Theatre Unit 1: Stage basics Personal experience Monologue
Day 1 • Classroom procedures • Units of study-Web • How to write a journal
Day 2 • Objectives: • Identify components of play evaluation. • Determine what skills make for good acting Bell work: Write a ¾ -to 1 page journal who you think is the best actor or actress and why they are the best!
Play evaluation Questions • Describe the setting of the play or musical. • Discuss the plot of the play or musical • Discuss the over performance of the actors in the play or musical. • Discuss the set • Discuss the blocking • Discuss lighting,sound, and costume plot
Evaluation Continued • All students must attend two play productions during the semester of the class. After attending a production, students will write a 2-3 page typed paper evaluating the production. The paper must be turned in with a program and ticket stub in order to receive full credit. It is fine to see plays or musicals at other schools
Day 3 • Objectives: • Introduce Personal Experience story telling assignment. • Identify stage basics Bell Work #2: Write a journal that explains why you are in this class. Describe your experience in theatre
Personal Experience Story • 1-2 minutes • Blocking • Use of a foil • Memorized • Standard stage conventions • May use a chair and desk • 50 point grade Due Monday 1/30
Lecture: Stage basics • Please take quality notes as all of this information will be quizzes and tests including the final examination in January
Blocking • Determining the basic movements of actors during a play.
Center stage • Literally, the space at the very center of the stage.
Downstage • The part of the stage that is closest to the audience.
Upstage • The part of the stage that is farthest away from the audience
Entrance • The act of coming onto the acting area during a performance
Exit • The leaving of the acting area by an actor.
Stage right • The right side of the stage from the actors perspective when facing the audience.
Stage left • The left side of the stage from the actors perspective when facing the audience.
Cross • A stage direction meaning to move from one place to another on the stage.
Hot Spot • An area downstage right that is an especially good focal point.
Day 4 • Objectives: • Understand basic theatre terminology • Introduce the activity bus stop Bell work #3: Write a journal about a personal experience you have had in as much detail as possible. This is to help you with the story telling assignment
Freeze • To remain motionless on stage
Cheat • To turn the body out, partially toward the audience, while appearing to talk directly to another character on stage.
Upstaging • Standing upstage of another actor, forcing him or her to face away from the audience to exchange dialog.
Fourth Wall • The invisible wall of a set through which the audience sees the action of the play.
Apron • The area of the stage in front of the curtain line.
Mark • A direction for the actor to go to a certain place on the stage.
On stage • When an actor is in sight of the audience
Off stage • When an actor is out of sight of the audience.
Sight lines • Imaginary lines from the audience to the stage.
Day 5 • Objective: • Understand basic theatre terminology • Develop improvisational skills Bell work: #4 Complete the stage diagram worksheet you have been provided
Proscenium Arch • The picture frame from which an audience watches a play.
Wings • The are off stage where actors wait to enter the stage.
House • The seating area of a theatre.
Stage Direction • Notes added to the script of the play, that provide blocking or directions for effects
Acting Area • The space set aside for the performance of a play
Back stage • The area behind the set that is not seen by the audience. This may include the wings
House • The seating area of the theatre
Quiz over stage basics on 2/1 • Personal monologues due 1/30