Creating Vocal Character in Puppetry by Kate Tullis
Unit Title: Creating Vocal Characters in Puppetry
Author: Kate Tullis
Students will demonstrate their ability to create a character using only their voice by utilizing the skills of tone, timbre, rate, pitch, projection, and diction in a puppet show performance.
This is designed for 7th graders with little to no experience in drama.
Students in the Drama Foundations have little to no experience with drama. This is the second unit in the semester and students have a basic understanding of physicality and pantomime.
TH:Cr3.1.7b. Develop effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.
TH:Cr1.1.6 c. Explore a scripted or improvised character by imagining the given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Cr.1.1.5.b. Propose design ideas that support the story and given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr6.1.7.a. Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.
TH:Cr3.1.7a. Demonstrate focus and concentration in the rehearsal process to analyze and refine choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr6.1.8.a. Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.
Understanding By Design Elements
The Big Idea:
Vocal variety has the power to draw audience members into a story.
What makes a story interesting to listen to?
How can voices work together to tell a story?
What can I do to take care of my voice?
What does self-reflection help me discover about my performance?
We can act with our voices.
Vocal variety makes a story more interesting.
Stories built with exposition, rising action, climax, etc. are the most engaging. Rehearsal leads to a better prepared performance.
Authentic Performance Tasks:
Students will perform tongue twisters for the class as they demonstrate proper diction and projection.
Students will demonstrate vocal variety as they perform a short contentless scene for the class. Students will record a preview of their puppet performance and assess their personal progress. Students will create their vocal characters as part of a short puppet show group performance for the class.
Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to refine their work through rehearsal by assessing their own work and then picking and working on specific rehearsal tasks to help them meet the rubric standards.
Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to create a character using only their voice by utilizing the skills of tone, timbre, rate, pitch, projection, and diction in a puppet show performance.