Good morning everyone. I hope that you had a great week last week trying out some acting at home. From the sounds of it, some of you had some interesting experiences, while some of you found it a bit challenging to do from home. I appreciate the effort from every single one of you in any case.

This week will be the first week “back to school” for some of you. Just a reminder: any student who chooses to come into school will be working on the same activities that are provided online. If you choose to stay home, you are not missing anything.

Last week provided some familiarity in the aspect of performing from home, and this week I also want to offer some familiarity. During your time with me in the classroom, you had many opportunities to develop your own scenes. This week, I am challenging everyone to plan out a scene using some different things you will learn in our online lesson.

Just a reminder that your weekly activity will be due on Sunday, June 7th at 11:59pm. You can submit the assignment in the comments section below, in the comments on Microsoft Teams, or directly by email to


Please follow the link to Artful Schools and click on the video entitled “The Who, What, Where, When + Why” by Charles Vincent Burwell.


For your activity this week, I would like you to outline a scene using some of the elements that Charles Vincent Burwell talks about in his lesson. Answer the questions below to help you develop this scene:

Step 1. Use the following scenario for your scene: two people are trapped in quarantine together.

Step 2. Decide the arch-types for these two characters: Ingenue? Rake? Hero? Vamp? (Note: Think about which combinations might create the most exciting story).

Step 3. Provide names and brief descriptions for your two characters:
Charlie / Ingenue – Charlie is the younger brother who thinks that everything will turn out okay.
Chuck / Vamp – Chuck is the mysterious older brother who seems to have more information on the quarantine than most people.

Step 4. Come up with a setting: Where and when will your two characters be quarantined? How long?

Step 5. What is the major problem of the scene? Every good scene has a problem that the characters must overcome. Think about what makes these two characters different, and think about how the setting might create an issue between these two characters.

Step 6. Develop your “tentpoles:” The video describes your “tentpoles” as the major events of the story. Please fill in what each of the following would look like:
i) The Beginning: How did the characters come together and what put them into this setting?
ii) The Problem: What causes the problem, and what does it do to the characters?
iii) The Resolution: How does the problem ultimately get solved?

Step 7. Tell the story. Now that you have designed your characters, setting, basic plot points and your problem, it is time to sprinkle those breadcrumbs into the story. Submit a paragraph that describes what would happen in this scene from start to finish.

**Alternatively for Step 7, you can record the scene and submit it to me via email.

I hope that you all have a great week. If you have any questions, please contact me through Microsoft Teams or by email at

-Mr. V


  1. Vanessa Ocampo on June 6, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    INGENUE / Serena – a girl who lost her parents due to the pandemic
    HERO / Alex – the new boy in town who befriends the girl next door

    It all started one night, when Serena received a call from the hospital. She is in shock hearing the news that her parents had sadly lost their lives to the virus. Quarantined and alone, she finds herself in the silence of loneliness, and spiraled into the darkness of depression. The only two people who ever believed in her, are gone. She’s so lost, and she’s struggling to find a reason to keep living. Everything led up to this point, where she’s sitting on the edge of her window, her legs dangling off the edge as her eyes are looking up at the stars.
    The new boy next door looked straight out his window, curiously. His sight gets caught by this skinny figure with tired eyes, and long blonde hair flowing in the midnight air. He never knew that there was anyone living in that house because it’s been so quiet over the past month. Alex cracks his window open, and tries to say hello to the girl across his window. He introduces himself. Serena can barely speak up. Alex knew that she needed someone to talk to, seeing that her eyes scream out how exhausted she is with everything. Although they barely knew each other, he knew that all she needed is someone to talk to. And under the blanket of a dark sky, lit up by a thousand stars, he talks to her, comforting her through.
    For the longest time, all Serena wanted was someone to talk to, and who’ll listen to her. This conversation came to be therapeutic for her, and helped her get rid of some of the stress and isolation that’s been piled up on her since the death of her parents. Talking to Alex made her heart less heavy. They’re both stuck at home, and it was a change for both of them to know that there’s someone next door to speak to. The night passed by fast, filling every minute with precious conversations.
    Talking every day has become part of their routine, also helping Alex make sure that Serena’s been doing alright by herself. Slowly, she’s come to realize that she can find a trustworthy and reliable friend in Alex. This gives her a sense of hope and appreciation in her life, making the darkness in her life disappear little by little.
    In the end, the two became such close friends. They got to know each other so well. In each other, they find faith, and comfortableness. Alex makes everything more tolerable. She’s the happiest she’s been in a long time. Alex had already mentioned that he wants to take good care of her, and make sure that she’s happy all the time.
    He gets her And whether or not they start catching feelings, is up to fate to decide.

