Term: Qtr 4
Start Date: April 6, 2021
Class Meets: Tuesdays at 10:00 am - 10:55 am
Duration: 8 Weeks
Grade Range: 3rd - 5th
The Emperor has appeared, but what happened? Had he traveled from far away land? Been transported from another time? Did he forgotten who he is...or forget to wear fine clothes? How will the emperor's trusted ensemble get him ready for the big event? Our actors will discover what is up with that crazy emperor and save him from himself!
Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.
The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.
Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.
Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).