CHARACTERIZATION

Units

Curriculum units under “Characterization” focus on creating a solid character for the stage.  Instructional strategies, activities and exercises allow for much diversity in style and product for the characterization study.

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 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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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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Silent Film Acting — Movement Unit by Kirsten King

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of nonverbal communication by planning, recording, and presenting silent films.

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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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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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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.

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Long Form Improvisation by Lela Kovalenko Bayne

Description: This unit was created for an Improvisation class; students grades 9-12. No previous experience necessary. All lessons are 55 minutes long. This unit takes place after the students have had units on the basics of storytelling, the basics of characterization, and open scenes. The students have skills in creating sound effects, showing characters, and creating scenes with basic scripted elements already there. Up until this point, they have only worked in a theatre-in-the-round setting with improv games.

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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 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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Interpretation in Narratives by Meredith Walsh

Students will demonstrate their understanding of interpretation in a personal narrative by writing a detailed narrative based on a given image and presenting their work in character.

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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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Elements of Storytelling for Improvisation by Lela Bayne

Description: This unit was created for Improvisation class students; grades 9-12. No previous experience necessary. All lessons are 55 minutes long. This is the first unit of the improvisation class, taking place after the first day of class has passed.   Educational Objective: Students will share their ability to tell a convincing and entertaining beginning-level ...

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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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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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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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Character Development

Students will demonstrate their ability to create a character by exploring character development activities and exercises.

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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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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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