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  1. Theatre October 2018

  2. Tuesday, October 9 • Roles for the stage/screen: • Principals – lead roles - tells the primary story • Supporting roles – move the story, give info • Who are the principals in Shrek the musical? • Who are the supporting characters?

  3. Tuesday, October 9 • What is a Harold? • What are the three main points from chapter 1?

  4. Monday, October 15 • Cameo - An appearance in a small role in a play, television programme or film by a well-known performer or the show’s director. Celebrities sometimes take cameo roles in projects for their friends, or as a mark of respect to the creative team. • Name famous directors who make cameo appearances in their productions.

  5. Tuesday, October 16 • Walk-on (stage) or Extra (film) – a part with no lines that provides atmosphere and/or sets the stage for the main action

  6. Wednesday, October 24 • Ingénue – a stock character in literature, film, and a role type in theatre; generally a girl or young woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome. • Name the Ingénue role in Sweeney Todd.

  7. Thursday, October 25 • Straight Part - character that is very similar to the actor in age, appearance, and personality. a "normal person" role – often a “leading” role. • Character Part - has some exaggerated characteristics, not similar to its actor. A character actor is one who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters, usually distinctive and supporting roles that are very different from the actor’s off-screen/stage real-life personality. • Name a straight part and a character part in Sweeney Todd.

  8. Tuesday, October 30 • Objective – the identified “want” for a character in a scene • Motivation – the “why” – as in why does the character want the certain objective • Obstacles – whatever stands in the way of the character achieving the objective • Watch the scene • What are Howard’s objective, motivation, and obstacles?

  9. Thursday, November 1 • Stock Characters – An easily recognizable character – a flat, one-dimensional character with familiar actions – the villain, the hero, the damsel in distress • Stereotypical characters – a familiar character identified by an oversimplified pattern of behavior that typically labels the character as being part of a group of people – the politician, cheerleader, secret agent

  10. Friday, November 2 • Rehearsals – production sessions in which the actors and technicians prepare • Rehearsal Schedule – the list of rehearsals with dates, times, and required personnel – often includes the type of rehearsal and the amount of the show to be covered

  11. Monday, November 5 • Read-through – Often the first rehearsal – for the purpose of reading and analyzing the script as well as discussing and understanding characterization • Blocking rehearsals – rehearsals for planning stage movements and groupings – the purpose of blocking is to create aesthetically pleasing stage pictures that contribute to the telling of the story.

  12. Wednesday, November 14 • Name and describe 4 different kinds of roles in plays/films. • What kind of role did Stan Lee play in his own films?

  13. Tuesday, November 20 • Understudy – This actor has a small part in the play and steps up to a lead role if the lead gets sick or cannot perform. • Stand-by – This person is hired specifically to replace the lead and is not otherwise in the show. • Swing – performer whose job is to play one or more roles in the acting ensemble of a show—usually a musical—when someone else is out. • Alternate – a performer who has scheduled appearances every week • TDF – swing and understudy videos

  14. CATS project • You are assigned a CAT. • You must research the cat and prepare a visual presentation for the class. • You must include: • Cat’s name • Description of make-up and costume • Description of the character • Songs in which this cat is featured • Anything particularly significant about this character • Actor who initiated the role – and who will play this cat in the upcoming live action film

  15. Monday, November 26 • Technical Rehearsal – Adding all technical aspects of the show to the rehearsal (lights, sound, costumes, set, props) • Wet tech – a technical rehearsal that includes the actors • Dry tech – a technical rehearsal without the actors

  16. Tuesday, November 27 • Cue to Cue – a technical rehearsal in which, with actors or without, you jump from one cue to the next. • What is a cue? • Hang and Focus - Hang. Light plot goes to Master Electrician. Light crew hangs and circuits instruments. ... Designer uses Instrument Schedule to focus lights with limited access. • Costume Parade - At some point in the rehearsal process the actors will all 'model' their costumes or costume for the director.

  17. But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-Names that never belong to more than one cat.But above and beyond there's still one name left over,And that is the name that you never will guess;The name that no human research can discover--But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.When you notice a cat in profound meditation,The reason, I tell you, is always the same:His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplationOf the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:His ineffable effableEffanineffableDeep and inscrutable singular Name. The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,It isn't just one of your holiday games;You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatterWhen I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--All of them sensible everyday names.There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--But all of them sensible everyday names.

  18. Wednesday, November 28 • CATS Review: • Composer - _______________ • Lyricist - ___________________ • Basis - ___________________________________________ • CATS have ____ different names. • Which CATS did you learn about yesterday?

  19. Thursday, November 29 • CATS Review • Which cat is the narrator of the story? • What is the most famous song from the show? Who sings it? • Why do the cats shun Grizabella? • Which cat is the first one to touch Grizabella? • What is the setting of the story? • What is the play within the musical? • What rock star was Rum Tum Tuggerpatterned after?

  20. Monday, December 3 What is an EGOT winner? Name another one!

  21. Tuesday, December 4 • Dress Rehearsal – A rehearsal conducted as if it were an actual performance. • Invited Dress Rehearsal – a dress rehearsal with a small invited audience • Previews – Professional theatre will sell tickets to their “dress rehearsals” in order to test their show on actual audiences • Press Opening – a soft opening night with the press invited for critics • Opening Night – After the show is frozen (no more changes), they have an official opening night!

  22. Thursday, December 6 • Overture – • Entre’act – • Curtain Call -

  23. Friday, December 7 • Missed Cue – • Going up – • Triple Threat -

  24. Monday, December 10 • Explain the similarities and differences… • Understudy • Swing • Alternate • Stand-by

  25. Thursday, December 13 • Describe and give an example of each of these kinds of theatre groups: • Educational Theatre • Community Theatre • Regional/Resident Theatre (LORT) • Touring House • Off-Broadway • Broadway

  26. Friday! December 14 • Draw a diagram of the stage/theatre and label the following parts: • Proscenium House R/L • Apron Orchestra Pit • Wings Orchestra seats • Grand drape Mezzanine • Travelers Balcony • Teasers Upstage/downstage • Stage R/L Legs

  27. Monday, December 17 • List the shows we have seen this semester, and state whether they were stage productions or film adaptations. What is the difference? • Explain Objective, Motivation, and Obstacles.