Introduction to Theatre

Mr. Dawursk

 

All assignments are due the following class day unless stated.
REMEMBER: BOOKS CAN NOT BE TAKEN HOME.

 

 

ATTENTION:  DON’T WORK TOO FAR AHEAD AS FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

 

Updated:  Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 


Daily Schedule:

 

After the classroom greeting (handshake) and 5 minute Journaling,

students have a 2-3 minute daily activity:

 

Mondays:  Minute Mystery
   -
Develops analytical thinking, deductive reasoning, and problem solving skills

Tuesdays: Good News
   -
Three students are chosen to stand and state something good that has happened to them this week.

Wednesdays: Community Builder

   - Variety of group exercises intended to promote trust, respect and community within the classroom.

Thursdays: Minute Mystery

   -Develops analytical thinking, deductive reasoning, and problem solving skills

Fridays: Good News

   -Three students are chosen to stand and state something good that has happened to them this week.


 

 

Date

Day

Subject / Content

Internet Notes

Assignment

Journal / Comments

1/25

1

 

Course Description

Social Patterns: “Greeting / Handshake”

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Rules, Procedures

First Day Power Point

 

None

None

Day 1: Give a background resume in paragraph format of your theatre/drama background (plays you have been involved in or have viewed) and what you hope to get out of this class.

1/26

2

Community Builder Exercise:
Introduce Your Partner”

 

None

None

Day 2: Write a paragraph which gives a new student to the class the class procedures, rules and sequences.

1/27

3

 

True Colors Explained

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True Colors Personality Testing

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Complete Introduce Your Partner”

 

None

Test Handout

Day 3: Respect. Is respect important?  Why or why not? What does that word mean to you?  Describe how you get it and why you give it.

1/28

4

 

Part 2: True Colors Testing

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Roller Coaster Exercise

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True Colors Explained

 

None

Test Handout

 

Day 4:
Picture Story #1

1/31

5

Unit 1: Observation

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Ball Exercise

Observation

 

Grandparent Observation
due Day 7

Day 5: Describe in detail an object in our classroom without telling what the object is.

2/1

6

Theatre Terms #1 explained

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Unit 1: Observation

Mirror Exercise

Observation

 

 

Grandparent Observation
due Tomorrow

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Unit One Test
Day 9

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Theatre Terms #1
Quiz on Day 10

 

Day 6: Describe in detail an object from your home which you have had an experience with.

2/2

7

 

Communication Model

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Blind Drawing Communication Exercise
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Noise in communication

 

Communication Model

 

Unit One Test
Day 9

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Theatre Terms #1
Quiz on Day 10

Day 7: Describe a person in your family.

2/3

8

Stage Fright

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Head Bands Exercise

Stage Fright

 

Unit One Test
Day 9

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Theatre Terms #1
Quiz on Day 10

 

Day 8: Describe in detail how you would make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. List each step in sequence.  Be specific.

2/4

9

Unit One Test: Observation

None

 

Theatre Terms #1
Quiz Tomorrow

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Bring a children’s story to class by day 12.  Maximum length: 3 minutes

 

Day 9: NO JOURNAL

 

10

 

Theatre Terms #1 Quiz

 

Theatre Terms #1

 

Bring a children’s story to class by day 12.  Maximum length: 3 minutes

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Theatre Terms #2

Quiz on Day 16

Day 10: FINISH - Describe in detail how you would make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. List each step in sequence.  Be specific.

 

11

Warm-ups Unit:

Tongue twisters

Ahhh Variation

Gibberish Conversation

Warm-ups

 

 

Bring a children’s story to class by tomorrow.  Maximum length:
3 minutes.

 

Day 11: How do you express to other people that everything is alright?  Then, how would you do it with out any words? Be specific.

 

12

Warm-ups Unit:

Inflection Exercises

Human Balloon

Character Voices

Warm-ups

 

 

Read with character voices and vocal variety a children’s story to the class.
Due day 13.

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Theatre Terms #2

Quiz on Day 16

 

Day 12: How do you express to other people to not say another word?  Then, how would you do it with out any words? Be specific.

 

13

Children’s Stories read in class

None

 

Written Critique of at least two students

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Theatre Terms #2

Quiz on Day 16

 

Day 13: How do you express to other people that you need help with something?  Then, how would you do it with out any words? Be specific.

 

14

Children’s Stories read in class

None

 

Written Critique of at least two students

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Theatre Terms #2

Quiz on Day 16

 

Day 14: Using your description from Day 8, list how you would demonstrate the sandwich making as a pantomime. Be specific.

 

15

Children’s Stories read in class

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Terms #2 Review

 

None

 

Written Critique of at least two students

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Theatre Terms #2

Quiz on Day 16

 

Day 15: FINISH - Using your description from Day 8, list how you would demonstrate the sandwich making as a pantomime. Be specific.

