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Acting: Playing the Opposite

Sometimes when beginning actors approach difficult text, they play exactly what’s on the page. If it’s a sad monologue - they play the whole thing sad from start to finish. If they think the character is mad, they’ll yell all their dialogue. There is a time and place to play a moment as written. But more often than not the most powerful option is to play the opposite. A great example of this is Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis speech from Jaws.

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Acting: Playing with Pace

Pace is an important part of monologue and dialogue delivery. Use this movie moment to teach students about playing with the delivery speed.

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Cinderella Movie Viewing Quiz

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is available to watch for free on Youtube. Have students research and answer
the questions below before they watch.

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Playing Status

Use these two monologues from the movie Little Voice to discuss status and changing status with your students.

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