Script Analysis and Scene Work

by Nichole Clark

Script Analysis and Scene Work

By Nichole Young Clarke

 

Objective:

Students will be able to make believable and authentic acting choices in scenes by analyzing the script text and exploring appropriate vocality, movement, and motivations.

 

Learning Level:

Beginning

 

Prior Experience:

Students should have a solid background in vocal and movement. They should have already learned how to annotate scripts for vocal notes.

 

Standards:

TH:Cr3.1.I.b. Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1.I.c. Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1.I..a. Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions

TH:Cr3.1.I.b. Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1.I.a. Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1.I.b. Shape character choices using given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1.I.a. Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Re8.1.I.c. Justify personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs through participation in and observation of a drama/theatre work.

TH:Re9.1.I.a. Examine a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence and criteria, while considering art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines.

TH:Cn11.2.I.b. Use basic theatre research methods to better understand the social and cultural background of a drama/theatre work.

 

Big Idea:

Believability

 

Essential Questions:

How can I make believable choices in acting?

What does it mean to create believable choices in acting?

How do I interpret text to help make believable choices in acting?

 

Enduring Understandings:

Theatre artists develop personal processes and skills for a performance or design

Theatre artists make strong choices to effectively convey meaning.

Theatre artists’ interpretations of drama/theatre work are influenced by personal experiences and aesthetics.

Theatre artists refine their work and practice their craft through rehearsal.

 

Key Knowledge and Skills:

Students will be able to…

  • Do basic script analysis for acting.
  • Make believable acting choices.
  • Learn how to use their acting space wisely and interestingly.
  • Learn how to communicate with a partner in scene work.
  • Use rehearsal time wisely and productively.

Performance Tasks

  • Create a basic script analysis paper.
  • Annotate their scripts for blocking notes, character choices, and vocal notes.
  • Memorize
  • Perform a short scene.

 

Lessons:

Lesson 1: Script Analyzation- Plot Structure & Given Circumstances

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to recognize plot structures and given circumstances by reading a 10 minute play and presenting the plot structure and given circumstances to the class.

 

Lesson 2: Script Analysis- Character; Objectives, beats, tactics

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to understand a character objective and tactic changes by marking out the beats in a 10 minute play.

 

Lesson 3: Objectives/ Tactics

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to act with objectives and tactics by practicing objectives and tactics in their script.

 

Lesson 4: Movement/Blocking

Objective: Students will be able to use the stage effectively by blocking out their scenes.

 

Lesson 5: Vocality

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use effective voice by making vocal annotations and passing off their memorization.

 

Lesson 6: Listening/Responding

Objective: Students will be able to listen and respond to their scene partner by doing their scene without breaking eye contact.

 

Lesson 7: Sense/Emotional Memory

Objective: Students will be able to create believable emotions by completing a sensory/emotional memory activity with their scene.

 

Lesson 8: Rehearsal

Objective: Students will be able to make believable acting choices by rehearsing their final scene for another group as well as rehearsing.

 

Lesson 9: Rehearsal- Preview

Objective: Students will be able to make believable acting choices by previewing their final scene for another group as well as rehearsing.

 

Lesson 9: Performance (Turn in Scripts)

Objective: Students will be able to make believable and authentic acting choices in scenes by exploring appropriate vocality, movement, and motivations.

 

Script Analysis and Scene Work Unit of Lessons.Nichole Clarke