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Drama

Classwork focuses on the exploration of theater literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development.

  Drama - $12/class   minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Rachel Dircks                         racheldircks@questforeducationsandarts.com

Drama - $12/class   minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Rachel Dircks                        
racheldircks@questforeducationsandarts.com

September 12, 2017

In class-

  • Journal-We answered the question, "what is theater?"

Class Rules:

  • 1 person speaking at a time.
  • Be kind
  • Be respectful of others (no teasing, making fun of, calling names, intimidating etc.)

Circle time- discussion of theater and it's purpose. New (actor) names in class.
Game - "up" cooperation and focus
Game- "yes" patience, ensemble, memory and focus
Groups of 3 acting out story for the Class.

Homework

  • (Ongoing) Research or write skits for Fall Gala

September 19, 2017

In class-

  • Journal writing- (please write question and answer in your journal with the date)
  • Question- what do you feel when you think about acting in front of an audience? Why?

Overview of movement, eye contact and stage movement.

Homework- 

  • Please bring an object from home that means something to you. Students should be ready to tell the class about the object and it's meaning. (Please do not bring pets)

September 26, 2017

In class- 

Journal questions:

  •  What challenges does an actor face when moving around on stage?
  • What things do actors need to keep in mind when there is an audience?
  • Please remember- write the date, question, and answer in your journal.

Warm up games.

We discussed movement.

Scenework for movement.

Homework-

  • Observation- study the way people move/walk. Pay particular attention to the differences a person's age contributes to how they move. 
  • Think about your observations- why does age make difference in movement? Why are these differences important to an actor?
  • Practice different movements to convey your age in front of an audience or mirror at home. Get feedback if possible.
  • If you didnt do it this week- Please come prepared to share an object ,of importance to you ,with the class.(See last week's homework)
  • Look for/write a skit to perform at the Fall Gala for Quest.

October 3, 2017

In class:

Journal question-

How would you tell someone across the Room from you the following things without speaking? What time is it? Are you hungry? I'm bored. 

  • We discussed movement and pantomime.
  • We also worked on skits and discussed constructive criticism/feedback.

Homework-

Work on pantomime ,Practicing movement in front of a mirror.  Remember if it's not real to you it will not look real to the audience. Make sure you have a weight and shape for everything you touch. Know your spacial limitations as well.

Please watch video for inspiration :)

October 10, 2017

In class:

Journal question-

What type of play (genre) would you most like to perform in and why?

"Meet my new friend"

Pantomime importance of continuation, consistency of weight and size of objects.

Skits

Homework-

Be ready to assess skits for Fall Gala.

Bring any skits you may find it write for Fall Gala.(last chance to bring one in)

Please read the attached musical script for the best Christmas pageant ever.

Words in all caps are songs. 

Don't be intimidated, it appears to be long but it isn't. There are many musical scores attached to the end of the play. It's about 1/2 script, 1/2 music

Come ready to discuss your FAVORITE character next week

October 17, 2017

In class:

Journal question - Regarding the character you picked from the Best Christmas Pageant Ever (see last weeks homework), If you had to choose one prop or costume piece to define your character what would it be and why?

We discussed the importance of entrances, staying in character physically and first impressions on stage.

Review the Video

Homework;

if you didn’t do last weeks homework, do it.

scripts to print- please print and read over the script you have been working on, bring any props or costume pieces which would be appropriate for your character.

There is a new script, The Float Attendant also. Everyone print and read it. Please form an opinion of it and be ready to discuss skits . Don’t forget the Doctors office skit that we did a few weeks ago (with the guy catching everyone’s symptoms) . It is more physical comedy.

Write down your favorite symptom for the guy to “catch” and bring it to class Tuesday. Remember, the symptoms need to look funny on stage.

Have a great weekend! 

October 24, 2017

In class:
Journal- name a favorite character and explain what makes his/her voice unique.
Rehearsed skits.

