PERFORMANCE PRACTICE

Units

Curriculum units in “Performance Practice” focus on a specific final product such as monologues, scenes, auditions, ensemble performance, etc.  While various acting skills and techniques are included as part of lesson instruction, the unit builds to a specific final performance product.

Basics of Storytelling (online) by Katelyn Tullis

Students will demonstrate their ability to collaborate with others and their understanding of different performance genres by taking responsibility for their individual tasks within a larger project, listening to their peers, and applying a justified choice of a performance genre for their script.

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Improvisation by Michael Avila (part virtual/part in-person)

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the skills of improvisation (establish a specific situation, listen, add conflict, plan less, and ‘yes,and’) by performing improvised scenes and reflecting on their understanding.

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Theatre of the Oppressed by Michael Avila (part virtual/part in-person)

Students will demonstrate their understanding of oppression, empathy, Boal techniques by creating and participating in Forum Theatre scenes.

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Second Circle by Michael Avila

Students will demonstrate their understanding of The Second Circle, created by Patsy Rodenburg, and the importance of presence in performance by applying presence to diverse situations and performing a Shakespearean Sonnet in Second Circle.

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The Character of a Puppet’s Voice by Spencer Duncan

Students will demonstrate their ability to manipulate voice to clearly portray an objective-driven character through the design and development of a puppet character in a short scene.

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Contemporary Theatre by Spencer Duncan

Students will demonstrate their ability to interpret and create believable characters through exploring textual analysis, performance, and dramatic criticism.

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Monologues and Auditions by Spencer Duncan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the audition process by preparing for an audition as an actor and a casting director.

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Musical Theatre Mash-ups by Karlee Brading

Students will demonstrate acting fundamentals (character development, objectives, tactics, motivation, blocking) by creating, rehearsing, and performing a musical theatre mash up scene.

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Re-telling Shakespeare by Jean Yellowhorse

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of Shakespeare’s stories and themes by re-telling one of his plays in a dramatic stylized adaptation for the rest of the class.

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Slam Poetry by Scott Savage

Students will consider their own inner thoughts and how they express those things by writing and performing a slam poem.

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THE CURIOUS SAVAGE: Script Analysis and Acting Scenes by Sarina Thomas

Students will demonstrate their understanding of script analysis and characterization by performing a scene from The Curious Savage.

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Children’s Theatre By Robin Edwards

Students will demonstrate their ability to work cohesively by creating and performing a Children’s Theatre piece.

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Stanislavsky’s Elements of Acting by Shawnda Moss

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding and exploration of Stanislavsky’s foundational acting system elements by incorporating them in a monologue or scene performance.

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Original Movie Trailers By Moss, Wilkes, Duncan

Students will compare/integrate other art forms with theatre through analyzing movie trailers. Students will demonstrate understanding of camera angles and movements, using iMovie, scriptwriting, and playing a convincing character by creating an original movie trailer.

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Musical Scene Mash-Ups by Mary Beth Bosen

Students will demonstrate acting fundamentals (character development, objectives, tactics, motivation, blocking) by creating, rehearsing, and performing a musical theatre mash up scene.

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Using Imagination and Movement to Respond to Art by Jennifer Ansted

Students will demonstrate their ability to interpret and respond to artistic mediums and their ability to interact with imaginary things, become objects with their bodies, and express emotions and ideas with their bodies. The will do this by creating, rehearsing, and performing a 3-5-minute silent group scene in response to an artistic work.

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The Voice of the Puppet by Megan Michaels

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of vocal qualities (rate, pitch, tone, diction, and projection) by designing a unique voice for a puppet and performing in an original, rehearsed puppet show.

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Partner Scene Work by Megan Michaels

Students will be able to perform a rehearsed scene with a partner while demonstrating their understanding of stage rules and creating believable characters with objectives and tactics.

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The Shakespearience by Mary Beth Bosen

Students will demonstrate… Expanded thinking about the impact of Shakespeare’s works and performance practices of the past and present; The development of analytical and performance tools to help effectively understand and perform Shakespeare; The process of creating a unified, polished piece; by creating and performing a monologue or scene for a Shakespeare performance showcase

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Storytelling for Actors by Kristen Leinbach

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the elements of storytelling by performing their personal story for the class and writing a reflection.

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Introduction to Characterization by Kristen Leinbach

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic elements of how characterization (including language and physicality) affects creating a storyline by performing a group scene.

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Radio Drama Unit by Anne Flinders

Students will be able to identify and use projection, diction, and vocal variations of rate, pitch, tone, inflection and emphasis by performing a radio drama for their classmates.

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Bringing Shakespeare to Life by Shawnda Moss

Students will demonstrate their ability to become a Shakespearean character by performing a monologue or scene from a Shakespeare play.

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Musical Theatre Performance by Gayle Hansen

Students will demonstrate their understanding of musical theatre by performing a musical theatre act with a song and body movement.

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Vocal Viewpoints by Justine Banks

The students will demonstrate their ability to apply the vocal viewpoints to portray character, emotion, location, and story/plot by performing a reading of a children’s storybook.

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Musical Theatre Elements by Emily Summerhays

Objective: The students will demonstrate their understanding of the various elements of musical theatre by putting on a musical theatre review in class.

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Suzuki Method Acting by Camee Faulk

Objective: Students will be able to access and apply the Suzuki Method to their acting by using this method to perform their regional competition pieces.

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Acting Shakespeare by Shawnda Moss

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their abilities to perform Shakespeare by choosing a performance piece, preparing the piece through translation and scoring, blocking the piece, and performing a Shakespeare monologue or scene.

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Audition Preparation by Richie Uminski

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of auditioning techniques by performing contrasting monologues in a mock audition setting and participating in cold reading mock auditions.

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Storybook Scenes by Kirsten King

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the principles of acting in a scene by writing, rehearsing, and performing a 4-5 minute storybook scene.

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Non-Verbal Communication Pantomime Scenes by Ellen Williams

Unit Objective: The student will demonstrate their understanding of non-verbal communication in terms of movement, character, environment, and props by performing a pantomime duo scene.

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Monologue Unit by Lauren Wilkins

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to memorize and improve their character development skills by performing a monologue in front of the class.

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Shakespeare Scenes by Carson Wright

Unit objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to honestly communicate in a Shakespeare scene by applying principles of acting/theatre including objectives, tactics, communication, vocal colors, and story arc in a performance of the Shakespeare scene.

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Auditions for the Beginner by Briana Shipley

Unit Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to audition for Timberline Middle School’s higher level drama classes by performing in a mock audition.

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Creating a Character by Cali Wilkes

Unit Objective: Students will understand the process of creating a believable character by performing in a scene as a specific character.

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Viewpoints Scene Work by Jessica Johnson

Subject: Applying the techniques of Viewpoints to a scene.

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Auditions by Spencer Duncan

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the theatrical auditioning process by preparing for an in-class audition.

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Foundations of Acting: Scenework by Ashlyn Anderson

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of acting foundations by application to an informal performance of a contemporary scene with a partner.

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