Students will demonstrate their understanding of creating vivid worlds for the plays they are directing by leading the class on a walk-through of the world of their play.
Advanced Drama; this mini-unit can be taught to lead into a directing or design unit (scripts need to already be selected)
Students have completed beginning and intermediate drama classes. The class this unit was created for originally was an advanced class with much understanding of acting and theatre history. The class had studied Ball’s Sense of Direction book. They were preparing for the performance of their 10-minute scenes they later directed.
80-minute class periods
HS Advanced TH:Cr3.1.III: b. Synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant in a drama/theatre work.
HS Advanced TH:Pr4.1.III a. Apply reliable research of directors’ styles to form unique choices for a directorial concept in a drama/theatre work.
Unique worlds with specific rules and feels can be created for plays.
How does a director create a vivid world for their play? How can imagination help a director?
Analyze song lyrics and illustrate the song in the form of an imagined world. Answer questions from E. F Skinner’s “Visit to a Small Planet” about their play for class and lead the class through the world of their play.
Objective: Students will demonstrate an ability to create vibrant worlds onstage through mapping out imagined spaces for songs based on questions in Elinor Fuchs’ “EF’s Visit to a Small Planet: Some Questions to Ask a Play.”