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MARCH 15-19, 2021


*Respond to questions & prompts in your PROCESS JOURNAL in Google Classroom.


Read: How to Read a Play

Journal Title:  Approaches to Script & Character

2nd Semester Actors: 

1.) Read ALL approaches then describe/discuss at least 2 approaches to script/character that YOU want to use when analyzing YOUR script/character, and why you chose those 2 approaches.

2.)   List 2 additional approaches that you found intriguing and why.

Year-long Actors:  

1.) Read about ALL approaches, then choose one to use one.  Journal about the use of that approach with your script. ("DO" approach work.)

Video:  Scoring a Scene - A Review from Acting

Journal Title:  Scoring a Scene (Wants, Verbs, Blocking)

2nd Semester Actors: 

1.) Take notes on what actors/directors do when they "score" a scene. 

(Note: You will NOT have to score your entire script, but this video is a good refresher of the skills and terms you learned in Acting about script analysis.)

Year-long Actors:  

1.)  Choose a significant scene from your script (at least 3 pages with a clear "beginning" & "end").  Score that scene, using the techniques learned in the video.  You will "turn in" this assignment the next time we are in class, so be sure to complete it now! 

Complete:  2nd Semester & Year-long Actors - Complete this week's DESIGN task(s) for your assigned design area.  (See below.)


2nd Semester Scenic Designers: 

Video: Designing Theatre: Comedy of Errors (4:57)

Journal Title:  Scenic Design (Bunny Christie)

1.  What is the MAIN role of a set designer?  (it's stated right before the title is shown on the video)

2.  What does the designer in this video DO when she reads a script? (be specific)

3.  What does the designer look at and collect to develop her ideas? 

4. How is theatre design different than film design?

     (Notice how the "feel" of the show leads to the LOOK of the show.  This is ALWAYS true in design.)

Year-Long Scenic Designers

Video:  David Rockwell's Set Design - On the Twentieth Century (2:33)

Journal Title:  Scenic Design (David Rockwell)

1.  What is the role of set design? (stated right away in video)

2. Any theatre project starts out with lots of what?  

4. What is the role of risk in theatre and how can YOU take risks with your scenic design & implementation?

5. What specifically do you need to RESEARCH in order to create looks that your director is after?  

6.  How can you better COLLABORATE with all of the design teams & the director prior to the set being complete?

7. Complete design research for your show; you will share this research & inspiration next week.


2nd Semester Costume Designers: 

Video:  Working in Theatre - Costume Designer (3:06)

Journal Title:  Roles in a Costume Shop

1. What is the primary role of a costume designer?  (mentioned right away)

2. What types of tasks does a costumer do?  ("typical day")

3. What types of roles are there in a professional costume shop?

4. What skills do you most need to be successful as a costume designer?

5. Whose vision must a costume designer support? 

Video:  American Theatre Wing - Costume Design (5:17)

Journal Title:  Costume Process & Bible

1. What are 4 things that the designer says is helpful to have as a costume designer?

2. Describe the designer's PROCESS of design.

3. What is a Costume Bible and what (in general) does it include? 

Year-Long Costume Designers: 

Video:  Into the Woods Costume Design (6:54)

Journal Title:  Inspiration for Costumes - Into the Woods

1. From where/what did Colleen Atwood get inspiration for her designs?  (Multiple inspirations are detailed throughout the video.)

2. From where/what will/did YOU find inspiration for your costume designs?

3. Conduct research (for inspiration) for your costumes.  (Gather your research/inspiration; you will submit/share later.)



2nd Semester Props Designers:

Video: Props Design 

Journal Title:  What is the main role of a Properties Designer?

  1. What is the main role of a props designer?  

  2. In what specific ways can designers accomplish this?  (give specific examples from video)

  3. In what ways can YOU better accomplish this goal while working on OUR play?  (give specific examples using script as guide)

Read:  Props for the Theatre

Journal Title:  How can props support the story of the play?

  1. Name 4 things that prop designers DO to support the story of the play (1st paragraph)

  2. What was the analogy shared to define "what is a prop"?

  3. How can the props in OUR show give "clues" about WHO the characters ARE?  (Spend some time with script and in design reflection and list at least 5 specific prop examples from OUR show.)

  4. Observe closely the photos provided.  Notice the differences between the set after load-in, and the set after it's "dressed".  (No need to write a response.)

