Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Theatre

While the course will focus on performance and script analysis, we will also explore the play production process, theatre history, technical theatre, and other facets of Theatre.

DAILY SYNOPSIS

Week Twelve
11/19
Final Exams
11/20
Final Exams
11/21
Final Exams

Week Eleven
11/12
Day in the Life Character Journal, Character Biography Due
11/13
Group Rehearsal, Set Pieces, Memorization Test
11/14
Character Physicality, Hot Seat Improvisational Character Development Exercise
11/15
Ensemble Rehearsal
11/16
Ensemble Rehearsal

Week Ten
11/5
Finalize Monologue Selection, Create Scripts, Compare/Contrast Character & Self
11/6
No School
11/7
Group Formation, Discuss Ensemble Performance, Memorization
11/8
Character Biography, Discuss Rubric
11/9
Individual and Group Rehearsal Session

Week Nine
10/29
Read Bang, Bang, You're Dead
10/30-31
Watch Bang, Bang, You're Dead
11/1
Production Budgets
11/2
Final Monologue Selection, Budget Assignment

Week Eight
10/22
Read Wiley and the Hairy Man
10/23
Set Design: Wiley and the Hairy Man
10/24
Staged Readings from Wiley and the Hairy Man
10/25
Script Analysis
Dramatic Analysis.doc
10/26
Script Analysis Discussion

Week Seven
10/15
Discuss Act II & III Study Questions, Rehearsal Time
10/16
Watch Act III, Rehearsal Time
10/17
Our Town Final Performances
10/18
Makeup Performances, Charades
10/19
Scenic Design Discussion, Image Search

Week Six
10/8
Read, watch and discuss Act II of Our Town
10/9
Read and discuss Act III of Our Town
10/10
Our Town
Performance Scripts and Study Questions Due
10/11
Half Day - Watch the rest of Act II of Our Town
10/12
Discuss Act I Study Questions, Rehearsal Time

Week Five
10/1
Makeup Pantomime Story Performances, Contentless Scenes
10/2
Careers in Theatre, Brainstorm List, Job Hunt (Computer Lab)
Theatre Job Hunt.doc
10/3
Job Hunt Due
10/4
Read Act I of Our Town
10/5
Receive Study Questions, Watch Act I of Broadway production of Our Town

Week Four
9/28
Pantomime Story Performances, Written Critique Due
9/27
Pantomime Workshop, Rehearsal, Story Outlines Due
9/26
Everyday Pantomime Presentations, Open Critique
9/25
Pantomime Workshop, Story Brainstorming/Planning
9/24
Warmup, Liars' Club, Assign Pantomime Story Performance

Week Three
9/21
Arsenic and Old Lace, Film Guide Due, Character Worksheet Due, Casting Worksheet Due
9/20
Arsenic and Old Lace, Film Guide, Character Worksheet
9/19
Arsenic and Old Lace, Film Guide
9/18
Warmup, Fools Performances
9/17
Acting Discussion, Focus Exercises, Rehearsal

Week Two
9/10
Warm-Up, Character Physicality Exercise, Read Pgs. 1-24 of FOOLS
9/11
Theatre Games, Read the rest of Act I of FOOLS
9/12
Read Act II of FOOLS, select performance groups and scenes
9/13
Scene Rehearsal, Character Physicality Exercise, Discuss Performance Prep
9/14
Warm-up, Intro to Improv, Blocking & Movement
Assignment: Ground Plan, Movement Chart, Blocking in Script and Character Description

Week One
9/4
Course Overview, Rules & Expectations, Theatre Games
Assignment - 3 Entrance Performance: Due 9/5
9/5
Actor/Audience Discussion, 3 Entrance Performance
9/6
Theatre Games, Fairy Tale Tableau Presentation
9/7
Theatre Games, Transformation Exercises