The first semester of 2018-2019, we focused on aspects of performance, concluding with an in class performance of a scene or monologue by each student.
For the second semester, we will turn our attention towards the Production aspects of theatre, focusing on all areas other than performance. We will conclude with the submitting of a Production project prior to Spring Break (March 18).
All of the information on these pages is available on Mr. Whatley’s teacher website at
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THE PROJECT BASICS
Each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student will be responsible for turning in a project for Drama class prior to their departure for Spring Break. Below is a list of ideas and topics students may want to consider. There will be TWO deadlines that must be met. Students are encouraged to begin work early in order to avoid missing the deadlines. Early work will ALWAYS be accepted. LATE work may not.
Selecting your project. Students must turn in the project plan no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Students must include the type of project (power point, performance, writing, etc.) and the title of their project (subject matter), and a brief description of what they are planning to do. Students will be given a Project Plan form to complete.
Click HERE to download a copy of the Project Plan Form.
Student projects are due no later than the final day of class prior to departure for Spring Break. That due date is Friday, March 15, 2019. Students who do a power point, video or writing may turn in their work via zip drive or e-mail.
When submitting a project via e-mail, it is the student's responsibility to make certain the project was received and could be viewed by the instructor.
Building/Making projects must be brought to school no later than the final due date.
TYPES AND IDEAS FOR PROJECTS
CLICK THIS LINK FOR PROJECT IDEAS AND STUDENT SAMPLES
BUILD OR MAKE
Make or build an item that is theatre related. Some ideas include puppets (sock, string or rod), a mask (decorative, historical or cultural), create costume designs (google “costume designs” images) or make a costume out of other clothing (making cheap costumes out of regular clothing) for a well know fairy tale or other story, design or build a model set for a play or fairy tale (google set design drawings or set design floorplans), build a stage prop (google prop building) such as fake food, fake money or old documents. Design a publicity Poster for a Broadway Show.
Here are some YouTube links of how to videos.....
When in doubt or looking for ideas, try to GOOGLE these topics
Making Props For The Stage, Making Props with Foam, Cheap Homemade Costumes (Pinterest is a great site for these),
How to make a fake....(whatever)
Variety of possible power point presentations. Presentation should be a minimum of 8 to 10 slides with no more than 20. Each power point should include a “title card” with no illustrations, but includes simply the project title, student name and student homeroom teacher name. It may include music or short video clips. Possible topics include:
- PEOPLE: Someone who has had an influence on live theatre. An actor, director, choreographer, writer (of music, lyrics or book such as Rodgers and Hammerstein), producer or production company (i.e. Shubert Organization), an innovator (create new ideas such as Ziegfeld), Historical figures (Greek playwrights, Shakespeare, etc.), The Radio City Rockettes
- PLACES: Historical or Famous theatres on Broadway, (like The New Amsterdam or Radio City Music Hall), Early Greek and Roman Theatres, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, First American Theatre, Oldest theatre in the world, Stratford on Avon (where Shakespeare grew up), Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Ocala Civic Theatre, Times Square, The West End, etc.
- EVENTS: Historic or Modern Broadway Shows (think Disney on Broadway), The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Extravaganza, Theatre Festivals (Edinburgh, Scotland), The Annual TONY Awards.
- INFORMATIVE/INFORMATIONAL: the TONY Awards, Theatre Superstitions, Types of Stages or Theatres, Historical time periods (Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Golden Age, Modern, etc.), Show facts/Fun facts about a particular show (number of performances, special make-up, special effects, etc.), a particular place, people attending theatre events in the U.S., categories of lighting instruments, Performance Groups (Blue Man, STOMP, Cirque du Soliel)
- PERSONAL: A personal theatre experience such as attending a show, being in a show, visiting a theatrical location, etc.
- HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE POWER POINT
Here are some samples of previous student powerpoint projects.
Some of them are good
And others not so good
Write a 60 to 90 second monologue (8 to 10 lines) or a 2- to 5-minute scene (1 to 2 pages) with no more than 3 characters. Presentation to the class as a staged reading (un-memorized) is optional, but encouraged.
HERE ARE SOME WRITING RESOURCES
Select or write a monologue or scene and perform it in a real environment. Video the performance. For example, the monologue, “The Cereal Thief” can be staged and performed in your kitchen at home. “Monster Under My Bed” can be staged and performed in your bedroom… and so on.