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A Cross-Curricular Performance Challenge

by Kerry Hishon

To use theatrical techniques to present a short lesson from another class in a creative and entertaining way. The lessons and methods of presentation are only limited by the students’ imaginations.

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Accept the Offer

by Karen Loftus

Students apply this guidelines through the games “Yes and…” “Yes Let’s,” and Low Risk Experts.

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Acting Techniques: A Method Exercise

by Lindsay Price

There are a number of different acting techniques: Method, Stanislavski, Viewpoints, Meisner, Viola Spolin. Use this lesson plan as an introduction to a specific technique.

Instead of learning by lecture, have students learn by doing. The Relaxation Exercise encourages students to focus on relaxing the body part by part. The Animal Exercise encourages students to observe an animal, take on the characteristics of an animal and reflect on how animal exploration would be helpful in character development.

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Acting the Monologue: Sugar and Salt

by Lindsay Price

This is a great exercise when students are in the middle of preparing a monologue. Students will apply variety to a monologue in the following ways:
- Variety of pace (choosing a line to slow down or a place to pause)
- Variety of tone (choosing a line to deliver with an opposite tone)

Includes two sample monologues.

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Acting the Other and Intensifying the Tactics

by John Minigan

This lesson includes a series of improv games to focus students on “the other” rather than “the self,” on listening, on sharing their energy with scene partners, and on collaboration in acting.

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Acting the Song - “Musical Tactics”

by Anna Porter

Students will understand how they can identify and create their own musical tactics and interpretation of a song by breaking down its music and lyrics. Students will build upon/review their understanding of basic music terminology and apply it to performance.

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Acting the Song - “Textual Analysis”

by Anna Porter

Students will understand how to analyze a song to find meaning, objective, and tactics through textual analysis.

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Acting vs. Performing a Song

by Annie Dragoo

In musicals, it is important to remember that acting does not stop when the music begins. In this lesson, students will learn to find meaning behind the lyrics of a song so that they can convey the character’s feelings while performing.

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After the Audition

by Lindsay Price

How did students feel about their audition? Did they get a part? What is their response if they didn’t? This wrap up lesson allows students to unpack their experience with this unit and participate in a final reflection. This is not a full class lesson.

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An Organic Approach to Objective, Obstacle, Action/Tactic

by Rachel Atkins

This lesson introduces the idea of “Objective/Goal, Obstacle, and Action/Tactic” as a powerful building block for actors and to introduce the concept of working with verbs as tactics.

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Analyzing Monologues

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will plot out the steps of the story mountain by using existing monologues.

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Appetite

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the second tool: appetite. An appetite is a primal need that drives a character in a scene.

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Applying Analysis to Performance

by Karen Loftus

This session reviews what students have learned about script analysis, and applies it to an open scene exercise.

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Articulation

by Karen Loftus

Students learn about the articulators and use them with tongue twisters and additional exercises.

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Articulation

by Anna Porter

Students will learn the importance of articulation, how to identify the articulators in their mouth, and how to use good articulation when speaking.

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Audition Etiquette

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring audition etiquette. How can an actor’s attitude and behaviour affect an audition?

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Getting Started

by Lindsay Price

Many students dream about becoming a professional actor. But what are the steps? How do you start? It’s not as simple as saying “I want to be an actor.” Students will move beyond this vague statement to research and present specific aspects of starting an acting career.

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Headshots

by Lindsay Price

Many students dream about becoming a professional actor. The headshot is one of the most important calling cards of the professional actor. A bad headshot can get an actor rejected before they step through the door. Students will complete exercises that respond to the question What makes a good Headshot?

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Headshots

by Lindsay Price

While the Mock Audition does not require students to bring in a headshot, it is an essential document in the “real world” audition process. A good headshot will help a director remember an actor. A bad headshot can get an actor rejected before they step through the door.

Students will complete exercises that respond to the question What makes a good headshot?

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Body Language

by Anna Porter

Students will explore body language by examining the art of flirting. Body language is further examined and explored through a living museum, as well as frozen scenarios that students will create.

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Can You Hear Me Now? A Peer-Led Volume Exercise

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of this lesson is twofold: first, for students have the opportunity to perform individually onstage to practice volume, diction, and enunciation while speaking, and receive feedback from their peers on those elements. Second, students will then observe others’ performances and give feedback to their peers. Two challenges in one lesson!

