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Part of the Drama One Curriculum

Stage Movement

Created by Karen Loftus

In this unit, students are introduced to stage directions and how actors move on stage. They will explore what’s important for onstage action, the basics of stage directions, and how to keep open. By giving students something concrete to focus on, it allows them to overcome any stage fright. Teachers can refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

This unit will culminate with students trying out what they’ve learned in a short scene. Each session comes with an journal prompt and an exit slip for assessment.

Standards Addressed

Unit Overview
Students will get “onstage.” They will explore what’s important for onstage action, the basics of stage directions, and how to keep open. This unit will culminate with students trying out what they’ve learned in a short scene.
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1: Onstage Action
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.
2: Stage Directions
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.
3: The Technicalities of Stage Movement
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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