Ms. Kelli Sutton

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Ms. Kelli Sutton

 kelli.sutton@pisd.edu

School Phone number 469-752-8300

 

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S in Education double minor in Theatre/Speech

Certified K-12 Speech/Theatre 

 

This 20-21 school year is my 20th year teaching.  I have taught speech/theatre in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. This will be my 6th year in Plano Schools and my 2nd at Williams HS.  

 

Office Hour Times:

My conference period is 4th.   There are days I am in meetings, but that is potentially a good time to reach out and contact me.  

I am available by Remind, email, and google classroom between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM on school days. Outside of those hours, I may not reply. I endeavor to respond within 24 hours during the week. On weekends or holidays, I may not reply until the next school day. 

 

Weekly Tutorial Schedule: 

 Tutorials are on a as needed/scheduled basis.  I have after school rehearsals almost daily, so AM Tutorials are best to schedule if needed.

 

Class Schedule: 

1st: Theatre I (Acting)

2nd: Theatre I (Acting)

3rd: Tech Theatre I & II

4th: OFF (Planning)

5th: Tech Theatre I & II

6th:  Advanced Theatre II

7th: Rising Stars (Productions)

 

All classes will be accessed through google classroom.  

Students will be expected to get to google classroom and all other school apps through webdesk


  • About Theatre Courses.....

     

         

    Theatre I Course (Beginning)

     

    Williams High School – Room C103

     

    Instructor: Kelli Sutton
    E-Mail: kelli.sutton@pisd.edu
    Phone: 469-752-8300 ext: 28461

    Tutorials:  By Appointment Only

     

    Overview 

    This course is an introduction to the high school theatre program. Basic acting techniques, technical theatre, and the fundamentals of play production are taught. The course also includes the training of the speaking voice, the study of stage diction, and an exploration of theatre history. Students will be required to read plays, perform within class and see local productions.

     

    Foundations of Theatre


    Students will understand the value and purpose of using listening, observation, concentration, cooperation, and emotional and sensory recall. They will develop and practice theatre preparation and warm-up techniques. They will develop and practice stage movement techniques such as mime, pantomime, Laban, Lecoq, or Viewpoints consistently to express thoughts, feelings, and actions non-verbally. They will develop and practice effective voice and diction to express thoughts and feelings. They will analyze characters by describing attributes such as physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions through reading scripts of published plays. They will demonstrate a working knowledge of the language of theatre such as stage terminology, elements of theatre, or theatrical conventions. They will analyze and describe the interdependence of all theatrical elements

    Creative Expression: Performance

    Students will be able to demonstrate the safe use of the voice and body and employ effective voice and diction to express thoughts and feelings. They will define creativity as it relates to personal expression.  


    Production Process 

    Students will be able to identify and safely utilize tools and materials; demonstrating design and execution of scenery, scenic painting, costumes, lighting, sound, marketing, stage management, and properties.  They will be able to identify the various roles in the production process while being able to identify paperwork for each.

     
    Historical & Cultural Relevance

    Students will research to establish historical and cultural accuracy in theatrical design. They will also get to explore multi-cultural heritages of key figures, works and trends in the United States and world dramatic literature. Students will research the impact live theatre and electronic media has on contemporary society.


    Critical Evaluation & Response

    Students will understand the use of resumes and portfolios and create their own. We will cover constructive self and peer evaluation in regards to theatre as an art form in addition to critiquing live theatre, film, T.V. etc.   They will connect theatre skills and experiences to higher education and careers. 


    Theatre I Course Student Contract


    I pledge to follow the classroom expectations, fulfill the course requirements and maintain academic success to the best of my ability. I understand  that I will be expected to adhere to the following requirements of the course and will also be graded on the following.


    1. Show Attendance: Student must attend 1 show per nine weeks and write a critique following the provided guidelines.

    2. Grading & Absences: Student understands and takes responsibility for work missed for any excused or unexcused absence. Student understands the grading policies outlined in this packet and  is responsible for following their grades and communicating any discrepancy.

    3. Course Participation: Participation is a large part of the student’s daily grade.  Failure to participate or partially participation will result in a subtraction from their grade.  See rubric.

    4. Preparedness: Students will be asked to provide certain materials throughout the course as it pertains to class. Failure to bring items may result in a zero if the student is unable to participate in the activity due to lack of proper materials or appropriate attire.

