Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Semester Exam: Character Analysis

Remember that your written character analysis is worth 35% of your exam grade!  (Monologue performances are 65%.)

Use the following steps to analyze your character, and turn the analysis in on Monday, December 17.

Stanislavski’s Ten Steps – CHARACTER ANALYSIS

            Facts that influence a person’s behavior.  Background information.

            Facts to place yourself inside your character’s life perspective.

What you want most in life
OBJECTIVE HIERARCHY is a short list of lesser, but still important goals

            A particular way of dealing with a variety of obstacles/setbacks
            Ex: when my character encounters __________, he/she does this….; when this character is angry/sad/provoked/etc., this is how they act/react…

            Writing down results in manuscript form/mark script into workable units.  This is going to be the copy of your script!

            Project onto people/objects, real/imagined qualities from your imagination or experience to bring to life.  i.e. what does your character have and why do they have it.

            Using your 5 senses to awaken memories of both physical & emotional sensations that can be filtered into character
Ex: When they smell/see/touch/taste/hear _________, they ___________.

            Film of the mind that speaks to your partner’s eyes
            What things do they see/visualize and react to?

            External Characteristics (esp. pace, tempo, rhythm, mannerisms, etc.).  What do they look like and sound like?  How do they walk/move/talk?

            Allow yourself to use all previous research to free your entry into heightened reality that allows both discovery AND control simultaneously

"Bring yourself to the part of taking hold of a role, as if it were your own life. Speak for your character in your own person. When you sense this real kinship to your part, your newly created being will become soul of your soul, flesh of your flesh." - STANISLAVSKI

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mock Trial: The Importance of Being Earnest

Mock trial preparations begin this week (Monday and Tuesday) and will continue Monday and Tuesday AFTER Thanksgiving Break.
The mock trial will be held November 28 and 29 during class.

Review the script online here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Imaginary Friend REFLECTION

Today in class we completed our SUMMATIVE REFLECTION on the Character project we just completed. Please use the questions and guidelines below to write a 3 paragraph reflection paper on your experience. If you were absent or did not finish in class, this is due NO LATER THAN Friday, November 9 at the end of class.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Character Bootcamp

Nov 1: In-character workshop in class. Turn in Polaroid pictures of characters.

Nov 2: BRING YOUR IMAGINARY FRIEND CHARACTER TO SCHOOL.  Please make sure you get your pink assignment sheet signed by each teacher (except ME).  We'll be doing a question/answer session in class where you will perform as your character, but the rest of the day, you will be yourself.  NO DISRUPTING CLASS!  (3rd period: Pick up your polaroid pictures from me in the commons area tomorrow morning when I am on duty.)

Next week: We'll be reflecting on our character experience and starting to read "The Importance of Being Earnest" which we will use for our Mock Trial Project and further work on script analysis and characterization.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Greek Theater Project



Wednesday, Oct 3: PERFORMANCES

Thursday, Oct 4: Peer Evaluation/Character Unit

Friday, Oct 5: Character Unit begins

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Greek Tragedy Project: Outlines

(Theater II info is on the left under "Period 1.")

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Greek Tragedy Project: Day One

Brainstorming in groups for topic/story to adapt into Greek Tragedy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

VW Bugs and Hotseat: Aug 27 - Sept 4

Complete VW Bug assignment.

"Hotseat" in class, describing 3 items on your VW Bug.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Welcome to Theater Arts II 2012-2013!

Welcome to the home of Ms. Yanchak's Ellison Theater Arts classes on the INTERWEBS!

This site serves as the home of Theater Arts II!

Take a peek up at the top there for your course (Theater 2, 3, and 4 are listed) and click on your course to discover all the information you'll need.  

Either way, please be patient.  These sites are being updated frequently as the school year looms ever larger in the distance!