Homework:
Print out skits and start memorizing (if applicable)

•    Theatre Medium Rare
•    See last week’s homework for more scripts

    October 31, 2017

    In class

    Journal;

    Write at least 5 ideas on where to hand out flyers and invite people to Fall Gala

    Rehearsed skits

     

    Homework-

    • Read through your skit every day, memorize your part
    • If you did not print yours, go to past homework days and print it out.
    • Hand out your flyers (or hang them up) for Fall Gala. Don’t forget to get them in your church bulletin for this Sunday.
    • Invite people personally and let them know you will be performing.
    • If you forget to pick up flyers in the QUEST office, please print them out hear.
    • Go to the 5 places you brainstormed in class and get the word out. Artists need to know how to self promote 

    FALL GALA FLYER

     

    November 7, 2017

    In class

    • No journal Question
    • Rehearsed skits for Fall Gala

    Homework

    • Pass out/hang up or otherwise distribute at least 5 fall gala flyers.
    • Bring your paper with the list of 5 places/ people you gave flyers to.
    • Read your skit.
    • Practice your lines.
    • If you cannot print flyer come pick some up at Quest or call me and we will meet up and get you some. 940-7432

    FALL GALA FLYER

     

    November 14, 2017

    In class-

    • no journal question today
    • We talked about radio dramas, read through 1939 radio version of “A Christmas Carol”.
    • Possibility of performing this next month.

    1. Vocabulary word- Foley - fo·ley    [ˈfōlē]

    NOUN

    1.     relating to or concerned with the addition of recorded sound effects after the shooting of a film:

    "the aural details that foley artists duplicate"

     

    Origin and Etymology of foley

    Jack D. Foley †1967 American sound technician

    First Known Use: 1984

     

    Homework-

    Please write down where/who and how many flyers you handed out for Fall Gala and return to me at next class for credit (you may email these to me if its easier for you pottersclay@live.com subject line- fall gala flyers)

     

    Record or write down a family member’s story (your choice) during Thanksgiving break. Ideas for this could be stories of how couples met, a funny story from their childhood, their fondest memories of how their family spent Thanksgiving (or any holiday memory /special tradition), how they entertained themselves as youngsters (radio drama with the fam?) etc. basically anything which will be entertaining. You must have this written down or recorded (audio alone or with video) to receive credit. You may email these to me if you prefer@ pottersclay@live.com  subject line- “drama homework”

     

    Please gather your family , like in the old days, and  listen to this original recording of “A Christmas Carol”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gJ3jINcTR0  (of course, your family may not be able to do this with you- but it will be more fun if they can! It may lead to a story for your homework assignment) for planningpurposes,it’s 58 min. long.

    There is a link to the transcript there as well, if you want to print it or read along with the play. The sound is not optimal because it is an old recording, but please Pay special attention to the use of sound effects and underscoring with music to create mood.

     

    Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

     

    November 28, 2017

    In class-

    Rehearsed "A Christmas Carol

    Homework-

    Please "find your voice" for your parts. Practice screams, laughs (or lines you cannot say without laughing) . Basically , work on anything you need to straighten out before we perform.

    Watch this to get a feel for how it's done

    Here’s the clip to a 1938 Chevrolet featurette that showed how old time radio shows were done.

     Please be sure to ask your parents to answer my email about availability for 12/16 , we have an amazing opportunity For this performance. GOD IS GOOD ,all the time.

    Please, please bring your scripts to class on Tuesday. I Do NOT have extras🤤

    I am super excited!!!!

    Have a great weekend.

     

    December 5, 2017

    In class -

    We worked on A Christmas Carol with sfx

    Homework-

    1. Find your voice. Try out different voices with your lines , decide what sounds best. Practice any laughter, screeching etc, that  you may be struggling with during class. Practice until you feel comfortable with your sound. 

    2. Decide what you will wear. You can dress for your character, Victorian style, not much color ( black, white, gray, browns). Hats, warm coats, scarfs, gloves...Otherwise black pants and top.

    3. Advertise our radio play. Flyer attached. Tell friends, family and anyone else you think may enjoy the show!

    4. Highlight your lines in your script, sfx people may want to highlight the sounds they are performing.

    5.Please ask your parents if they can help by providing cookies or other baked items to sell as a fundraiser.( OV was not able to get food trucks for us). Also we are looking for a popcorn machine to use . (Maybe your church/youth group has one?)

