Directing Plays and Musicals in the school and Classroom is an interactive and intensive teaching and learning experience that will provide teachers with the tools and experience to be able to direct and choreograph plays and musicals with their students for production within their school or classroom.
The course goals include developing the teacher's abilities to stage and direct school plays and musicals, develop and articulate a clear and specific directorial concept, style and approach to a performance event demonstrate strategies and methods for teaching their own students how to direct and assistant direct student productions and scenes and to use the knowledge and skills involved in directing to enhance their overall knowledge and understanding of theater making. Teachers will create production plans and directorial concepts, rehearsal schedules and strategies for staging and integrating the production process into their classroom curriculum. Teacher's will choose and analyze a theatrical text that is appropriate for their grade level, create a specific concept, style and approach to the text and direct a scene or musical number for presentation and assessment at the end of the course. Teachers will engage in various rehearsal activities including ensemble-building warm-ups, blocking demonstrations and text analysis designed to expand and enhance their own teaching practice. A panel of professional theatre directors will present a symposium on directing. Included in the course are two outings to Broadway or Off Broadway plays as inspiration and examples of quality directing. The course will conclude with staged scenes and musical numbers by the teachers. The primary text for the course will be The Play Director's Survival Kit: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Producing Theatre in a School or Community Setting, James W. Rogers and Wanda C. Rogers. Publisher: Jossey-Bass
The workshop rehearsal model the course employs requires constant assessment and uses advised revision as a driving force in the process. Each teacher will be led through activities and exercises which will help improve and deepen their ability to analyze a text, create and articulate a director's concept and translate that concept into structured performance pieces. Each piece will be rehearsed, performed, analyzed, given direction, and sent back for revision. Through both peer and group assessment, along with rubrics designed to evaluate each step of the process, each staging exercise will be analyzed and given direction on how to move forward effectively. The rubrics include an examination of structure, theme, composition, mode, atmosphere and spectacle and take into account the necessity of being integrated into a unified performance event. (Directing Rubric is attached)
Among the Common Core Standards addressed in this course are:
* CCSS.ELA-LITERACY - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance and style are appropriate to purpose, audience and task.
* Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
* Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, clear goals and deadlines and individual roles as needed.
||CTLE Area: Content