Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Week in Theater II: 11/28 - 12/2

Monday, 11/28: Last day to complete OPENING STATEMENTS and WITNESS STATEMENTS.  Must be turned in at the end of class.

Tuesday, 11/29: Witnesses and attorneys in our mock trial will begin rehearsal work and preparation for the trial (attorneys will complete direct examination forms).

Wednesday, 11/30: Rehearsal and preparation for trial.

Thursday, 12/1: Possible first day of trial.

Friday, 12/2: Possible second day of trial.  (Come see CSI: Ellison Improv perform Friday, 12/2 at 7pm in the auditorium!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Children's Hour: Mock Trial Assignment

Here's the list of witnesses and attorneys for each Theater II class's mock trial covering "The Children's Hour."  The PLAINTIFFS are Karen and Martha (KM) and the DEFENDANT is Mrs. Tilford (T).  The letters KM and T denote witnesses and attorneys for each side. 

Please re-read Act I and II to find the truth according to your character/witness or client(s)!  We will begin trial preparations on Monday 11/21 and continue after Thanksgiving break (11/28).  The trial date has not yet been set.  You may begin work on Witness Statements and Opening/Closing Statements.

Period 1:
Thomas – Rosalie KM
Naomi – Helen KM
Joseph – Agatha
Jacob – Joe KM
Destiny – Mrs. Wells KM
Alexis – Evelyn KM
Tera – Karen KM
Cassidy – Martha KM
Ayanna – Peggy T
Macy – Mrs. Tilford T
Brittani – Mrs. Munn T
Raije – Mrs. Burton T
Alea – Mary T
Willie – Mrs. Mortar T

James KM
David KM
Derek KM
Akilah KM
Taylor KM
LaurenV T
Meghan T
LaurenP T
Yari T
Nykasya T
Tre’sean T


Period 3
Rosalie KM Ashley
Helen KM Brittany
Mrs. Wells KM Maryah
Joe Cardin KM Kyle
Martha KM Analicia
Evelyn KM Mark
Karen KM Jayda

Mrs. Mortar T Nelson
Peggy T Michelle
Mrs. Tilford T Richard G
Mrs. Munn T Jessica
Mary T Shanee
Mr. Burton T Orlando
Agatha T Fallon

Garrett T
Richard B T
Whitney T
Shaylee T
Tony KM
Adam KM
Rene KM

Monday, November 14, 2011

This Week in Theater II: 11/14 - 11/18

Monday 11/14: Read "The Children's Hour."  Discussion and questions.

Tuesday 11/15: Read "The Children's Hour." Discussion and questions.

Wednesday 11/16: Read "The Children's Hour."  Discussion and questions. Plot and character review.

Thursday 11/17: Read "The Children's Hour."  Discussion and questions.  Plot and character review.

Friday 11/18: "The Cask of Amontillado" presentation in auditorium by Theater III/IV.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Letter to Parents: "The Children's Hour"

November 7, 2011

Re: Theater Arts II Upcoming Events and Projects
To the Parents/Guardians of Theater II Students:
In our Theater Arts II class, we are about to begin reading the classic drama “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman.  This play opened on Broadway in 1934 to much critical acclaim.  It has been adapted into various films over the years, and has recently been revived in London’s West End, starring Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss.
Ms. Hellman’s work depicts the experiences of two headmistresses of an all-girls’ boarding school as they battle a hateful rumor spread by their pupils.  The play discusses the all too familiar themes of slander, lies, and gossip, and the ways that these spiteful and malicious things can ruin lives.
In reading this play, our class is also going to embark on a mock trial project, which will give these students practical ways in which to use their theater skills in a related profession. 
Should you have any further questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience. 
Meredith Yanchak
Ellison High School                        

This Week in Theater II: 11/7-11/10

11/7: Complete "hotseat" from Imaginary Friend assignment.

11/8: Complete "hotseat" from Imaginary Friend assignment.  Begin reading "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman.

11/9: Continue "The Children's Hour."

11/10: Continue "The Children's Hour."

11/11: No school!  Thank a veteran for their service!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This Week in Theater II: 10/31-11/4

10/31: Finish work on character Polaroid/

11/1: Polaroids due.  Partner pantomime assignment using "imaginary friends."

11/2: Present/perform pantomime.  (Say that three times fast!)

11/3: Bring your imaginary friend to school day.  (Make sure to wear your polaroid and introduce your friend to your teachers.)  Hotseat characters in class.

11/4: Complete hotseat characters in class.