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Commedia Dell Arte

Objective: Students will display their knowledge of Commedia Dell Arte by turning in their written outlines, performing their scenes and assessing the scenes of their fellow classmates.
Subject: Theatre History, Styles & Genres
Class Level: Intermediate
Main Concepts: commedia del arte, acting commedia characters, theatre history
National Standards: CONTENT STANDARD 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 3: Designing and producing by conceptualizing and realizing artistic interpretations for informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 5: Researching by evaluating and synthesizing cultural and historical information to support artistic choices.
Description: This lesson can be used in an intermediate or an advanced class. Lessons can be adapted to fit the level of students' abilities. Lessons are planned out for a ninety-minute class period.
Author: Chad Fortie

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Modern Day Comedy

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the different elements and styles of comedy by analyzing comedic clips from movies and T.V. shows.

Lesson 2: History of Commedia Dell Arte

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the history of Commedia Dell Arte by participating in group teaching and by playing a Jeopardy type quiz game.

Lesson 3: Characters of Commedia

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the different stock characters of Commedia by performing as the characters in a final scene to be done at the end of the unit and through improvisational activities.

Lesson 4: Commedia Character Movement

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the movements of the seven stock characters of Commedia by participating in movement exercises.

Lesson 5: Putting a Commedia Show Together

Students will show their knowledge of the basic outline of a commedia show by writing and performing a short scene that includes commedia characters, a conflict and a resolution.

Lesson 6: Costumes, Props & Masks of Commedia

Students will display their knowledge of the costumes, props and masks of Commedia by designing their own characters costumes, masks and listing any props they might use.

Lesson 7: Group Work

Students will show their ability to work in a group, organize a script outline and run an effective rehearsal by working together to prepare for their final scenes.

Lesson 8: Group Performances

Students will display their knowledge of Commedia Dell Arte by turning in their written outlines, performing their scenes and assessing the scenes of their fellow classmates.