Semester I

Week 1 (Aug 25 – Aug 29)
Monday

  • Warmup  – pick up a stick from Mrs. C & don’t get too cozy in your seat 😉
  • Bookmark Mrs. C’s Google Site & her blog
  • Join Mrs. C’s Edmodo class
  • Be familiar with syllabus, especially understanding grading policy
  • Homework – Go over syllabus, including Acknowledgement Form with parent/guardian by Tuesday

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Look up the word “Warmup” online – find a theatre related definition and picture and leave these tabs open
  • learn warmup expectations – discuss the written warm-up, then play Loopy Liz to practice physical/vocal warm-ups
  • set up Kid Blogs and blog your first written warmup – example from a previous format
  • Assessment – Check completed Acknowledgement forms (completion)

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Create a blog entry for the phrase “audience etiquette.” Make sure to find a theatre-related definition and picture to use!
  • learn classroom procedures
  • learn sub expectations
  • create skits for Classroom Best Practices
  • understand and practice audience etiquette when we present skits
  • understand and practice constructive feedback
  • Assessment – Skit (0-4+), Audience Etiquette (0-4+), Constructive Feedback (0-4+)

Thursday

  • Warmup – Create a blog entry for the phrase “constructive feedback.” Make sure to find a theatre-related definition and picture to use!
  • create skits for Classroom Best Practices
  • understand and practice audience etiquette when we present skits
  • understand and practice constructive feedback
  • Assessment – Skit (0-4+), Audience Etiquette (0-4+), Constructive Feedback (0-4+)

Friday

  • Warmup – play Loopy Liz
  • Starting the year off right with theatre maintenance!

Week 2 (Sep 2 – Sep 6) Monday – No School!

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the phrase “suspension of disbelief,” then type the phrase and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Rehearse, present and discuss exercise from pg 9 of McGaw
  • Split the class in half and work on the group exercise from pg 11 of McGaw for as long as time allows

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Create a document titled “Free-write Theatre III/IV 1st Six Weeks.” Respond to the prompt: “Talk about how you use your imagination.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • assign exercise from pg 57 of McGaw; allow students to plan and rehearse

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the phrase “the Magic if,” then type the phrase and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Rehearse exercises

Friday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “justification,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • present exercises and discuss
  • Assessment – pg 57 performances (0-3)

Week 3 (Sep 9 – 13) Monday

  • Warmup – play Barney
  • present exercises and discuss

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “indicating,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • re-rehearse exercises, considering discussion

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document and respond to the prompt: “How can you tell if an actor is indicating? How can you tell when you are indicating?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • add in exercise from pg 61 of McGaw and rehearse

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document and respond to the prompt: “How can you find out if your own acting reads for the audience?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse exercises

Friday

  • Warmup – play Barney
  • present exercises and discuss

Week 4 (Sep 16 – 20) Monday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document and respond to the prompt: “Why is eye contact between actors so important in a scene?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • read The Zoo Story

Tuesday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • read The Zoo Story

Wednesday

  • Warmup – play Klondike
  • read The Zoo Story

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document and respond to the prompt: “Do you think this play should be played realistically, naturalistically, impressionistically, etc.? Why?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • assign partners and pick a 3-4 page scene
  • Homework – memorize your lines and complete your GOTE sheet; verbs!

Friday

  • Warmup
  • block your scene
  • Assessment – GOTE sheet (0-3)

Week 5 (Sep 23 – 27) END OF 1ST SIX WEEKS Monday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “expectations,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • finish blocking scene and rehearse

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “arc,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse
  • Assessment – blocking notes (0-3)

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document and respond to the prompt: “Tell me why defeats and victories -for your character- are both important for the audience.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse

Thursday

  • Warmup – play I Went Down to the River call and response
  • perform scenes and discuss

Friday

  • Warmup – play Woosh!
  • perform scenes and discuss

Week 6 (Sep 30 – Oct 4) Monday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the words “tempo” and “duration,” then type the words and the definitions into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Pick an action your character does in the scene and work it for tempo
  • peer critique scenes/moments for best choices in tempo
  • pick an action your character does in the scene and work it for duration
  • peer critique scenes/moments for the best choices in duration

