Stagecraft Syllabus 2020-21_docx.pdf

Stagecraft (CTE) Syllabus 

Instructor: Ms. Kristina Cummins Room:  Drama


Phone: (360) 596-8043

Course Description:  

Stagecraft students will study theatre safety, set design and construction, lighting and audio for the theatre. Students are expected to obtain proficiency in using the systems in the Capital High School theatre. Other activities include theatre management, costume design and construction, and stage management in preparation for the upcoming CHS productions.



Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production (Second/Third Editions)

Rita Kogler Carver


Major Areas of Study:

History and Art: Of Technical Theatre

Scenic Design

Basic Theatre Safety and Set Construction

Theatrical Rigging and  Lighting

Sound Design

Costume and Make-up Design 

Sound and Special Effects

Stage Management and Careers


WHEN we return in person -Materials / Supplies: Students need to bring the following to class daily

Spiral or Composition book and folder

Pencils, pens, highlighters, and notebook paper


 OPTIONAL:  Safety Glasses, Work gloves, dust mask, and ear protection

Students will be working with construction tools.  It is essential that all safety rules are followed.  We will have safety equipment on hand, but it is strongly recommended that students bring their own.




In order to give all students the best experience with Stagecraft in a distance learning model, we will be focusing heavily on the design and process aspects of Technical Theatre.  In addition, hands-on kits will be used for most units to give students the opportunity to learn the skills, even without the availability of the tools and scene shop.  Once these are available, we will create opportunities for students to pick up their kits or for them to be delivered as necessary.


Class will consist of Zoom class sessions (synchronous learning opportunities) followed by work time and online assignments (asynchronous learning opportunities).  Attending our Zoom classes is vital to a student's experience; however, if there are obstacles preventing a student from attending, it is important to communicate with me.  


Zoom classroom etiquette and behavior expectations will be shared the first week of school and revisited throughout the course.  It is important for students to show up and bring the best of themselves for our class time together.


Some projects will require some basic craft supplies, such as scissors, glue, colored pencils, and other materials based on a student’s design ideas.  If you do not have access to these materials, let me know, and I will provide you with what you need.


COMMUNICATION will be key this year!  Don’t hesitate to email me or to ask questions and share concerns.  I also ask that you consider sharing your celebrations as well!  This year we are extending patience and grace, along with a high standard of effort and engagement.

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY:  Our school has been selected to pilot the USITT (The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.) BACKStage Certification Exam.  There is no cost!


The USITT BACKstage Exam (Basic and Comprehensive Knowledge Exam for High School Technical Theatre Students) is designed to evaluate the knowledge and work readiness of technical theatre students at the high school level. Developed by educators and industry professionals, BACKStage is the most comprehensive examination of its kind and will assist students in determining their readiness for post-secondary activities in technical theatre.


In order for your student to participate, I will need this signed form by September 21, 2020.  

PERMISSION SLIP; a physical copy of this document was included with your student’s textbook and paper packet.  Please take a picture and email the completed form at

Play Performances:  The best way to learn about theatre is to experience it.  Students are expected to see at least one production over the course of each semester and write a review of the show.  As most theatres are closed during the pandemic, there are opportunities to watch a streamed performance or view performances filmed and produced.  This can be a show produced at CHS, or another local high school, community, or professional theatre.  



Environment and SafetyTo have a truly meaningful experience in this course, it is important that we observe two types of safety rules:  physical and emotional.  Our basic physical safety rule is no unplanned bodily contact.  Without this rule someone may come to physical harm.  Just as important are emotional hurts.  You and your peers put yourselves on the line when you present for each other.  You openly share yourself with us and then allow others to comment on your expression.  To preserve the integrity of and maintain positive feelings about your work, the following rules apply to all comments about presentations:

Respect the effort of each member of the class

Appreciate the choices made by each person

Be constructive in any criticism

Include positive responses as part of any full critique

Focus your comments to the individual presenting (i.e. do not compare people)

Limit discussion to in-class only (our work is confidential)


In this class we become a family!  It is essential that we care for each other well and work together for the common goal of a meaningful production.

Rules and Regulations of the Capital High School Theatre:


We are fortunate to have a nice performing arts facility and it takes cooperation from all of us to maintain it.  Upon entering this theatre you hereby agree to abide to and enforce the following rules:


No food, drinks, or gum in the space at any time

No feed on the seats, seat arms or backs

Do not climb over the back of the seats

Persons may be backstage or onstage with permission only

Students may only be in the space with supervision

Cell phones are not to be used during class or rehearsal



Grading and Evaluation:  


We are using the National Core Art Standards and the Career and Technical Standards (CTE)

Student progress will be evaluated using a standards-based assessment system.  Instead of earning points for individual assignments, you will earn your letter grade on how skilled you are in the following areas:


*Engaged Learning (25%): assesses participation and involvement in class activities, journal responses, and employability skills.  Everyone is expected to be an active participant and follow all safety and clean up procedures. 


*Performance: (75%) assess students’ creative process, performances, some weekly assignments and reflections.  All assessments are graded on rubrics. These assignments can be redone since they are linked to standards, with teacher approval and within the same time/unit as the standard was addressed. 


Work will be assessed on a 4 point scale. 



Percentage in Skyward


Advanced - consistently exceeds proficient level of standard(s).

A =           92.5 – 100%


Proficient with partial success at advanced level.

A-=           86.67 – 92.49%

B+=          80.84 – 86.66%


Proficient - Consistently meets standard(s).

B =           75.0 – 80.83%


Basic but partial success at proficient level

B- =          66.67 – 74.99%

C+=          58.34 - 66.66%


Basic - Inconsistently meets standard(s).

C =           50.0 – 58.33%


Below basic but partial success at basic.

(C) C- = 41.67 – 49.99%*

(C) D+= 33.34 – 41.66%*


Below basic - Rarely meets standard(s).

(C) D = 25 – 33.33%*


The work does not reach a level identified by the descriptors above.



An asterisk on the Skyward report means that students have not yet been assessed in this area or is in the process of being assessed, but not yet entered – it is not a missing assignment.


Our grading motto is:  4,3, 2, or REDO.  We expect students to show at least “Basic” understanding of a concept; otherwise, they must revisit the assignment.

*FINAL COURSE GRADES: All students with percentages of 25% - 58.33% will receive a "C" for the course. Any percentage below 25% will receive an Incomplete for the class. This is a district and School Board decision for the Standards Based Grading Scale.