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     Welcome Theatre Students! 

If you are enrolled in my Theatre I, II, III, or IV, then you are on the right page! I know you are all facing a lot of unknowns, so I have come up with a couple of assignments that will help boost your grade for the final nine weeks and give you a much needed artistic outlet during these troubling times. 

** Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a plague.**

REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT (CHOOSE ONE OPTION) - DUE 4/3 (BEFORE SPRING BREAK) 

OPTION 1 (DUE APRIL 3 by 11:59PM)-  PERFORMANCE CRITIQUE - 30 points 

  • Choose a movie adaptation or filmed LIVE performance of a play or musical that you would like to do a Performance Critique on. The musical or play must have been a theatrical piece BEFORE it was a movie - SO Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Waitress will NOT count. Please challenge yourself by choosing something you haven't seen before. Once you've made your choice EMAIL MLORICCO@RCPS.INFO for approval. CRITIQUES SENT FOR GRADING WITHOUT MY APPROVAL WILL NOT BE COUNTED. 
  • You can choose any streaming platform that you already have access to. Please do not tell your parents that I am forcing you to purchase a subscription. 
  • Once approved, write a TWO-page response paper, in MLA formatting, on the performance/movie adaptation. Follow these guidelines for more information - https://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/ - papers submitted that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without credit. 
  • Two-page response must include the following: 
    • SYNOPSIS - 1-2 paragraphs summarizing the play/production - which includes the beginning, middle, and end of the play. Be sure to note the exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. 
    • ACTING TECHNIQUE - 1-2 paragraphs noting what are the key moments in the play in which an actor demonstrates a strong skill set? Explore the relationship dynamics between each character. How are these relationships developed over the course of the performance? What is the relationship between the voice and physical aspects of the character? How is the voice used? Accent? How do they use facial expressions to convey meaning? Explore and discuss their physical, vocal and acting skills. How do they emotionally invest in the role? Always explain, with examples, of why it was successful, or not. 
    • YOUR IMPRESSION -  What are the most important visual and aural elements you retained? How did you feel at the end of the performance? Share your thoughts. Will it have a long term impact on you? Why? When you close your eyes how many moments can you visualize in your head? What was the highlight of the performance? Which moment was the weakest? What elements of the performance confused you? Were there any intentions you couldn’t work out?

      OPTION 2 - PLAYWRITING PROMPT - 30 points (DUE APRIL 3 by 11:59PM)
    • BRAINSTORM (5 points) - Create a list of 20 possible play ideas. From that list of 20, circle five that stand out to you. Of those five, choose 2 that you will combine to create a 10-minute play about. 
    • TEN-MINUTE PLAY (25 points) - Write a rough draft of a play which includes at least two characters (no more than six), stage directions, dialogue, and each part of Freytag's Dramatic Structure (Exposition, Inciting Incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution)  
    • See this for formatting - https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/stageus.pdf

ALL PROJECTS SHOULD BE SENT VIA DROPBOX ON SYNERGY FOR CREDIT NO LATER THAN APRIL 3 BY 11:59PM (NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED). YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO BOTH PROJECTS FOR A BONUS 30 POINTS TOWARD YOUR FINAL GRADE.