HOOK: Have the students fill in the blank for a “Most Interesting Man in the World” meme (“I don’t always… But when I do…”). Invite a few students to share their response with the class.
TRANSITION: Invite the students to write on a sheet of paper what they think would make the “Most Interesting/Best Director in the World.” Have them turn to a neighbor and discuss their ideas and opinions.
DISCUSSION: In a word cloud on the white board, have the students write the qualities that both of the students in a partnership agreed is important in the “Most Interesting/Best Director in the World.”
Ask the students questions such as: Why are these qualities important in a director? What differences did you notice among your opinions with your partner? Emphasize that every director and actor/designer has a different style. You won’t always be paired up with someone that you will be on the same page as all the time!
TRANSITION: How can a director coach an actor without making him or her feel bad? Answers may include giving more positive feedback than negative, not commanding but suggesting, expressing gratitude, etc.
How can a director help his or her actors to discover more about their individual characters? Answers may include know the script very well, help them to make a backstory for their character, know what each character wants and how he or she is going to get it, help actors to discover by asking questions about details, etc.
GROUP PRACTICE: Put the students in groups. Give each group a short, simple scene with enough parts for every person except 1, who will be the director. Allow the students to decide among themselves who will direct the scene.
ASSESSMENT: Have each group perform their scene. After each scene performs, have those who participated in the scene provide positive feedback for the director as well as a suggestion to be a better director.
INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE: Any remaining time will be spent rehearsing fairytale scenes.