    5. Safety: Safety is of the utmost importance in this course.  Students will participate in active and physical exercises and activities. Students must follow stage safety rules covered at the beginning of the course. Failure to do so may result in removal from the course or alternative written assignments.

    6. Dress Code: To ensure the safety of the student and student’s personal belongings there is a dress code in place for participating in class projects and activities. 
      1. Dance and Movement: Students must wear appropriate clothes that they are able to move in on the stage. No sandals, open toed shoes, dresses, or skirts.
      2. Shop: Comfortable pants and shirts allowing for movement (no dresses); No dangling jewelry or clothing; Closed toed, hard soled shoes; Hair ties (for long hair); 
      3. Painting: Close toed, hard soled shoes, comfortable pants and shirt that paint can get on (no dresses)
      4. Crew (if participating in a production as a crew member): Black long sleeve shirt, pants and dark close toed, hard soled shoes.

    7. Technology: Computer usage will be granted upon teacher approval. Cell phones need to be off/silent and will live in the cell phone parking lot when not in use. You may use them at the teacher’s discretion. Music devices may also be used with headphones upcon teacher’s approval.

    8. Facility: We often use a shared theatre space for activities and projects, it is important that proper procedures are followed and the space is well maintained by all students.

    9. Collaboration and Critique: Students will be asked to collaborate and critique themselves, their peers and events. Students are expected to be constructive and respectful of each other in and outside of the classroom.





    Materials Needed
    Spiral Notebook

    1”  Binder w/ cover sleeve

    1 package of Sheet Protectors/Dividers

    Pencil (everyday)

    Pen (everyday)

    Box of Kleenex/Expo Markers 

     

    Student Expectations
    Respect every individual in the classroom

    • Respect the school and its contents
    • Active participation
    • Attempt every activity
    • Turn in quality work
    • Ask for help
    • Assist your peers
    • Take responsibility for your actions and your work
    • Every student will create and maintain a portfolio which will be reviewed each grading period and will be a part of a semester review.
    • If interested in participating in productions outside of the classroom, ASK!!
    • Challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to fail. It’s the best way to learn.
    • Follow the policies and procedures in the School Handbook
    • Advocate for yourself.

    Grading Policy
    Daily Grades(Minor) ………………………...  25%
    Formative Assessments, homework, class participation, completion and checkpoint grades

    Major Grades ………………………….. 75%
    Project Assessments, Performances Tests, Portfolio and Quizzes

    Late Work and Absence Policy

    Daily Grades: After the first late day, 20 points will be removed, on the second day an additional 10 points. IF communication is there there will be no penalities.  

    Major Grades: Students will be deducted 10 points per school day.  No late assignment will be accepted after 3 days.  No work will be accepted after grading period ends.

    Reassessments: If a student scores below a 70% on a major grade, students may retest or redo up to two major grades per semester for up to a 70%. Students must work with the teacher to relearn the material or master the necessary skills before they retest or redo the assignment or test. There are no Reassessments on Projects, Presentations, or Performances.

    Absence Makeup Work: Students will be given two days for the first absence and an additional day for every subsequent absence. It is your responsibility to check with teacher for missing work. 

    Again Communication is the Key....I will work with you if you communicate with me!!!! 

               
     
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    Rising Stars Syllabus Course Contract

     

    Williams High School – C103 

     

    Instructor: Kelli Sutton
    E-Mail: Kelli.Sutton@pisd.edu
    Phone: 469 – 752 - 8300 Ext:28461
    Tutorials:  By Appointment Only

     

    Overview

    This course is an advanced level theater class. Acting techniques, technical theatre, and the fundamentals of play production are taught. The course also includes the training of the speaking voice, the study of stage diction, and an exploration of theatre history. Students will be required to read plays and see local productions.

