Introduction to Theatre
· Instructor: Mr. Glen Dawursk, Jr. MAed, BSED
· Teacher Availability: Mr. Dawursk is available in his classroom Wednesday through Friday from 7:05 AM until 3:30 PM, Mondays 7:05 AM until 3:05 PM, Tuesdays from 7:35 AM until 3:30 PM. Note: Mr. Dawursk also mentors language arts students Mondays from 3:05 to 3:40 PM in room 119.
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Introduction to Theater will provide the student with an overview of theater. Students will keep an acting and reflection journal which will assist in their learning and practicing of acting skills: voice, movement, imagination, concentration, observation, and improvisation. Students will also investigate the technical, behind-the-scenes aspects of producing a play: costumes, props, make-up, lights, sound, stage design, and direction. This knowledge along with the student's written character and script analysis will be implemented in a final scene production with the student as the star.
Our text Book is: The Stage and the School by Ommanney
and Schanker, 1972, and
resources on the classroom website: www.mrdclassroom.com.
1. Written object and character descriptions
2. Peer evaluation
3. Sense memory
Stage Directions and Blocking
1. Stage locations
2. Crosses – positions
3. Types of stages
1. Adrenaline vs. Relaxation Techniques
2. Stage Fright
Voice Production / Articulation
1. Vocal Parts
2. Inflection / Vocal Characterization
3. Children’s Story telling
4. Voice Over Actors
1. Body Language
4. Non-spoken object and character descriptions
2. Interplay / Support
3. Stage Etiquette
4. Stage Actor
1. Spontaneous dialogue
2. Ensemble vs. Individual
3. Collaboration (an improve group)
4. Audience Etiquette
1. Written Development
2. Motivation and Conflict
2. Cheating Out
3. Muscle memory
4. Stage business
5. The rules of stage movement
Set Design / Construction / Lighting / Sound
1. Types of Stages
2. Parts of a stage / Theatre
3. Working with space
4. Types of lamps
5. Special Effects
1. Greek Tragedy
2. Shakespeare’s’ Tragedy
3. Serious Drama Today
1. Comedy of Manners
4. high/low comedy
6. Engaging the Audience
1. Playwright – Collaboration / dramaturg
2. Director / Producer
3. Stage Director
4. Casting Director
5. Costume Designer
6. Properties Master
8. Stage Manager
9. Theatre Critic
Musical Theatre and Other Forms
1. Choreography and Numbers
2. Poetry Slam
3. Readers Theater
Costumes and Props
1. Elements of Style
2. Modified Authenticity
1. Straight Makeup
2. Character Makeup
4. Essentials and Hygiene
1. Auditions / Callbacks
Film / Television
1. Script vs. Screenplay
1. Suspension of Disbelief
2. Goethe’s principles
3. Dramatic Criticism
1. Dawn of Theatre
2. Middle Ages to 1800
3. 1800 to present
· As a responsible high school student, there is no excuse for late assignments other than a family funeral or similar family circumstance. Therefore, assignments are due the day they are assigned. No exceptions.
· All written assignments are to be completed no later than the beginning of the class period the first day it is due. On occasion and only with prior teacher permission, some daily assignments may be turned in at the end of the school day no later than 3:00 PM (This does not happen very often).
· Incomplete assignments are listed as a “0” in the grade book. Remember that it takes two 100% A+ assignments to raise an incomplete 0% to a passing grade. The lowest percentage possible for any on-time completed assignment which demonstrates reasonable student effort is 50%.
· All late assignments are marked 10% off per day late. For example: after three days late, the highest grade possible for the late assignment would be a 60% D. The regular grading process will then deduct from this starting percentage.
· Written incomplete assignments may be turned-in for partial credit until one week prior to the end of the quarter. No incomplete assignments will be accepted after that date for any reason. The highest grade possible for assignments over one week late is a 60% D. The lowest percentage possible for any late assignment which demonstrates reasonable student effort is 40%.
· Students may re-take all quizzes and exams repeatedly up to one week prior to the end of the quarter for a maximum grade of a 60% D.
· Hand written notes may be used for all quizzes and exams except ones which test for vocabulary (specific word definitions) or spelling.
· Assignments are not accepted via e-mail without PRIOR approval. You are responsible to print them out and bring them to class. The teacher will not print your assignments for you.
All written assignments are to be done in blue or black ONLY. No other color will be accepted. All formal essays and reports are to be
typed. Daily assignments should be
written neatly on clean 8-1/2 by 11 inch white paper. Half sheets and papers with frayed edges will
not be accepted. All assignments are
subject to proper spelling, grammar and mechanics. Only the daily writing journal may be exempt
from these rules. All assignments must
be labeled properly in the upper right hand corner with First and Last Name, Class Title, Period
Number, Assignment Information and Date turned-in. One grade is deducted from assignments not
using proper format (labels, pen color, edges, etc).