Class 3
Friday, January 10, 2020

Class Summary

  • Attendance
  • Speeches update
  • Research Projects question
    • The Great Chain of Being • Astrology and Astronomy • The Humours and the Elements • White and Black Magic: witchcraft, superstitions and the fairy kingdom • Religion: Protestant, Catholic • Shakespeare’s Globe: the relationship of the actor, stage and audience • The Folios and the Quartos • Class and Customs • Queen Elizabeth I, King James I and Elizabethan Politics • Daily Life in London
  • Comfort with touching
  • I know that like me you…
  • King Crab
  • Rehearse scene
  • Action: what are you doing?  Beats, in scene, throughout, after?  Is that all they’re doing?  What else are they doing?  What happens to change a beat??  Where are you going?  What does each of those things mean?
  • Rhythm: verse, rhyme, beast per line: pacing…stage directions…hidden and inscribed?
  • We’ve just taken a dive, and encountered some new things, new ideas. And some old ones: we’ll plunge in deeply next week after we review some assignments.
  • Experience channelled feedback
Attendance & Announcements
  • Take attendance
  • Announcements:
    • Orientation on Wednesday
    • Speeches:
      • Matthew H. [Macbeth or Hamlet]
      • Isabella [Rosalind or Phebe]
      • Miranda M. [Ok with Emilia?]
      • Matthew C. [Choices?]
      • Maria?
      • Zoe?
      • REMEMBER: include Play, Act, Scene, lines, REFERENCE!

Time

1:00 pm
1:10 pm
10 minutes
100 minutes remaining

Warm-Up
Focus on Body and Space
  • Power Pose: Wonder Woman pose (10 min)
  • Space substance (15 min)

Time permitting:

  • I know that, like me, you… (5 min)
  • Clap game (5 min)
  • Walking game (run with it) (5 min)
  • Freeze (10 min)

Time

1:10 pm
1:35 pm
25 minutes
75 minutes remaining

Warm-Up
Focus on Body and Space
  • Power Pose: Wonder Woman pose (10 min)
  • Space substance (15 min)

Time permitting:

  • I know that, like me, you… (5 min)
  • Clap game (5 min)
  • Walking game (run with it) (5 min)
  • Freeze (10 min)

Time

1:10 pm
1:35 pm
25 minutes
75 minutes remaining

Acting Exercise
The Witches: Act 1, Scene 1 from Macbeth

Review of principles (5 min):

  • Spine?  How do we define it?
  • Tell the story BUT tell the story by understanding your given circumstances as fully as possible and why you say and do everything you do.
  • What do these witches want?
beats, actions this is excellent.
  • What happens at each beat that provokes the next beat?
  • Where does it fall in the range from surprise to knowing with certainty?

Wonderful ideas about movement in the scene that also lend an otherworldly

  • Why are they doing them – don’t let it be just an idea, make sure your characters understand why they are doing them for themselves or for the group.  Make sure you make them make sense with what the text is suggesting.
Character and relationship:
  • In some I am seeing power dynamics and characters differentiated.
  • Very good.   eep on working on that.
Work with what you’ve got, but now tell the story of the scene – do it by
How important are the familiars?
Why must they say their spell?
Why does everything rhyme?
Why do they know or not know what they know?  When do/did they find it out?
How important is event that happens? What is the relative importance of each event (happening, topic of each beat) vs. least important?
Who is more powerful and why?
Rehearse (30 min?)

Notes:

  • Give notes to each group as you go…

Discussion

  • What was the story?
  • What can we tell about these people?
  • 10 minutes discussion

Time

1:35 pm
2:35 pm
60 minutes
15 minutes remaining

Assignment Handout
Research Project Guidelines

Handouts

  • Research Presentation Guidelines
  • 101 Questions for Specific Characterization
  • 50 Questions for Scene Preparation
  • Hand out Guidelines for Research Projects
  • Review the content to make sure the students understand
  • Leave time for questions

Time

3:40 pm
3:50 pm
10 minutes
0 minutes remaining

 

 

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