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    LEVEL THREE 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 and 2.

    • To allow students to focus more on their particular area of interest in theater arts.

    • To help students to begin to develop a much greater sense of self discipline.

    • To give students greater preparation for pursuing an arts career outside of school.

    • To help students be able to grasp a deeper level of text analysis and be able to understand more complex theatrical texts.

    • To expose students to classical works of theater.

    • To provide students more performance opportunities.

     

    REQUIREMENTS

    Text - No textbook required. You are required to read class handouts, scripts and take notes on class discussions.  You should bring a notebook to class every day.

    Small Projects - Students will be expected to complete a number of hands on projects that involve a large variety of topics.

    Theater Production Worksheets – We watch a number of theatrical productions in class and students are required to submit a completed worksheet on each.

    Live Theater Production Requirement – All Level 3 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!

    One Act Play Final - Students will be divided into groups and each group will be given a one act play, written by a professional playwright. Each group is then to costume, provide props, create scenery, memorize, rehearse and then ultimately perform the play in a public performance.  PUBLIC PERFORMANCE IS AT 7:30PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 31 IN THE LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SPACE. All students are also required to stay after the performance to restore the space, which will last approximately 30 minutes.

    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 POINTS           

    Audition Portfolio Project (75 Points)

    Playwrights Quiz (15 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Romeo & Juliet” (15 points)

    Shakespeare in a Box Project (25 Points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Our Town” (15 points)

    Script Project Written and Oral Report (25 Points)

    GOTE Project (25 Points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Hairspray LIVE!” (15 points)

    Radio Plays Project (50 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 POINTS

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - London’s West End production of “Gypsy” (15 points)

    Music Theater Project (50 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Broadway’s “A Christmas Story LIVE!” (15 points)

    Dialect Scene Conversion Project (50 points)

    Large Scale Puppets (50 points)

    1st draft of Adaptation Project (25 points)

    Final draft of Adaptation 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 THREE POINTS

    Prompt Book Project (50 points)

    Community Issues Monologue Project 1st Draft (25 points)

    Community Issues Monologue Project Final Draft (25 points)

    Sketch 1st Draft (25 points)

    Sketch Final draft (25 points)

    Theater Artist Written and Oral report (25 points)

    Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - London’s West End production “Phantom of the   

        Opera” (15 points)

    One Act 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)

     

    CLASS SCHEDULE

    Sept 4     Welcome

    Sept 5     Creating an Audition Portfolio (Audition Portfolio Project due Sept 18)

    Sept 6, 7, & 10    Work on Audition Portfolio Project

    Sept 11, 12 & 13     Watch PBS’s Crash Course in Theater Arts

    Sept 14 & 17     Important playwrights lecture

    Sept 18     Important Playwrights Quiz, watch an analysis of Romeo & Juliet and Audition Portfolio Project due

    Sept 19, 20 & 21     Watch Romeo & Juliet (Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Romeo & Juliet due Sept 27)

    Sept 24     Romeo and Juliet recap discussion and assign Shakespeare-In-A-Box Project (Shakespeare-In-A-Box Project due Oct 3)

    Sept 25 & 26     Work on Shakespeare-In-A-Box Project

    Sept 27     Continue work on Shakespeare-In-A-Box and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Romeo & Juliet due

    Sept 28, Oct 1 & 2     Work on Shakespeare-In-A-Box project

    Oct 3 & 4     Shakespeare-In-A-Box project presented in front of class   

    Oct 5, 8, 9 & 10     Watch Broadway’s Our Town (Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Our Town” due Oct 16)

    Oct 11 & 12     Our Town recap discussion and Given Circumstances exercises

    Oct 15     Script Project written and oral report assigned (Script Project written and oral report

    due Oct 24)

    Oct 16     Work on script projects and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Our Town due

    Oct 22 & 23     Work on script projects

    Oct 24     GOTE Project assigned (GOTE Project due Nov 1) and Script Project written and oral reports presented in front of class

    Oct 25 & 26     Work on GOTE Project

    Oct 29, 30 & 31     Watch Broadway’s Hairspray LIVE! (Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - “Hairspray LIVE!”  due Nov 2)

    Nov 1     Hairspray LIVE! recap discussion and radio plays lecture/assignment (Radio Plays due Nov 9) and GOTE Project due

    Nov 2     Work on Radio Play Project and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Hairspray LIVE! due

    Nov 5, 6, 7 & 8     Work on Radio Play

    Nov 9, 12 & 13     Radio Shows presented in front of class                                 

    Nov 14     Begin watching the London's west end production of Gypsy (Gypsy Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet due Nov 20)

    Nov 15, 16 & 19    Continue watching London's West End production of Gypsy a

    Nov 20     Continue watching London's West End production of Gypsy and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    Nov 26    Gypsy recap discussion and Music Theater Project assigned  (Music Theater Project due Dec 12)