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Character and Puppet Design

by Anna Porter

Students will create a character and design a puppet for performance.

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Character Personality

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson students will start to physicalize Commedia characters by introducing the Character Zero concept, the Character Hop, and the poses of Arlecchino.

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Character Walks

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will see a demonstration of two character walks and practice those walks.

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Character Walks: Part Two

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will see a demonstration of three character walks and practice those walks.

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Characters in a Scene

by Karen Loftus

This session uses a two-character scene to find facts and inferences about a character.

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Choosing a Monologue 1

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what goes into choosing an appropriate audition monologue.

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Choosing a Monologue 2

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by reading and choosing a monologue for their mock audition.

Students will now have to think about the monologue they want to choose for the Mock Audition. You’ll have to decide what you’re going to provide for them as well - this unit includes 10 monologues you can give students as a packet, at this time. You could also use your own drama library, or require them to search online. Both of these options will require you to build more time into this unit.

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Commedia Characters

by Todd Espeland

This lesson focuses on the characters of Commedia including who they are, what they’re like and places that we can see them in modern society.

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Commercials

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will act in and direct a commercial. They will break down a script into shots to “cover” the script. They will also format a script into video and audio. Actors will need to hit marks, make a point concisely, and hit the time format of the commercial. They should use the acting techniques for film as much as possible. Students will also need to think creatively to work in socially distant circumstances.

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Commercials

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will act in and direct a commercial. They will break a script down into shots to “cover” the script. They will also format a script into video and audio. Actors will need to hit marks, make a point concisely, and hit the time format of the commercial. They should also use the acting techniques for film as much as possible.

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Contentless Scene - Preview Day

by Anna Porter

Students review what they have studied in this unit as well as how to give and use constructive feedback. Students will pair up with another scene group, then perform for each other. Students will use the Preview Worksheet to help guide and assess their previews and critiques.

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Culminating Project: Performing Monologues

by Matt Webster

Students will perform their revised monologues. The teacher will evaluate the monologues with the provided rubric.

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Defining Pantomime

by Angel Borths

To define pantomime, build a working class definition then introduce the pantomime concept through class games.

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Details of Pantomime

by Angel Borths

To recognize the importance of details in pantomime and practice pantomime details.

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Differences Between Stage Acting and Film Acting & Vocabulary

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will be able to identify some of the major differences between acting for the stage and the camera. They will also be able to understand and use vocabulary that is specific to working on film sets and acting for the camera.

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Differences Between Stage Acting and Film Acting & Vocabulary

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will be able to identify some of the major differences between acting for the stage and the camera. They will also be introduced to terms used on film sets and for acting for the camera and be ready to use those terms in upcoming projects.

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Drafting a Monologue

by Matthew Banaszynski

Using their rough drafts from the starter prompts, students will work in pairs to edit their drafts to make cleaner stories. Students will also map out their drafts on a Story Mountain diagram to make sure that they follow the proper format.

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Eight-Line Power Plays

by John Minigan

This lesson combines the work done in Lesson 2 (scoring scenes by beats) with the physical work done in
Lesson 3 (creating dynamically staged scenes by connecting choices in blocking/staging to the
underlying structural elements in a scene).

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Environmental and Personal Conflict

by Anna Porter

Students will play a drama game and participate in an exercise to explore how conflict affects their active tactics. Students apply conflict to a scene for performance.

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Exaggeration

by Anna Porter

Students will play with exaggerated resistance through a pantomime Tug of War and Object Toss. Students will further explore exaggerated emotion through a mirror exercise with a partner where they will progressively exaggerate an emotion physically. They will demonstrate their understanding of both exaggerated resistance and emotion by performing a short skit based on over the top soccer injuries.

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Examining the Pause

by Lindsay Price

Students write a scene with five pauses. Students will rehearse the scene where the length of the pause varies. How does the scene change when longer and longer pauses are implemented?

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Exercises in Acting for the Camera

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will watch some of a workshop in acting for the camera and do some exercises that help them practice some of the differences between stage acting and film acting.

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Exercises in Acting for the Camera

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will watch some of a workshop in acting for the camera and do some exercises that help them practice some of the differences between stage acting and film acting.

