ADVANCED THEATRE


Advanced Theatre Arts / Technical Theatre II & III

Brief Course Description: Acting students will focus on script analysis, theatre history, contemporary scene study, action-based character development, viewpoints and stage a full-scale production. Technical Theatre students will develop leadership skills by applying their knowledge as a crew member for class performances and the semester’s production.

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 COURSE DOCUMENTS 

Advanced Fall Semester Calendar (Daily Instructional Goals, Homework, & Assessments)

Theatre Article Assignment Packet

Self/Peer Collaboration Rubric

HSHS Wifi Instructions

HSTC Handbook Review Form

Script Analysis Template

Digital Portfolio Weebly Instructional PDF – Weebly Instructions!

“Why Arts” Video

Monologue Rubric

NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards rev. 9.5.18


REQUIRED FORMS

STEP 1: Review the Class Handbook & Syllabus

STEP 2 Due Friday, 9/7: Complete the Handbook Review Form

STEP 3: Print, have your parent/guardian sign, and turn in the following forms (ALL Due Friday, 9/7):

WCPSS Photo & Video Release Form

2018-19 Boosters Membership Form

STEP 4: Join the class’s GroupMe – see the link below


CONTACT INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION

Instructor / Director: Mr. Rome Buttner
B.A. in English, B.A. in Theatre Arts

Email: mbuttner@wcpss.net

GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/43469803/FpUwAg

Twitter: @hshstheatre


DAILY CLASS ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

11.28.18

Tech Application:

Submit a handwritten or typed application with the following information:

-Your name

-Your #1 preferred position

-The reasoning to why you are best suited for this position.

-Your #2 preferred position

-The reasoning to why you are also suited for this position.

Give a brief and honest description of your work ethic? How will that help you succeed with your preferred tech position?

STAGE CREW POSITIONS

Stage Manager: 1 student
The Stage Manager works in tandem with the Director in rehearsal, recording the blocking and
seeing that cast members stay on script, have necessary props, and follow the staging. As the
lighting, sound and set change cues are developed, the stage manager meticulously records the
timing of each as it relates to the script and other aspects of the performance. All notes are
maintained in a prompt book which contains all cues, technical notes, blocking and other
information pertinent to the show. During the show the Stage Manager essentially takes control,
calling the cues for all transitions, as well as being responsible for communication between the
director, actors and back stage crew.

Assistant Stage Manager: 1-2 students
The Assistant Stage Manager is responsible for keeping track of cast members, sets and
miscellaneous details during rehearsals and production of a stage performance as directed by the
Stage Manager. They also attend each rehearsals and assist the Stage Manager in any assignments
given.

Costume Crew: 1-2 students
Assists the Costume Designer(s) with all aspects of costuming the show. This may involve cleaning and organizing in the costume storage area, assisting with moving costumes in and out of the storage area for each show, assisting with distribution of costume pieces and return of costume pieces from the actors, ensuring that all costume pieces are accounted for and in good working order at the end of each show, assisting actors with any required quick changes either on or near the stage and any other costume related needs of the show.

Make-up Head: 1 student
Assists with all aspects of make-up and hair for the show. Duties may include applying make-up, styling hair, assisting with keeping the make-up area and application tools clean and in good working order, assisting with any make-up and or hair/wig changes during the show
and any other make-up related needs of the show.

Lighting Designer / Lighting Board Operator: 1 student
After reading the play and meeting with the Director and Technical Director, designs a lighting plot for the show to provide all necessary lighting for the show including general area lighting and any lighting special effects. Once design is approved, works with Technical Director and lighting crew to hang and focus lights for show. Using computerized light board, designs looks for each scene and records cues into board for show. The Light Board Operator is responsible for operating the light board during all performances. Performs daily light checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all lighting equipment is working properly. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show.

Sound Designer / Board Operator: 1 student
After reading the play and meeting with the Director and Technical Director, prepares all necessary sounds (music, sound effects, background etc.) for the show including any required pre-show, intermission or post show music mixes. Once approved prepares a CD of all sounds for sound crew and assists with setting levels and timing for cues. The student is also
responsible for operating the sound board during all performances. This includes all microphones, CD players, computers etc. required to provide sound for the show. Performs daily sound checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all sound equipment is operating properly.

