INTERMEDIATE THEATRE / BEG. TECHNICAL THEATRE

Brief Course Description: Acting students will broaden and deepen acting skills, including styles, directing, Theatre history, and Children’s Theatre. Students will have the opportunity to audition for the advanced ensemble.

Technical theatre students will learn the fundamentals of play production including set design and construction, lighting, sound, and costuming. Students will have the opportunity to progress to Technical Theatre II and III.

Interested in ‘leadership’ within HSTC? Click here to learn more!


COURSE DOCUMENTS

HSHS Wifi Instructions

Self/Peer Collaboration Rubric

Class Leadership Application

Character Analysis Worksheet

Essay Rubric (Honors)

Script Analysis Template

“Why Arts” Video

HSHS Scene Shop Rules & Expectations

NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards rev. 9.5.18

‘Performance Reflection’ Rubric
Unsatisfactory Range: 60-60%
Proficient Range: 71-84%
Advanced Range: 85-100%


REQUIRED FORMS

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):

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/47421330/NlVdq1

Twitter: @hshstheatre


STUDENT LEADERS: 

Stage Managers:

Costumes Leader:

Props and Laptop Leader:

Communications Managers:

Attendance Managers:

Drill Manager:


DAILY CLASS BLOG:

2.19.19

TECHS: Prezi on the McCandless Method

Notes: Jean Rosenthal – Lighting Theory

Notes: Types of Lighting Fixtures

Notes: What is the McCandless Lighting Method?

McCandless Lighting Method Diagram

Lighting for the stage involves manipulating the four major Controllable Qualities of light; Intensity, Color, Direction and Movement; to influence the four functions of stage lighting which are Mood, Selective Focus, Modeling and Visibility.

Four Controllable Qualities of Light

  • Intensity–The intensity of a light source can vary from near total darkness to painfully bright.
  • Color–Nearly any color you can think of can be created through the use of lighting gels or electronic means. Color can be a major player in creating a mood. However, the lighting designer must be careful in choosing colors so that they coordinate with the colors chosen for costumes and set pieces as well.
  • Direction–This is the area from which the light approaches the stage. This is a major contributor to the function of modeling. Light can come from below, directly above or anywhere in between. They can also originate from in front of the actors, behind them or off to a side. Each combination of directions has its unique effect on the highlights and shadows produced.
  • Movement–refers to the changing in the lights whether it be a change in intensity, color or direction of origin.

Functions of Stage Lighting

  • Visibility is the primary function of stage lighting: making sure the audience can see the part(s) of the stage that the director and/or the lighting designer want them to see.
  • The modeling function includes creating a realistic (or intentionally non-realistic) view of the world of the play. This is done by strategically placing lights above, below, to the side, in front and behind the actors. Through the use of the placement of the lights, you can create different types of highlights and shadows on the actors, props and set pieces.
  • Selective Focus is the function of “forcing” the audience to look where it is desired for them to look through the use of high/low intensity and changes in intensity.
  • The function of Mood is both one of the most difficult and at the same time the easiest function to maintain. It is the easiest because it can be done very simply through the use of colors. However, it can also be overdone to the point of becoming cliche instead of allowing the actors and other aspects to contribute to the overall mood of the play.

Unit: Lighting. Each group will present their demonstration to the actors on Wednesday (second half of class). Each tech in each group must present to the class.

In their groups, they will demonstrate the “Four Controllable Qualities of Light”.

  • Intensity–The intensity of a light source can vary from near total darkness to painfully bright.
    • (0-100 on the lighting board)
  • Color & Texture–Nearly any color you can think of can be created through the use of lighting gels or electronic means. Color can be a major player in creating a mood. However, the lighting designer must be careful in choosing colors so that they coordinate with the colors chosen for costumes and set pieces as well.
    • Techs will select a gel for color and a gobo for texture.
  • Direction–This is the area from which the light approaches the stage. This is a major contributor to the function of modeling. Light can come from below, directly above or anywhere in between. They can also originate from in front of the actors, behind them or off to a side. Each combination of directions has its unique effect on the highlights and shadows produced.
    • How is the fixture angled? Is it shuttered? Does it have a hard or soft focus?
  • Movement–refers to the changing in the lights whether it be a change in intensity, color or direction of origin.
    • Using the board, control how multiple fixtures turn on and off (and at what intensity?)

2.12.19

Directing Project #3 Script

Reflection Questions:

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 the 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/director & group member?

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

6. What is the length of your performance video?

2.6.19

ACTORS / TECHS: Explored what it’s like to be a technician for a large scale production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ytaZ9fk64

ACTORS: Continued working on “Gruesome Playground Injuries”

TECHS: Explored the different jobs in technical theatre. They then learned about various theatre adhesives that are used as part of the stage crew.

Homework: None

2.4.19

ACTORS: Started the ‘directing project #2″ with Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Directing Tip #3:

“On Being lazy”
No actor likes a lazy director, or an ignorant one. You should certainly know the meaning (and the pronunciation) of every word, every reference, every foreign phrase. Also, be decisive. As the director, you have three weapons:
“Yes,” “No,” and “I don’t know.” Use them. Don’t dither; you can always change your mind later. Nobody minds that. What they do mind is the two-minute agonizing when all the actor has asked is, “Do I get up now?”

TECHS: they learned how to set up and deconstruct the scaffolding.

HOMEWORK: NONE

1.24.19

Stage Body Positions

Marvel Characters Body Positions

Parts of the Stage

Director’s Tip 1:

Identify the story’s compelling question.

Every good play has a basic “will they or won’t they…” an essential question about the central character(s). As a director, you must understand what primarily keeps the audience interested in the ongoing action.

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