Welcome!

to Ms. Limmer's Theatre Arts 1 Website!
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Teacher Hs/Drama
Woodlands 9th Grade High School, Conroe ISD
You can always go to www.twhstheater.com for information related to our afterschool Theater Program.

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Important Announcements for
Theatre Arts 1
Theater Arts 1 Syllabus 2016 - 2017
Mission
The purpose of this class is to  enrich the students lives, by teaching them skills that, when honed, can be applied to a variety of different circumstances.  We  hope to  maintain an exciting and safe environment for learning. In this way students can best build responsibility, confidence in communication, problem solving skills and the ability to collaborate creatively.  
Above all we want you to enjoy the time you spend in class and come back ready to learn more.  We are looking forward to making this a great year!
Grading System
We understand every person comes to Theater Arts from a variety of backgrounds and training. Therefore, grading is not based on “talent” but rather on the EFFORT put forth and the GROWTH students gain. Theatre relies on the PROCESS taken not simply the final product. However, the final product will still to be held to a high standard in order to achieve good results. So work hard- no matter what!
Areas the teacher will evaluate are:

Graded Type
Percent of Average

Category Includes
How it looks

Daily

Daily assigned as homework will not be accepted late for full credit.
20%

- Rehearsal Checkpoints -Participation
-Actor’s Notebook checks
Strong student participation, good attitude, throughout the whole class.

Quiz

Quiz work that is assigned as homework will be accepted late for a maximum grade of 50% by the next class meeting.
25%


-Quizzes
-Memorization checks
-Audience Etiquette
-Peer Critique responses
Students scenes are copies, lines are memorized, completing character analysis and research logs, research for projects and progress checks are complete.


Major

Major long term assignments will be accepted late for a 10% penalty per school day for a maximum of five school days
55%

-Tests
-Major projects
-Project presentations
-Final performances.

Presentation materials are ready in final draft format. Scenes are rehearsed well enough that the student can perform with ease and focus.

The above percentages follow the TWHS common grading practices policy.

Remediation and a re-assessment activity will be provided when the grade falls below a 75 on a major test. A maximum value of 75 will be received on the re-assessment.
Absences
Please inform a teacher in advance if you will be absent. Teachers request that students are not pulled from class too often as all learning, practice and scores come from the work done directly in the classroom.

Units of Study Fall
        Pantomime and Sound Design
Specificity in movement
Understanding the relationship between acting and technical elements
Critiquing Theater and Audience Etiquette
        Stage Makeup effects
Learn the techniques that go into Theatrical Make up
Practice the application of makeup to create certain special effects
Create a character executing a specific style of makeup
        Areas of the Stage/ Blocking a Theater piece
Learn areas of the stage
Experience how staging reads to the audience
        Improv. Theater and Duet Acting
Build confidence in  creating clear  characters and establishing conflict
Learn to analyze character relationships through context inferencing & research  
Gain acting perspective through rehearsals and performance.
        Student Design Project
Practice using imagination and creativity
Use technical skills to bring draft designs
 Present ideas to the class

Units of Study - Spring Semester
        Theater Roles and Responsibilities
Learn the work that goes into opening a show.
 See the importance of proper staging, makeup and lighting.
 Understand the assistance of stage and production management.
        Stage Combat
Learn control of body through careful practiced movements
Create good scenes displaying a clear build in conflict
Carefully and cleanly perform combat in a convincing, well choreographed format.
        Auditioning and Cold readings
Experience the daily life of a real life professional actor
 Student practice the process of auditioning
Gaining skills in how to carry themselves and promote themselves well.
        Solo Acting - Art based Monologues
 Collaborate with fellow artists writing monologues inspired by their art
Learn the techniques and skills needed to perform on your own
Perform a solid piece, and then explore it further by incorporating lighting influences
        Student Run Production
Fill all the roles of a true theater company
Practice completion of tasks in a timely manner
Perform the play for peers and fellow students as a practical major grade

CLASS FEE
Students are required to pay a $60 class fee to the webstore/student account. This class fee goes to cover the admission ticket for their performance observation, classroom supplies for the Design Project and Stage Makeup unit etc. .  If there are concerns about paying the class fee student or parents can always contact the teacher privately through email. Thank you for supporting our creative classroom!
Personal Supplies  Students should come prepared with a notebook, folder with brads, & pen & pencil.


