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Acting Workshop Play review due 1/20

The first play review for the year is due by Friday January 20.

 

Play Review Guidelines

The play reviews should be typed (or very neatly written), and should be about a page in length. Please spell-check, and use proper grammar and sentence construction. Feel free to be honest about your opinions of the performance, but be sure to give examples to support why you formed your opinions.

First Paragraph:         Include information about what play you saw, who directed it, where and when it was performed. Give an overall opinion of the performance.

Second Paragraph:      Give a brief description of what the play is about – don’t give away the whole plot, but do tell if it’s a comedy, drama, musical, etc., and tell some of the plot highlights.

Third Paragraph:        Pick a few of the actors who impressed you (either with their talent or lack of…), and describe how they did. Give examples of what they did that was good, or bad, and your opinions about them.

Fourth Paragraph:      Pick a few of the technical aspects of the production, describe them, and give your opinions about them. You could choose to write about the directing, the set, costumes, lighting, sound, special effects, or overall design.

Final Paragraph:         Wrap up your ideas, and give a recommendation to the readers about whether they should see or skip this play.

*** Include a program from the production if possible! ***

 

 

 

Acting Workshop Journals

Reminder – I will be grading your journals for Acting Workshop next Wednesday.  Please make sure to include your observations and opinions about what has been done in class (up through the improv unit ending last Thursday) in the shared GoogleDocument.

Thanks,

Mrs. Johnston

Intro to Theatre Journals

Reminder – your journals for Intro to Theatre will be graded as of next Tuesday afternoon the 18th.  Please make sure to include your observations and opinions about what is done in class in the shared GoogleDocument.

 

Thanks

Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Hileman

Intro to Theatre Tech Words Quiz

On Monday, October 24 we will have our tech words vocabulary quiz.  Please don’t forget to study!

 

Intro to Theatre

Vocabulary (tech-related words)

 

    1. Center Stage:  the middle of the stage
    2. Downstage: area of the stage that is closest to the audience
    3. Upstage: area of the stage farthest away from audience, toward the backstage wall
    4. Stage Left: stage area to actor’s left as she faces the audience
    5. Stage Right: stage area to actor’s right as he faces the audience
    6. Backstage: area behind stage not visible to audience
    7. Wings: offstage to right or left of the acting area
    8. Fourth Wall: imaginary wall between stage and audience
    9. House: auditorium where the audience sits to watch the play
    10. Proscenium: permanent framed opening through which the audience sees the play
    11. Costumes:  clothing that the actors wear onstage
    12. Flat: A basic unit of scenery that is usually a wooden frame covered by fabric or wood to represent walls. They sometimes have doors or windows built into them.
    13. Platform: A raised level surface on which people or things can stand.
    14. Set: The complete stage setting for a play consisting of flats and platforms
    15. Props: (Properties) All items used on stage that are not part of the set or costumes. Hand-held items used by an actor are referred to as Personal Props.
    16. Strike: take down set and props after the show’s final performance
    17. Heads:  shouted warning for the staff to be aware of activity above them, also used when an object is being dropped from above
    18. Cue to Cue: cutting out action and dialogue between technical cues during a tech rehearsal to save time
    19. Director: The director is the key figure in a theatrical production, coordinating everything from the casting, through rehearsals, to the final performance. Directors are responsible for the artistic interpretation of the play
    20. Technical Director: person responsible for the technical requirements of a production

 

 

                                              

Intro to Theatre Acting Vocab Quiz

The Quiz on Acting Words Vocabulary will be on Monday, September 26.

 

Intro to Theatre

Vocabulary (acting-related words)

 

  1. Audition: a tryout for a part in a play
  2. Rehearsal:  practice sessions in which the actors and tech crew prepare for a performance through repetition
  3. Run through: rehearse the whole scene or play without interruption
  4. Character: a role that an actor portrays in a play
  5. Ensemble: the group of people collaborating to produce a performance
  6. Improvisation (Improv): an impromptu scene where the actors make up the dialogue and action
  7. Monologue: a long speech for one character
  8. Dialogue:  lines shared between two or more characters
  9. Articulation: clearly pronouncing words with good diction
  10. Project: to make oneself heard loudly and clearly
  11. Blocking: director’s planned movement for the characters
  12. Cross: an actor’s move from one part of the stage to another
  13. Open up: to cheat your face or body toward the audience
  14. Cue: (1) last words or action of one actor that immediately precede another actor’s speech; (2) signal for light changes, curtain, etc
  15. Pick up cues: to quickly begin a speech without allowing a pause between the first words of the speech and the cue
  16. Off Book:  when the actors rehearse without carrying their scripts because they have memorized their lines
  17. Critique: evaluation and suggestions
  18. Call: the time when actors are required to check in at the theatre for a rehearsal or performance
  19. Places: warning for actors to assume their position on stage for the beginning of the scene
  20. Break a Leg:  the common phrase used to wish good luck before a performance
  21. Curtain Call:  the actors’ bows at the end of a show

Intro to Theatre Personal Monologue

 

Introduction to Theatre Class

Personal Monologue

Assigned 9-12, due 9-19

Please create a personal monologue using one of the following questions as a jumping-off point.

  • Tell about your favorite dream
  • Tell about the most exciting day of your life
  • Where do you wish you could go
  • If you were magical, what would you do with your magic
  • Tell something that would surprise us to know about you
  • What makes you unique…
  • What are you most scared of

For this personal monologue, each actor should use some original words (that they write/make up themselves). Actors can choose to include music, props or costumes as they see fit.

When presenting the monologue, actors can use the stage in any way to express their ideas.  The presentation need not be simply standing and talking.  It should last anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Hileman

Play Review Guidelines

The play reviews should be typed (or very neatly written), and should be about a page in length.  Please spell-check, and use proper grammar and sentence construction.  Feel free to be honest about your opinions of the performance, but be sure to give examples to support why you formed your opinions.

First Paragraph:              Include information about what play you saw, who directed it, where and when it was performed.  Give an overall opinion of the performance.

Second Paragraph:              Give a brief description of what the play is about – don’t give away the whole plot, but do tell if it’s a comedy, drama, musical, etc., and tell some of the plot highlights.

Third Paragraph:              Pick a few of the actors who impressed you (either with their talent or lack of…), and describe how they did.  Give examples of what they did that was good, or bad, and your opinions about them.

Fourth Paragraph:              Pick a few of the technical aspects of the production, describe them, and give your opinions about them.  You could choose to write about the directing, the set, costumes, lighting, sound, special effects, or overall design.

Final Paragraph:              Wrap up your ideas, and give a recommendation to the readers about whether they should see or skip this play.

*** Include a program from the production if possible! ***