     

    Foundations of Theatre
    Students will understand the value and purpose of using listening, observation, concentration, cooperation, and emotional and sensory recall. They will develop and practice theatre preparation and warm-up techniques. They will develop and practice stage movement techniques such as mime, pantomime, Laban, Lecoq, or Viewpoints consistently to express thoughts, feelings, and actions non-verbally. They will develop and practice effective voice and diction to express thoughts and feelings. They will analyze characters by describing attributes such as physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions through reading scripts of published plays. They will demonstrate a working knowledge of the language of theatre such as stage terminology, elements of theatre, or theatrical conventions. They will analyze and describe the interdependence of all theatrical elements

    Creative Expression: Performance

    Students will be able to demonstrate the safe use of the voice and body and employ effective voice and diction to express thoughts and feelings. They will define creativity as it relates to personal expression. They will use 


    Production Process 

    Students will be able to identify and safely utilize tools and materials; demonstrating design and execution of scenery, scenic painting, costumes, lighting, sound, marketing, stage management, and properties.  They will be able to identify the various roles in the production process while being able to identify paperwork for each. Each student will be required to be apart of each theatrical production. 

     
    Historical & Cultural Relevance

    Students will research to establish historical and cultural accuracy in theatrical design. They will also get to explore multi-cultural heritages of key figures, works and trends in the United States and world dramatic literature. They will explore production and technology innovations in the area of lighting. Students will research the impact live theatre and electronic media has on contemporary society.


    Critical Evaluation & Response

    Students will understand the use of resumes and portfolios and create their own. We will cover constructive self and peer evaluation in regards to theatre as an art form in addition to critiquing live theatre, film, T.V. etc.   They will connect theatre skills and experiences to higher education and careers. 






    Rising Stars Productions Student Contract


    I pledge to follow the classroom expectations, fulfill the course requirements and maintain academic success to the best of my ability. 

    I understand  that I will be expected to adhere to the following requirements of the course and will also be graded on the following.


    1. Show Attendance: Student must attend 2 shows per nine weeks and write a critique following the provided guidelines.

    2. Grading & Absences: Student understands and takes responsibility for work missed for any excused or unexcused absence. Student understands the grading policies outlined in this packet and  is responsible for following their grades and communicating any discrepancy.

    3. Course Participation: Participation is a large part of the student’s daily grade.  Failure to participate or partially participation will result in a subtraction from their grade.  See rubric.

    4. Preparedness: Students will be asked to provide certain materials throughout the course as it pertains to class. Failure to bring items may result in a zero if the student is unable to participate in the activity due to lack of proper materials or appropriate attire.

    5. Safety: Safety is of the utmost importance in this course.  Students will participate in active and physical exercises and activities. Students must follow stage safety rules covered at the beginning of the course. Failure to do so may result in removal from the course or alternative written assignments.

    6. Dress Code: To ensure the safety of the student and student’s personal belongings there is a dress code in place for participating in class projects and activities. 
      1. Dance and Movement: Students must wear appropriate clothes that they are able to move in on the stage. No sandals, open toed shoes, dresses, or skirts.
      2. Shop: Comfortable pants and shirts allowing for movement (no dresses); No dangling jewelry or clothing; Closed toed, hard soled shoes; Hair ties (for long hair); 
      3. Painting: Close toed, hard soled shoes, comfortable pants and shirt that paint can get on (no dresses)
      4. Crew (if participating in a production as a crew member): Black long sleeve shirt, pants and dark close toed, hard soled shoes.

    7. Technology: Computer usage will be granted upon teacher approval. Cell phones need to be off/silent and will live in the cell phone parking lot when not in use. You may use them at the teacher’s discretion. Music devices may also be used with headphones upcon teacher’s approval.

    8. Facility: We often use a shared theatre space for activities and projects, it is important that proper procedures are followed and the space is well maintained by all students.

    9. Collaboration and Critique: Students will be asked to collaborate and critique themselves, their peers and events. Students are expected to be constructive and respectful of each other in and outside of the classroom.




    Materials
    Spiral Notebook

    1”  Binder w/ cover sleeve

    1 package of Sheet Protectors/Dividers

    Pencil (everyday)

    Pen (everyday)

    Box of Kleenex/Expo Markers 


    Student Expectations
    Respect every individual in the classroom

    • Respect the school and its contents
    • Active participation
    • Attempt every activity
    • Turn in quality work
    • Ask for help
    • Assist your peers
    • Take responsibility for your actions and your work
    • Every student will create and maintain a portfolio which will be reviewed each grading period and will be a part of a semester review.
    • If interested in participating in productions outside of the classroom, ASK!!
    • Challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to fail. It’s the best way to learn.
    • Follow the policies and procedures in the School Handbook
    • Advocate for yourself.

