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Story Theatre

Created by Matt Webster

Instructor Matt Webster believes that Story Theatre is one of the most creative, most imaginative, most unique forms of theatre ever to make its way to the stage. His course introduces the style of theatre called story theatre, explores the steps needed to choose the best stories to perform, explains how to adapt a story into a script, and demonstrates a variety of story theatre styles from simple and contained to complex and crazy and everything in between.

When you are finished with this course, you’ll be able to bring nearly any story to any stage and present it to any audience. That is the power and promise of story theatre. Learn how to bring the page to the stage.

10 Modules
1 hours, 23 minutes
2 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 3:55 FREE PREVIEW
This module introduces the course material and lays out the plan for the subsequent lessons.
Lesson 1: Choosing Stories 12:46 FREE PREVIEW
This lesson explores what stories are best suited for adaptation into story theatre. Teachers will learn how to look for the kinds of stories that lend themselves to successful adaptation and performance.
Lesson 2: Adapting and Dramatizing Scripts 5:49
This lesson explores the process of adapting a story into a scripted form, and discusses the rules that maintain the integrity of the original story as it transforms into a performance piece.
Lesson 3: Narrators 11:54
This module dives deep into the power and perplexity of narrators and learn how to unleash that power as part of a unique performance style.
Lesson 4: Stories on Stools 8:23
This lesson explores bringing stories to their feet, or at least to their seat, discussing the building blocks of story theatre in a style of storytelling called stories on stools.
Lesson 5: Dialogue Strategies 11:56
In this module teachers learn that the voice of the story can come from onstage or off, from narrators or characters, or a combination of both.
Lesson 6: People as Props 15:13
In this module teachers learn a style of story theatre the instructor calls 'people as props', and it challenges performers to be both creative and complex. This module breaks the rules of proper theatre and pushes the boundaries of the audience’s imagination.
Lesson 7: Props 3:57
This lesson looks at alternative ways to dress your play through the use of imaginative props and scenery.
Lesson 8: Touring 6:01
This lesson will walk teachers through the process of taking your show on the road. Story theatre is designed to be portable, adaptable and flexible.
Lesson 9: In the Classroom 3:32
This lesson takes story theatre into the classroom and discusses all the ways it connects across the curriculum.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 6

TH:Cr1.1.6.a - Identify possible solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work.

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr4.1.7.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2019)

6.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

6.TH:Cr1.a - Identify possible solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work.

7.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

7.TH:Pr4.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.211 LI - Creative Expression: production

C.3.B - create suitable environments for dramatizations.

MS 117.213 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.E - apply knowledge of theatrical vocabulary and terminology.

HS 117.316 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.D - analyze dramatic structure and genre.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.B - experiment with stage movement.

HS 117.318 LIV - Creative Expression: production

C.3.B - analyze and evaluate dramatic texts and direct brief scenes.

Alberta, Canada

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Costume

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of costume

Theatre Studies Drama 30 (Early or Middle or Late drama)

4 - recognize dramatic structure of a play

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Properties

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of stage properties

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Describe, analyze, and respond using drama-specific language

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

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