Good morning everyone. I hope that you enjoyed watching Hairspray. With that, we have ended our unit in Musical Theatre. I hope that you all feel as though you have learnt something, and I hope that it gives you a little bit of motivation to watch and listen to some Musical Theatre in the future.
This week, we will be beginning our final unit in Directing 11/12 which is grounded in Character Development. And, I even have a very special activity this week which will allow you to do some acting from home!
The focus of this week’s lesson will be on something called Method Acting. I am sure some of you may have heard this term before, and some of you might even know what it is! Please follow the instructions this week carefully, as the activity will be very different from what you have done in the past.
Just a reminder, your weekly activity will be due on Sunday, May 31st at 11:59pm. You can submit the reflection questions in the comments section below, in the comments on Microsoft Teams, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the following link to watch a video that gives a brief introduction into what Method Acting is:
Please click on the following link to watch another video that gives more insight into how different actors have used Method Acting in order to develop their characters:
As you have learned from the videos above, Method Acting often requires the actor to play their character at all times. Even when the scene is over, they continue to act and behave like their characters in order to get a better idea of what it is like to “be” that character.
For this activity, you will be trying out Method Acting by acting like a character at home. I suggest that you inform the residents of your household that you will be doing this activity, so that they understand why your behaviour may be changing. Please follow the instructions carefully.
1. Select a character from the list in the link below. Please select a character that is not very similar to yourself:
2. For one hour, you must become this character. This means that you must act like this character, interact with your family and friends as this character would, and think like this character.
If you want to take it to the next level, you could even try dressing as this character, or responding to texts like this character.
Do your very best to not break character for the entire hour.
3. After completing the activity, respond to the reflection questions below to debrief the activity and your experiences. If you were unable to fully complete the activity, don’t stress. Do your best to respond to the questions below, and explain why you might have been unable to complete the task.
1. Which character did you select?
2. How are you feeling about this activity? Positive or negative?
3. Were you able to remain in-character for the entire thirty minutes? Why or why not?
4. Who did you interact with while you were in-character?
5. How did other individuals react to your change in behaviour? Why do you think they reacted this way?
6. What is something you are proud of after engaging in this activity?
7. What is something that you found challenging about this activity?
8. Do you believe that engaging in Method Acting helped you to understand the experiences of your character in a deeper way? Why or why not?
9. What do you think this activity taught you about acting?
10. Do you think that Method Acting as a skill is beneficial for young actors to learn? Why or why not?
11. Do you think that teaching Method Acting to younger students would be more successful with a different type of activity? Why or why not?
I hope that you all have a great week and have a fun time exercising your performing muscles. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below or email me at email@example.com