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Acting:  Week 3

(May 4-8, 2020)

1.) Finish (if you haven't already):  Your monologue (see assignment in Google Classroom) 

2.) Do:  As discussed/demonstrated in Zoom class on Thursday, break your monologues into "chunks" (approx 3-5, depending on your monologue) where you feel the intention, thoughts, or motivations of your character SHIFTS. In these small "pauses"/shifts, choose a different "pose" for your character (as demonstrated in class).

3.) Do:  Mark your "chunk" choices (see above) ON your monologue script (the one you submitted to Google Classroom).  Wherever you feel the "shifts" should happen in your monologue, put a "/" in the text.  (Please change the color of the "/" so I can easily see your choices on your monologue script.)

4.)  Think:  How can I make choices for HOW to play my character PHYSICALLY on stage - choices that look DIFFERENT than my own movement?

5.)  Watch:  Characterization (start @ 2:30)

Journal:  Portraying a Character Physically (take notes under this week's date in your JOURNAL in Google Classroom)

1.)  What is one of the most effective ways start to build a character for stage?   (Starting with...)

2.)  A believable character all starts with the character's _______________ and _______________.

3.) What is a character's "leading center"?

4.)  Describe what "Laban Movement" is.  (A theory of.....that....)

5.)  Describe what a "gesture" is (according to the video)

6.)  Describe what a "mannerism" is (according to the video)

7.)  As an actor, you should analyze not only a character's movement, but also ________________.  Why?


Journal:  Leading Center & Mannerisms

Think through possibilities for YOUR monologue character's movement.  Journal about choices you could make for your character's leading center, possible mannerism, and TYPE of movement(For TYPE of movement, use describing words such as fast, slow, intense, direct, indirect, heavy, light, etc.  Do NOT use emotion words such as angry, sad, etc. Describe the qualities of the movement you'd like to try for your character.)

6.)  Watch:  How to practice effectively (4:49)

Journal:  Rehearsing

1.) What did you learn that you found interesting?

2.) What from this video could apply to rehearsing a monologue for performance?

7.)  Rehearse:  

Find a quiet place in your home with space to REHEARSE your monologue several times over until you are comfortable with the end result.  Follow these guidelines:

1.) Make CHOICES for your movement/character before/while rehearsing.  (Analyze both the motivations of the character, as well as the type of movement that he/she should have.  The character should NOT look/sound like you.)

2.) PHYSICALLY rehearse the character. (Don't just "look at lines" or "think about it".  Acting requires you to develop "muscle memory" in your body through rehearsal.)

3.) MEMORIZE the monologue.  (As discussed in class - we all learn best through repetition and in chunks - so only approach one chunk at a time, and move on to the next chunk only after you're comfortable with the choices/lines from the previous "chunk".)

7.)  Record / Upload:

Go to Google Classroom and use the link provided to upload a video of your monologue performance.  Do this PRIOR to Thursday's class on 5/7, please.  This performance WILL be graded, so be sure you take the time to rehearse and feel good about your choices/character/performance before recording yourself and uploading it.  (Also be sure you make/show character choices - THAT is what you're being graded on.)  Reach out if you want any extra help or need one-on-one guidance.  

8.)  Prepare:  Be ready for Thursday Zoom Class.  (Codes posted on Haiku.) 

Come prepared with/for the following:

1.)  Be sure you've uploaded your monologue performance.

2.) Be sure you attend class.  You will fall further behind if you avoid class. 

Class attendance is REQUIRED.

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