    I will also need someone who is willing to be at the fundraising table. 

    See you Tuesday!

    A Christmas Carol Flyer

    December 12, 2017

    January 9, 2017

    In class:

    Introduction to Improvisation. Improv warm ups and games.

     

    Homework:

    1. Here is what I didn’t get to finish in class:

    Theater is all about telling the story. If you don’t know the story, how can you tell it? Please think about this when you are watching a movie or reading a book and break it down onto big, general chunks.

     Seven-sentence story structure

    Most stories can be boiled down to seven basic sentences. These sentences begin like this:

    Once upon a time....

    And every day...

    Until one day...

    And because of that...

    And because of that...

    Until finally...

    And from that day...

     

    Example- I will use 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' here:

    - Once upon a time there was a girl who was secretly a pop-star.

    - And every day she was careful not to let anyone know her secret.

    - Until one day she met a boy, and he discovered her double life.

    - And because of that he was angry and felt betrayed.

    - And because of that Hannah felt awful.

    - Until finally she owned up to her double life.

    - And from that day the people from her home have known and accepted her secret, and she and the boy are very happy.

     

    1. Read and sign Contracts - Attached, if you want to participate in the year end production. These are due next Tuesday 1/16/18 if you want to audition for a part.
     

    January 16, 2017

    Contracts were collected (thanks guys!) 

    We worked on more improv. Everyone did a great job!

    Homework:

    Get ready for auditions next week

    Read this

    https://www.thoughtco.com/simple-audition-tips-2713084

    Watch this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIfq7Iw09PU

    read the play (link attached)

    Check yellowbox every day until you see the times posted for recording A Christmas Carol 

    If you were an actor in the live radio play of A Christmas Carol that we performed at the Oro Valley Library, please go to this link  (with your parents) and select every time you would be available to record the play. Hopefully we can find a time when everyone is available. :)

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49aaa622a0ff2-achristmas

     

    January 23, 2017

    In class:

    Subtext game
    Expert game
    Auditions! Everyone did such an amazing job, I'm very proud of you all. 😊

    Cast List

    Rebecca- Alyssa
    Jeeves- Shepherd
    Shirley- Madison
    Fay- Aliyah
    Anguish- Kathryn
    Mark- Thad
    Penny- Tatum
    Delivery person- Bethany
    Hercules- Alex
    Leon Russell/ Bum- Brian
    Bridget- Emily
    Detective Bobby- Kylie
    Officer Mulligan- Ruby
    Colonel Chutney- Cooper
    Student 1- Josh
    Student 2- Stephen
    Student 3- Paul
    Nurse Payne- Sophia
     

    January 30, 2017

    It is VERY important that all parents with a child in A Christmas Carol radio play come at the beginning of drama class 3:15-3:20 to straighten out when we will record. The sign up genius is a mess! Thank you.

    Parents please bring students for  A Christmas Carol  recording on Thursday @ 3:30 Be a few minutes  early if possible so we can Start right @ 3:30.

    We will meet in the dance room @ 3:30 on 2/1/18 

     

    February 6, 2018

    In class

    We discussed the importance of working as an ensemble and always supporting one another.

    We read through the script .

     

    Homework

    Read your lines, highlight them (if you haven’t already) and highlight your stage directions in a different color.

    Look at the basic stage layout in your script, start to get a picture of where your entrances and exits will be, and where actions will be taking place.

    Print your character analysis worksheet. Begin to fill it out. We will continue to fill this in for the next 3 weeks.

    Consider some ideas for teasers we may perform at the fine arts festival.

     

    February 13, 2018

    In class:

    • Character analysis worksheet explanation
    • Play reading.
    • Next week is break, we will not meet for class.

     

    Homework:

    Please continue to read through the script. Learning your lines while noting stage movement.

    Make a list of personal props (something that is only used by your character, not part of the set) bring any of these items you can to our next class.

    Work on character analysis pages. These are worth a lot of points. 