 

16

Theatre Terms #2 Quiz

Theatre Terms #2

Individual Pantomime Due Day 21

Day 16: Describe an object in the room bigger than 10 inches.  How would you demonstrate the object without words?

 

17

Unit Two Test

Warm-ups / Exercise

None

 

Individual Pantomime Due Day 21

 

Day 17: Describe an object in the room of less than 10 inches.  How would you demonstrate the object without words?

 

18

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

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Read / Discuss TSATS Book pgs 146-149

 

Pantomime

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Outline Format Handout

 

Individual Pantomime Due Day 21

 

 

Day 18: Using observation, describe in detail how you wash the dishes at your house.

 

19

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

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Explain “Step Outline” requirement  for Individual pantomime
(50% of grade)

 

Pantomime

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Outline Format Handout

 

Individual Pantomime Due Day 21

 

 

Day 19: When I am sad…

 

20

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

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Explain audience and performer etiquette

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Explain critique procedures; rubric

 

Pantomime

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Etiquette Handout

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Theatre jobs and stage areas handout

 

Individual Pantomime Due Day 21

 

Day 20: No Journal

 

21

Individual Pantomime

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Critique another student’s performance in class

 

Day 21: No Journal

 

22

Individual Pantomime

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Critique another student’s performance in class

 

Day 22: No Journal

 

23

 

Individual Pantomime

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Critique another student’s performance in class

 

Day 23: No Journal

 

24

 

Theatre Terms #3 Quiz

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Assign
Pantomime Groups

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Read / Discuss TSATS Book pgs 150-151

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Choose Group Pantomimes
(one 1-2 min. abstract; one 1-3 min. concrete)

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Group Abstract Pantomime Due Day 27

 

Day 24: Hypothetically, when I complete this theatre course, my next theatre experience should / will be…

 

25

 

Practice Group Abstract Pantomime in class

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Group Abstract Pantomime Due Day 27

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Theatre Terms Quiz #3 Day 28

 

Day 25: My life can be confusing when…

 

26

 

Practice Group Abstract Pantomime in class

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Group Abstract Pantomime Due Day 27

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Theatre Terms Quiz #3 Day 28

 

Day 26: “When I am sad, I…”

 

27

 

Group Abstract Pantomimes Performed

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Critique another student’s performance

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Theatre Terms Quiz #3 Tomorrow

 

Day 27: “My parents always tell me…”

 

28

 

Theatre Terms #4 Quiz

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Practice Group Concrete Pantomime in class

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

 

Critique another student’s performance

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Pantomime Unit Test - Day 31

 

Day 28: “My favorite month is…” (explain why)

 

29

 

Practice Group Concrete Pantomime in class

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

Pantomime Unit Test - Day 31

Day 29: My feelings about pantomime are…

 

30

 

Group Concrete Pantomimes Performed

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

Pantomime Unit Test - Day 31

Day 30: Evaluate how you feel your pantomime performance was or will be…

 

31

 

Pantomime Unit Test

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Explain a Play Critique.  Give review format rules;
Watch “Musical” – Part 1

 

Pantomime Unit

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Pantomime Videos

None

Day 31: My usual weekend routine is …

 

32

 

Theatre History:  Greek Theatre: Dionysia, Lenaea, the Greek stage

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Watch “Musical” – Part 2

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 294-298

Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Day 37

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Musical  Play Critique Due Day 39

Day 32: My usual evening routine is…

 

33

 

Theatre Terms #5 Quiz

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Theatre History:  Greek costumes; staging, effects

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Watch “Musical” – Part 3

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 298-300

Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Day 37

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Musical  Play Critique Due Day 39

Day 33: How does history affect us today?  Explain

 

34

 

Theatre History:  Aristotle, Rules of Tragedy, Aeschylus,

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Watch “Musical” – Part 4

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 298-300

Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Day 37

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Musical  Play Critique Due Day 39

Day 34: What is your favorite genre of theatre (musicals, comedy, tragedy, drama)?  Explain

 

35

 

Theatre History:  Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Meander

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Watch “Musical” – Part 5

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 298-300

Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Day 37

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Musical  Play Critique Due Day 39

Day 35: An actor once stated that “All the world is a stage.”  What do you think that means?  Why?

 

36

Theatre Terms #6 Quiz

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Watch “Musical” – Part 6

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Review

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 300-302

 

Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Tomorrow

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Musical  Play Critique Due Day 39

Day 36: Free Writing

 

37

 

Theatre History
Quiz #1

 

None


None

 

Day 37: Three things you want to accomplish before you are thirty.

