BEGINNING THEATRE ARTS

Welcome to Theatre Arts!

Brief Course Description: Beginning Theatre Arts is a rigorous course of study in acting, theatre history, and technical theatre. Students explore theatre as a comprehensive performing art from the actor’s perspective.  Focus is on training of the actor’s instrument including voice, diction, stage movement, and introducing ensemble techniques.  The course culminates in polished performances before an audience.

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 COURSE DOCUMENTS

Class Handbook & Syllabus

Beginning Fall Semester Calendar (Daily Class Goals, Homework, & Assessments)

Self/Peer Collaboration Rubric

HSHS Wifi Instructions

Theatre Article Assignment Packet

Student Led Activity Homework (Due Most Friday’s)

Weebly Instructions

Class Leadership Application

NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards rev. 9.5.18

Monologue Performance Rubric
Grade Breakdown:
60 points for attempting monologue.
10 points for ‘dressing out’.
1-30 points for rubric-based grading.
Possible Total: 100 %


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

Email: mbuttner@wcpss.net

Phone: 919.577.1444 ext. 23494

Class GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/43343461/iHkMCo

Twitter: @hshstheatre

HSTC Updates GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/37346480/dSCHw8


STUDENT LEADERS

Stage Managers: Caity Aday & Ally Weitz

Costumes Leaders: Kathleen McNamara & Nicole Juzaitis

Props and Laptop Leaders: Jaden Geniesse & Jeni Wheeler

Communications Manager: Emma Striker

Attendance Managers: Sophia Ackerman, Hallie Morgan, & Madison Woods

Drill Manager: Madison Woods


DAILY CLASS BLOG

11.29.18

Monologue & Skeletal Scene Reflection Questions (complete two responses)

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?

11.28.18

Students reviewed the schedule for this week and the next and the corresponding assignments that are due.

Students then used the remaining time to rehearse for tomorrow’s performance.

HW: Memorize lines. Blacks or a costume are required for Thursday’s performance.

11.27.18

Students are paired into short scene groups for a performance that will occur on Thursday. **Blacks are required for this performance**.  As each group ponders and develops the scene, they will also explore Uta Hagen’s 9 Essential Questions that an actor should answer about their character and scene.

Uta Hagen’s 9 Essential Questions 

11.19.18

Tomorrow Fergie Phillipe will be leading us in a workshop from 12:30-2:30. Please bring movement clothes and your undivided attention if you plan to attend.

11.18.18

Homework: If performing your monologue on Monday, bring your blacks and work on memorization.

11.15.18

Homework: Monologues will be performed Friday and Monday. If you are performing Friday, bring your blacks to change into.

11.9.18:

Homework: Makeup Morgue due Tuesday, November 13.

11.8.18

Homework: Characterization SLA due Friday, November 9. Makeup Morgue due Monday, November 12.

11.6.18

Students were quizzed on their monologues. This will be counted as a quiz grade.

Homework: Makeup Morgue due Monday, November 12. Bring your monologue on Thursday, November 9 as we work with Rebecca.

11.5.18

Homework: Have your entire monologue memorized by November 6. You will be tested in class. Also, the Makeup Morgue pages are due 11.12.18.

11.5.18

Makeup Morgue due 11.12.18 (Counted as a Formal Project grade)

On your digital portfolio, create a new page labeled “Beginning Makeup Morgue”

The following categories represent sub-pages under “Beginning Makeup Morgue”

5 Female Corrective Makeup- Before & After

5 Male Corrective Makeup- Before & After

5 Female Age Makeup- Before & After

5 Male Age Makeup- Before & After

5 Female Glamour Makeup

5 Female Fantasy Makeup

5 Male Fantasy Makeup

5 Female Gore Makeup

5 Male Gore  Makeup

5 Straight Stage Makeup

5 Character Stage Makeup

1.1.18

Homework: STUDY FOR LINE CHECKS!!! They count as quiz grades. Lines 11-20 due Friday, November 2.

10.30.18

Students continued to work on their chosen monologues and had a short quiz on lines 1-10.

Homework: Continue to work on your monologue and have lines 11-20 memorized by Wednesday, October 31. Also, if you have a hair dryer, bring it on October 31st. Bring any makeup tools/removers if you would like.

10.29.18

Characterization strengthening exercises led by a student leader were partaken by students.

Homework: Lines 1-10 of your monologue must be memorized by Tuesday, October 30.

10.25.18

Homework: TNR #3 due Friday, October 26.

10.24.18

Students participated in a student leader led lesson on character chemistry.

Homework: TNR #3 due Friday the 26th.

10.23.18

Homework: TNR #3 due Friday the 26th.

10.22.18

Students turned in their website URLs and took notes and a tour of the technical aspects of theatre.

Homework: Bring movement clothing Tuesday and Thursday. TNR #3 due Friday, October 26.

10.22.18

URL LINK

11.18.18

Students had a special visit from a guest speaker and worked with breathing, stretching, and other bodily techniques for vocal control.

