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East Meets West: Theatre Traditions

by Marsha Walner

We spend a lot of time in the classroom exploring, applying, and creating in a western theatrical tradition. But there are many more styles that students can explore, particularly to the east: Kabuki, Noh, Chinese Opera, and Sanskrit Theatre, for example. In this unit, students will be introduced to an element from each of these eastern styles, they will apply that element and build towards a culminating project. Throughout, students will develop a stronger understanding of both the theatre from their own culture and that of Eastern cultures.

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Western Theatre

by Marsha Walner

Students will define Western theatre based on what we know about our culture and its storytelling traditions.

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Scene Development

by Marsha Walner

Students will form small groups and delve into one style. They will use that style to retell a common folktale or story, conceptualizing how their story will unfold on stage.

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Scene Building and Polish

by Marsha Walner

Groups will polish their piece, ensuring everyone is clear on their responsibilities as well as requesting any production elements necessary.

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Final Preparations

by Marsha Walner

Final preparations for the performance during this class, including making and incorporating props or costumes and polishing the scenes.

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Performance

by Marsha Walner

Final performances will occur on this day, with audience members offering observation-based feedback.

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