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Bunraku

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to Bunraki Theatre. Students perform a performance exercise (Human Puppets). A performance rubric is included.

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Bunraku Performance Project

by Karen Loftus

Alternatively, students can perform a Bunraku puppet play. A peer feedback sheet is included.

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Circular Plot Lines

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdism theatrical convention of circular plot lines that appear to go nowhere and end in unresolved situations.

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Circular Plot Lines in The Arsonist

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdism theatrical convention of circular plot lines that appear to go nowhere and end in unresolved situations by using the text from Max Frisch’s The Arsonists.

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Cliches, Stereotypes, and Overused Phrases

by Lea Marshall

To compare modern-day clichés and stereotyped phrases to those used in Theatre of the Absurd Plays to convey that style’s message of language’s meaninglessness.

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Cliches, Stereotypes, and Overused Phrases in Waiting for Godot

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdism theatrical convention of using cliches, stereotypes, or overused repeated phrases to communicate (or not communicate) a larger theme of interpersonal relationships and misunderstandings in the text of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

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Create and Character/Object Puppets

by Jenny Goodfellow

Students will bring in an object that they can turn into a puppet. Using the object puppet, students will create an original character and establish movement patterns and character voice. Character Worksheet and Practice Sheets are included, to perform their original puppet characters.

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Final Project: The Play's the Thing...

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore elements of Absurdism in their chosen Absurd play.

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Finger Puppets

by Jenny Goodfellow

If you have the resources, purchase finger puppets for this lesson. It can also be easily done with drawn faces on index fingers, or faces on popsicle sticks. Using well known fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood” or “The Three Little Pigs,” students will retell these stories from a different perspective, using their finger puppet.

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Hand Puppets

by Jenny Goodfellow

Students learn proper hand puppet technique and practice these techniques with a prewritten scene. Teachers can also choose to use traditional hand puppets, or students can make their own using socks/paper bags.

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Impossibilities in Ionesco's Rhinoceros

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdist element of impossible things seen as normal or unremarkable in Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros.

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Impossible Things are Happening Every Day

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdist plot convention of impossible things seen as normal or unremarkable.

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Introduction to Children's Theatre

by Bethany Kennedy

Students will learn about and then demonstrate their understanding of the Children’s Theatre audience through role play and writing a scene.

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Introduction to Expressionism

by Ruth Richards

Students will be introduced to the basic theory of Expressionism including expression of emotion, rapid disjointed dialogue, and stylistic movement. Students will practice moving and expressing emotion in an Expressionistic style. They will create a scene based on a nightmare using the principals of Expressionism. An oral presentation assignment is provided as follow up to this practical work.

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Introduction to Melodrama

by Ruth Richards

Students are introduced to the basic theory of Melodrama and its characteristics; predictable plots, stock characters, and exaggeration. Students will role play the stock characters of melodrama both physically and vocally. They will rehearse and perform a Melodrama scenario and as a written assignment be asked to write their own melodrama scenario.

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Introduction to Pantomime

by Bethany Kennedy

Students will learn and practice pantomime skills by developing, communicating and sustaining the size and shape of mimed objects.

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Kabuki

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the Kabuki Theatre. Students participate in a Kabuki Walk exercise.

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Kyogen Performance Project

by Karen Loftus

Students will perform a scene from a Kyogen play in the Kabuki style. Exit slips, a peer feedback sheet, and a performance rubric are included.

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Meaningless Language

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdism theatrical convention of using meaningless language to communicate (or not communicate) a larger theme of interpersonal relationships and misunderstandings.

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Meaningless Language in The Bald Soprano

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the Absurdism theatrical convention of using meaningless language to communicate (or not communicate) a larger theme of interpersonal relationships and misunderstandings through the text of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano.

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Noh Theatre

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to Noh Theatre.Students participate in an exercise to develop their understanding of ritual movements.

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Out of Tune

by Lea Marshall

Students will explore the historical and philosophical background for the ABSURDIST style of theatre.

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PuppetQuest

by Jenny Goodfellow

Through a PuppetQuest, students will learn about the different types and origins of puppetry.

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Puppetry Company

by Jenny Goodfellow

Using the guidelines provided and their previous scene, students will create a Puppet Company complete with a logo, the name of their production, and a picture that gives clues about the production. Students will also learn about professional puppet companies.

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Putting it All Together

by Jenny Goodfellow

This final lesson is a culminating performance. Students practice their scene using their hand puppets, then perform. Those watching will fill out a feedback sheet, which is discussed after the performance. A Unit Reflection and a Performance Reflection are included.

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Research Assignment

by Karen Loftus

This assignment is designed to allow students to delve further into the 3 styles of Japanese theatre introduced in this unit. An assignment handout and assessment rubric are included.

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Script Writing

by Jenny Goodfellow

Students will write their own puppet play using the same format as the prewritten scene. In pairs, students will go over guidelines for creating a character and writing a scene.

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Shadow Hand Puppets

by Jenny Goodfellow

One of easiest and earliest forms of puppetry, students will learn to create shadow puppets using just their hands. After they have practiced their creations, they will create a group/partner scene using the shadow puppets.

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Shadow Puppet Cut-Outs

by Jenny Goodfellow

Students learn how shapes create interesting dynamics in shadow puppets. Students will have a packet of shadow puppet cut-outs. These cut-outs include animals that can be attached to a popsicle stick. In groups/partners, students will use the cut-outs in the packet to create a scene. They will also create an original cut-out.

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The Pause

by Lea Marshall

Students will examine the effect of pauses in a scene and demonstrate the Absurdist dialogue convention of strange and ill-timed pauses.

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The Pause from Waiting for Godot

by Lea Marshall

Students will examine the effect of pauses in a monologue from Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and demonstrate the Absurdist dialogue convention of strange and ill-timed pauses.

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Visual Absurdity

by Lea Marshall

To visually introduce the existential angst of World War II’s aftermath; to provide a historical setting for Theatre of the Absurd; as students, write a reflection monologue.

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