 

38

Theatre History:  Roman Theatre: Focus, Early Stages, Pompey,

Plautis, Terence, Seneca, Plays

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 300-302

 

Musical  Play Critique
Due Tomorrow

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Theatre History
Quiz #1  - Tomorrow

Day 38: What do you plan to do after high school or college?

 

39

 

Theatre History:  Hindu and Chinese

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Collect Musical Play Critiques

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Check out a play from Mr. Dawursk’s Drama Library

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 320-322

 

Theatre History
Quiz #2  - Day 42

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Reading  Play Critique Due Day 45

Day 39: My best Halloween costume was or the best one I have ever seen was…

 

40

Theatre History:  Japanese

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

 

Theatre History
Quiz #2  - Day 42

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Reading  Play Critique Due Day 45

Day 40: My life would be better if…

 

41

 

Theatre History: Medieval, Italian, Spanish

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Review

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

---------

TSATS p. 302-307

 

Theatre History
Quiz #2  - Tomorrow

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Reading  Play Critique Due Day 45

 

Day 41: Respect and Attitude.  What do these two concepts have to do with this class? How do they impact your work in this class? Explain

 

42

Theatre History
Quiz #2

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

 

 

Reading  Play Critique Due Day 45

 

Day 42: Some people say that courses like theatre have no impact on your later life and the information/skills you learn have nothing to do with the real world.  What do you think?  Why?

 

43

 

Theatre History: Elizabethan Pt. 1

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 307-310

 

Reading  Play Critique Due Day 45

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Theatre History
Quiz #3  - Day 47

Day 43: The course that has had the greatest impact upon me so far has been… (explain why)

 

44

 

Theatre History: Elizabethan Pt. 2

Shakespeare

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Watch “Drama” – Part 1

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 310-310; 340-357

 

Theatre History
Quiz #3  - Day 48

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Reading  Play Critique Due Tomorrow

Day 44: “I feel I earned a grade of ___ for this quarter because…”

 

 

45

 

Collect Reading
Play Critique

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Theatre History:
Elizabethan Pt. 3

Shakespeare

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Watch “Drama” – Part 2

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 310-310; 340-357

 

Theatre History
Quiz #3  - Day 48

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Drama  Play Critique Due Day 51

Day 45: Using hyperbole, describe what you had for dinner last night or for breakfast today.

 

46

 

Theatre History:
Great Britain and Europe

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Watch “Drama” – Part 3

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 313-320

 

Theatre History
Quiz #3  - Day 48

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Drama  Play Critique Due Day 51

Day 46: I want to improve myself.  This quarter I will…

 

47

 

Theatre History:
USA

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Review

-----------

Watch “Drama” – Part 4

 

 

Theatre History

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Play Critique Format

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TSATS p. 322-338

 

Theatre History
Quiz #3  - Due Tomorrow

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Drama  Play Critique Due Day 51

Day 47: “When I’m alone at home, I…

 

48

 

Theatre History Quiz #3

 

None


Drama  Play Critique Due Day 51

 

Day 48: When I choose a play or movie, I prefer (pick one) comedy, romance, drama, thrillers, suspense, tragedy, a musical or other.  Explain why and if possible, give an example.

 

49

Watch “Drama” – Part 4

 

Play Critique Format

 

Drama  Play Critique Due Day 51

Day 49: All I want for my next birthday is… (explain why)

 

50

 

Lesson:
Improvisation Unit

 

Improvisation

Drama  Play Critique Due Tomorrow

Day 50: The perfect movie would include… and would star…”

 

51

 

Collect Drama Play Critique

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Lesson:
Improvisation Unit

 

Improvisation

None

Day 51:

 

52

 

Lesson:
Improvisation Unit

 

Improvisation

None

Day 52

 

53

 

Lesson:
Improvisation Unit

 

Improvisation

None

Day 53

 

54

 

Lesson:
Improvisation Unit

 

Improvisation

None

Day 54

 

55

 

Improvisation Activities: Individual (10 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 55

 

56

 

Improvisation Scenes: Group

(20 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 56

 

57

 

Improvisation Scenes: Group

(15 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 57

 

58

 

Improvisation Scenes: Group

(10 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 58

 

59

 

Improvisation Scenes: Group

(5 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 59

 

60

 

Improvisation Performance: Group

(1 min prep limit)

 

None

None

Day 60

 

61

 

Improvisation Scene:
Graded Scene

 

None

None

Day 61

 

62

 

Improvisation Scene:
Graded Scene

 

None

None

Day 62

 

63

 

Improvisation
Unit Test

 

None

None

Day 63

 

64

 

“Funny Sports” Improvisation Competition

 

Improvisation Competition

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Funny Sports Show

None

Day 64

 

65

 

“Funny Sports” Improvisation Competition

 

Improvisation Competition

--------

Funny Sports Show

None

Day 65

 

