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Welcome to Drama
Get ready for an intensive and action packed elective! We will be studying and applying the basic skills and disciplines of acting and performance production. Students will learn techniques related to various aspects of drama, including monologues, improvisation, movement, directing and more.
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Drama Work for 5/18-5/29
My Favorite Lines
Movies, plays, lyrics, poems all make an impact on us. Sometimes we hear a line that makes us say to ourselves, “That’s EXACTLY what I mean!” Those lines stick with us and sometimes we use them ourselves to express what we want to say.
Assignment: For this week’s assignment, I want you to choose 3 different “lines” or “quotes” that have stuck with you for some reason. You can choose lines from songs, poems, movies, or plays. Be sure to write the entire quote/line and say where it comes from. In addition, for each of quote/line write why you think it has stuck with you. Your responses can be short, but they should be thoughtful and specific.
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
"I first heard this line in the movie Steel Magnolias. In the scene one of the characters has lost her daughter to a disease and one of her friends reminds her of this phrase. It was originally said by Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, but I didn’t know that until years later.
I chose this quote because it has reminded me over the years that although we struggle, when we make it through, we end up tougher and more able to deal with the next struggle, which is coming whether we want it or not. I have found that knowing this and believing it, has often helped me through. For example, right now we are all struggling through this pandemic and I just keep saying to myself that we will be better and stronger when it over and better able to deal with other issues that come our way."
If you have any trouble at all figuring out how to send this assignment, please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drama Work for 5/4-5/15
Know Thy Selfie Assignment
How do we create characters? It’s all about the face. Our faces express so much about who we are and what we want. In our pantomime unit we spent time practicing and using facial and body movements to help us communicate our characters to the audience.
Assignment: For this week’s assignment, I want you to take or choose 3 pictures of yourself (you can also use “old” pics). You may be alone or with another person, but try to make sure you are a central and large part of the photo. All of the selfies should be different. For each picture, describe what you were thinking or feeling at the time and how it is expressed in your face and/or body. Your responses can be short, but they should be thoughtful and specific.
“In this photo, I am frustrated and wishing I was doing anything other than my homework. You can see this mostly in my face, especially in the slant of my mouth. Also, I am giving a lot of “side eye” which together with the set of my mouth, makes me look unhappy and annoyed.”
If you have any trouble at all figuring out how to send this photo assignment, please email me. email@example.com
Drama Work for 4/20-5/1
The assignment is as follows:
Role Analysis Assignment
Pick a movie that you like and feel has a character who was portrayed especially well. Watch the movie and answer the following questions about the actor’s portrayal of that character. If there are any questions that are not directly answered in the movie, use your imagination and answer the questions as best you can based on what you DO know about the character.
Name of Movie ______________________________
Name of actor/actress _______________________________
Name of character ___________________________________________
Age of character ___________
- Explain why you chose this character. Be sure to explain what about the way the actor played him/her that made this character stand out to you.
- Generally, how "physically active" is your character?
- Name an animal which in appearance, movement, or manner reminds you of the character? Explain what about this animal reminds you of the character?
- Name a person close to you, family or friend, who seems to be a good deal like your character? If not, name a famous person who seems to be a good deal like your character. Explain your answer.
- How would you describe the way your character likes to dress? Describe a typical outfit.
- Select the three major emotions your character seems to encounter the most (fear, love, hate, anger, etc.). Give an example from the movie in which each of the examples you listed are shown?
- What is the character’s motivation? What do they want?
- What is the most important moment in the movie for your character?
- Create a list of 5-8 major character likes/dislikes for your character. For example, “My character likes cheeseburgers and french fries. My character hates country music.”
- Add any other important notes or comments about your character.
Drama Work for 3/30-4/9
The assignment is as follows:
- What does the object look like?
- How does it smell?
- How does it feel?
- How does it/might it taste (if applicable)
- How does it sound?
- What does it remind me of?
- What makes it important to me?
- a piece of jewelry
- a photograph
- an article of clothing
- a trophy or plaque
- a piece of art
- a musical instrument
- anything else that might be special or important to you
Your observation paper should be about one page long and you can send it to me using Microsoft 365 or through email. Just do your best, we are in an unusual situation. As always, I can be reached though email.
Hope all is well,
Drama Work for 3/16-3/27
The assignment is as follows:
Write a one-page narrative reflection of the latest group play process. You can include your description and thoughts about the following, but you are not limited to only these topics.
- group dynamics (describe and reflect on the group selection process and how the group worked together)
- script writing process
- rehearsal process
- play expectations (predictions about how the play would have been received by your audience, favorite parts, feelings about the performance, etc)
- set three goals for yourself going forward related to drama/public speaking/presentations
You can share this with me on Microsoft 365, email it to me, or turn it in the day we return.
Please let me know if you have any questions.