    Nov 27 & 28     Work on Music Theater Project

    Nov 29     Work on Music Theater Project and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Gypsy due

    Dec 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11     Continue work on Music Theater Project                 

    Dec 12, 13 & 14     Perform Music Theater Project presented in front of class

    Dec 17, 18 & 19      Watch A Christmas Story Live! (Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - A Christmas Story LIVE! due Dec 21)

    Dec 20     A Christmas Story LIVE! recap discussion, assign Dialect Scene Conversion Project (Due Jan 14) and study standard British dialect                                 

    Dec 21     Study cockney dialect and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - A Christmas Story Live! due

    Jan 2     Study southern dialect  

    Jan 3     Study Brooklyn dialect

    Jan 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11     Work Dialect Scene Conversion Project (Dialect Scene Conversion

    Project due Jan 14)

    Jan 14 & 15     Dialect Scene Conversion Project presented in front of class

    Jan 16,17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, & 28     Watch Jim Henson’s: Creature Shop Challenge

    Jan 29     Assign Large Scale Puppet Project (Large Scale Puppet Project due Feb 7)

    Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 4, 5 & 6     Work on Large-Scale Puppet Project

    Feb 7, 8 & 11    Large Scale Puppets presented in front of class

    Feb 12     Assign Adaptation Project (Due Feb 21 and March 1) and watch the National Theater’s stage production of Cat In the Hat

    Feb 13     Finish watching Cat in the Hat and assign Adaptation Project (First draft of Adaptation

    Project due Feb 21)

    Feb 14, 15, & 20     Work on Adaptation Project

    Feb 21, 22 & 25     Present 1st draft of Adaptation Project in small groups

    Feb 26 & 27     Work on Final Draft of Adaptation Project (Final draft of Adaptation Project due

    March 1)

    Feb 28     Prompt Book Lecture (Prompt Book due Mar 20) and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    March 1     Work on Prompt Book and Final draft of Adaptation Project due

    March 4, 5, 6 & 18    Work on Prompt Book

    Mar 19     Catch Up Day (if needed) or Theater Exercises

    Mar 20    Begin watching the documentary Great Performances: Hamilton's America and Prompt Book due

    Mar 21     Finish Great Performances: Hamilton's America

    Mar 22     Begin Community Issues Monologue Project (Present Monologue Draft 1 on March 29)

    Mar 25, 26, 27, & 28     Continue work on Community Issues Monologue Project 1st Draft

    March 29 & April 1      Present Community Issues Monologue Project 1st Draft in small groups

    April 2, 3 & 4     Work on Community Issues Monologue Project Final Draft (Monologue Project Final Draft due April 5)

    April 5     Present Community Issues Monologue Project Final Draft in front of class

    April 8     Catch-up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises

    April 9     Sketch writing lecture and assign Sketch Project (Sketch 1st Draft due April 16)  

    April 10, 11,12, & 15   Work on Sketch Project 1st Draft

    April 16 & 17     Present Sketch Project 1st Draft in small groups

    April 18, 22 & 23     Work on Final Draft of Sketch (Sketch Final Draft due April 24)                                          

    April 24, 25 & 26     Present Sketch Final Draft

    April 29     Catch-up day (if needed) or Theater Exercises

    April 30     Theater Artist Report assigned (Theater Artist written and oral report due May 6)

    May 1, 2 & 3     Work on Theater Artist Report

    May 6, 7 & 8     Present and turn in Theater Artist reports

    May 9, 10, 13 & 14     Watch Royal Albert Hall production of Phantom of the Opera (Phantom

    of the Opera Reaction Paper due May 16)

    May 15     Phantom of the Opera recap discussion and assign One Acts Final Project (One Acts Final Project due 7:30 pm on May 31)                                                

    May 16     Rehearse One Acts and Phantom of the Opera Reaction Paper due

    May 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, and 30      Continue rehearsing One Acts

    May 31     Final rehearsal day of One Acts and plan to stay after school from 3:05 pm through show time.  Perform One Acts starting at 7:30PM in the performance space at Lincoln Elementary.  All students must stay after the performance for “strike” which will last approximately 30 minutes.

    June 3     Final project recap and Live Theater Response Questions Worksheet - Community production of choice due

    June 4, 5 & 6     Improvisation Exercises  

     

    COURSE DOCUMENTS       

    Live Show Requirement and Final Project Parent Letter

     

    Level Theater Response Questions

     

    Portfolio Project

     

    Important Playwright Notes 

     

    Shakespeare In a Box Project 

     

    Script Project 

     

    GOTE Project Reading

     

    GOTE Project 

     

    Radio Show Project

     

    Musical Theater Project

     

    Dialect Scene Conversion Project

     

    Giant Puppet Project

     

    Adaptation Project

     

    Prompt Book Project

     

    Monologue Project

     

    Sketch Writing Pointers Handout

     

    Sketch Writing Project

     

    Theater Artist Report Project

     

    Final Project Instructions