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    LEVEL TWO THEATER ARTS

    2018-2019 School Year

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

     

    COURSE GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    • To develop and expand the concepts introduced in Level 1.

    • 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 give young artists the tools and opportunities to grow as performers.

    • To assist students in understanding the work process involved in creating a theatrical work.

    • To instill a greater sense of self-confidence in front of others.

    • To create situations were students are guided towards becoming more  independent and self-disciplined.

     

    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 for lecture notes and project work.

    Small Projects - Students will be expected to complete a number of hands on projects that involve the topics of scene work, Shakespeare, mask work and show observations and more.

    Live Theater Production Requirement – All Level 2 students are required to attend THREE live theatrical productions this school year (one each trimester) and submit a completed worksheet on each.  You can also use a play you were in as one of the plays you write about.  Please plan ahead to attend!

    Group Performance Piece - Students will be divided into groups and each group will be given a ten-minute play, written by a professional playwright. Each group is then to costume, provide props, create scenery, memorize, rehearse and then ultimately perform the play.

    Exam - There will be only one exam, which will cover theater terminology.

    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 Twittter 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 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.  Failure to do so will result in:

    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 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  

    Terminology Exam  (60 points)

    Breathing Puppet Project (25 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Driving Miss Daisy” (15 Points)

    Costume Design Project (50 points)

    Open Scene Project (25 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice (15 Points)

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

     

    TRIMESTER TWO

    Realized Scene Project (50 points)

    Stage Combat Scene (50 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Into the Woods” (15 Points)

    Shakespeare Monologue Project (50 Points)           

    Play Script Analysis/Presentation (40 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice (15 Points)

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

     

    TRIMESTER THREE

    “Once on this Island” Collaboration Project (50 Points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Newsies” (15 Points)

    Final Project (100 Points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice (15 Points)

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

                   

    DAY ONE CLASS SCHEDULE (Scroll down to see Day Two schedule)

    Sept 4     Welcome

    Sept 6     Audition Pointers & Finding Monologues

    Sept 10, 12 & 14     Team Building

    Sept 18     Theater Terminology (Exam Sept 28)

    Sept 20     List of Inappropriate Behaviors and How To Succeed in Theater handouts and lecture

    Sept 24     Theater Terminology exam review

    Sept 26     Problem Areas for the Actor lecture including handout

    Sept 28     Theater Terminology Exam     

    Oct 2     Watch documentary Making of War Horse

    Oct 4     Assign Breathing Puppet Project (Due Oct 12)  

    Oct 8 & 10     Work on Breathing Puppet Project

    Oct 12     Present Breathing Puppet Project in front of class

    Oct 16      Improving Cold Reading Lecture and Exercises

    Oct 23     Go over Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet

    Oct 25 & 29     Watch Broadway's Driving Miss Daisy and assign Driving Miss Daisy Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due Nov 2)

    Oct 31     Recap discussion on Driving Miss Daisy, Costume Design lecture and Costume Design Project assigned (Due Nov 14)  

    Nov 2     Work on Costume Design Project and Driving Miss Daisy Live Theater Response Questions  Due

    Nov 6 & 8     Work on Costume Design Project

    Nov 12     Open Scene Project assigned (Due Nov 27)

    Nov 14     Work on Open Scene Project and Costume Design Project Due

    Nov 16     Peer share Open Scene Project and get feedback for revision

    Nov 20     Last day to work on Open Scene Project and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice Due

    Nov 27     Present Open Scene Project in front of class

    Nov 29     Discuss and Assign Realized Scene Project (Due Dec 17)

    Dec 5 & 7     Work on Realized Scene

    Dec 11     Peer share Realized Scene and get feedback for revision

    Dec 13     Final day to work on Realized Scene

    Dec 17 & 19     Present Realized Scene Projects in front of class

    Dec 21 , Jan 3 & 7    Stage Combat Techniques and assign Combat Scene (Due Jan 17)

    Jan 9 & 11     Work on Combat Scene

    Jan 15     Peer share Stage Combat Scene and get peer feedback for revision

    Jan 17     Present Combat Scene in front of class

    Jan 22     Begin watching the Broadway Show Into the Woods and assign Into the Woods

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due Feb 11)

    Jan 24, 28 & 30     Continue watching Into the Woods

    Feb 1     Into the Woods recap discussion, watch Standard Deviants: Shakespeare and assign Shakespeare Monologue Project (Due Feb 13)

    Feb 5 & 7 Work on Shakespeare Monologue Project in class

    Feb 11     Last day to work on Shakespeare Monologue Project in class and Into the Woods Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet due

    Feb 13    Present Shakespeare Monologue Project in front of class

    Feb 15     Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project assigned (Due Feb 27)

    Feb 21 & 25     Work on Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in class

    Feb 27     Present Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in front of class and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    March 1 & 5    Continue Presenting Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in front of class

    March 18      Assign Once On this Island Collaboration Project (Due April 9)

    March 20     Work on Collaboration Project in class

    March 22, 26, 28, April 1, 3 & 5     Work on Collaboration Project in class

    April 9, 11 & 15     Present Collaboration Project

    April 17     Discussion comparing and contrasting Collaboration Projects and catch up day if needed

    April 22     Begin watching the Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies and Newsies Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due May 10)  

    April 24, 26, 30 & May 2     Watch Broadway’s Newsies

    May 6 & 8     Improvisation for actors

    May 10     Assign and discuss Final Project (Due May 29) and Newsies Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet due  

