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Drama (Period 2)

Melissa Wilks
Upper School

Course Description

This class is specific to acting!
Week 24-25
  • Mon will be our PROPS assessment (moved due to weather day)
  • Tues - intro costumes as our next theatre job
  • Wed - elite 8 games - lesson dependent on attendance
  • Thurs - learning about costume design and renderings
  • Fri - final 4 games - lesson dependent on attendance
  • Mon/ Tues - Winter Break
  • Wed, Thurs, Fri - completing our design renderings and learning basic costume skills like sewing on a button
Week 23
  • Mon- Understand types of props and basic vocabulary
  • Tues- apply vocabulary to the varying stages of the production process as they relate to the carer of props master
  • Wed- compare working theatres and styles among design and specifically props creation
  • Thur- assessment in class - working application of the concepts
  • Fri- Feedback on the assessment and wrap up, game request day if time allows
Week 22-
  • Mon - intro to the playwright and identifying the difference between a play and a story; identifying elements of a performed story in structure and in format
  • Tues- Practicing inventing or creating dialogue
  • Wed - Practicing inserting technical elements such as props, lighting, sound effects, and actor gestures/ emotions
  • Thurs - Take a play 2/3 complete and be the playwright for the end - make sure to apply what we learned about structure, format, dialogue, monologue, and technical directions
  • Fri - review, turn in plays for a written grade and share with one another for an audience grade
Week 21-
  • Mon - holiday
  • Tues- Review for quiz, rehearsal time - guided activities, memorization check
  • Wed- written quiz, time to rehears
  • Thurs - rubric review, final prep, performance grade
  • Fri - intro next career - Playwright
Week 20-
  • Mon - Final rehearsal day for monologues
  • Tues - Perform monologues
  • Wed - Fri - begin ensemble unit and review with inter Ms. Barker
Week 19-
  • Learning about inanimate objects as characters
  • Monologue basics
  • Inanimate Object Monologues - create an original piece, write, and perform
Weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Students will be creating and then performing Christmas themed chair duets
  • Performances will be Dec 10th
  • Dec 11th we will watch and critique their work
Weeks 14 and 15-
This is always a favorite week for the students - It's improv week!
Week 12 and 13-
  • Most of week 12 students will be exploring drama hands on by working on the lights, set, and general tech week chaos of the play which is the following weekend
  • If they are in between play tasks, students will work on their small group oral interpretation pieces
  • Monday and Tuesday will be our final rehearsals for our 3 children's stories to be shared with first grade
  • Thurs- perform for kids (I will record)
  • Fri- watch and critique performance and celebrate great show work
Week 11-
  • Mon - read through group script, game break, read through better, game break, try off book
  • Tues- Memorization time, warm up game, add gestures and blocking, rehearse
  • Wed- Film round campus several times, start group piece - following the same process
  • Thurs - reh and mem day for groups, review quiz
  • Fri - Perform group oral interpretation pieces, quiz , watch film
Week 10
  • Mon-Fall Break
  • Tues- intro to voice, activities to explore voice
  • Wed- No class due to the PSAT
  • Thurs - intro spoken word techniques, group poems, and begin group rehearsals
  • Friday- Mark scripts, memorize, and choose and mark a poem in groups of three or 4
Week 8/9- We are still on Tech! Students will complete a few costume and set tasks they haven't completed on Monday and again Friday if need be. 
  • Tues- Students will predict, learn, and manipulate important information on show posters
  • Wed- missed class due to NHS inductions
  • Thurs- they will design a show poster The Little Mermaid
  • Fri- Juniors missing for Health fair - senior work day
  • Mon - no school - in-service day for teachers
  • Tues-they will be given time and materials to make their design a reality
  • Wed- the posters will be evaluated for effectiveness (and a grade) - These posters will be put up around the school to advertise the play.
  • Thurs- we will wrap up with games and an assessment on all areas of tech done so far
  • Fri- no school - Happy Fall Break
Week 7 - We are still on Tech! Students will be introduced to Lights and sound this week
They will have small participation projects and also continue creating Little Mermaid props and costumes
Week 6- 
  • Let Tech week continue! Students will be introduced to general set information Mon-Tues and then break into teams. Some will construct the set while others continue on costumes and props!
  • Friday students will review their technical information from notes and assess their progress on show items
Week 5-
  • Students will take a break from performing and begin learning about the technical elements of Theatre
  • My goal is to introduce concepts for two days then have students apply in real life scenario by creating things for our Fall play
  • Mon/ Tues- Costumes and Props crash course
  • Wed-Fri- create fish puppets, jellyfish hats, sting ray puppets, turtle backs
Week 4-
  • We will build on gesture to explore pantomime which will become mime
  • Mime Projects and pantomime quiz Fri
Week 3-
  • Monday students will perform their Do Something project from last week and take their Actor's body quiz
  • Tuesday we will build on the prior unit and explore pantomime as part of nonverbal communication. This unit will end a mime performance Friday if all goes well
Week two
  • Mon- learn types of stages and review for quiz
  • Tues- quiz and intro into Actor's body 
  • The week will include exercises and opportunities to develop skills in controlling and communicating with your body
Week one
  • Working on Ensemble and jumping into the basics
  • Students will touch on basic vocabulary, commitment, focus, and basic staging principles for a proscenium stage
  • Our first performance will be a quick creation on Friday