Tuesday

  • Warmup – play Flocking
  • pick an action the other character does in the scene and work your own movement for kinesthetic response
  • peer critique scenes for best choices in kinesthetic reponses
  • pick an action your character does in the scene and work for repetition
  • peer critique scenes for best choices in repetition

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “Talk about how changing your physical character makes you feel when you are acting.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • discuss and play with relationship and topography/architecture

Thursday

  • seeing The Lion King – if not enough students, those left can play Mad Libs
  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the words “shape” and “gesture,” then type the words and the definitions into your document. Make sure to save!
  • discuss and play with shape and gesture

Friday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • perform scenes
  • Assessment – final presentation of Zoo Story scenes (0-3)
  • discuss what we learned/discovered this week, what viewpoints is and how we will be using it to build ensemble; we need to share this vocabulary so we can pick out specific elements of our work

Week 7 (Oct 7 -11) Monday

  • Warmup – watch Patrick Stewart’s “Is this a dagger?” monologue
  • complete Viewpoints Voice work “Starting Solo” – pitch, dynamic, tempo and duration, timbre and shape
  • after playing all, discuss how students felt and what happened to them while they played, as well as what they heard

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “Listen to the Meredith Monk audio clip “Double Fiesta“. While you listen write continuously about what parts you connect with and why.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Play gesture and architecture from Viewpoints Voice, discuss

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “How can the same viewpoints we used for physical movement also apply to voice?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Play repetition and kinesthetic response from Viewpoints Voice, discuss

Thursday

  • Warmup – play Pass Clap
  • play “Incorporating Dialogue” from Viewpoints Voice speaking and breathing, discuss; how is all of this different than previous vocal work you have done; what are the strengths and weaknesses of working this way? what really important elements of voice work are we missing?

Friday

  • Warmup – play silent clap
  • play the Audio Mirror Game

Week 8 (Oct 14 – 18) Monday

  • No school!

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “Talk about how you visualize a play as you read.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • read Buried Child

Wednesday

  • Warmup – play Barney
  • read Buried Child

Thursday

  • Warmup – play Action Hero
  • read Buried Child

Friday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • read Buried Child

Week 9 (Oct 21 – 25) Monday

  • Warmup – play pass your name with modifiers
  • Research what the play is about – decide on a group-accepted summary, make a list of “need to know” information and assign questions to research
  • Go over research before the end of class today
  • Homework – come up with some plays and/or movies you are familiar with that have a really bizarre style and be prepared to discuss tomorrow

Tuesday

  • Warmup – play genres/languages (random phrase in a circle)
  • discuss style/genre – what do these words mean?
  • discuss homework examples
  • discuss the style/genre of Buried Child; what’s it all about? why do you think Shepard wrote it?

Wednesday

  • Warmup – play ABC pass
  • decide on your own director’s vision for this show and create a collage to communicate this
  • Homework – bring materials for your collage if doing it on paper/posterboard

Thursday

  • Warmup – play categories
  • Work on collage

Friday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • work on collage

Week 10 (Oct 28 – Nov 1) END OF 2ND SIX WEEKS Monday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “Talk about how choosing images to communicate your vision helped you to solidify your ideas and how it could help the actors and technicians you work with.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Present collages and discuss
  • Assessment – Collage (Rubric)

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document, type the date and respond to the prompt: “Where did you get your images from? Would you do this differently next time? Why or why not?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Present collages and discuss
  • Assessment – Collage (Rubric)

Wednesday

  • Warmup – play Action Hero
  • pick 3-4 page scenes from Buried Child, assign groups to perform and pick characters; teacher assigns a director’s vision from class’s best and assigns them to scenes

Thursday

  • Warmup – play Kitty in the Corner
  • create a character look to include costume, stance, walk and speech (need a couple lines of dialogue to do this)

Friday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • present characters and discuss – write down your feedback!
  • Assessment – character presentation (0-3) and feedback (0-3)
  • Homework – GOTE sheets + objectives/beats

Week 11 (Nov 4 – 8) Monday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the phrase “postmodern,” then type the phrase and one fact about the postmodern movement into your document. Make sure to save!
  • block scenes

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “spine,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • finish blocking scenes, start presentation of blocking and discuss for theme
  • Assessment – blocking notes (0-3)

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “At every moment in a play we must communicate the author’s intention.” Keep typing until Mrs. C tells you to stop.
  • finish presentations of blocking and discuss for theme
  • Assessment – blocking notes (0-3)