  2. Naveed Shpoun on June 9, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Hero\Mark- he is a nice kid who gets bullied by the vamp of the story
    Vamp\Lucas- the popular tough kid that bullies on the weak espically the hero of the story mark

    Mark was always a genuine kid and known for being a goody too shoes most people his school liked him except one kid and that one kid has been picking on him his whole life literlly!! they were born on the same day same hospital same time!!! you would think this would be the friendship story of the millinuiem but no it was the oppisite. Lucas hated mark since the day they were born but surprisingly their moms were best friends so this made paly dates when they were young awkward. now lets jump to first day of kindergarten. mark was the first one their dressed up in a mini suit while lucas came in screaming and started drawing on the walls which gave him a timeout. now gr7 was marks best year my far since lucas was busy making high school plans so he couldnt bother mark. now first year of highschool was the worst year for ovibous reasons mostly everyday of his junior year he was picked on by Lucas. now the present day. they are both are 15 now and school year bout too end soon maybe sooner then they thought because a pendamic has struck!!! and whats worse is lucas house was destroyed in a house fire so that would mean lucas and mark have to live together for god knows long.. first day of quarntine everything was silent. 2nd day they started taking jabs at each other. by the 1st week they were fighting. so their parents thought what would happen if we leave them in the house for a day and they think we are gone? so they tested their question they went to marks grandparents house amd mark and lucas wanted to say, so the plan working so far. when they left mark asked lucas “hey lucas wanna play a game?” and the now angry lucas replied” shut up ” and for the first time in his life mark stood up for himself and said “gow bout you shut up marcus” and this a super confused look on lucas face. “WHAT DID U SAY ” lucas said clearly angery. now mark was scared “im sorry i was kidding bro hahah” mark said “thats what i thought u baby” lucas said. Now our beloved hero still coudnt keep his mouth shut so he said ” hey lucas i was wondering, for my whole life you hated me and picked on me why??” lucas said ” listen goof, we both hate being in quarintine espeically together so please just be quiet and play fortnite or something” lucas said then mark still couldnt shut up and said “well if we were friends we both would have a fun time in quarintine” mark said now lucas for once in his life actully listened to him and said “do you really wanna know why i always hated you mark??” ” it was because i wanted to be you, you were the perfect son and you were always helpful and nice to my family and i stood their watching you help them knowing i wasnt has smart and nice has you and that love turned into hate. i was jelous man, but what made my hate even more strong for you was gr8 when you helped my sister who was in gr 4 with math since i was failing that class so my mom called you over to help her. then when you left she said i wish i had a son like that. and that made me so mad that i made a promise to make your life even more misrable”. “Holy crap” thoughy mark then replied “Lucas, im so sorry if i ever did anything to make you feel that way, but did you wanna know something also? ” i was the same, i wanted to be YOU so bad you were so cool and popular” so at a very young age thought you picking on me was cool so i just let happen but the older i got i relized you just were bullying me for some reason which i didnt know at the time. but now, now i know and it make sense” lucas then thought he wanted to be me?? ME and this left him happy then he said ” willing to give this friend thing a shot bro??’ mark was the happiest he was and said ” yes man i would’ now this pandemic has took alot from us but one thing we still have is family and this what is keeping us together has lucas and mark they stopped hating on each other form that day on?? i quote i want to share “VICTORY ISNT MEAUSURED BY LOSSES, IT IS MEAUSURED BY GAINS- Raul Menendez

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