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Items tagged "Scene Work"

3 Units, 2 Lesson Plans, 30 Resources, and 1 PLC tagged "Scene Work" for Drama Teachers.

Units

Tools of Scene Work

by Anna Porter

Students are introduced to scene work performance through a simple, contentless scene unit. In this unit, performers will use exercises like “Show and Tell” to learn how to fill in the gaps of a story by creating scenarios and detailed characters with backgrounds.

Students will further fill in the gaps by exploring environmental and physical conflict as well as stage business. The lesson “Thou Shalts of Staging” will guide students through basic staging and performance technique.

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Scene Work: Part 1, Tools of Scene Work

by Lindsay Price

Students are introduced to scene work performance through a contentless scene unit. Students prepare and perform a contentless scene to demonstrate their understanding of characterization, staging technique, and working with conflict and stage business in a performance context.

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Scene Work: Part 2, Student Self Staging

by Lindsay Price

In Part 2 of Scene Work, students take everything they learned in Part 1 and apply it to the staging of a scene.
Students work independently to block, build character, experiment and rehearse a scene. You can continue the scene work process from Part 1, or if your students have a grounding with scene work basics, perhaps they just do Part 2 of this unit.

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Lesson Plans

Emergency Lesson Plan: Scoring a Scene

by Lindsay Price

In this ELP, students will read a scene, identify the beats, apply action words to each beat, and reflect on how they would use this information to present the scene.

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Using Statistics as Scene Starters

by Kerry Hishon

This lesson provides two different exercises for students to try: Silly Statistics (Improv Game) and Serious Statistics (Theatre Exploration Project). The objective of this lesson is to give students the chance to think differently about how scenes can be developed and to show that ideas can come from just about anywhere—even supposedly “non-theatre-related” classes and topics.

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Resources

Location List

Use this list of locations for improv scenarios and scene work.

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Actions List

Use this actions list for improvs, scene work, and pantomimes

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Character List

Use these characters in improvs and scenes

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Emotions List

Do your students use the same emotions over and over again in scene work or in improvs? Get them used to expanding their feeling horizon with this list.

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Objects List

Looking for new objects for students to use in improvs, mimes and scene work? This sheet has over 200 objects to choose from!

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Body Body

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Madeline (15) and Emily (18)
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Boys and Girls

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Keith (17) and Cameron (16)
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Still as Stone

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Shelley and Ben (both 17)
Genre: Dramedy

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Sunday Lunch

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Devon (17) and Rayden (15)
Genre: Dramedy

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Sweep Under Rug

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Miranda, Counsellor Kelly, Conrad, Ariel
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Jake, Ken, Moe, Dennis, Karen, Lisa, Joan (all 17)
Genre: Dramedy

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Look Me in the Eye

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Rul (16), Rea (16), Tor (17), Fea (14), Vio (17)
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Betweenity

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Mom (45) and Daughter (17)
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: You

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: John (17), Juan (16), Joe (17)
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Among Friends and Clutter

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Jo, May, Helen. (all 16)
Genre: Drama

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Why so Emotional? A Guide for Highly Charged Scenes

A guide for teachers to help with their student actors; to find the right balance within an emotional performance, including exercises that can be explored to counteract overemotional acting.

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Scenes for Classroom Study: The Four Hags of the Apocalypse Eat Salad at their General Meeting

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Devour, Image, Purge, Starve
Genre: Drama

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Hoodie

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Trilby (12) and Charlotte (12)
Genre: Dramedy

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Body Body (Scene 2)

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Gerald and Madeline (both 16)
Genre: Comedy

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Scene Work: Where do I Start?

What steps should you take before you start rehearsals? Use this 8 step handout to get your students ready to rehearse.

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Scenes for Classroom Study: The Snow Show

These resources are designed for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Ramona (16) and Jenny (16)
Genre: Dramedy

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Scene Writing Rubric

Use this rubric to assess scene writing assignments.

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Dialogue Prompts

Use these dialogue prompts for improvisation work. Includes characters, location, want, and a first line for each prompt.

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First Lines

Use these first lines prompts (list of 35) for monologue and scene work.

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Compare and Contrast (Ancient Greek)

In this exercise students will read a scene in its original form, read a modern adaptation, and then compare and contrast the two.

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Duo Scene Information Sheet

Use this template to track a duo scene, including play details, character details, objectives, obstacles, tactics, and more.

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What Does Your Character Want to DO?

The actor has to only ask one question—what does the character want to do? (Bill Ball, A Sense of Direction)
• The to-do part is essential. It leads to action, and action is at the core of the acting process.
• That’s why it’s called acting, not talking.
• The to-do provides the character with a purpose.
This resource offers a list of potential 'to-do's to apply to scene work.

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What STOPS Your Character?

Obstacles are the barriers and limitations the character must overcome to achieve their goal.
• Obstacles can be internal, such as emotional, psychological factors.
• External obstacles include an “other.”
• Obstacles are not limitations. Plays are about characters in conflict, characters in crisis.
• Obstacles spark creativity.
This worksheet helps actors define the obstacles in their scene work. What stops YOUR character?

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6 ft Scenes

A collection of 15 scenes in which no two characters get within six feet of each other. Use them to explore the physical and emotional distance between people - what causes us to stay apart? Great for class work and competition, and where social distancing is required in class.

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PLCs

Staging Scenes in the Classroom

Hosted by Matt Webster, Shelby Steege, Jeremy Bishop

Best practices for staging scenes in the drama classroom.

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