PERFORMANCE OBSERVATION REQUIREMENT
Students will be expected to attend 1 TWHS performances each semester * in order to get a better understand of how a finished production should work . Students are required to write an  observation of what they notice- a personal impression and evaluation of the show. TWHS productions are recommended because the productions discussed in class which gives the class a cohesive frame of reference.

*If a student attends a performance outside of class they must also bring back a ticket stub and parent note along with the program and their evaluation.   


*please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get your seat.


Show


Dates/ Times


Place


Essay Due Date


FIRST

SEMESTER


The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940


Sep. 29th, and 30th

@ 7pm

Oct. 1st @ 2pm and 7pm


The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus Auditorium


Green - Monday, Oct. 3rd

Red - Tuesday, Oct. 3th




*please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get your seat.
SECOND

SEMESTER



The Addams Family


Jan. 12th and 13th

@ 7pm

Jan. 14th @ 2pm and 7pm


The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus Auditorium


Green - Tuesday, January 17th

Red - Wednesday, January 18th


Extra Credit


Black Box show


March 2nd and 3rd @ 7pm

March 4th @ 2pm and 7pm


The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus BLACK BOX THEATER


Red - March 6th

Green - March 8th



Improv. Shows

Improv. Shows are not required but students can earn extra credit for attending. The class fee payment does not cover admission because all proceeds from each show to to a special charity of the Impro. Troupes Choosing! We would love you and your parents to attend, have fun and support a worthy cause!  


Date
Charity

Date


Charity


Sep.  17th
Conroe ISD Buddy Backpack Program

January 8th


TBA


Oct. 14th


TBA


February 17th


(w/ McCullough Students) TBA


Nov, 5th


Benefiting Doc di Pieri


March 24th


TBA


Dec. 10th


(Teachers v. Students) The Will Herndon Fund


April 8th


(Alumni show) TBA


*Feel free to contact  woodlandstheater@gmail.com   if you have a charity request.


May 12th


(Seniors v. Underclassmen) TBA






PANTOMIME

POWERPOINT :
PANTOMIME NORMS:
Important Elements for Communicating Non-Verbally Through Pantomime
  • Pantomime is the basis for acting. If you can act without words, you can act with a script.
  • Show thoughts, emotions and actions through physical actions, body language and facial expressions.  You are not mouthing, the text.
Show objects and clearly define their, placement, weight, size, shape etc.
Exaggerate gestures and facial expressions. Be bigger than life.
PANTOMIME SKILLS you might want to include:
-Sitting             -Yawing            -Opening a Door            -Hearing a noise            -Sleeping
-Getting an idea        -Checking your pocket   -Catching something         -Opening a window
The list goes on and on…
Acronyms to remember for good acting.
-CROW: Who is your Character? What is their Relationship to others? What is your Objective or Goal? What do you Want?
-TBA: Thought Before Action. Let the audience see your character thinking before you act. This builds intrigue, suspense, helps to tell the story and set up the action. If we can fallow your train of thought we can fallow you.
-TNT: Try a new tactic. If one solution isn’t working out, try another method of solving the problem.

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Pantomime Performance

You and two others will come up with Pantomime that should last around 2-3 1/2 minutes.
-This scene should depict a situation that you are, together, trying to overcome. I want the scene to be about solving problems in a situation. (Think 3 Stooges.)
!These are NOT fight scenes! I do not want to see you doing any fake punches or slaps. That is Stage Combat and we will get to that later!

*Your performance must contain:
  • THREE elements of surprise.
  • FIVE distinct conflicts.
  • Consistent definition of objects (size, weight, shape, placement, etc.)
  • Your completion of the Pantomime Planning Sheet
*Don’t “cloud” your story with too many details. This will confuse the audience.

A Few More Notes:
Your performance will be graded on meeting the above criteria. Make sure you are meeting the criteria.
A participation grade will also be recorded- scored by averaging your daily participation grades from each rehearsal.
STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR FELLOW PERFORMERS AND
STAY QUIET AS THEIR PEERS PERFORM!!!!
Pantomime Planning Sheet
Remember: -Three people. -2/3 minutes. –No Stage Fighting
-5 conflicts, 3 surprises.  

Title of our Pantomime:
My character is:
Locations/Places we will be:
Music we will use:




Play Observation/Essay - 2016 & 2017

For any student taking Theatre Arts it is a requirement to see a live theatrical production each semester. This requirement is 3 separate grades in the Grade-book.
1 Participation grade – for attending the full performance
1 Quiz grade – checking the students understanding of the show
1 Project Grade – where the student creates a Critical Analysis* of the production
Performance dates:
        The performance will take place in TWHS Senior Campus auditorium and any student that has paid their class fee gets in without having to purchase a ticket.