Projection Designer: 1 student
They plan with the assistance of each directing team a collection of imagery, either still or moving, that will be used to enhance the setting for each play. This student learns how to operate and maintain the projection equipment. For the show, they execute the slideshow at the designated computer station.

Property Master: 1-2 students
Build, make or acquire any needed props for the production. During performances, the Prop Master is in charge of the prop table(s), making sure it is organized and all props are accounted for and in working order. Must check all props at the beginning of call-time and after every performance.

House Manager: 1 student
Is responsible for everything in front of the stage. Makes sure that the house is ready before any
audience members arrive. Organizes the ushers to pass out programs, collect tickets and make sure that the house always remains safe (i.e. aisles must remain a minimum of 4 feet wide and be clear at all times) and provides assistance to any audience members with wheelchairs. Generally
responsible for a pleasant audience experience before, during and after the show. For HSTC, they are also responsible for the publicity of the show. This includes press releases, posters, and social media advertising.

Stage Crew Leader and Crew: 2-4 students
Is responsible for the safety of the backstage area during all performances. Cleans stage at start of
call-time and is responsible for all set changes during the course of a performance or rehearsal.
Returns set to “pre-show” setting after every performance. They are also responsible for pulling and organizing set pieces for each director. The stage crew team is responsible for seamless transitions between performances.

11.2.18

Play Submission Form

10.29.18

ACTORS:

Using complete sentences, respond to each of the following questions:

1. How do you feel about your group’s performance? How clear was the storytelling?

2. Describe your preparation and how that affected your overall performance. Were you fully prepared? If not, how so?

3. Describe what it was like to perform your scene. Did you feel prepared? Did you feel nervous?

4. Explain what you learned about yourself as a performer & group member?

5. Describe what you wish went differently during the performance.

6. Regarding your character and plot, what did your character want from the other person in the scene? What was your tactic to achieve your goal?

7. How could you make that choice (your tactic in achieving your objective) clearer / larger / simpler / bolder?

8. What was your inner monologue while you listened to your partner speak?

9. What is the length of your performance video?

10.08.18

Script Materials

Full Script

Self Reflection/Assessment

Using complete sentences, respond to each of the following questions:

1. How do you feel about your group’s performance? How clear was the storytelling?

2. Describe your preparation and how that affected your overall performance. Were you fully prepared? If not, how so?

3. What you feel you did well and what you wished had gone differently.

4. Explain what you learned about yourself as a performer & group member?

5. What you would do differently if you had the opportunity to perform again?

6. Regarding your character and plot, what did your character want from the other person in the scene? What was your tactic to achieve your goal?

7. How could you make that choice (your tactic in achieving your objective) clearer / larger / simpler / bolder?

8. What was your inner monologue while you listened to your partner speak?

9. What is the length of your performance video?

9.27.18

Actors: Notes on Theatre Styles

Blocking Shorthand Guide

9.10.18

Students will perform their 1st final project for the ‘Theatre Company’ timeline.

REQ: Actors and techs in their blacks.

Performances are recorded for peer and self reflection.

8.29.18

Types of Stages: https://prezi.com/weva40ks1met/different-types-of-theatre-companies/

  1. How does your group stand out? Specific skill-sets?
  2. Come to a consensus about your theatre style? What do you want your audience to experience and gain?
  3. What two theatre companies represent your style? List them and explain why.
  4. Develop a name for your company. Think academic / descriptive / mature
  5. Create the ‘mission statement’ for your theatre company. Research examples of existing theatre companies online.
  6. After reviewing the prezi on the blog, what type of performance space is used for your theatre company? List the type and explain why.
  7. Looking at the calendar for the next couple of weeks, your group will present two short performances.
    1. The material for your performance is either created or sourced.
    2. Half of your acting team will act as the directors for the performance (you will switch for the second performance).
    3. Your tech(s) will fully support your tech needs.
    4. What resources do you need from Buttner?

8.27.18 (Day 1)

Mr. Buttner welcomed students to the new school year. The class reviewed ‘Day 1’ materials and ‘semester at a glance’. Following the paperwork, the students were led by Mr. Buttner in a series of theatre activities (play to learn) that set a good example for a typical class day.

Homework: ‘Semester at a Glance’ signed and returned on 8.28.18. Techs: Tech Contract.

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