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    LEVEL ONE THEATER ARTS

    2018-2019 School Year

    * Downloadable documents from this course are available on the bottom portion of this page *

     

    COURSE GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    • To introduce the student to the art of theatre: a brief history of theater, the component parts of theatre, the process of theatrical production, the various creative artists and technicians who make it happen.

    • To provide the student with criteria with which to make value judgments relating to theatrical experiences by exposing the student to live and taped performances.

    • To encourage the awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of the theatrical experiences.

    • To give students the tools to feel more confident in front of others.

     

    REQUIREMENTS

    Text - No textbook required. You are required to read class handouts and take notes on class discussions.  You should have a notebook for this class and bring it every day to class.

    Small Projects - Students will be expected to complete a number of hands on projects that involve the topics of playwriting, auditioning, puppets, directing, and set design.

    Group Original Creation/Performance Piece - Students will be divided into groups and each group will create and present a five to ten minute performance piece, which is an expression of contemporary society. Source material for the piece can be a play, poem, newspaper article, magazine article, song, book or the like. The goal for each group piece is to elicit a strong emotional response from the audience. Please remember that cooperation and commitment are essential for the successful completion of group projects.  

    Exam - There will be one exam that will cover theater terminology and types of theater spaces.

    Involvement in Performance Based Exercises/Attendance - Involvement in all class discussions, exercises and activities is expected. Attendance is very important, as you cannot participate if you are not in class. A key part of this course is the evolution that the young performer shows from the beginning of the course to its completion.

    Classroom performances – Many projects involve a performance component. The students are required to present their performances in front of the entire class.

     

    CLASS WEBSITE

    Explore our class website via www.anoka.k12.mn.us/amsatheater.  On this site you will find all of this course information, class handouts, and audition information for our school and the entire Twin Cities.  To learn about the after-school theater program visit www.amsatheater.org   

     

    AMSA THEATER’S  SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES

    Join the AMSA Theater’s social media page to get reminders about auditions, behind-the-scenes info as well as current theater news and other related theater articles/pointers. Make sure you have your parent’s permission before being on social media!  Join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSAtheater, or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/amsatheater, or Twitter at https://twitter.com/AMSAbooster or Snapchat username amsatheater   

     

    AGENTS/ADDITIONAL TRAINING

    I STRONGLY encourage you to talk to me before you sign your student up for acting training or before getting an agent.  There are a lot of groups out there who do not have your best interest in mind and simply want your money.

     

    THEATER SEASON

    Though being involved in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ Theater Season is not required, we strongly encourage you to participate!  We need actors as well as people behind the scenes to work sets, costumes, props and more. See Mr. Fietek or Ms. Cadwell to learn how!

    Fall Auditions: Seussical (a musical) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (technically not a musical, but the characters sing some Christmas Carols) on September 10th or 11th.  Please sign up for an audition time outside the theater classrooms. Audition slots are available between 3:10pm-5:55pm.

    Winter Auditions: Charlotte’s Web (not a musical) and Disney’s Mary Poppins (a musical) on December 13th or 17th.  Please sign up for an audition time outside the theater classrooms.  Audition slots are available between 3:10pm-5:55pm.

    Performance Dates:

    Seussical from October 26-November 4

    A Charlie Brown Christmas from November 30-December 13                                  

    Charlotte’s Web from February 8-17

    Disney’s Mary Poppins from April 19-28

     

    CELL PHONE POLICY

    Must be all the way off (not on vibrate) and put away the entire class period.  

    1.     First offense = warning

    2.     Second offense = a call home

    3.     Each additional offense = a disciplinary referral to the office

    If there is ever a time where students may use their phones in class (i.e. accessing music or for research) they will be notified in advance.

     

    GRADING

    All assignments must be handed in on time. Individual project points will be reduced by 10% for each day a project is late (Example: 100 points possible if turned in on time, 90 points if one day late, 80 points if two days late and so on).

     

    It is the student’s responsibility to get missed assignments and to turn in late work.

