How is a play translated from the page to the stage by a collaboration of imaginations?
How do I, the actor, use and express both my imagination and my intellect to portray an interesting, “living” character?
How do we use production design elements to help bring a play to life?
What do I discover about myself personally from rehearsing and performing a play?
What are the basic protocols and vocabulary terms used in the theatre?
What makes a performance successful?
Students work together to produce a full production of a play including two performances open to the public.
In addition to acting, each student works as part of a design team to design and create costumes, props, set, lights or publicity.
Script analysis and interpretation for general design - What are the play's themes? When is it set? What is the historical context?
Script analysis and interpretation for individual character development.
Design of costumes, props, set, lights and publicity.
Creating a 'living' character through vocal, physical and imaginative exploration.
Memorization of lines and blocking
Analyze dramatic through-line and its impact on both character development and overall pacing.
The productions are demonstrations of understanding of the many lessons students have learned over the course of the term.
Assessments for these productions are collaborative, cooperative, and fundamentally experiential.
Theatrical scripts are purchased or adapted and have included:
- Shakespeare (Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest)
- Moliere, Cervantes, Aristophanes and Sudraka
- Cinema Parody (including Film Noir, classic horror and science fiction films)
- Contemporary "dramedy"
- Myths and Legends
Theatrical Scripts have included adaptations of plays and stories from India (The Little Clay Cart and Parvati and the Magic Bowl), China (Yeh-Shen and Her Spirit Fish), Greece (The Man and His Fate) and Egypt (A Bloodthirsty Tale).
This class works in partnership with the Seventh grade music students who compose and design sound for each theatrical production: www.catlin.edu/curriculum/unit/medieval-music.