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Actor’s Toolbox 2011-12 8-9th Period Monday/Wednesday Amber Wolfe Wollam email@example.com I think you will enjoy taking this class—and I enjoy teaching it—because it is not focused solely on script analysis and scene study. This is an introduction to theatre as a whole. Class Goals My overall goal is to give you the tools to be a competent actor, able to step into an audition or rehearsal situation and feel confident. You will also gain basic knowledge and skills relating to several subjects within the theatrical vein. Please see the list of topics below for more detail. Expectations My expectations of you are simple. Be on time for class, finish assignments on time, participate in class activities, work well with classmates and you will do fine. Talk to me if you are having trouble with an assignment, need more time or need more information about anything in class. Teacher Pages I will post any document I give you. Otherwise I will notify you if you need to refer to my page. Grading You grades are largely based on participation and level of mastery, then on projects. An ‘A’ or ‘A+’ is reserved for excellent or exceptional participation, project completion and level of mastery of the topic. ‘A-‘ & ‘B+’ are not bad grades. Absences You are expected to check my teacher page or contact me for missed homework. If you miss several classes in a row you may need to complete a performance or research project to make up time missed. Topics My goal is for you to have a basic understanding of these topics. We will have guest teachers and lecturers to augment several segments. Basics Improvisation, and improvisation as it relates to scripted work Body and voice work Understanding the production process Script analysis Character creation Scene Study Audition techniques Ensemble-based Viewpoints –movement based process to create group scenes Suzuki –physical training and body awareness Group scenes –how to maintain your performance and give focus when you aren’t the center of attention Specialty Stage Combat: unarmed and sword techniques (This is an entire quint.) Musical Theatre –don’t be scared, it won’t hurt, really (and will not be an entire quint) Design for the theatre Field Trips We will go on several trips to local theatres during school days. I am trying to set up some backstage tours as well. We may also have optional trips to Sunday matinees. Depending on the theatre, I can get complimentary tickets or lower-priced tickets for parents who wish to join us (chaperones will get a comp ticket, this would be anyone in addition to a chaperone.) Places we have gone in the past include the Intiman, Seattle Repertory, Seattle Public Theater and ArtsWest.
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