     

    GRADING SCALE            

    A 90-100% of points              

    B 80-89% of points         

    C 70-79% of points         

    D 60-69% of points         

    F 0-59% of points

     

    TRIMESTER ONE

    Audition Project (50 points)

    Theater Terms Exam (45 points)                 

    Character Analysis/Performance Project (50 points)                

    Performance Based Exercises/Discussions (25 points at mid-Tri and 25 points at end of Tri)

     

    TRIMESTER TWO         

    Design Project (50 points)

    Native American Storytelling Project (50 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - The Wiz  (15 points)

    Playwright Project (50 points)     

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Shrek  (15  points)             

    Performance Based Exercises/Discussions  (25 points at mid-Tri and 25 points at end of Tri)

     

    TRIMESTER THREE

    Puppet Show Project (50 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Peter Pan  (15 points)

    Scene Project (50 points)                  

    Final Project (100 points)                  

    Performance Based Exercises/Discussions (25 points at mid-Tri and 25 points at end of Tri)

     

    DAY 1 CLASS SCHEDULE  (for Day 2 class scroll down below)

    Sept 4     Introduction

    Sept 6     Auditioning and Audition Project assigned (Due September 18)   

    Sept 10, 12 & 14     Work on Audition Project

    Sept 18     Present Audition Project in front of class

    Sept 20, 24 & 26     Team Building Exercises

    Sept 28 & Oct 2     Theater Terms/Types of Stages and watch  PBS’s Crash Course In Theater

    Oct 4 Character Analysis /Performance Project assigned (Due October 29)

    Oct 8    Review for Theater Terms Exam

    Oct 10    Take Theater Terms Exam

    Oct 12 & 16     Work on Character Analysis/Performance Project in class

    Oct 23     Share Character Analysis/Performance Project with peer for feedback.

    Oct 25     Last day to work on Character Analysis/Performance Project in class

    Oct 29    Character Analysis Due and Character Performance in front of class

    Oct 31     Directing lecture and watch Behind the Scenes: The Tempest

    Nov 2 & 6      Directing exercises

    Nov 8, 12 & 14     Learn about Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers

    Nov 16     Assign Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers Project (Due 5)

    Nov 20, 27, &  29 Work on  Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers projects in class

    Dec 5     Native American Storytelling Project assigned (Due December 19) and Design Project Due

    Dec 7, 11,13 & 17     Native American Theater Project work time

    Dec 19 & 21      Present Native American Theater Project in front of class

    Jan 3     Catch up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises

    Jan 7     Go over Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet and begin watching Broadway's The Wiz (Worksheet due Jan 17)

    Jan 9 & 11    Continue watching Broadway’s The Wiz

    Jan 15     The Playwright and Playwright Project assigned (Due January 30)

    Jan 17     Work on Playwright Project in class and The Wiz Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    Jan 22     Continue on Playwright Project in class

    Jan 24     Peer share Playwright Project and get feedback for revision

    Jan 28     Last day to work on Playwright Project in class

    Jan 30     Improvisation Lecture and Playwright Projects Due  

    Feb 1 & 5   Improvisation Exercises continued

    Feb 7, 11, 13 & 15     Music Theater lecture and watch Broadway's Shrek (Worksheet due Feb 21)

    Feb 21     Catch up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises and Shrek Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    Feb 25     Watch Jim Henson's How To Operate Puppets

    Feb 27     Assign Puppet Show Project (Due March 28)

    March 1, 5, & 18     Work on Puppet Show Projects in class

    March 20     Present Puppet Show Project in small group for feedback and revision

    March 22     Last day to work on Puppet Show Projects in class

    March 26 & 28     Present Puppet Show Projects in front of class

    April 1, 3, 5 & 9     Watch Broadway's Peter Pan (Worksheet due April 15)  

    April 11     Scene Project assigned (Due April 26)

    April 15     Work on Scene Project in class and Peter Pan Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    April 17     Work on Scene Project

    April 22     Present Scene Project in small group for feedback

    April 24      Last day to work on Scene Project in class

    April 26, 30 & May 2    Present Scene Projects in front of class

    May 6     Assign Final Project (Due May 24)

    May 8, 10 & 14     Work on Final Project in class

    May 16     Present Final Project  in small group for feedback and revision

    May 20 & 22     Work on Final Project in class

    May 24, 29 & 31     Present Final Projects in front of class

    June 4      Catch up day if needed or Theater Exercises

    June 6     Last day of school activities

     

    DAY 2 CLASS SCHEDULE  

    Sept 5     Introduction

    Sept 7     Auditioning and Audition Project assigned (Due September 18)   

    Sept 11 , 13 & 17     Work on Audition Project

    Sept 19     Present Audition Project in front of class

    Sept 21, 25 & 27     Team Building Exercises

    Oct 1 & 3     Theater Terms/Types of Stages and watch  PBS’s Crash Course In Theater

    Oct 5 Character Analysis /Performance Project assigned (Due October 29)

    Oct 9    Review for Theater Terms Exam

    Oct 11    Take Theater Terms Exam

    Oct 15 & 22     Work on Character Analysis/Performance Project in class

    Oct 24     Share Character Analysis/Performance Project with peer for feedback.

