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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: 9/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Bennett has spent his professional life teaching theatre, English, vocal music, and public speaking. In addition to staging more than fifty high school shows, he has directed plays at Queens College, Port Jefferson's Theatre Three, and New York's Cafe La Mama.
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Table of Contents

1 A Context for Instruction 1
Foundations of the Course 1
Nature of the Beast: The Theatre Student in Profile 4
Building Depth and Breadth: Strategies for Drawing Students 6
Happy Coexistence: The Politics of Theatre in the School and Community 11
2 The Fundamentals of Acting Through Improvisation 22
Lesson One: The Cornerstone - Believability 22
Lesson Two: Breaking Down Tensions 42
Lesson Three: Getting Focused 47
Lesson Four: Developing Sense Memory 57
Lesson Five: The Liberating Element - Intention 62
Lesson Six: Energy, Voice, and Projection 72
Lesson Seven: Character Work 77
3 The Transition from Improvisation to Scripted Material 90
Preserving Believability with Scripts 90
Intention and the Script 95
Improvisation as a Rehearsal Tool 108
4 Scenes for Class Study and Invited Audiences 111
Heart of the Program: Theatre Scenes 111
Theatre Scenes Logistics: Setting Up Shop 112
A Ten-Step Approach to Scene Rehearsal 121
Sample Performance Schedule 143
Evaluating Scenes 144
5 Special Projects 147
Scene Variations: Changes in Format 147
Scene Variations: Changes in Location 152
Dreamscape 155
Lyric Pieces 157
Solo 159
Variety Show 160
Comedy Cabaret 161
Children's Shows 162
Project Video 163
Director's Workshop 165
Student Originals 175
Theatre Sports and Improv Shows 177
Grand Finale: Theatre Showcase 178
Appendix 182
Scene Resource List 182
One-Act Play Resource List 187
Bibliography 189
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