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Basic Acting Skills

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of basic acting skills by rehearsing and performing a 5-minute contemporary duo scene.
Subject: Acting Skills & Techniques
Class Level: Beginning
Main Concepts: Objectives and tactics, vocal flexibility, breathing, trusting your instincts, scene work, character analysis, and acting basics
National Standards: Content Standard 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.
Description: Students will probably have seen a few plays prior to this lesson but will probably have no first hand acting experience.
Author: Jason Purdie

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Trusting Your Instincts

Students will demonstrate their ability to trust their instincts through playing different improvisation games and participating in a class discussion.

Lesson 2: Character Development

Students will demonstrate their understanding of character development by creating a character with personality and traits for their assigned duo scene.

Lesson 3: Objectives, Tactics, and Obstacles

Students will demonstrate their understanding of objectives, tactics, and obstacles by performing and working through their scenes.

Lesson 4: Stage Directions & Blocking

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of stage directions and other basics by blocking a portion of their duo scene.

Lesson 5: Physicality

Students will demonstrate their understanding of how to use physicality in their acting by performing a short scene.

Lesson 6: Projection, Diction & Breathing

Students will demonstrate their understanding of projection, diction, and breathing by performing a tongue-twister.

Lesson 7: Listening & Reacting

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of listening and reacting by participating in a listening and reacting exercise as well as performing a portion of their scene.

Lesson 8: Duo Scene Previews

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic acting skills by performing a preview of their scenes.

Lesson 9: Polishing and Refining Duo Scenes

Students will refine their basic acting skills by reworking their duo scenes with the aid of the teacher and the class.

Lesson 10: Duo Scene Final Performances

Students will demonstrate all the skills they have learned in this unit by performing their scenes a final time.