Students will demonstrate their understanding of Greek theatre practices and style by participating in various exercises and culminating in a performance in the Greek style.
National Core Arts Theatre Standards:
TH:Cn11.1.HSI a. Explore how cultural, global, and historic belief systems affect creative choices in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Cn11.2.HSI a. Research how other theatre artists apply creative processes to tell stories in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, using theatre research methods.
TH:Re9.1.HSI a. Examine a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence and criteria, while considering art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines.
TH:Re7.1.HSI a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.
TH:Pr6.1.HSI a. Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.
TH:Cr3.1.HSI a. Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions.
Beginning Theatre; lessons prepared for daily 47-minute instruction periods
Lesson 1 –Myths and the Festival Dionysus EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Students will gain a basic knowledge of the cultural context surrounding the Greek theatre and the festival of Dionysus by creating their own myths.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Students will show their mastery of the Aristotelian plot structure through performing a fairy tale with a missing plot element. (This lesson is a continuation of the lesson from the day before because time ran out.)
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to explain the techniques involved in presentational Greek acting by discussing examples and practicing gestures, exaggerated movement, exaggerated speech, and Greek chorus techniques as a class.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Students will review the ideas of shape, gesture, and exaggerated voice in relation to acting as the Greek Chorus by practicing and applying these elements to their final assessment scenes.