    Oct 26     Last day to work on Character Analysis/Performance Project in class

    Oct 30    Character Analysis Due and Character Performance in front of class

    Nov 1    Directing lecture and watch Behind the Scenes: The Tempest

    Nov 5 & 7      Directing exercises

    Nov 9, 13 & 15     Learn about Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers

    Nov 19     Assign Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers Project (Due 5)

    Nov 26, 28 & Dec 4      Work on Set, Costume, Makeup Designers and Lighting Designers projects in class

    Dec 6     Native American Storytelling Project assigned (Due December 19) and Design Project Due

    Dec 10, 12,14 & 18     Native American Theater Project work time

    Dec 20 & Jan 2      Present Native American Theater Project in front of class

    Jan 4     Catch up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises

    Jan 8     Go over Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet and begin watching Broadway's The Wiz (Worksheet due Jan 17)

    Jan 10 & 14    Continue watching Broadway’s The Wiz

    Jan 16     The Playwright and Playwright Project assigned (Due January 30)

    Jan 18     Work on Playwright Project in class and The Wiz Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    Jan 23     Continue on Playwright Project in class

    Jan 25     Peer share Playwright Project and get feedback for revision

    Jan 29     Last day to work on Playwright Project in class

    Jan 31     Improvisation Lecture and Playwright Projects Due  

    Feb 4 & 6   Improvisation Exercises continued

    Feb 8, 12, 14 & 20     Music Theater lecture and watch Broadway's Shrek (Worksheet due Feb 21)

    Feb 22     Catch up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises and Shrek Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    Feb 26     Watch Jim Henson's How To Operate Puppets

    Feb 28     Assign Puppet Show Project (Due March 28)

    March 4, 6 & 19     Work on Puppet Show Projects in class

    March 21     Present Puppet Show Project in small group for feedback and revision

    March 25     Last day to work on Puppet Show Projects in class

    March 27 & 29     Present Puppet Show Projects in front of class

    April 2, 4, 8 & 10     Watch Broadway's Peter Pan (Worksheet due April 16)  

    April 12     Scene Project assigned (Due April 29)

    April 16     Work on Scene Project in class and Peter Pan Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet Due

    April 18     Work on Scene Project

    April 23     Present Scene Project in small group for feedback

    April 25      Last day to work on Scene Project in class

    April 29, May 1 & 3   Present Scene Projects in front of class

    May 7     Assign Final Project (Due May 28)

    May 9, 13 & 15     Work on Final Project in class

    May 17     Present Final Project  in small group for feedback and revision

    May 21 & 23     Work on Final Project in class

    May 28, 30 & Jun 3     Present Final Projects in front of class

    June 5      Catch up day if needed or Theater Exercises

     

    COURSE DOCUMENTS:

     

    Audition Project

     

    Tamara monologue 

     

    Harry monologue

     

    Toni monologue

     

    Isabelle monologue

     

    Lee monologue

     

    Simon monologue

     

    Greta monologue

     

    Theater Terms

     

    Character Project

     

    Directing Notes

     

    Costume Designer Notes

     

    Slurping Beauty Script 

     

    Set Design Project

     

    Costume Design Project 

     

    Lighting Design Project

     

    Makeup Design Project

     

    Native American Storytelling Notes 

     

    Cannibal Monster Script

     

    Gluskabe and Old Man Winter Script

     

    Possum's Tail Script

     

    Star Sisters Script

     

    Strongest One Script

     

    Live Theater Response Questions

     

    Playwright Notes

     

    Playwright Assignment

     

    Play Script Format Example

     

    Improvisation Notes 

     

    Musical Theater Notes

     

    Puppet Project

     

    Scene Project 

     

    Pink Panther Strikes Again Scene  

     

    Little Prince Scene 

     

    Amazing Grace Scene 

     

    Lord of the Flies Scene 

     

    Rebel Without a Cause Scene 

     

    Final Project