Research Project

Theatre practitioner research projects will be presented on Wednesday. There is no school on Monday, and Tuesday’s class is only 30 minutes long due to the ski trip, so make sure you are working on your powerpoint and script over the long weekend. Bring your ISP play on Tuesday in case you finish early.

Reminders for Powerpoint
– do not use full sentences: your powerpoint is a support, not a script
– include both text and images
– you must explain your powerpoint in full detail: although it will only have a basic amount of information on screen, it is up to you to add to that with detail in your oral presentation
use your own words. Plagiarism will result in a significant loss of marks: it doesn’t matter if you’ve looked up all the new vocabulary words, or changed one or two words per sentence; you must use original writing. Click here for a guide to proper paraphrasing

February Theatre Opportunities

If you’re interested in seeing more live theatre, there are some great shows coming up! If you’re interested, I can give you information about how to get to the theatre (they’re all close to downtown). As an added bonus, if you do go to a show and you write a review, I will add 2% to your last review’s mark :)

Please note that the shows below are only suggestions — if you find something different that appeals to you, go for it! Update Feb. 18: This offer stands for the rest of the semester. The show you choose does not have to be in February; it can be any time before the end of the semester.

Alice Through the Looking-Glass
UWO Teacher’s College. $10 for students.

Bat Boy: The Musical
Musical Theatre Productions. @ McManus Studio Theatre (inside the Grand). $16.95 for students.

To Kill a Mockingbird
London Community Players. @ Palace Theatre. $16 students, $8 children under 18
*based on the best book in the world* :)

Edward II
Empty Space Productions. @ The ARTS Project (downtown). $12 for students

Snow Day!

SNOW DAY: School  is closed today (Friday, Feb. 8) due to snow. Enjoy your day off!
We will move today’s lesson and quiz to Monday. This means we will have a little less time to review as a class for the midterm on Tuesday (Monday was going to be a study day), so make sure you’re preparing for the midterm yourself.
Don’t forget to have a fun weekend with its extra day!

Quiz

There will be a short theatre history quiz on Friday. I am cognizant of your need to study for the midterm on Tuesday, so it really will be a short quiz; I have no desire to overburden you with too many tests in a short period of time.

P.S. Ms. P will be covering tomorrow’s class for me. Be kind! :)

Midterm Updates

The midterm exam is on Tuesday, February 11. Below is a very general overview of what you should and should not know

Vocabulary– Anything we’ve studied is fair game. See the vocabulary page for a list of vocabulary words and techniques we’ve covered
Theatre History
– Countries and general timeline. Example questions: “which two forms of theatre happened at the same time in history?”, or “which came first: Noh or Greek theatre?”
– Definitely know what the stages looked like. We’ll be talking more about staging on Friday
– Know key features of each form of theatre (e.g. masks, men vs. women, general topics/genres of plays, values, acting style, etc.)
– Important people (e.g. playwrights, actors, kings/queens, etc.)
– Anything in the powerpoints may be a question. You can judge what will have more questions based on whether we spent a lot of time discussing it in class (e.g. I may give you one question about who Ned Kynaston was, but I will not ask you to describe his personality or talk about his significance, because that’s not important to our lesson)

Things I will not ask you
– Exact dates and cities of theatre movements. See above for an idea of general timeline questions.
– Specific details about particular movie clips watched in class. That said, I may give you an open-ended question such as “How is modern film/tv similar to traditional forms of theatre? Give specific examples”, in which case you will be free to draw upon videos from class.

Feel free to post questions here or ask me in class. Good luck!

Literacy and history: getting excited yet?

Reminder: please bring $15 cash to purchase the literacy test preparation book. You must have your own copy; we will be using it throughout the semester.

This week we will be focusing on 4 more historical periods/styles of drama: Commedia dell’Arte, Noh, Restoration drama, and Realism. We’ll intersperse some games, videos, and activities in with the lectures, but it’s going to be a heavier week in terms of information presented. By the end of the week, we’ll be getting back into some scene studies and research. This is not to say that the history will be boring: on the contrary, I hope you will find it quite interesting! It should give you an opportunity to discover links between the movies, tv, and theatre that you love today and some traditional forms of drama from around the world. So put on your thinking caps and prepare to go back in time!