    Grading Policy
    Daily Grades ………………………...  25%
    Formative Assessments, homework, class participation, completion and checkpoint grades

    Major Grades ………………………….. 75%
    Project Assessments, Performances Tests, Portfolio and Quizzes

    Late Work and Absence Policy

    Daily Grades: No late work will be accepted 

    Major Grades: Students will be deducted 10 points per school day.  No late assignment will be accepted after 2 days.  No work will be accepted after grading period ends.

    Reassessments: If a student scores below a 70% on a major grade, students may retest or redo up to two major grades per semester for up to a 70%. Students must work with the teacher to relearn the material or master the necessary skills before they retest or redo the assignment or test. There are no Reassessments on Projects, Presentations, or Performances.

    Absence Makeup Work: Students will be given two days for the first absence and an additional day for every subsequent absence. It is your responsibility to check with teacher for missing work. 



           

    Technical Theatre I & II

     

    Williams High School – Room C103

     

    Instructor: Kelli Sutton
    E-Mail: Kelli.Sutton@pisd.edu 
    Phone: 469-752-8300 ext:28461
    Tutorials:  By Appointment Only

     

    Overview
    Students will develop a perception of self, human relationships and the world using elements of technical theatre. Through creative expression, students learn to communicate concepts of technical theatre practices through set construction, theatrical lighting, sound system operations, stage and shop safety, stage management and engage in artistic thinking, build positive self concepts, relate interpersonally, and integrate knowledge with other content areas in a relevant manner. Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions in theatre and the diversity of world cultures as expressed in theatre. Through the pre-production process through concept to performance, students learn to accept constructive criticism, revise personal views to promote creative and critical thinking and develop the ability to appreciate, construct and evaluate live theatre.

     


    Foundations of Technical Theatre 
    Students will develop a standard vocabulary in technical theatre in costuming, lighting, makeup, theatre management, properties, scenery and sound. They will learn and practice theatre safety. Students will have an opportunity to read and apply basic script analysis techniques to theatrical elements.  Theatre production systems are at the core of producing a play, students will gain an understanding of production calendars, technical rehearsals and production staff roles. Students will also explore the technical elements of a theatre and types of stages.

    Pre-Production Process

    Students will be able to identify and  use technical elements in various production styles and genres. They will be able to define creativity as it relates to personal expression in technical theatre and recognize the theatrical production design process - including being able to identify the production team and their duties.  They will learn to articulate the not only the  importance of collaboration between team members and the leadership skills but the methods used by each to communicate design.


    Production Process 

    Students will be able to identify and safely utilize tools and materials; demonstrating design and execution of scenery, scenic painting, costumes, lighting, sound, marketing, stage management, and properties.  They will be able to identify the various roles in the production process while being able to identify paperwork for each.

     
    Historical & Cultural Relevance: 

    Students will research to establish historical and cultural accuracy in theatrical design. They will also get to explore multi-cultural heritages of key figures, works and trends in the United States and world dramatic literature. They will explore production and technology innovations in the area of lighting. Students will research the impact live theatre and electronic media has on contemporary society.


    Critical Evaluation & Response

    Students will understand the use of resumes and portfolios and create their own. We will cover constructive self and peer evaluation in regards to theatre as an art form in addition to critiquing live theatre, film, T.V. etc.   They will connect theatre skills and experiences to higher education and careers. 



    Technical Theatre I/II  Course 

    I pledge to follow the classroom expectations, fulfill the course requirements and maintain academic success to the best of my ability. 

    I understand  that I will be expected to adhere to the following requirements of the course and will also be graded on the following.


    1. Show Attendance: Student must attend 1 show per nine weeks and write a critique following the provided guidelines.

    1. Lab Hours: Everyone is required to work at least 10 hours on a theater production for each grading period. You may help before or after school, during advisory, or volunteer somewhere outside of theater. You can see an additional play and write an additional theater reflection to count for 5 of your hours.

    2. Grading & Absences: Student understands and takes responsibility for work missed for any excused or unexcused absence. Student understands the grading policies outlined in this packet and  is responsible for following their grades and communicating any discrepancy. 

    3. Course Participation: Participation is a large part of the student’s daily grade.  Failure to participate or partially participation will result in a subtraction from their grade.  See rubric.

    4. Preparedness: Students will be asked to dress appropriately and provide certain materials throughout the course as it pertains to class. Failure to bring items may result in a zero if the student is unable to participate in the activity due to lack of proper materials or appropriate attire.