    Remember to write your character background page in your journal. (If you missed class or forgot your journal, just use a separate sheet of paper). If you have questions *DONT WAIT UNTLI NEXT CLASS, get ahold of me now.*  Call/text 940-7432 email pottersclay@live.com

     

    I also need each of you to send a headshot and short bio to me for the playbill. Please email headshot, scanned in highest resolution possible. If you can't send me a digital copy, please bring a physical copy to class.

    These are due March 6th

     

    Have a great break!

     

    February 27, 2018

    In class:

    Reminder- dont forget your script and please be on time! We are having trouble making it through the play because we are sharing scripts and getting a late start ,waiting for people to arrive. 

    Homework-

    Character worksheet due next class 50 points. I need your headshots and bio for program emailed to pottersclay@live.com . Please work on bringing your personal props (things that your character brings onstage), developing your costume and memorizing lines. Link to character analysis worksheet;

    http://www.questforeducationandarts.com/s/CHARACTER_ANALYSIS_WORKSHEET.pdf

    Important! We will NOT meet in parish hall next week, we will be in classroom #2.

     

    March 6, 2018

    In class:

    • Collected character analysis worksheets.
    • We ran throworksheet.

    Homework:

    • If you did not hand in character analysis worksheet, finish it and bring next week. You will lose 5 points.
    • If you didn't get your picture and bio done please email to me asap @ pottersclay@live.com drama bio in subject line.
    • Please highlight your stage directions so you can quickly see them and know your entrances.
    • Please brings your hand props and your scripts.
    • Print out these tonguetwisters below to warm up your voice before we start next week. You may start warming up as soon as you get to class.  Great job today!

     

    A noisy noise annoys an oyster most.


    What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?


    What to do to die today at a minute or two to two. A terribly difficult thing to say and a
    harder thing to do. A dragon will come and beat his drum Ra­ta­ta­ta­ta­ta­ta­ta­too at a
    minute or two to two today. At a minute or two to two.


    What veteran ventriloquist whistles.


    When a doctor doctors a doctor,
    does the doctor doing the doctoring
    doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or
    does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?


    When a twister a­twisting will twist him a twist,
    For the twisting of his twist, he three twines doth intwist;
    But if one of the twines of the twist do untwist,
    The twine that untwisteth untwisteth the twist.


    When I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could outsaw any other saw I ever saw, saw. If
    you've got a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw saw then I'd like to see your saw saw.


    When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk,
    And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk,
    Then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to ram your rom.
    Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom!


    When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write. ...

    Whether the weather be fine
    or whether the weather be not.
    Whether the weather be cold
    or whether the weather be hot.
    We'll weather the weather
    whether we like it or not.


    Which rich wicked witch wished the wicked wish?

     

    Please check that your name is the way you wish it to appear (and correct spelling) in the cast list;

    Cast List

    Rebecca- Alyssa Molinari
    Jeeves- Shepherd Dircks
    Shirley- Emily Johnsboen
    Fay- Aliyah Daugherty
    Anguish- Kathryn Eubanks
    Mark- Thaddeus Zoucha
    Penny- Tatum Lamb
    Delivery person- Bethany Perrodin
    Hercules- Alex Boxx-Hampton
    Leon Russell/ Bum- Brian Stahlman
    Bridget- Holland (need a last name)
    Detective Bobby- Kylie Avey
    Officer Mulligan- Ruby Amick
    Colonel Chutney- Cooper Dircks
    Student 1- Josh Thai
    Student 2- Stephen Molinari
    Student 3- Paul Mellady
    Nurse Payne- Sophia Sweet

     

    March 13, 2018

    In class-

    Rehearsed play. Returned character analysis.

     

    Homework-

    Everyone needs to sell an ad for our playbill. The “ad” can also be a message to you from a loved one . Attached is a letter explaining your purpose that you can bring along when you visit a business. This is very important to curb our printing costs. Ads/ payment are due April 10, 2018.

    Students 1,2 and 3; I need you to come up with names of your characters for the cast list!

    If you have not turned in your character analysis. It is overdue. Print your character analysis worksheet

    Please email it to me or bring it next week.

    Headshots and bios are also past due.