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “I was fairly playful, and I think that, really, the space to be in as an actor is open and playful and listening and exploring.” -Susan Sarandon, on what led her into acting. Keep typing until Mrs. C tells you to stop.
  • rehearse scenes

Friday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “In ‘real life’ the mother begging for her child’s life, the criminal begging for a pardon, the atoning lover pleading for one last chance – these people give no attention whatever to their own state, and all attention to the state of that person from whom they require their object. This outward-directedness brings the actor in ‘real life’ to a state of magnificent responsiveness and makes his progress thrilling to watch. On the stage, similarly, it is the progress of the outward-directed actor, who behaves with no regard to his personal state, but with all regard for the responses of his antagonists, which thrills the viewers.” -David Mamet. Keep typing until Mrs. C tells you to stop.
  • rehearse, adding in tech elements you need

Week 12 (Nov 11 – 15) Monday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “craft,” then type the word and the definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • finish rehearsal, adding in tech elements you need

Tuesday

  • Warmup – play Lion/Mouse and shakes
  • present scenes and discuss, focusing on how everything comes together to communicate style/genre/vision
  • Assessment – Buried Child scenes (0-3)

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Trinidad
  • present scenes and discuss, focusing on how everything comes together to communicate style/genre/vision
  • Assessment – Buried Child scenes (0-3)

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “How well did you communicate the director’s vision you were assigned?” Keep typing until Mrs. C tells you to stop.
  • Watch videos from Buried Child performance

Friday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “Reacting is why one only wants to work with good actors; it’s tennis, and you have to react to that ball coming back! And your eye’s always got to be on what’s coming back to you, and you have to react to that.” -Eileen Atkins. Keep typing until Mrs. C tells you to stop.
  • Play as many rounds of Stealing Scenes as possible

Week 13 (Nov 18 – 22)

Monday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “observation,” then type the word and definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Play Pictures at an Exhibition Round 1 and discuss

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “emotional memory,” then type the word and definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Finish the discussion from the previous day if necessary; start Round 2

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “substitution,” then type the word and definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • Play Pictures at an Exhibition Round 2 and discuss

Thursday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “Rehearsals are not to get it right straightaway, they’re to do it wrong and then find another way of doing it, and see which serves the play better and serves the character better.” -Janet Suzman. Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Play Pictures at an Exhibition Round 2 and discuss

Friday

  • Warmup – play Ball
  • Play Pictures at an Exhibition Round 2 and discuss

Week 14 (Dec 2 – 6) Monday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “What’s the hardest thing you have ever had to do so far in your life?” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • Drive warmup discussion toward auditioning – What do you think is the hardest thing about acting? Why is it so hard? What can you do to prepare?
  • Read from Shurtleff’s Audition
  • Answer the question: where do audition monologues come from?

Tueday

  • Warmup – play 5 Things
  • finish the “where do audition monologues come from?” conversation from yesterday if necessary
  • students look for a monologue that suits you
  • Homework – find one if you haven’t yet and start memorizing

Wednesday

  • Warmup – play 5 Things
  • Quickly go over cutting
  • Cut and scored monologues due by the end of the period
  • Block and rehearse

Thursday

Friday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “Mrs. C went to the interwebs and tried to find an interesting article for you to read on auditioning. Instead, she found a lot of shallowly written ‘how to’s’. Mrs. C thinks you can write someone way better. And… go!.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse

Week 15 (Dec 9 – 13) REVIEW WEEK FOR SEMESTER EXAMS Monday

  • Warmup – Open your free-write document. Type the date and then respond to this statement: “Having high stakes in a monologue is critically important.” Keep writing until Mrs. C says to stop. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse audition monologue

Tuesday

  • Warmup – Open your vocab document, look up the word “journey,” then type the word and definition into your document. Make sure to save!
  • rehearse audition monologue

Wednesday

  • Warmup – Hee-ouch! and shakes
  • present monologues so far and discuss

Thursday

  • Warmup – dance to music
  • present monologues so far and discuss

Friday

  • Warmup – play What are you doing?
  • present monologues so far and discuss

Week 16 (Dec 16 – 20) END OF 3RD SIX WEEKS, SEMESTER EXAMS Monday – Friday

  • Present final monologue performances and discuss
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