    May 14, 16 & 20     Work on Final Project in class

    May 22     Peer share Final Project and get feedback for revision

    May 24     Final day to work on Final Project in class

    May 29     Present Final Projects in front of class and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    May 31 & June 4     Continue Presenting Final Projects in front of class

    June 6    Last day of school activities

     

    DAY TWO CLASS SCHEDULE

    Sept 5     Welcome

    Sept 7     Audition Pointers & Finding Monologues

    Sept 11, 13 & 17     Team Building

    Sept 19     Theater Terminology (Exam Oct 1)

    Sept 21     List of Inappropriate Behaviors and How To Succeed in Theater handouts and lecture

    Sept 25     Theater Terminology exam review

    Sept 27     Problem Areas for the Actor lecture including handout

    Oct 1     Theater Terminology Exam     

    Oct 3     Watch documentary Making of War Horse

    Oct 5     Assign Breathing Puppet Project (Due Oct 15)  

    Oct 9 & 11     Work on Breathing Puppet Project

    Oct 15     Present Breathing Puppet Project in front of class

    Oct 22      Improving Cold Reading Lecture and Exercises

    Oct 24     Go over Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet

    Oct 26 & 30     Watch Broadway's Driving Miss Daisy and assign Driving Miss Daisy Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due Nov 5)

    Nov 1     Recap discussion on Driving Miss Daisy, Costume Design lecture and Costume Design Project assigned (Due Nov 15)  

    Nov 5     Work on Costume Design Project and Driving Miss Daisy Live Theater Response Questions  Due

    Nov 7 & 9     Work on Costume Design Project

    Nov 13     Open Scene Project assigned (Due Nov 28)

    Nov 15     Work on Open Scene Project and Costume Design Project Due

    Nov 19     Peer share Open Scene Project and get feedback for revision

    Nov 26     Last day to work on Open Scene Project and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice Due

    Nov 28     Present Open Scene Project in front of class

    Dec 4     Discuss and Assign Realized Scene Project (Due Dec 18)

    Dec 6 & 10     Work on Realized Scene

    Dec 12     Peer share Realized Scene and get feedback for revision

    Dec 14     Final day to work on Realized Scene

    Dec 18 & 20     Present Realized Scene Projects in front of class

    Jan 2 , 4 & 8    Stage Combat Techniques and assign Combat Scene (Due Jan 18)

    Jan 10 & 14     Work on Combat Scene

    Jan 16     Peer share Stage Combat Scene and get peer feedback for revision

    Jan 18     Present Combat Scene in front of class

    Jan 23     Begin watching the Broadway Show Into the Woods and assign Into the Woods

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due Feb 12)

    Jan 25, 29 & 31     Continue watching Into the Woods

    Feb 4     Into the Woods recap discussion, watch Standard Deviants: Shakespeare and assign Shakespeare Monologue Project (Due Feb 14)

    Feb 6 & 8 Work on Shakespeare Monologue Project in class

    Feb 12     Last day to work on Shakespeare Monologue Project in class and Into the Woods Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet due

    Feb 14    Present Shakespeare Monologue Project in front of class

    Feb 20     Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project assigned (Due Feb 28)

    Feb 22 & 26     Work on Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in class

    Feb 28     Present Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in front of class and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    March 4 & 6    Continue Presenting Play Script Analysis/Presentation Project in front of class

    March 19      Assign Once On this Island Collaboration Project (Due April 10)

    March 21     Work on Collaboration Project in class

    March 25, 27, 29, April 2, 4 & 8     Work on Collaboration Project in class

    April 10, 12 & 16     Present Collaboration Project

    April 18     Discussion comparing and contrasting Collaboration Projects and catch up day if needed

    April 23     Begin watching the Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies and Newsies Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet assigned (Due May 13)  

    April 25, 29, May 1 & 3     Watch Broadway’s Newsies

    May 7 and 9     Improvisation for actors

    May 13     Assign and discuss Final Project (Due May 30) and Newsies Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet due  

    May 15, 17 & 21     Work on Final Project in class

    May 23     Peer share Final Project and get feedback for revision

    May 28     Final day to work on Final Project in class

    May 30     Present Final Projects in front of class and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    June 3 & 5     Continue Presenting Final Projects in front of class

     

    COURSE DOCUMENTS:

    Live Show Requirement Parent Letter

     

    Live Theater Response Questions

     

    Audition Pointers Handout

     

    Theater Terms Part 1

     

    Theater Terms Part 2

     

    Code of Ethics for Actors Handout

     

    Inappropriate Behaviors Handout

     

    How To Succeed In Theater Handout

     

    Problem Areas for Actors Handout

     

    Breathing Puppet Project 

     

    Costume Design Project

     

    Costume Designer's Artistic Statement Assignment 

     

    Open Scene Project

     

    Open Scene Script

     

    Realized Scene Project 

     

    Amazing Grace Scene

     

    Little Prince Scene

     

    Lord of the Flies Scene

     

    Pink Panther Scene

     

    Rebel without A Cause Scene

     

    Stage Combat Guidelines Handout 

     

    Stage Combat Project

     

    Shakespeare Monologue Project

     

    Shakespeare Acting Tips Handout

     

    Shakespeare Sample Monologues

     

    Script Analysis Project

     

    Collaboration Project

     

    Collaboration Project Script 

     

    Final Project