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Exploring Spoken Word Poetry

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of the lesson is for students to create and perform a spoken word poetry piece. Spoken word is poetry that is meant to be performed for an audience, rather than just read on a page. It allows students the opportunity to share their thoughts, and provides a platform for them to do so. It also builds on important performance skills taught in the drama classroom, including memorization and rehearsal, vocal projection, enunciation, tone, gestures and facial expressions, and confidence.

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Final Assignment

by Todd Espeland

There are two possible assignments for this unit. One that will take a week of class time, including performances and one that can be completed in a class period.

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Final Performance

by Anna Porter

Students will perform and be evaluated on the contentless scene that they have prepared during the unit.

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Final Project

by Anna Porter

This unit includes the opportunity for students to choose and perform a musical theatre piece using the oral techniques and textual analysis that they learned in the lesson.

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Finding Your Quality

by Ruthie Tutterow

After discussing the essence and quality of their favorite actors, students will record themselves having a conversation. Then they will transcribe their conversation and perform it as a script. These “scenes” will be recorded. Students will then be assigned to describe the “quality” of a fellow student.

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Finding Your Quality

by Ruthie Tutterow

After discussing their favorite actors, students will record themselves having a conversation. Then they will transcribe their conversation and perform it as a script. These “scenes” will be recorded. Students will then be assigned to describe the “quality” of a fellow student.

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Gesture

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss and apply the different ways one can communicate through gesture.

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Getting to Know a Character

by Karen Loftus

Students learn the 5 ways we learn about a character in a script.

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Ground Plans & Stage Directions

by Angel Borths

To learn how ground plans and stage directions can be used for pantomime.

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History of Commedia

by Todd Espeland

This lesson presents the history of Commedia; where it came from and introduces the main characters. It comes with a viewing quiz and reflection.

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How to Practice Cold Reading

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of this lesson is to introduce the concept of cold reading to your students, and provide them with an opportunity to
practice and perform cold readings within the classroom.

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Improv for Character Study

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to develop a character by participating in various improvisation exercises.

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Improv Using Sensory Awareness

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate sensory awareness by improvising an everyday activity while paying attention to as many sensory details as possible.

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Improv with Movement

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to improvise movement by participating in a various activities.

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Improv with Vocal Responses

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to respond vocally by participating in various improvisation activities.

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Improvisation Scenes

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to use voice, body, and imagination/mind together by planning and performing an improvised scene.

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Improvised Arguments

by Rachel Atkins

In this final lesson, students explore two different characters whose opposing points of view or arguments create a conflict. They will identify the objectives or arguments for each character. They will act out a scene between those two characters multiple times, playing both characters. Finally, they will write an argument from one character’s point of view – and support it with evidence.

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Inflection in Naked Scenes

by Marisa Peck

To identify and interpret inflection in a dialogue and be able to translate that into a script.

Students work with a partner to interpret inflection in a "naked scene" and translate that inflection adding stage directions to the script. Students have to clarify their stage directions so that another pair can pick up the scene and deliver the intended intention.

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Intention/Invention

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the fourth tool: intention/invention. Intention is what a character wants (it can also be called their need). Invention is the thing they need to invent to get their need.

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Intro to Improv for Musical Theatre

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate an understanding of improv guidelines by using them in an exercise. This is an introductory improv lesson that is designed to build upon the actors’ tools in future lessons.

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Introduction

by Karen Loftus

Students learn some key facts about Commedia and apply them to the exercise “Opposite Day.”

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Introduction

by Anna Porter

Have students create a situation from a picture and examine the given clues to help fill in the gaps. Next, have students examine the clues in a contentless scene, then fill in the gaps to create their own scenario to perform.

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Introduction to Dance

by Anna Porter

Students will understand the importance of endurance, emotion, and commitment in movement when performing. They will also gain an understanding of how to pick up choreography by learning the concepts of routine and anticipation.

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Introduction to Monologue Writing

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will start the process of writing a monologue by storytelling. They will tell a story based only on what they observe in a picture.

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Introduction to Pantomime

by Anna Porter

Students will warm up using a pantomime interview and a relaxation exercise. Students will go on a pantomime hike and participate in a “pretend you are walking” game at the end of the lesson.

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Introduction to the Audition Process

by Lindsay Price

In order to partake in the audition process, students need to identify and comprehend the necessary steps in that process. What is the auditioning process? Why is it used? Is the process fair? Why or why not? The class ends with students playing director in the “Who Would You Cast?” Exercise.

