On Wednesday, April 27, we began our Readers' Theatre unit. Students were randomly assigned to groups of nine or ten members. Each group received a script for a one act play. Students will rehearse and develop the scripts and perform for their classmates Thursday, May 5.
Students have written short two-character scenes and, over the course of several class periods, each student will direct their scene and act in other student scenes.
On Monday, we took a tour of the PAC with Mr. Rosenaur, getting to see behind the scenes of our current musical production. On Wednesday, we will try our hand at drafting up a Ground Plan for the play "Lost in Yonkers." We will also fill out a Costume Chart for the same play.
On Tuesday, March 29, we will finish reading the play script of "Lost in Yonkers" and hopefully finish watching the movie version, as well. On Thursday, we will discuss the work of the Scene Designer, Costume Designer, and Producer. Assignments for creating the Ground Plan and Costume Chart for the play will accompany the discussion. Next week, we will take a tour of the PAC with Mr. Rosenaur to get a quick overview of technical theatre terms and equipment.
On Tuesday, March 8, we completed our brief Shakespeare unit. We also began looking at all the jobs involved in Theatre Production. We will be reading the play "Lost in Yonkers" and looking for clues for the scene, costume, lighting and sound designers. We will complete a ground plan and a costume plot for the play, as well as sound and lighting cue sheets. Assignment documents will be posted soon.
Time to study Shakespeare! On Monday, students wrote simple conversations with a partner and then modified them to become more Shakespearean. This was an effort to make the language more accessible. On Wednesday, we will watch videos with biographical info on Will Shakespeare and explanation of Iambic Pentameter. After the videos, we will read a few scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," paying particular attention to the staging. Homework will be to translate Jacques' All the World's a Stage speech from "As You Like It" into modern, student speak language.
This week in class we have been working on creating/developing characters and writing with their voice in mind. Wednesday we wrote blog entries as an invented character and commented on someone else's blog in our character's voice. Friday, we began developing full character monologues. These will be peer critiqued on Tuesday and then revised. Monologues will be presented Thursday. See the assignment below if you missed class today.
On Monday, we read a chapter in our Drama textbook entitled "The Dawn of Theatre." Students learned that while drama is believed to have originated in tribal or ritualistic storytelling, The Ancient Greeks are credited with developing drama into an organized theatre system. Students are answering questions based on the information in the chapter. On Wednesday, we will begin a class reading of an abridged version of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. Ultimately, students will take a quiz over the content of the play.
Last week, students developed and presented the Individual Vocal Performance, which is attached below.
Students engaged in communicating story to the audience with movement only, no voices. We enjoyed quite a variety of scenes this morning!
If you missed the presentations today, you will need to complete an alternate, solo, assignment which is attached below.