Hello, Folks. Welcome to my very cool WEEBLY website, where you can get updated on all the groovy happenings of the drama department here at CHS. (Drama Department = Mrs. Coller and her student acting/building/sound crew from September to the end of November)
So far, we are looking at the following:
Click here for a copy of the class handout for drama terminology.
Have a great week!
Because we are going to be creating a story for the elementary children of Lake Street, we have listed possible topics to fit in with their character education program (below). We also brainstormed to see what kind of story we would like to create. So far, we have tossed up the idea of fairy tales, cartoon re-dos, the cat version of West Side Story, real life scenarios, etc. I can't wait to see what we come up with at the end of the semester!!
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
Have a great night!
Today we individually described objects chosen from around the classroom. Smell, touch, taste, sight, sound.
Try it on your own. Find an object around your house. Don't wimp out on me here. FIND A DESCRIPTION, even if you are describing the smell of paper. Is it bitter? salty?
What does it sound like?
What thoughts come to mind while looking at it?
What would it taste like?
What would it smell like?
What connections do you make with other objects while you are touching it?
Does the sensation change at all while holding this object? How?
Descriptive terms to utilize:
I will buy you a candy bar of your choice if you comment below with a descriptive term that is not on the list. Deadline: October 19th, 2013
Have a good night.
On Friday, as you know, there was an assembly. As a class, we thought it was pretty good. This is what you had to say:
Have a refreshing fall weekend! Enjoy the sun!
Today you found out how to create a solid performance by simply working together and talking it out. Good job!
(To sit in solemn silence on a dull, dark dock
in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock,
awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock
from a cheap and chippy chopper with a big, black block.)
See you tomorrow!!
Today we completed our drama terminology term list! Hallelujah!
Thank you to the students who paid attention to the "rules" of actors doing improv. Remember that we are learning to TRUST each other professionally while in this class. We will be writing together, reading together, and performing together. If this isn't done with respect and with unity, the entire point of this class is SHOT.
Suggestions from today from your loving teacher:
1. Be sure to move around the stage more often. You have an entire area and are not utilizing it to the best of your ability.
2. Keep focused as a character. You have an objective in mind, and, if you disregard it, you are throwing the audience and your fellow actor for a loop. It is harder to understand the "plot" when the two actors are not on the same page.
3. Today, Sierra heard something in the audience that had been unexpected. Instead of being freaked out and dropping the plot or her character, she USED that moment to tie into her story. GREAT JOB, SIERRA!!
4. Keep in mind that you are staying focused on your fellow actors, not on the audience. I noticed a couple of you drop character a bit to make the audience laugh or to laugh at yourself for something you did in character. When you stay in character, you are actually being MORE sincere and MORE funny than when we can tell you are "showing off" for us.
5. When one person "messes up", use it as a learning opportunity and try to determine better ways that the situation could have been handled. I have noticed that, for the most part, you have been connecting as a group, and I appreciate your camaraderie. I see that you are helping each other with vocabulary and with keeping on task during any given "drama project". Keep up the good work, and continue to encourage each other.
Have a great night!
Today we talked about (and practiced) the connection we should have as actors who are all working on the same piece, in this case, improvisation.
Rules for Improv:
See you tomorrow, when we are going to have an entire VOCAB day, just to complete the notes.
Apron, Arena Stage, Aside, Audition, Backdrop or Drop, Backstage, Batten, Blocking, Build, Casting, Cold Reading, Counter-cross, Counterweight System, Cross, Cyc or Cyclorama, Dimmers, Downstage, Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight, External Traits, Flats, Floodlights, Fly Space, Fourth Wall, Fresnel, Full Back / Full Front, Gelatins, Going Up, Greenroom, House, House Lights, Illusion of the First Time, Improvisation, Instrument, Method Acting, Monologue, Motivation, Off Book, Onstage, Pantomime, Project, Prompt Book, Props or Properties, Proscenium Stage, Raked Stage, Readers Theatre, Role, Scenery, Scoring a Role, Scrim, Sense Memory, Sightlines, Soliloquies, Stage Left, Stage Right, Teaser, Thrust Stage, Tormentors, Trapdoor, Upstage, Upstaging, Voice-Over, Wings
Know them. Love them.
Have a great weekend!
Hello, Folks! This is our first full week of dramatics class, and I hope you have enjoyed our short time together so far.
Last week we discussed the expectations of an audience and of the production cast for any theater performance. Obviously, there is an unspoken agreement between the people of the theater, one that they may or may not be aware of, but that they adhere to nonetheless.
This idea permeates through to society and to relationships between all people groups. In order for one person to communicate effectively, (s)he must have a basic understanding of these.
This week, make a list of the "unspoken" guidelines you have seen either broken or kept.
Have a great day!
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