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Lazzi

by Karen Loftus

Students learn about different commedia lazzi and create their own.

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Lazzi

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will be introduced to lazzi. Lazzi are solo comic beats to show off a character and their needs. Students will then create and perform a solo lazzi.

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Make Choices/Bring Information

by Karen Loftus

Students learn the word “endow” and apply the concept through the exercise Low Risk Endowment.

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Make Your Partner Look Good

by Karen Loftus

Students apply this guideline through the games Cars, Vans, Buses, Blocking on Purpose, Questions Only and Here Comes Charley.

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Mid-Unit Assignment

by Todd Espeland

The mid-unit assignment requires students to prepare, rehearse, and memorize a scene using the tools learned in Part One of the unit.

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Monologue Prep 1

by Lindsay Price

After students choose their monologues, the next step is to prepare. More often than not, students think that preparing means learning the lines and throwing in a few moves. When students do this in an audition, it shows. The character is one-dimensional and the movement looks out of place. You want to see three-dimensional characters. You want to see characters brought to life both physically and vocally. In this lesson, students are given time to practice their monologue and start working on the who, what, when, where, and why.

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Monologue Prep 2

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. Once students have completed the Character Profile, have them complete the Physical Profile. This will solidify how the character stands, gestures, and moves.

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Monologue Prep 3

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. The last profile students complete will be the Vocal Profile. This will solidify how the character communicates orally.

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Monologue Prep 4

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. They will practice their monologue and talk about dealing with nerves. This is the final lesson before the Mock Audition - you will review the audition procedure with the class and students will sign up for their audition slot.

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Monologue Writing

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will start writing their own monologue, using a pre-selected phrase as a starting point.

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Monologue Writing Made Easy Unit

by Matthew Banaszynski

Part one of this unit includes either the execution of the Monologue Writing Made Easy unit, or a review of concepts, depending on your class needs.
- If materials have not been previously introduced, execute the entire unit before starting part two.
- If some materials have been previously covered, review major concepts and terminology, introduce any new concepts, then move on to part two.

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More Minds Are Better Than One

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will work in groups to turn their previous drafts into completed monologues.

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Objects and Consistency

by Anna Porter

Students will explore the details associated with objects through a “Magic Box” activity. Students will then explore the importance of consistency in pantomime by preparing a simple action for performance. They will practice ensemble work and consistency by preparing a group task pantomime, then performing it in synchronized form.

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Onstage Action

by Karen Loftus

After a warm up, student learn about onstage action. They will reflect on the question of how having something “to do” onstage can help overcome stage fright.

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Pantomime Final Showing

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge through performance.

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Pantomime First Showing

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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Pantomime Fix Day 1

by Angel Borths

To apply feedback and make revisions.

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Pantomime Fix Day 2

by Angel Borths

To apply feedback and make revisions.

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Pantomime Story and Performance

by Anna Porter

Students will create a simple pantomime story and prepare a pantomime for performance.

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Performing a Monologue

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will perform their monologues in front of the class and reflect on the process.

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Persuasive Actions & Objectives

by Rachel Atkins

In this lesson, students explore character objectives: They will use facial expression and physical gestures to make statues of different actions that characters might take to get what they want. Students will work with a partner to create tableaux (frozen stage pictures) to show a specific action and response. They will write an argument in which they identify a specific action – and then support that claim with evidence from the statues and tableaux.

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Persuasive Actions With Vocal Expression

by Rachel Atkins

In this lesson, students explore word choice, emotion, and vocal expression in communication. They will select an objective or argument and actions to support it. They will write lines of dialogue to match different actions. They will choose an emotion that correspond with the line and action, and practice speaking their lines with emotion and vocal expression. Finally, they will write an argument explaining how a line expresses a specific action – and support it with evidence.

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Play in a Week

by Steven Stack

In this student driven activity, students will work together to put up a short one act play from audition to production within a one week time limit. The purpose of the activity is to show students, quickly, how important it is to work together, to collaborate, and to negotiate as a group. This is also a good activity to apply responsibility. The students themselves are responsible for all aspects of this activity - you should only take on an advisory role. Give feedback when asked but don’t act as a director or make decisions for your students. The point is not a “perfect” production but to give students an activity where they must work together in order to succeed. The process is more important than the product.