*please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get your seat.
Show
Dates/ Times
Place
Essay Due Date
FIRST
SEMESTER
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Sep. 29th, and 30th
@ 7pm
Oct. 1st @ 2pm and 7pm
The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus Auditorium
Green - Monday, Oct. 3rd
Red - Tuesday, Oct. 4th
*please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get your seat.
SECOND
SEMESTER

The Addams Family
Jan. 12th and 13th
@ 7pm
Jan. 14th @ 2pm and 7pm
The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus Auditorium
Green - Tuesday, January 17th
Red - Wednesday, January 18th
Extra Credit/ if you didnt see ADDAMS FAMILY
Black Box show
March 30th & 31st @ 7pm
April 1st @ 2pm and 7pm
The Woodlands HS-
Senior Campus BLACK BOX THEATER

*The Critical Analysis Paper is due the next class day following the TWHS production.
Late Policy

# of Days Late
1
2
3
4
5
# of points off
10
20
30
40
50

**If your child cannot see this production!- they must attend another production and complete an additional page of Plot Analysis to their Critical Analysis, as well as turning in their program. ALL STUDENT SEEING AN OUTSIDE PRODUCTION SHOULD HAVE THE REQUIREMENT DONE BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER.
Other productions happening in the area this semester:
THE WOODLANDS
twcp.conroeisd.net/clubs/dramaclub/
                                                                                                                                1 Page Critical Analysis
Please write a ONE PAGE ESSAY on the criteria listed below.  
Please   TYPE and     DOUBLE SPACE     THE ESSAY.
Please FORMAT the essay in formal style. ( Intro w. Thesis. /Body paragraphs with TOPIC SENTENCES and SUPPORT* /Conclusion.)
*Please provide clear and specific support for your critique. Do not include generalized or “filler statements.
Suggestions on how to write the essay!
        ACTING/CHARACTERIZATION
Choose two characters. Analyze and critique how they used their voice and body to portray their characters. Tell me how they used these things to make their characters unique and different. Use of Voice- How does their voice convey how they feel? How did they use vocal levels, inflection to portray thoughts and feelings? How was their articulation and pronunciation? How did they use their pitch and inflection? Levels and tone?Use of Body- How did their posture, facial expressions, and body language portrays their characters thoughts and feelings? How did they use their physicality to fit their role, health, attitude? How does their body show their thoughts? How do their movements or actions tell the story even when they are not speaking dialogue?
        TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Choose 3 of the following design elements in the list below. Tell me how you thought those technical aspects enhanced the production. Here are some questions to help with your critique.
 How did these technical designs fit the concept and support the theme? Did these technical aspects make the performance better? Did the help tell the story? How? What did they do for you as an audience member? What impact do you think these technical aspects have on the actor? How did they effect the introduction, transitions, closing, etc?
Set             Props           Lights          Sound           Projections
Costumes                Make Up                 Hair

Remember:
  • 1 FULL page
  • Double spaced and TYPED
  • Structured and formatted in formal style
  • Proofread and checked for minor errors that will diminish the argument
  • Well analyzed and argued body paragraphs
**If your child cannot see the TWHS production!- they should simply complete an additional page of Plot Synopsis to their Critical Analysis. Per usually they should turn in the program from the show and parent note stating they went.

                                                                        

Stage Makeup- Email me to get links to videos


Make up Powerpoint:



Duet Acting Scenes
2 Daily, 2 Quiz and 1 Major Grade
RED DAY
DUET ACTING  AGENDA
Monday, Oct 10th - Areas of Stage/Blocking & Staging
Wednsday, Oct 12th - Improv. & Duet Acting Intro - Choose scripts & start to copy
Friday, Oct 14th - Finish cutting/copying scripts - Start to Memorize for HW
Tuesday, Oct 18th - Review expectations - Memorization check last 30 mins of class (QUIZ GRADE)
Thursday, Oct 20th - Review "How to block" - Block scene - Check memorization to update
Monday, Oct 24th - Peer Critique first 20 mins - Preview & pre-grade - Rest of class
Wednesday, Oct 26th - PERFORMANCES START (MAJOR GRADE)
*Friday, Oct 28th - PERFORMANCES FINISH (MAJOR GRADE)
*After this date if students still have yet to perform, they will have to come in to make up their performances either before school or during advisory.

