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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Student Led Activity Homework (Due Most Friday’s)
Monologue Performance Rubric
60 points for attempting monologue.
10 points for ‘dressing out’.
1-30 points for rubric-based grading.
Possible Total: 100 %
STEP 1: Review the Class Handbook & Syllabus
STEP 2 Due Friday, 1/25: Complete the Handbook Review Form
STEP 3: Print, have your parent/guardian sign, and turn in the following forms (ALL Due Friday, 1/25):
STEP 4: Join the class’s GroupMe – see the link below
CONTACT INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION
Instructor / Director: Mr. Rome Buttner
Phone: 919.577.1444 ext. 23494
HSTC Updates GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/47405739/vw398p
Props and Laptop Leaders:
DAILY CLASS BLOG
Students performed their Skeletal Scenes today. Reflections on those scenes will be tomorrow.
There are no SLA’s due tomorrow (Friday, the 22nd)
Auditions to continue in theatre are March 8, from 2:30-7PM.
DUE 2.15: SLA #3
2.19: Improv Quiz
DUE 2.20: Improve Troupe Research
1 = Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
2 = The Groundlings (LA)
3 = Second City (Chicago)
Founding history, current status (what are they doing now), famous alumni.
Today students began learning about improvisation. They reviewed a few vocabulary words pertaining to improvisation, after which they took notes on improvisation and played a couple of improvisational games.
‘Improvisation‘: the portrayal of a character or scene without rehearsal or preparation.
‘The Illusion of the First Time‘: When the audience feels that each performance is the first, regardless of the number of rehearsals or previous performances.
‘Character Centered Approach‘: A performance that focuses on a character or a group of characters who experience different situations one after another.
‘Situation Centered Approach‘: A performance that takes a single situation and places a number of characters in that situation.
Do’s and Don’t’s of Improvisation:
DO establish your character in your mind (age, occupation, physical/mental traits, etc)
DO identify the problem and your goal by asking what your character wants or needs
DO keep focused on meeting your need or goal
DO let the situation provide the basis for how your character attempts to reach the goal
DO react spontaneously to what is said and done
DO see things through the eyes of your character
DO listen to and observe what others are saying and doing
DO take cues from your scene partner or partners
DO play your scene from moment to moment
DO say and do things that demand a definite response
DON’T deny anything your scene partners say about you or the situation
DON’T ask questions
DON’T use simple statements of information
DON’T explain situations and feelings
And finally, students wrote down 3 things that they must establish in an improvisational scene: 1: Who you are 2: Who the other characters are 3: What the situation is.
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?
Students performed their pantomimed fairy tales, after which they took a quiz on the Principles of Body Language.
Homework: Second SLA due tomorrow
Students spent most of the day practicing for their pantomime performance tomorrow. In addition to their performances tomorrow, they will have a quiz on the Principles of Body Language and a few basic theatre vocabulary terms.
BRING YOUR BLACKS FOR PERFORMANCE TOMORROW- this is extremely important. Students should bring a modest black shirt and pair of pants to change into, although dark grey or dark blue would suffice as well.
Homework: Study for quiz on Thursday, begin writing your second SLA (due Friday), and practice for your pantomimed performance.
Students learned about warm-ups and stretching, and the benefits that they can give to actors.
In addition to this, students continued to learn about pantomime and the Principles of Body Language. They split into five groups and received a fairy tale, which they will pantomime in a 4-6 minute performance on Friday.
Also due on Friday is the 2nd SLA, which must be typed.
Coming up on Thursday is a quiz on the Principles of Body Language, as well as the vocabulary terms which the students learned last Friday.
Students were told what was expected of them for their ‘performance critiques’, and a link was posted on the classroom groupme chat with those instructions.
In addition to this, students explored pantomime in a greater depth, learning about weight, facial expressions, and side coaching.
To impress better upon the students these characteristics of ‘pantomime’, the students split into groups and enjoyed creating their own pantomimed scenes.
Homework: Make sure that students have completed and turned in their first Student Led Activity. This can be either written or typed.
Students learned about tableau, after which they separated into four groups, received a word, and created their own tableau.
Following this, three students led the other students in their Student Led Activities, teaching them theatre games.
BEG STAGE QUIZ
Students learned about the various types of performance spaces:
Proscenium (one sided)
Thrust (three sided)
Arena (four sided)
Black Box (flexible performance space)
Found space (a space not originally designed for performance)
To continue their exploration in stage directions and blocking, students received their 2nd acting scene and were given the stage direction.
Homework: TEST on the parts of the stage, stage turns, and abbreviations.