Name: Spencer Duncan
Unit Title:Monologues and Auditions
Unit Objective:Students will demonstrate an understanding of the audition process by preparing for an audition as an actor and a casting director.
Learning Level:8-9thgrade, intermediate junior high
Student Prior Experience:semester of beginning drama
TH:Pr5.1.8.a. Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.
TH:Re9.1.8. a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.
TH:Pr6.1.8.a. Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.
TH:Re8.1.8.c. Apply personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs to evaluate a drama/theatre work.
What do auditioners look for from actors in an audition?
How does practice improve performance?
What do we do when we don’t succeed?
How do I select an appropriate monologue?
How do I prepare for an audition?
Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings:
Rejection is not always a personal attack.
Knowing a system enables one to achieve within that system.
There are practical applications to class activities.
Key Knowledge & Skills: analysis, performance, interpretation
Authentic Performance Tasks:
Lesson 1: Auditions
Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of theatrical auditions by applying learned information to the preparing of a good and bad audition.
Lesson 2: Character Development
Objective: Students will demonstrate an ability to select and prepare appropriate audition material by working on two contrasting, teacher-approved, one-minute monologues.
Lesson 3: Rehearsal/Casting Prep, Day 1
Objective: Students will demonstrate an ability to prepare for an audition as a director or actor by engaging in preview performances or collaborative textual interpretation.
Lesson 4: Rehearsal/Casting Prep, Day 2
Lesson 5: Casting Day 1
Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to give and evaluate performance through participating in an audition process.
Lesson 6: Casting Day 2
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