Good morning everyone. I hope that you’ve all had a productive and relaxing week. This week would have been the week of our show, and I know all of you would have been blowing away the audience with your performance. I was so proud of you and continue to be proud of you for all of your hard work, but also for how you are enduring this current pandemic. Please continue to be the rockstars that you all are.
This week, you will once again have two options (one performance and one production). For your performance option this week, you will have the option to exercise your acting muscles once more. I just wanted to remind everyone that you should not be exceeding three hours of work per course per week. If you spend three hours this week on one of these options, and still do not have it complete, please stop, send me an email, and you can continue this assignment next week.
Just a reminder, your weekly activity will be due this upcoming Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59pm. The activity can be submitted in the comments below, the comments section on Microsoft Teams, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option 1: Character Prequel Scene
You will be creating a scene between your character from the show, and one other character in the show. This scene should serve as a “prequel” or “backstory,” and give a deeper insight into the relationship between the two characters.
For example, you might choose to focus on when these two characters first met, or when they first became friends/enemies.This scene does not have to be long (think about 1-2 minutes in length if it were to be performed), but should give some kind of further insight into both your character and the other character.
For this activity, you may choose to work with a partner. I think it could be nice for members of Theatre Company to collaborate, but you can also choose to do this on your own.
The means to which you provide this scene is completely up to you, but here are a few suggestions at some of the ways you can provide it:
- Write a short script between your character and another character.
- Film a Youtube/TikTok-style scene that cuts between the two characters having a conversation. (If you are doing this on your own, think about playing both roles and how you can use minimal costume change to indicate when the other character is on-screen).
- Record a dialogue between the two characters.
Unless you choose to write a script, it may be difficult to submit the activity in the comments section. Instead, you may want to email me your work instead at email@example.com.
Option 2: Set Design
1) Go to the following link for Artful Schools: https://www.artfulschools.com/studentresources
2) Watch “Show + Tell: Examples of Set Models” by set director Walt Spangler.
3) After watching the video, respond to the reflection questions provided below.
Reflection Questions (Option 2 Only)
1. What are some of your immediate thoughts about the video? Are they positive or negative?
2. What is one aspect of this video that you think is valuable to your overall learning? Why?
3. What is one aspect of this video that you found to be difficult or confusing? Why?
4. Do you believe that using set models is a necessary step in order to design a good set? Why or why not?
5. Do you think that using a set model is more valuable than simply providing a sketch of the set? Why or why not?
6. What do you think are some of the benefits of using set models as a method to design a set?
7. What do you think are some of the limitations of using set models as a method to design a set?
8. If you were to build a set model of “The Show Must Go On,” what sort of materials would you use to do so? (Please provide as much detail for this answer as possible. I want you to give me an idea of what your model would look like if you were creating it).
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. Please take a moment this week to connect with your cast mates to see how they are doing, as I know many of us will be lamenting the fact that we will not be celebrating at Denny’s on Saturday after our closing night. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.