Pantomime Scenes

by Dana Fleming

Unit Objective:

Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to craft a storyline and convey physicality and emotion by performing an original duo-pantomime scene.


2014 National Core Arts Theatre Standards:

TH:Cr1.1: Envision, Conceptualize
Anchor Standard: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.


TH:Cr2.1: Develop
Anchor Standard: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.


TH:Cr3.1: Rehearse
Anchor Standard: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation.


TH:Pr4.1: Select
Anchor Standard: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.


TH:Pr5.1: Prepare
Anchor Standard: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.


TH:Re8.1: Interpret
Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.


TH:Pr6.1: Share, Present
Anchor Standard: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.



Lesson One—Intro to Movement
Objective: Students will understand the basics of communication through movement and implement them through a game of Charades.


Lesson Two—Pantomime
Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of pantomime by performing simple actions.


Lesson Three—Storylines
Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge as to how to create a fun an interesting storyline by turning it an outline with a clear beginning, middle, and end.


Lesson Four—Emotion and Characters in Pantomime
Objective—Students will demonstrate an understanding of how physicality portrays emotion and character by creating emotions and characters for their scenes.


Lesson Five—Rehearsal of Stories
Objective: Students will use the story outlines they’ve made to create full scenes by using the “How to Develop a Pantomime” handouts.


Lesson Six—Previews
Objective—Students will perform their pantomimes and analyze the performances of their peers by recording one moment in each pantomime that they enjoyed, and one area of assessment each pantomime can work on.


Lesson Seven—Revisions
Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to revise and improve by turning in one area of their pantomime that they will work on this period to improve and be graded on for improvement in their final assessment.


Lesson Eight—Performances
Objective: Students will demonstrate proficiency in pantomime by performing their polished and improved scenes to their peers.



Pantomime Scenes Unit Lessons.Dana Fleming