Homework: Chunked monologue due Friday, October 19.

11.17.18

Students began to create their theatre arts website.

Homework: Bring movement clothes on Thursday, October 18. If you haven’t turned in late work, turn it in NOW! It is already late. Chunked monologue due Friday, October 19.

11.16.18

**Late Monologues Submissions are due!!**

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?

10.11.18

No school.

Homework: SLA #4 due Friday, October 12th. Have three monologues selected by Monday, October 15th. Bring in all completed late work if necessary.

10.10.18

Students continued to perform their second skeletal scenes.

Homework: Make sure your TNR #2 is done or YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITY TOMORROW. SLA #4 is due Friday, October 12th. Please have three monologues selected by Monday, October 15th.

10.9.18

Students began to perform their second skeletal scene.

Homework: If you have not performed, bring in your materials tomorrow. Make sure your TNR #2 is finished. SLA #4 is due Friday, October 12th. Please have three monologues chosen by Monday, October 15.

10.8.18

Students continued to work on skeletal scene #2 with their partner. We will be performing tomorrow.

Homework: Bring in your blacks/costume/props/etc. SLA #4 is due Friday the 12th.

10.4.18

Homework: TNR #2 due Friday the 5th.

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?

10.3.18

Students prepared and began to perform their skeletal scenes.

Homework: TNR #3 due on Friday, October 5th. If you did not perform, bring your blacks.

10.2.18

Students continued to prepare their skeletal scene and will be performing in the second half of class tomorrow.

Homework: TNR #2 due on Friday, October 5th. BRING YOUR BLACKS!!!

10.1.18

Students were paired and given a skeletal script to review and brainstorm on, which will be continued to work on in class.

Homework: Skeletal #1 self assessment due Wednesday, October 3rd, and TNR #2 due on Friday, October 5th.

9.27.18

The students had time for a final rehearsal and began their improvisation performances.

Homework: Bring your blacks if you have not performed, and have SLA #3 done by Friday the 28th.

9.21.18

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.

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. What is the length of your performance video?

9.20.18

Students finished their Final Pantomime Performances. Students leaders gave general feedback to the entire group.

HW: Theatre News Review #1 – See the packet under ‘Course Documents’ for detailed instructions.

9.18.18

Students finalized and rehearsal their Principles of Body Language / Pantomime short play. Following the rehearsal, half of the groups performed prior to the bell. The other half will perform on Thursday.

9.12.18

PRIN BL QUIZ

9.4.18

Students took their quiz on the parts of the stage, stage directions, and types of stages.

Students were then given notes on Unit 2: Principles of Body Language.

8.31.18

Students took notes on the various types of performance spaces. Following the lecture, selected students presented their SLA #1.

Homework: Quiz on Tuesday on parts of the stage, types of stages, and stage direction abbreviations.

Leadership application due Wed, 9/5.

Stage types:

Proscenium stage:
A proscenium theatre is what we usually think of as a “theatre”.
Its primary feature is the Proscenium, a “picture frame” placed around the front of the playing area of an end stage.

The frame is the Proscenium; the wings are spaces on either side, extending off-stage. Scenery can surround the acting area on all sides except side towards audience, who watch the play through picture frame opening. “Backstage” is any space around the acting area which is out of sight of the audience.

Thrust theatre:
A Stage surrounded by audience on three sides. The Fourth side serves as the background.
In a typical modern arrangement: the stage is often a square or rectangular playing area, usually raised, surrounded by raked seating. Other shapes are possible; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was a five-sided thrust stage.

End Stage:
A Thrust stage extended wall to wall, like a thrust stage with audience on just one side, i.e. the front.

“Backstage” is behind the background wall. There is no real wingspace to the sides, although there may be entrances located there. An example of a modern end stage is a music hall, where the background walls surround the playing space on three sides. Like a thrust stage, scenery serves primarily as background, rather than surrounding the acting space.

Arena Theatre:
A central stage surrounded by audience on all sides. The stage area is often raised to improve sightlines.

“Black Box” theatre:
These stages are often big empty boxes painted black inside. Stage and seating not fixed. Instead, each can be altered to suit the needs of the play or the whim of the director.

Found Space

A space originally not intended/designed for performances. For example, a street corner, the commons area, a hallway.

8.30.18

**Student Leader Application (see link under ‘course documents’ due Wednesday, 9/5**

Students performed their first acting challenge while exploring stage direction. Following the performances, students positive gave feedback on either their performance or another group’s performance.

Homework: SLA #1 Due (typed). See the example under ‘course documents’ on the blog.

Quiz: Tuesday, 9/4 – Parts of the stage and stage directions

8.28-8.29

After engaging in various ensemble building activities, students received notes on the parts of the stage and stage direction. After instruction, students were divided into groups of two for their first acting challenge. Tues & Wed were rehearsal days.

Homework for Thur: review lines for Thursday’s final performance.

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.

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