Full-Length Play

Course Purpose:

In the Full-Length Play Module, students will expand upon the technical and performance skills required to perform on stage that they developed during the One-Act Play Module. They will do this with a focus on rehearsals and same day preparation required for longer form projects. Students will also develop a deeper knowledge of theatrical performance.

Course Goals and Outcomes:

Among the specific skills students will develop during the Full-Length Play Module are:

  • Analyzing and “breaking down” a full-length play
  • Clarifying the “continuity” needs of a long rehearsal process
  • Defining the emotional journey of their character
  • Exploring and understanding the use of costumes, hair, make-up, and props in developing a character
  • Learning how to move and speak on stage for an audience
  • Exploring and sustaining the physicality and the voice of their character over a long rehearsal process
  • Working with the motivations of their character over a long form narrative
  • Working in assorted crew positions during production

Additionally, areas of student-specific challenges will have been identified during the One-Act Play Module and will be explored and developed during this module.

Course Activities:

Students will work through a variety of exercises, breaking down the chosen play to its most basic elements of plot and character. They will use various rehearsal techniques to create backstories and flush out relationships for their characters, while being lead through a process designed to fulfill the creative requirements demanded of actors in a professional theatre production. They will experience the meticulous research required of an actor in the early rehearsal stages, and the physical and emotional rigour of live performance. In addition, they will need to fulfill assignments based on the technical stage acting crafts.

Course Texts:

Oxford English Dictionary
Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen, David Hyde Pierce, Haskel Frankel
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael J. Gelb

In addition, once the ensemble has been created, specific performance texts will be selected and provided to the student or requested of them to purchase.

Supplies and Equipment:

Students will have supervised access to technical theatre equipment, and a crew will be provided by the school during the production of the full-length play. Students are required to bring the following with them to classes: 3” binder with paper and 8 tabs, notebook, pen, pencil, highlighter, and a water bottle.

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