Secondary Stages: Revitalizing High School Theatre / Edition 1

Secondary Stages: Revitalizing High School Theatre / Edition 1

by Jeff Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325003130

ISBN-13: 9780325003139

Pub. Date: 09/26/2001

Publisher: Heinemann

Secondary Stages combines in one volume everything a high school teacher needs to organize and implement a sucessful, dynamic theatre program. Bennett's approach is based on a simple premise: that exposure to theatre can be an utterly transforming experience for students - one that enables them to reach unimagined levels of personal, emotional, and…  See more details below

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Secondary Stages combines in one volume everything a high school teacher needs to organize and implement a sucessful, dynamic theatre program. Bennett's approach is based on a simple premise: that exposure to theatre can be an utterly transforming experience for students - one that enables them to reach unimagined levels of personal, emotional, and intellectual growth. His book delivers hands-on techniques to make it all happen, illustrating how to:

  • draw interested students into the program
  • inspire students to act with truth and conviction
  • establish the connection between good improvisation and good scene work
  • carry passion for theatre outside the classroom and into the mainstream of school life
  • choose material that's stimulating enough to attract a sizable student audience without creating unwanted controversy
  • structure activities and lessons so that they encourage maximum sensitivity and awareness
  • lay the basis for mounting memorable productions.
With these goals in mind and with more than three decades of experience, Bennett presents strategies that have consistently proven effective for the broadest possible range of students.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325003139
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/26/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1A Context for Instruction1
Foundations of the Course1
Nature of the Beast: The Theatre Student in Profile4
Building Depth and Breadth: Strategies for Drawing Students6
Happy Coexistence: The Politics of Theatre in the School and Community11
2The Fundamentals of Acting Through Improvisation22
Lesson One: The Cornerstone - Believability22
Lesson Two: Breaking Down Tensions42
Lesson Three: Getting Focused47
Lesson Four: Developing Sense Memory57
Lesson Five: The Liberating Element - Intention62
Lesson Six: Energy, Voice, and Projection72
Lesson Seven: Character Work77
3The Transition from Improvisation to Scripted Material90
Preserving Believability with Scripts90
Intention and the Script95
Improvisation as a Rehearsal Tool108
4Scenes for Class Study and Invited Audiences111
Heart of the Program: Theatre Scenes111
Theatre Scenes Logistics: Setting Up Shop112
A Ten-Step Approach to Scene Rehearsal121
Sample Performance Schedule143
Evaluating Scenes144
5Special Projects147
Scene Variations: Changes in Format147
Scene Variations: Changes in Location152
Dreamscape155
Lyric Pieces157
Solo159
Variety Show160
Comedy Cabaret161
Children's Shows162
Project Video163
Director's Workshop165
Student Originals175
Theatre Sports and Improv Shows177
Grand Finale: Theatre Showcase178
Appendix182
Scene Resource List182
One-Act Play Resource List187
Bibliography189

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