If you're interested in being involved in our after school productions (via Ellison's Drama Club), please be sure to check out:

If you have specific questions about CLASS, please email Ms. Yanchak directly.  Her email address can be found here.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Short Story Adaptation (Period 3) and Camera Basics (Period 1)

Period 3:

This week we viewed your student films.  Please make sure you've turned in your storyboards and screenplays!
You will have a test on rehearsal/production etiquette before spring break.  Study your notes!
Also, we read the short story "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin.  We're going to adapt this for the stage for the 11th grade English classes.  Our performance date is scheduled for Friday, April 20th.  Please make sure you have read the story before Monday's class.  You can find it online here: Kate Chopin's Desiree's Baby.
Any questions, please email Ms. Yanchak.

Period 1:

We took notes on camera shots, angles, and movements.  You will be responsible for knowing and using this information.  There will be a test before you begin your film project!
Be thinking about who you'd like to work with on your film.  Groups of no more than 4 people (you can do this project by yourself, but it's a lot of work -- be warned!) will be reviewed before spring break.

Monday, January 30, 2012

This Week in Theater II: 1/31 - 2/3

First period:

Tues 1/31: Monkey's Paw improv scenes

Wed 2/1: Reading of script, part 1 (review production expectations)

Thurs 2/2: Reading of script, part 2 (review production expectations)

Fri 2/3: Production expectations test (SUMMATIVE)

Third period:

Tues 1/31: Screenplays/storyboards

Wed 2/1: Screenplays/storyboards

Thurs 2/2: Screenplays/storyboards/filming

Fri 2/3: Screenplays/storyboards/filming


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Week in Theater II: 1/23-1/27

First Period:

Mon 1/23  Complete Outline - Monkey's Paw

Tues 1/24  Complete Outline - Monkey's Paw.  Groups assigned for Script Writing.

Wed 1/25  Script Writing

Thurs 1/26 Script Writing/Reading

Fri 1/27  Class helps to set up for Children's Theater in auditorium

Third Period:

Mon 1/23:  Movie Screening, Review Camera/Film Notes, Work on Proposals

Tues 1/24:  Screenplay Notes, Review Camera/Film Notes, Proposals!

Wed 1/25: Proposals Due!!!

Thurs 1/26: Screenplay Work.  Camera Angle Quiz.

Fri 1/27:  Screenplay Work.



Monday, January 16, 2012

This Week in Theater II: 1/17-1/20

Mon 1/16: NO SCHOOL

Tues 1/17: PSA Reviews on Production Etiquette
                 1st Period - Read "Monkey's Paw"
                 3rd Period - Film/Camera Angle Notes

Wed 1/18: PSA Reviews on Production Etiquette
                 1st Period - "Monkey's Paw"
                 3rd Period - Film/Camera Angle Notes/Practice/Intro to Film Project

Thurs 1/19: PSA Reviews on Production Etiquette
                   1st Period - "Monkey's Paw"/Adaptations
                   3rd Period - Intro to Film Project/Groups/Brainstorming

Fri 1/20: 1st Period - Adaptations and Script Writing
               3rd Period - Film Project Proposals and Brainstorming

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This Week in Theater II: 1/9 - 1/13

Monday 1/9: Complete notes on theater/stage etiquette.

Tuesday 1/10: Complete RSC: The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

Wednesday 1/11: PSA Stage Etiquette assignment.

Thursday 1/12: PSA Stage Etiquette writing, rehearsal and filming.

Friday 1/13: PSA Stage Etiquette filming.

Up next week: Stage Production Project (1st period) and Film Project (3rd period).
First Stage Production is scheduled for Friday, February 24.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This Week in Theater II: 1/2 - 1/6

Jan 2 and 3: Shakespeare Fun with Reduced Shakespeare Company

Jan 4 through 6: Stage Production Notes and Discussion

The following Advanced Theater Production Agreement will be distributed this week in class.  Please review it here, and speak to Ms. Y with any questions or concerns.  (The areas marked in red are for after school productions only.)