GREEN DAY
DUET ACTING AGENDA
Tuesday, Oct 11th - Areas of Stage/Blocking & Staging
Thursday, Oct 13th - Improv. & Duet Acting Intro - Choose scripts & start to copy
Monday, Oct 17th - Finish cutting/copying scripts - Start to Memorize  (HW)
Wednesday, Oct 19th - Review expectations - Memorization check last 30 mins of class (QUIZ GRADE)
Friday, Oct 21th - Review "How to block" - Block scene - Check memorization to update
Tuesday, Oct 25th - Peer Critique first 20 mins - Preview & pre-grade - Rest of class
Thursday, Oct 26th - PERFORMANCES START (MAJOR GRADE)
*Monday, Oct 31th - PERFORMANCES FINISH (MAJOR GRADE)
*After this date if students still have yet to perform, they will have to come in to make up their performances either before school or during advisory.
Duet Acting/Improv. Powerpoint:

Students will be performing their Duet Acting Scenes the week of the 24th!
GREEN CLASSES - Scheduled to start OCT. 26th
RED CLASSES - Scheduled to start OCT. 27th
Link to Peer Critique:
Link to Rubric

Design Project

RED DAY- DESIGN PROJECT AGENDA
*Students should be aware that for this project whatever work they do not finish in class time should be completed for homework. The teachers will give them all class to complete said work and have broken the project into chunks to give students ample time to make creative choices and complete the task at hand.
Tuesday, Nov. 1st - Design Project Intro.(Cover Due Dates, Expectations, and Samples) - Due @ end of Class - chosen story/book. PART 1 DUE for HW!
Thursday, Nov. 3rd - Part 1 DUE - Work on Part 2 (Publicity) HOMEWORK IF NOT FINISHED IN CLASS
Monday, Nov. 7th - Part 2 Due- Shoebox due - Begin Part 3
Wednesday, Nov. 9th - Work on Part 3
Friday, Nov. 11th - Groundplan DUE! (QUIZ) - Introduce Part 5
Tuesday, Nov. 15th -  Part 5 Due @ End of Class
Thursday, Nov. 17th - Model Check (QUIZ) - Teach Part 4 (Costumes)
(THANKSGIVING BREAK - Monday 21st - Friday the 25th - WORK ON ANYTHING THAT IS LATE)
Monday the 28th - Wednesday the 30th - Friday the 2nd - students will be given these full class days to:COMPLETE ANY FINAL DRAFTS of their designs.
Tuesday, Dec. 6th - Rehearse Presentations
Thursday, Dec. 8th - ALL DESIGN PROJECTS ARE DUE COMPLETED
Thursday, Dec. 8th - Friday, Dec. 16th - DESIGN PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

GREEN DAY- DESIGN PROJECT AGENDA
*Students should be aware that for this project whatever work they do not finish in class time should be completed for homework. The teachers will give them all class to complete said work and have broken the project into chunks to give students ample time to make creative choices and complete the task at hand.
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd - Design Project Intro.(Cover Due Dates, Expectations, and Samples) - Due @ end of Class - chosen story/book. PART 1 DUE for HW!
Friday, Nov. 4th - Part 1 DUE - Work on Part 2 (Publicity) HOMEWORK IF NOT FINISHED IN CLASS
Tuesday, Nov. 8th - Part 2 Due- Shoebox due - Begin Part 3
Thursday, Nov. 10th - Work on Part 3
Monday, Nov. 14th - Groundplan DUE! (QUIZ)
Wednesday, Nov. 16th -  Part 5 Due - Teach Part 4 (Costumes)
Friday, Nov. 18th - Model Check (QUIZ) - Introduce Part 6
(THANKSGIVING BREAK - Monday 21st - Friday the 25th- WORK ON ANYTHING THAT IS LATE)
Monday the 28th - Wednesday the 30th - Friday the 2nd - students will be given these full class days to: COMPLETE ANY FINAL DRAFTS of their designs.
Monday, Dec. 5th - Rehearse Presentations
Wednesday, Dec. 7th - ALL DESIGN PROJECTS ARE DUE COMPLETED
Wednesday, Dec. 7th - Friday, Dec. 15th - DESIGN PROJECT PRESENTATIONS


DESIGN PROJECT PRESENTATION RUBRIC 2017
Here is what we expect to see at your presentation.
Remember: Everything should be in FINAL Draft. No pencil, crumpled or sloppy work.
ALL samples can be found on  CANVAS or on my DOWNLOADS page

PART 1: PREPERATION                                                                                            POINTS GAINED  

5 points – The Plot Diagram/ Timeline. -- Handout
-10  Events Min.

