DESIGN - A - SCENE
Shakespeare’s plays have been around for over 400 years – yeah his stuff is old! But, because of his complex understanding and exposure of the human condition, his plays have stood the test of time and have been adapted in many different ways. This is why we still read them, watch them, enjoy them!
Now it’s your turn to show us how Shakespeare's done!
Steps To Take:
1. Sign up for a scene! Only Five (5) to a Scene! No More. No less.
2. Discuss with your group how you would like to proceed in this business. Will you modernize it, set it in a different time, do a gender swap, have "living" props? The choices are all yours!!
You MUST decide on what motifs and character details are prevalent in your scene and ensure that, in the script & performance, these are clearly shown to the audience. USE THIS MOTIF/CHARACTER DETAIL SHEET** to plan.
3. Create a script of your specific scene with DETAILED stage directions, line emphases, explanations for cut lines (clear this with me, if you want to cut lines), props, backdrops, even music! USE THIS SCRIPT TEMPLATE**
Suggestion: If your scene has more than five characters, merge lesser characters into one (Messengers & Attendants; Lennox & Ross; etc.) – Get Creative!!
4. DEFEND YOUR ADAPTATION!! In a two-page defense, write what your group has decided to do and why. Include your own insights into the scene, and provide an in-depth analysis of ALL the motifs and characterizations in the text and how it is shown in YOUR performance/script.
*Rehearsal Dates: Friday, May 7th & Monday, May 9th
**Scripts and Motif/Character Detail Sheets DUE 5/9
***Presentation Day: Tuesday, May 10th
Group Presentation Rubric
Individual Acting Rubric:
The actor/actress worked well in his/her group, participated, and was present for rehearsals and the day of the presentation.
Presentation: The actor/actress spoke loud enough and did not just read lines. Lines were stated in a way that reflected the meaning and action. The actor/actress’s actions and gestures help interpret the meaning of the lines and the flow of the plot and scene.
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