students develop interpersonal relations, career development skills and technical knowledge and skills associated with the performing arts and entertainment industry. Leadership skills are developed through the state recognized Career and Technical Student Organizations, Skills USA. Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry students will also have the opportunity to compete at the state level with the Arizona State Thespians.


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. Place your backpacks or other materials under your desk.

2.     There will be 2 State mandated CTE assessments, which will be taken in the computer lab.



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)

4.     Keep handouts, vocabulary and notes organized by unit, as some tests are “open notebook.”


1.     A specific due date are set for each technical assignment. Your ability to meet a project deadline is part of the grading criteria.

2.     Often groups of students will be assigned projects that require cooperation and work during class time. Work 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. Alternative assignments are textbook based and your grade with alternative assignments cannot earn higher than a “C.” 


1.     You will need a hard cover 3 ring notebook, pen/pencil and paper for this class.

2.     “Work clothes” – this is a “hands-on” class and you may get dirty- bring a set of old clothes to be kept on hand. You will need close toed shoes.


1.     All Theatre students are required to attend MV’s major productions this school year and respond with a written critique or class discussion. 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.

2.     Each CTE student must “work” at least 2 events that are held in the auditorium. The various

        function dates will be posted in advance. These work opportunities may be as a volunteer OR

        for pay. You may also “post hours” working after school or on “Tech Saturdays.”  This is a 

        graded participation assignment for each semester.


       Fall production dates: Oct. 1, 2 & 3          Spring production dates: March              .  



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.     Students are bound by GUHSD Acceptable Use Policy.

2.     MVHS School rules and consequences are in effect for this class.


                           • REMEMBER TO RESPECT


Rules are created for your safety and to ensure fairness in the learning environment. Follow the rules.

Everyone should be treated as s/he would like to be treated. Common courtesy is expected from all.

Safety is essential. Everyone is expected to follow safety protocol learned in this classroom.

Participation is required. This is a “hands-on, stay on task” class.

Everyone is prepared to learn by being on time to class, to work by being active in discussions and activities, to listen and to cooperate.

Common sense, maturity and a willingness to learn is expected.

Together as respectful, positive collaborators, we will succeed in our endeavors in this class.


       1st offense: Warning

       2nd offense: Student conference or detention with Mrs. Rasor

       3rd offense: Parents contacted

       4th offense: Administrative referral



       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 CTE class, club and

competitions.  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