Intro to Theatre – Page to Stage Project

Next Monday November 13 will be the final rehearsal day for the Page to Stage scenes.  All scripts must be finished by Monday.  Also, bring in any props or costume pieces that you want to use in your showing.

Next Tuesday November 14 will be the Page to Stage showings.  Please have your lines memorized, and be prepared to perform for the class.

Your quiz will be on Monday, October 2.  It will have the definitions provided, and you fill in the blank with the vocabulary word.

  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

Introduction to Theatre Class – Personal Monologue

Assigned 9-11, 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 write a monologue which can then be presented to the class onstage. 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

For Intro to Theatre, 1 play review is due by May 24.

For Acting Workshop, 1 play review due by January 12, a second is due by May 24.

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! ***