    Please check this list to see that your name is spelled correctly/as you want it printed in the program, If I do not hear from you, I will assume it is correct;

     

    Cast List

    Rebecca- Alyssa Molinari
    Jeeves- Shepherd Dircks
    Shirley- Emily Johnsboen
    Fay- Aliyah Daugherty
    Anguish- Kathryn Eubanks
    Mark- Thaddeus Zoucha
    Penny- Tatum Lamb
    Delivery person- Bethany Perrodin
    Hercules- Alex Boxx-Hampton
    Leon Russell/ Bum- Brian Stahlman
    Bridget- Holland Koplin
    Detective Bobby- Kylie Avey
    Officer Mulligan- Ruby Amick
    Colonel Chutney- Cooper Dircks
    Student 1- Josh Thai
    Student 2- Stephen Molinari
    Student 3- Paul Mellady
    Nurse Payne- Sophia Sweet

     

    March 20, 2018

    In class-

    Play rehearsal

     

    Homework-

    Be sure your character background is turned in.

    Bio and headshot are done.

    Check cast list or correct name and spelling.

    Print out tongue twisters for vocal warm ups- to be done before play rehearsals each week at the beginning of class.

    (see last 2 weeks homework for all of the above)

     

    You each need to bring your personal props to class weekly (or leave them in the prop box at class) with you and finalize your costumes.

     

    You are all doing a great job, have a nice weekend!  😊

     

    March 27, 2018

    In class:

    Rehearsed play.

    Be aware of body when onstage.

     

    Homework:

    Review last 2 weeks of homework

    Be sure you have done it all.

    I only have one ad in so far, don't forget to sell your ad. Due by April 10th.

    Don't forget to work on costume ideas.

    You all did a great job for your first rehearsal off script!

    Happy Easter!!!

     

    April 3, 2018

    April 10, 2018

     

    April 17, 2018

    In class-

    We rehearsed the play.great job everyone , keep running those lines until you've got them down!

     

    Homework-due next week!!!

    Check this cast list for corrections. This is what will be in the program unless I hear otherwise. I need to be informed of any mistakes asap.

    Cast list

    Rebecca- Alyssa Molinari
    Jeeves- Shepherd Dircks
    Shirley- Emily Johnsboen
    Fay- Aliyah Daugherty
    Anguish- Kathryn Eubanks
    Mark- Thaddeus Zoucha
    Penny- Tatum Lamb
    Delivery person- Bethany Perrodin
    Hercules- Alex Boxx-Hampton
    Leon Russell/ Bum- Brian Stahlman
    Bridget- Holland Koplin
    Detective Bobby- Kylie Avey
    Officer Mulligan- Ruby Amick
    Colonel Chutney- Cooper Dircks
    Student 1- Josh Thai
    Student 2- Stephen Molinari
    Student 3- Paul Mellady
    Nurse Payne- Sophia Sweet

     

    I still need a headshot and bio from Paul mellady.

    I still need a headshot from holland koplin.

    Everyone who did not sell an ad yet. You need to sell an ad by next week or bring a donation of at least $25. (This is how we pay for our programs)

    Remaking rehearsal schedule/location

    4-24 @ quest 3:20-5:20p.m.

    5/1 @ quest 3-6p.m.

    5/4 @ desert view theater from 11-2p.m.

    5/8 @ quest 3-6p.m.

     

    Full dress rehearsals

    5/9 @ desert view1-5p.m.

    5/11 @ desert view 12-5p.m.

     

    Production day

    5/12 @ desert view theater arrive 11a.m. performances@  2p.m. and 7p.m. 

    Dinner will be provided between shows.

    Parents please meet after drama class on 4/24 to arrange car pooling to the theater on rehearsal/production days.

    Dont forget you need to have your costume finalized ,and be bringing all of your props to class and using them during rehearsals.

    Please order your stage makeup here;

    https://www.stagemakeuponline.com/02-PK/Ben-Nye-Student-Theatrical-Stage-Makeup-Kits.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw2dvWBRBvEiwADllhn_hBuUeV2RUnU8fX3q6Ioid7-jy7VDQfVJYaG6ckyGlpZrY9tubeNBoCVSEQAvD_BwE

    I know this is a lot of info, please call/text it you have any questions! 940-7432

     

    April 24, 2018

    May 1, 2018