Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 6 - 12, Theatre: Level III, 2006

1.) Create characters, situations, and events based on personal experience, literature, historic events, or research to introduce tension and suspense in a theatrical production.

•  Demonstrating exercises for physical and vocal conditioning
•  Performing pantomimes or improvisations using voice, blocking, and gesturing to depict characters and tell a story
2.) Demonstrate an understanding of characterization and scene work through a group performance.

•  Analyzing a scene from a play read in class to adequately portray a character or action
•  Demonstrating understanding of subtext and emotion through vocal and physical work
•  Demonstrating a relationship to other characters in a scene through interaction with and reaction to other characters in the scene
•  Memorizing a scene
•  Performing a scene accurately, including actions designed during the rehearsal process
3.) Create a video that tells a story or depicts an overall theme, including the effective use of modern technology.

•  Using various artistic camera shots, framing techniques, and digital photography to enhance a video
•  Using a storyboard to plan a scene and develop plot, character, and theme
4.) Interpret directional goals in scenes and plays from a variety of playwrights.

•  Analyzing the form and structure of scripts and scenes to identify theme, plot, character functions, subtext, setting, and dialogue
•  Choosing the appropriate acting style for a scene or play
Examples: classical, high comedy, low comedy

5.) Describe the impact various components of technical theatre have on a dramatic production, including lighting, sound, scenery, props, costumes, makeup, and hairstyling.

•  Identifying how technical theatre elements can be effectively used to communicate mood, character, and location in a formal and informal scripted or improvised production
•  Using computer graphics or models for theatrical design
Examples: designing sets, preparing lighting plots

•  Comparing different performance spaces, including arena, proscenium, thrust, and informal venues such as sidewalks and classrooms
•  Comparing stage acting to acting before a camera
6.) Describe theatrical experiences using theatre vocabulary, including genre, style, acting values, themes, and designs.

7.) Critique theatre productions to determine the effectiveness of verbal and nonverbal interpretation, director's intent, audience response, and technical elements.

•  Identifying strengths and weaknesses of one's personal acting voice as well as the voices of other actors
Examples: articulation, volume, dialect, vocal quality, tone, resonance

•  Differentiating between positive and negative responses to criticism

- positive--agreeing with the critic, probing for clarification, compromising;

- negative--being antagonistic, ignoring criticism

8.) Describe the impact of audience behavior on cast performances and the impact of cast performances on audience behavior.

•  Clarifying how production space impacts both the audience and cast members
9.) Describe the impact history and theatre have upon each other.

Example: medieval period impacting morality plays

•  Comparing dramatic texts to historic texts for accurate portrayal of cultural, social, and political ideas and events
•  Depicting cultural environments and historical periods through settings, props, costumes, and makeup
Examples: depiction of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century England by William Shakespeare, reflection of Japanese culture through Kabuki

•  Recognizing the influence of a historic event on the work of a playwright
Example: impact of the French Revolution on Victor Hugo's Les Miserables

10.) Identify major writers of theatre.

•  Comparing scripts of various major writers
Examples: Sophocles' Antigone, Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, David Auburn's Proof

11.) Identify ways in which theatre originating in different times and cultures can reflect the same theme.

Example: parent-child relationship as depicted in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and in the movie Steel Magnolias

12.) Compare the fundamental elements used to communicate in dance, music, theatre, dramatic media, and visual arts.

•  Defending theatre as a synthesis of all arts disciplines
Example: identifying the use of scenery, music, and dance in a production