  5. What are the 3 types of props a designer must gather/create for a production?  (see blue band across the webpage)

Year-Long Props Designers:

Video: Props Design & Fabrication (2:05) 

Journal Title:  Props Design & Fabrication

  1. Why are props important to the "reality" of a production?

  2. Think about what "period" your show takes place in and how that will impact your props & props design.

Video:  Specialty Props (23:31)

Journal Title:  Specialty Props

  1. Journal about what you find interesting in this video and how principles/ideas you learned about could apply to your own work in our show.



2nd Semester Make-up/Hair Designers:

Video: American Theatre Wing - Make Up Designer (6:37) 

Journal Title:  Make-up Design (Angelina Avallone)

  1. What is the role of the make-up designer (stated right away)?

  2. What is Angelina's process? (What does she start with? Who does she meet with? Etc.)

  3. What type of research does Angelina mention and for which shows?

  4. How does the designer make sure that ALL actors get their make-up applied in time?

(Notice how often "feeling" or describing words are used to create the make-up design.  How can analyzing the characters in OUR show help to create stronger make-up/hair design?)

Video:  Working in the Theatre: Makeup (19:56)

Journal Title:  Make-up 

(Take notes on the process, roles, and skills needed effective for Make-up designers.  Document new information and/or anything that you find interesting while viewing this teaching video.)

Year-Long Make-up/Hair Designers:

Video:  Introduction to Theatrical Stage Make-up (11:58) 

Journal Title:  Intro to Theatrical Stage Make-up

(Take notes on this make-up "lesson" and be thinking about what will applly to OUR production. Be a learner.)


2nd Semester Lighting Designers:

Video: Working in the Theatre: Lighting Design (23:06)

Journal Title:  What is the main role of a Properties Designer?

  1. What is the role of a lighting designer?  (stated right away in several ways - jot down all of them)

  2. What information does the lighting designer need to work through with the director in order to do her/his job well? (4:30-)

  3. What does a lighting designer do (5:17) when she reads the script?  What is the next step after reading the script?  With what is the lighting designer helping the director?

  4. What factors, throughout this video, must a lighting designer have to consider when creating a lighting design?

  5. What do you feel, after watching this video, are the TOP 3 skills that lighting designers need/use most?

  6. (21:00)  What has to "drive the technical choices"?  

  7. What did you learn or what were you inspired by during this video?


Year-Long Lighting Designers:

Video: Science & Magic:  Illuminating the Stage with Lighting Design (9:55)

Journal Title:  Illuminating the Stage

(Take notes on what's interesting or important from this video, AND also how you feel it can apply to YOUR work in our production.)



2nd Semester Sound Designers:

Video: Designing Sound for Theatre (6:55)

Journal Title:  Role of a Sound Designer

  1. What is the role of a sound engineer? (stated right away)

  2. What is the role of a sound designer? (stated right away)

  3. This designer at the beginning of the video says that she doesn't just "pick sounds to go in places".  Instead she does what?

  4.  In what ways does the sound designer work WITH the cast and director?  Describe the collaboration PROCESSES you observed, and think about the way YOU can stay connected with rehearsals and the director in our show.  

  5. What advice does the sound designer give? List several.  (5:25-6:44)

Video: The Sound Designer - In the Wings - Stagecraft 101 (6:52)

Journal Entry:  Sound Design

  1. What is a sound designer responsible for?  (stated right away - list all stated)

  2. A sound designer is "trying not to be" what?

  3. What skills do you need as a sound designer?  (2:45)

  4. What does a sound designer need to be able to do when (s)he reads a play? (3:30)

  5. What sounds does a sound designer START with?

stage managers:


2nd Semester Stage Managers:

Video:  Working in Theatre: Stage Manager (3:21)

Journal Title:  Role of an SM

  1. What is the role of a stage manager? (stated right away - list as stated)

  2. What does an SM work with director to do?  (big picture - stated early)

  3. What types of things does an SM do in the rehearsal space?

  4. What types of things does an SM do when it gets to tech weeks?

  5. What does an SM do once it gets to shows?

Video: The Stage Manager - In the Wings - Stagecraft 101 (6:07)

Journal Title:  Role of an SM

  1. What IS the stage manager as described at the beginning of the video?

  2. The SM exists to assist director with what?

  3. Who is responsible after the Director "leaves"? What is her/his role at that point?

  4. What metaphor is used to describe the SM in this video? (S)he is the....?

  5. What are the names of the two types of scripts that an SM uses?

  6. What additional roles does an SM have on nights of the show?

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