                                                                                                             _____________

5 points -Director’s Questions-- TYPED & PROOFREAD
Answer the following 5 questions.
- Where does the story take place? -Be specific
-What is the time period of the story? Give me down to decade or year.
-What is the backstory of the characters? -Include age & social status (Choose the 4 most important)
-What, do you think, is the Author’s theme or message?- The lesson to be learned
-What is the mood that should be created throughout the play? - Should have 5.                                  _____________


PART 2: PUBLICITY DESIGN

10 points  – POSTER
Along with color & artistry the poster needs to include:
  1. the LOGO(Title) and Author clearly displayed
  2. Show Dates and Times
  3. Location of Performances
  4. Ticket Cost
  5. Name of Theatre Company
  6. “Produced by special arrangement with (Insert Publisher’s name here)”
  7. Director’s Name, Box Office information, website info etc.                                  _____________
10 points  – PRESS RELEASE TYPED
Press Release Paragraph with clear focus must include the following:
Who is presenting the play (Name of Theatre Company)
  When is it?
  What is the show about?
  Where is it being performed?
  Ticket or Box Office information
  First Day of release
  Publicity Director’s Name and Contact Info.
  “FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE” (entered at the top of the page)                   _____________


Part 3: SET DESIGN

10 points –  TWO Ground Plans –  in INK for FINAL DRAFT
Draw 2 Ground Plan/ Birds Eye View of two settings in your story.
A. Plans are well executed with clean lines and clean annotation.
(Wonky lines, over erasing, messy lines are NOT acceptable.)
B.  Draw the Ground Plans to Scale including measurements and dimensions.
C. Key box in BOTTOM RIGHT corners. *See packet.                                                     _____________

20 points – SET MODEL
IS THE MODEL an accurate match to your Ground Plan? Does it –
A. -match groundplans, furniture pieces, entrances and exits, transitions, etc.?
B.-have color & texture?
IS IT?
C.- furnished in proper size? Items are proportionate to box/each other?
D.  Is it cleanly put together? Stable, sturdy and well constructed?                       _____________        

 
PART 4: COSTUME DESIGN

15 pointsTWO Costume Designs
  1. Minimum of TWO different characters
  2. Well executed the coloring and styling
  3. LABELS: Title of the Show, Character Name Act #, Scene # (big and bold)
  4. Additional info: Fabric Choices, notes, and YOUR SIGNATURE                       _____________

PART 5: PROPERTIES DESIGNS

5 points – Write out a prop list for your play. -- TYPED
A. Props mentioned in the script are listed
(May include additional props you think the actors might find useful or handy.)
B. Props list is broken up by Act and Scene #.
C. Props have quantities and descriptions if needed.                                                            _____________      

20 points – Design/create ONE special prop for your show.
  1. Minimum of ONE prop important to your show
  2. Well executed the coloring and styling
  3. LABELS: Title of the Show, Prop Name, Act #,  & Scene #
  4. Additional info: Special notes and YOUR SIGNATURE                                        _____________        

YOUR PRESENTATION – You will present this entire project to your classmates.

EVERYTHING MUST BE IN ITS FINAL FORMAT READY TO PRESENT!!!*********

Practice your presentation and above all tell us WHY you made certain choices !!!

 Extra Credit
Costumes- Find four pictures on line of the style of clothing you think fits for each character. ( 4 pictures of clothing options per character.) Make one page of pictures per character and put character name at the top.
Set-Find pictures 6 of any setting elements you would want to use for your set. (Setting elements include - backdrop artwork, furninture, trees, bushes, wallpaper lighting fixtures etc.) 1 location/setting per page, 6 pictures per location. 2 Locations= 12 images.

Props- Find 6 images of props you would like for Act 1 and 6 images for Act 2. Seperate pictures for Act 1 and 2 on different pages. 2 Acts/Pages= 12 images total.

Make up- For each of your 4 characters find 3 images of make up styles you think would fit your character. Divide your paper up so you have two characters per page and label it. Place the make up designs on their half of the page. 4 characters x 3 images per character = 12 images.
 
Hair-  For each of your 4 characters find 2 images of hairstyles you think would fit your character. Divide your paper up so you have all 4 characters on the page and label it their section. Place the make up designs on their quarter of the page. 4 characters x 2 images per character = 8images.

MONOLOGUES
Performance- Major Grade

Monologue Evaluation Tools
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