Arts Education, Grade 6 - 12, Theatre: Level II, 2006
1.) Demonstrate use of the body and voice as creative instruments.
Example: depicting old man with hunched shoulders, shaky hands, and trembling voice
Demonstrating staging techniques
Examples: stage positions, movement
Participating in a variety of subtext vocal exercises accompanied by physical reactions
- "I didn't do that." (Subtext: How dare you ask!)
- "I didn't do that." (Subtext: I promise, not me.)
- "I didn't do that." (Subtext: I'm too sweet to do something like that.)
Demonstrating resonance, projection, and articulation through vocal exercises and personal vocal warm-ups
Example: vocal exercise or warm-up--"Articulate the consonants, clearly speak the words, round out the vowel sounds, and then you will be heard."
Performing scenarios for pantomime using characters involved in an initial incident, conflict, rising action, climax, or conclusion
- initial incident--raking leaves,
- conflict--gust of wind blowing across leaves
Performing stage combat exercises
Example: techniques involving sword play, falling, and fighting
Demonstrating spontaneity through improvisation exercises
Example: creating a dialogue in which each actor's line begins with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet to tell a story
2.) Analyze scripts, including dialogue, action, and expository information, to explain and justify character motivation.
Depicting behaviors based on interactions, ethical choices, and decisions made by characters
Justifying artistic choices made when rewriting an original work
Creating an original work in a selected theatrical style
Examples: musical theatre, vaudeville, Greek chorus
3.) Utilize the components of playwriting to create short scenes.
Examples: plot structure, character types, themes, settings, dialogue
Illustrating language and action used to define characters
Interpreting metaphors, themes, and moods in scripts
Adapting student-written scenes for dramatic media
4.) Create scripts that reflect specific periods, events, or cultures.
Demonstrating how improvised dialog and scenes can be used to tell stories and develop characters based on a variety of sources
Identifying ways plays can represent the time periods in which they are set
Examples: costumes, lighting, set, speech patterns, dialogue
5.) Explain the functions of technical theatre.
Example: roles that scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup play in creating the environment for a play
Identifying roles of different members of the production staff
- sound engineer--determining all sound reinforcement, sound effects, and music;
- light designer--designing all lighting requirements;
- stage manager--accepting responsibility for general operations;
- costume designer--designing all costuming needs;
- makeup artist--designing all makeup for characters
Developing sound effects to support a production
Designing a set for a given piece, including floor plan, set materials, props, lighting, costumes, and sound requirements
6.) Determine criteria necessary to review a theatrical production.
Examples: relationship of theme, plot, and conflict; dramatic elements; appropriate use of theatrical language; quality of acting
7.) Analyze selected texts to determine how they incorporate figurative language and imagery.
Examples: Thornton Wilder's Our Town, August Wilson's Fences, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics
8.) Use various self-evaluation processes, including journaling, rubrics, and aesthetic responses, to evaluate personal choices and performances.
9.) Explain the impact of social and cultural events on theatre.
Describing ways American history has been reflected in the theatre
Examples: August Wilson's two plays in a ten-part series chronicling the African-American experience, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Fences
10.) Identify the major periods of theatre history.
Examples: Greek, medieval, Elizabethan, modern, contemporary
Identifying major writers of various historical periods
- Sophocles--Early Greek,
- William Shakespeare--Elizabethan,
- Edward Albee--twentieth century
11.) Apply theatre skills to reflect concepts presented in other curriculum areas.
- social studies--improvisations of historical events,
- English language arts--Reader's Theatre,
- science--movement exercises reflecting movement in simple machines
12.) Identify ways technology has impacted theatre, including American theatre.
Examples: projection screens, computer programs, lighting sequences, computer designs or graphics, surround sound
Describing the effect of modern media on live theatre
Describing the impact of computers and the Internet on the arts