66

 

“Funny Sports” Improvisation Competition

 

Improvisation Competition

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Funny Sports Show

None

Day 66

 

67

 

Production Unit: Elements of Acting -Movement Unit

 

Stage Direction

None

Day 67

 

68

 

Production Unit: Elements of Acting - Stage Direction & Blocking

 

Stage Direction

None

 

Day 68

 

69

 

Production Unit: Elements of Acting - Stage Direction & Blocking

 

Stage Direction

None

Day 69

 

70

 

Production Unit: Elements of Acting - Stage Direction & Blocking

 

Stage Direction

None

Day 70

 

71

 

Production Unit: Assignment:
“Teach the Class” Lessons
Due Day 70

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Students read designated pages individually and make notes page for class distribution; due tomorrow

 

Teach the Class: Topics

“Teach the Class” Lessons
Due Day 70

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Note Page
Due Tomorrow

 

Day 71

 

72

 

Production Unit: Students work in class with partners to prepare 5-10 minute lesson on their designated topic using their “notes pages.”  Graded presentation on eye contact, expertise, delivery, and creativity.

 

Teach the Class: Topics

“Teach the Class” Lessons
Due Day 70

 

Day 72

 

73


“Teach the Class” Lessons Presentations

 

Teach the Class: Topics

None

Day 73

 

74

 

Elements of Acting /
& Production Unit Test

 

None

None

Day 74

 

75

 

3-D Movie

 

None

None

Day 75

 

76

 

Everyday Day 76 through Day 87 – Production Meetings at 5 minutes before the end of the class (directors with producer)

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Ensemble Scenes  Practice

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Explain responsibilities of the classroom directors and actors in each designated ensemble group.

 

Character Analysis

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Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

Cast List to producer (director) Due Tomorrow

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Scene Design to producer (director) Due Day 79

 

Day 76

 

77

 

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

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Cast List to producer (director) Due TODAY

 

Character Analysis

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Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

Scene Design to producer (director) Due Day 79

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Blocking / Movement Notations for each scene to producer (director) Due Day 81

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Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Day 83

 

Day 77

 

78

 

Cast Meeting with Producer (first 5 minutes: Instruction about Character Analysis)

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Ensemble Scenes  Practice

 

Character Analysis

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Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

Scene Design to producer (director) Due Tomorrow

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Blocking / Movement Notations for each scene to producer (director) Due Day 81

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Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Day 83

 

Day 78

 

79

 

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

----------

Scene Design to producer (director) Due TODAY

 

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

Blocking / Movement Notations for each scene to producer (director) Due Day 81

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Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Day 83

 

 

Day 79

 

80

 

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

--------

 

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

Blocking / Movement Notations for each scene to producer (director)
Due Tomorrow

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Contract Projects Due Day 82

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Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Day 83

 

Day 80

 

81

 

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

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Blocking / Movement Notations for each scene to producer (director) Due TODAY

 

 

Character Analysis

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Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Day 83

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Contract Projects Due Tomorrow

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Character Analysis Questions Completed given to director (actors) AND Analysis turned into producer during daily production meeting (director)

Due Day 85

 

Day 81

 

82

Final Projects Presented
In Class

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Ensemble Scenes  Practice

 

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

 

Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director) Due Tomorrow

---------

Character Analysis Questions Completed given to director (actors) AND Analysis turned into producer during daily production meeting (director)

Due Day 85

 

 

Day 82

 

83

 

Final Projects Presented
In Class

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Ensemble Scenes  Practice

--------

Costume, Prop and Set Furnishings List to producer (director)
Due TODAY

 

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

 

Character Analysis Questions Completed given to director (actors) AND Analysis turned into producer during daily production meeting (director)

Due Day 85

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Class Productions: memorized, fully costumed, professional (actors) Due Day 86

 

Day 83

 

84

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

Character Analysis Questions Completed given to director (actors) AND Analysis turned into producer during daily production meeting (director)

Due Tomorrow

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Class Productions: memorized, fully costumed, professional (actors) Due Day 86

 

Day 84

 

85

 

Ensemble Scenes  Practice

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Character Analysis Questions Completed given to director (actors) AND Analysis turned into producer during daily production meeting (director)

Due TODAY

 

 

Character Analysis

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Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

Class Productions: memorized, fully costumed, professional (actors) Due Tomorrow

Day 85

 

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No School

 

--

--

--

 

86

 

Ensemble Scenes Presented

 

 

Character Analysis

----------

Ensemble Unit
Due Dates

 

None

Day 86

 

87

 

Final Exam Day: Ensemble Scenes Presented

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Final Cast Meeting (after productions with producer)

 

None

None

Day 87

 

88

NA

None

None

Day: 88

 

89

NA

None

None

Day 89