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Posture and Characterization

by Anna Porter

Students will explore characterization by examining posture and playing a version of Musical Chairs with “proper” posture. Students will also explore specific character physicality by playing a relay game where they must take on and then pass along the physical characterization of specific characters.

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Power Plays in Three Statues

by John Minigan

This lesson incorporates physicality into stage relationships and learn to use stage position as an element of
blocking that can show the dynamics of and changes in power in a scene.

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Preparing a Scene

by Lindsay Price

What tools do students need to properly prepare a scene? What exercises? This multi-class lesson plan models and practices those tools and exercises with the full class before they have to take on a scene for assessment.

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Rashomon

by Lindsay Price

Students apply the Rashomon format to understand the concept of seeing a familiar story through a different set of eyes.

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Real World Applications: Swings, Standbys, and Understudies

by Lindsay Price

In this real world application lesson students view videos of a theatre profession, complete viewing quizzes, and hand in a Reflection.

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Rehearsal Day 1

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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Rehearsal Day 2

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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Relax, Have Fun and Don’t Force the Humour

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss what it means to not “force” the humour. They play all the games from the unit in a high risk setting, as volunteers in front of the class.

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Resonance

by Karen Loftus

Students learn about the resonators and use them in an exercise.

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Rock Paper Scissors Status

by Karen Loftus

In this exercise, students will learn about the concept of status and how it affects character interactions. Using the good old
system of “Rock, papers, scissors”, they’ll determine who moves up and down the status ladder.

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Same Lines, Different Meanings

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of this lesson is for students to explore different ways of analyzing text, to make their character’s lines rich and full of emotion and meaning. This lesson provides three exploratory exercises (which can be used individually as desired) as well as a culminating assignment.

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Scores and Beats

by John Minigan

This lesson introduces the idea of “Objective/Goal, Obstacle, and Action/Tactic” to simple scenes by scoring those scenes and playing the scored text.

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Show and Tell Characterization

by Anna Porter

Students will use “Show and Tell” to create a detailed background for their contentless scene character and improvise a personal interview with that character.

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Stage Business

by Anna Porter

Students will participate in an observation activity and play “What Are You Doing?” to explore how stage business affects performance. In this lesson, you will coach students through a scene with stage business, then they will apply stage business to their own performances.

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Stage Directions

by Karen Loftus

Students identify the stage directions and actor needs to know onstage and the necessary shorthand notation for each. They then apply their knowledge in an exercise and exit slip.

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Status

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the first tool: status. Students will physically perform high and low status through status walks.

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Status and Swing in Character

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students apply previously learned comedy elements of status and swing to Commedia characters.

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Status Games

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson students further explore status and using status to communicate physically through a variety of games. Students are also introduced to the game “Do It Get It Done” which will be re-visited throughout the unit.

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Stock Character Walks

by Karen Loftus

Students apply their knowledge of stock characters into character walks.

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Subtext: What’s hiding underneath?

by Lindsay Price

Students will discuss and participate in exercises that apply subtext in a conversation.

The assignment for the lesson is a one minute scene - two people at a restaurant, preparing to order. Each pair chooses one of the provided subtexts to play in the scene. Their job is to present the scene so that the subtext is clear.

Includes two assessment rubrics.

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Swing

by Todd Espeland

be important later on when it comes to applying the Commedia Dell’arte style to characters and lazzi. This lesson introduces the third tool: swing. Swing is the idea that a comedic character can move between two emotions, or two needs,immediately.

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Tableau

by Karen Loftus

Students continue exploring nonverbal communication through tableaux.

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Take the Active Choice

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss what it means to take the active choice and apply the concept in Quiet Scenes.

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The Acting Resume

by Todd Espeland

What should go on and what should stay off of an acting resume? What is an auditioner looking for? Students will discuss the purpose of an acting resume, review a model, create their own and reflect on the process.

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The Acting Resume

by Todd Espeland

An actor needs two documents when they audition for a role: a resume and a headshot. What should go on an acting resume and what should stay off of it? What is an auditioner looking for? Students will discuss the purpose of an acting resume, review a model, and reflect on the process. Students will use this template when they create a resume for their mock audition.

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The Audition Slate

by Annie Dragoo

Making a first impression is the most important part of an audition. By learning to slate with confidence, students will learn how to introduce themselves in an musical theatre audition.

