ACTING SKILLS

Units

Curriculum units in “Acting Skills” focus on a variety of different skills and techniques that benefit any actor.  Topics include voice and diction, improvisation, specific acting styles and methods, fourth wall, relationship, objectives, etc.   Some of the units build to a specific product, but most can be used to build to whatever the theatre program and teacher desires.

Voice/Diction by Polly K. Dunn

Unit Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of voice and diction by developing. They will represent at least 2 different characters in a radio program, using all 4 vocal variations (tempo, pitch, tone and volume), diction and projection.

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Voice Work in Podcasts by Jessica Stevenson

Students will demonstrate their ability to create a voice for a character by creating podcasts in small groups.

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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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Vocal Technique Radio Broadcast by Kirsten King

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of vocal techniques by preparing, recording, and sharing a radio broadcast script.

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Viewpoints Scene Work by Jessica Johnson

Subject: Applying the techniques of Viewpoints to a scene.

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Viewpoints by Beau Brewster

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of composition and the 9 elements of Viewpoints by performing group compositions.

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Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises by Meagan Wright

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.

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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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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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Storytelling by Lela Kovalenko Bayne

Description: Beginning drama students; grades 9-12. No previous experience necessary. All lessons are 55 minutes long.

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Storytelling by Emily Ray

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to tell stories and convey imagery by telling a children’s story.

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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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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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Shakespeare and Text Acting Techniques by Giselle Gremmert

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their growing understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and the play’s significance in our modern day world and basic Shakespearian acting techniques of vocal levels, punctuation, word coloring, and rhythm by taking a quiz and performing a 16 line Shakespeare monologue.

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Script Analysis and Scene Work by Nichole Clark

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.

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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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Puppetry and Voicework by Amanda Von Der Lohe

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to develop a character voice in addition to using a puppet by making a sock puppet and performing a puppet show using an original script they have written.

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Preparing to Perform by Kira Jacobs Rutter

Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of actor preparation towards performance by participating in a series of short activities culminating in entering the stage.

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Playwrights and Contemporary Performance Practices by Laura Taylor

Unit Objective: Students will be able to identify many playwrights of the dramatic canon, as well as some of their most influential works by participating in research and analysis about the individual and performing one of their most famous works. Students will also broaden their understanding of playwriting and what makes a playwright by briefly researching some contemporary performance groups, and participating in contemporary performance practices/playwriting.

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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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Musical Theatre: Pedagogy, Performance, and Presentation by Brianna Sterling

Students will demonstrate an understanding of musical theatre pedagogy by researching current practices, applying various vocal, dance, and acting techniques, and either performing a solo musical scene or doing a presentation on an influential musical in PechaKucha form.

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Musical Theatre: Beginning Singing by Kristen Leinbach

Unit Educational Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles of vocal technique by performing in a duet for the class.

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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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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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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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Music Video – Movement by Amelia Dunlap

Objective:Students will be able to explore various movement techniques by creating a music video.

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Lip Sync by Krystle Butler

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to use vocal variety and techniques by performing a few different styles of lip sync.

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Introduction to Voice by Mari Bell

Unit Objective: Students will understand essential concepts about voice and how to use their voices effectively when performing by presenting a dramatic reading.

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Improvisation Unit by Allison Rex

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the rules of improv by participating in an improv performance/competition. Description: Students learn the rules and guidelines for improv as well as several performance type improv games. Unit culminates in a "Comedy Sportz" type game.

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Greek Tragedy by Camee Faulk

Unit Objective: 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.

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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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Focus and Concentration (First Unit of Beginning Theatre) by Justine Trotter

Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements of focus and their ability to focus on stage by performing an improvised scene.

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Eastern Theatre: Japanese Theatre by Giselle Gremmert

UNIT OBJECTIVE: Students will demonstrate their ability to incorporate Japanese theatrical elements into an American Realism monologue by performing that monologue for the class.

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Commedia dell’arte by Cali Wilkes

Unit Objective: Students will understand the conventions of the Commedia Dell’Arte time period by performing in an improvised scenario.

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Children’s Theatre by Katherine Gee

Objective: Student’s will demonstrate their understanding of the aspects of children’s theatre by writing and performing a small play based on a fairy tale to elementary school children.

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Character Workshop by Amelia Heer Dunlap

Unit Objective: Students will be able to perform as a specific character by participating in numerous character-building activities and by performing as the character in a character picnic performance.

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Bunraku Puppetry Movement by Amberly Plourde

Students will be able to perform controlled subtle and exaggerated movement by devising puppet scene using Bunraku Puppets and principles.

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Beginning Voice and Diction by Megan Powell

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to understand the qualities of voice and diction by performing a poem and puppet show.

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Applying Improv to Acting by Heather Burgess

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to take risks and follow impulses by using improv techniques in a minute to minute-and-thirty second monologue.

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Ancient Greek Theatre by Ellen Williams

Unit Objective - Students will be able to express a knowledge of Greek Theatre History and its influence on theatre today by performing in a scene from Medea with Greek theatre elements for a classroom dramatic festival. **This unit is built around the textbook of “History of the Theatre” by Oscar Brockett (10th Edition)

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Acting Workshop by Amelia Heer Dunlap

Objective: Students will be able to fight for an objective using tactics by creating characters and performing in rehearsed improv activities, culminating in an Ambiguous Scene performance.

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Acting Methods Unit by Nichole Young Clarke

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of different acting methods by presenting a 2 minute scene using one acting technique and writing a 1-2 page paper outlining the pros and cons of different acting methods.

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Acting Methods and Styles by Carson Wright

UNIT OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of a several different acting methods and styles by completing an exam.

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