    5. Safety: Safety is of the utmost importance in this course.  Students will have the opportunity to use power tools and are expected to adhere to shop and stage safety rules covered at the beginning of the course. Failure to do so may result in removal from the course or alternative written assignments.

    6. Dress Code: To ensure the safety of the student and student’s personal belongings there is a dress code in place for participating in class projects and activities. STUDENTS MUST PASS SAFETY EXAM utilizing tools in the Shop.
      1. Shop: Comfortable pants and shirts allowing for movement (no dresses); No dangling jewelry or clothing; Closed toed, hard soled shoes; Hair ties (for long hair); 
      2. Crew (if participating in a production as a crew member): Black long sleeve shirt, pants and dark close toed, hard soled shoes.

    7. Technology: Computer usage will be granted upon teacher approval. Cell phones need to be off/silent and will live in the cell phone parking lot when not in use. You may use them at the teacher’s discretion. Music devices may also be used with headphones upon teacher’s approval. 

    8. Facility: We often use a shared theatre space for activities and projects, it is important that proper procedures are followed and the space is well maintained by all students.

    9. Collaboration and Critique: Students will be asked to collaborate and critique themselves, their peers and events. Students are expected to be constructive and respectful of each other in and outside of the classroom.




    Materials
    Spiral Notebook

    1”  Binder w/ cover sleeve

    1 package of Sheet Protectors/dividers

    Pencil (everyday)

    Pen (everyday)

    Work clothes & close- toe shoes

    Box of Kleenex/Expo Marker


    Student Expectations
    Respect every individual in the classroom

    • Respect the school and its contents
    • Active participation
    • Attempt every activity
    • Turn in quality work
    • Ask for help
    • Assist your peers
    • Take responsibility for your actions and your work
    • Every student will create and maintain a portfolio which will be reviewed each grading period and will be a part of a semester review.
    • If interested in participating in productions outside of the classroom, ASK!!
    • Challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to fail. It’s the best way to learn.
    • Follow the policies and procedures in the School Handbook
    • Advocate for yourself.

    Grading Policy
    Daily Grades(Minor) ………………………...  25%
    Formative Assessments, homework, class participation, completion and checkpoint grades

    Major Grades ………………………….. 75%
    Project Assessments, Tests, Portfolio and Quizzes


    Late Work and Absence Policy

    Daily Grades: After the first late day, 20 points will be removed, on the second day an additional 10 points. Late work is accepted but communication will help to have no points taken off.

    Major Grades: Students will be deducted 10 points per school day.  No late assignment will be accepted after 3 days.  Communication is the key to avoid points taken off..

    Reassessments: If a student scores below a 70% on a major grade, students may retest or redo up to two major grades per semester for up to a 70%. Students must work with the teacher to relearn the material or master the necessary skills before they retest or redo the assignment or test. There are no Reassessments on Projects or Presentations. 

    Absence Makeup Work: Students will be given two days for the first absence and an additional day for every subsequent absence. It is your responsibility to check with teacher for missing work. 

    Communicate!!!


     Important Parent / Guardian & Student Information!

     

    Google Classroom

    To keep you and your students informed of assignments, due dates, and Theatre Department Events, they will be asked to join Google Classroom. This will also serve as a place for class discussions and announcements.  Using Google Classroom, teachers can engage their students and parents more effectively.


    Donation

    Our theatre department receives no funding for our mainstage productions (plays and musicals) which costs thousands of dollars to produce.  Production costs include: Obtaining performance rights, set construction materials, lighting equipment, costuming each actor for every change, properties, printing playbills and posters, sound equipment, etc.  Therefore, if you have items you would be willing to donate to support our productions and students, it would be very much appreciated.

    Please email your director with items you may have or want to confirm donation prior to dropping items off, sending with your student or to arrange item for pickup.


    Theatre Booster Club
    Every organization’s success is directly linked to the amount of parental support it receives.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend all performances and become involved as support needs arise. We would also love for you to become a part of the Theater Booster Club as it directly supports the theater students. We hope the theatre proves to be fun, educational and safe place for your student to come! Without the help of parents and volunteers, we will not be able to run shows successfully and have sets, costumes, and other items needed for our class. Thanks for your support! Email me for information!!!



             

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