To develop and act out a short play.
Ask students to think about television programs they have seen recently. Put these questions on the board to guide a discussion. What was the name of the program?
Who were the main characters? What purpose did each character have? What problems did these different purposes cause? What happened at the beginning of the pro- gram? At the end? Summarize the discussion by telling the students that in answering these questions they have spoken about three things that are necessary for a play, characters; a problem caused by the character’s purposes, a plot that tells how the characters solved or failed to solve the problem.
Work through the introduction with the students. Ask then to suggest fantastic as well as realistic situations by asking the students to think of themselves as writing different kinds of plays; mysteries, science fiction, and perhaps plays that include ghosts. You might also wish to use this device in working through the development section. As the students answer the questions in this section, record the answers on the board for students to use when they do the activity. Divide the students into groups of four or five. Have each group work through the activity. When the groups have finished preparing and rehearsing their plays, call the entire class together. Have different groups present their plays for the class.
To familiarize students with the different aspects of the production of a play.
Mr. Ben-Israel will be conducting Lesson V since he devised it.
The majority of students will be involved in the direction and production of a class play. Every relevant aspect of theatrical techniques could be examined
An actual performance of the play could be evaluated by a group consisting of students and teachers.
I will be introducing a short one act play to the students. There are two classes, each class performing their own play. The plays will be performed during an assembly at the school.
First, Mr. Ben-Isreal will read the play. Then, after reading the play we will audition students for the different parts. Auditions should consist of having at least two students reading small parts of the play together. Hopefully, more than that number would be willing to audition and this will help to determine who would be best suited to play the different characters. Once the decisions have been made who will be featured in the acting roles, we can then determine how students can assist in other ways with the production. Our next step will be to begin rehearsing the play. Students will be required to learn their speaking lines on their own. During class time, we will work on Entrances, Movement, and the succession of the drama.
1. Entrances—How and when an actor appears on the stage.
2. Movement—The actions an actor performs within his character.
3. Succession of the drama—making the story unfold before the audience through the characters interaction and dialogue.