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The Beats in Every Scene

by John Minigan

Students will work in pairs to create and perform two-minute scenes focused on clear objectives, clear obstacles, multiple tactics – and they will learn to give focused feedback.

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The Criteria of a Good Monologue

by Lindsay Price

Students review a monologue to analyse components that make a good monologue (A need to speak. A specific character voice. A journey). Students will use this criteria as the basis of their original monologue.

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The Environment of Sound

by Lindsay Price

Certain sounds are always connected to certain objects - the slam of a door, cowbell, a ringing phone. How does the environment change if the sounds are changed? Does the change of sound change the scene?

Includes a list of websites to use for free sound effects.

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The Fourth Wall

by Elisabeth Oppelt

The fourth wall is an imaginary wall that stands between the actors and the audience. As actors we tend not to speak to, look at or acknowledge the audience when we are performing. We want the audience to be observers but not necessarily involved in the scene. There are times however when we want to speak directly to the audience. When we do, that is called breaking the fourth wall. It is a technique that can be useful in specific instances but should not be abused by actors.

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The Mock Audition

by Lindsay Price

Today is the Mock Audition. In this lesson, you will play director and audition students for one of four roles in the play ‘Jealousy Jane.’ Use the Monologue Performance Rubric to assess their performance.

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The Musical Theatre Audition Slate

by Annie Dragoo

Making a first impression is the most important part of an audition. By learning to slate with confidence, students will learn how to introduce themselves in an musical theatre audition.

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The Need to Speak

by Lindsay Price

Expanding on the criteria of a good monologue, students​ ​will​ ​write a short​ ​”need to speak” monologue.

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The Specifics of Holding an Object

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the techniques of hand position, tension, follow through, action/reaction/interaction.

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The Stanislavski Method

by Karen Loftus

This session introduces the Stanislavski method of acting and four elements: objective, obstacle, stakes, and tactics.

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The Story Mountain Framework

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will understand the parts of a story and how it relates to a monologue through the story mountain framework.

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The Technicalities of Stage Movement

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss and apply technical aspects of moving on stage: sightlines and staying open. They then apply these aspects in a short scene.

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Thou Shalts of Staging and Performance

by Anna Porter

Students will participate in a demonstration to explore the rules of staging and performance and why they are important. They will perform a Bad Idea/Good Idea skit for the class, to demonstrate their understanding of the concept.

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Transitions

by Kerry Hishon

To practice planning and performing transitions between scenes in a smooth and well-prepared manner, with increasingly shorter time frames and other challenges.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students create a 2 person pantomime. The objective is for them to utilize mime, body language, and facial expression to tell a basic story. A rubric is included.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students will use all the vocal techniques they have used in this unit in the simple act of telling a joke. A post performance reflection and rubric are included.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

The final project will allow the students to demonstrate their improv skills in a 2-person scene. A rubric and final reflection is included.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students take what they have learned in this unit and create a short scene. A performance rubric and unit reflection are included.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students are given an assigned scene to analyze, focus on one character, and complete the script analysis assignment.

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Unit Reflection (Essay)

by Annie Dragoo

Students will evaluate the value of improvisation in musical theatre by writing a five-paragraph essay.

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Using Theatre to Share and Celebrate History

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of the lesson is for students to explore historical events that are significant to them through various theatrical mediums that may seem unusual or “out of the box.” The inspiration for this lesson plan comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical hit Hamilton, which utilizes rap and hip-hop music and colourblind casting to tell the story of the American founding fathers.

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Vocal Characterization and Accent

by Anna Porter

Students will understand how they can use vocal variety and accents to create an interesting character voice.

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Vocal Variety

by Anna Porter

Students will learn how to use vocal variety to communicate. Students will learn how to identify and apply Pitch, Tone, Rate, and Volume in performance.

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What Do We “Do” on Stage?

by Karen Loftus

This Lesson Plan introduces one of the important tools of an actor: the body. Student actors often have difficulty getting out of their own body, especially if they suffer from any kind of stage fright. How do we move on stage? What happens when we’re afraid to move? How can we get beyond nerves to become comfortable with our bodies? What do we “do” on stage?

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What makes a “good voice?”

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss and apply aspects of what makes a voice a “good voice:” projection, articulation, posture, proper breathing.

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