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CAST LIST Director=teacher The director can't perform the play for the actors, but can help them progress toward their goal throughout the rehearsal process. In the same way, teachers can lead students to achieve their learning goals, but the students are the ones who have to demonstrate their learning. Actors=students Each actor is responsible for learning their lines, cues, & movements as given to them by the director. The content may vary from role to role, but the expectations for performance remain equally high for every performer. With students, some may receive differentiated or modified instruction, but they still must demonstrate achievement of the content standards for their grade level. Script=formal curriculum The script informs the director what they must lead their actors to perform, but it does not always prescribe how they should do this. But the actors need to learn the script beyond just their lines-they need their cues, entraces & exits. Teachers are responsible for teaching all the content they are given, and students are responsible for learning all the content they are taught. Blocking=hidden curriculum Scripts are not always indicative of the movements or stage business actors should be doing during a given scene, so the director must decide what the actors should do and direct accordingly. Teachers must also make decisions about how to teach or adapt the curriculum to meet students’ needs, and then deliver appropriate and effective instruction. Rehearsals=formative assessments Each rehearsal is an opportunity for actors to practice what they will perform and to show how well they have understood the director’s vision. The director can then give feedback in the form of notes, and can offer further guidance or correction until it is time to perform. Students must also continually demonstrate how much they know or understand, and teachers can conduct formative assessments by giving clear & timely descriptive feedback as students progress toward their learning goals. Performance=summative assessment When the show finally opens, actors get to perform what they have learned for an audience. The director can no longer make corrections or give guidance. The performers must independently show that they have learned their lines, cues, blocking, & entrances/exits. When summative assessments or standardized tests are administered, students must demonstrate their learning in a closed setting. They may no longer review their notes or ask questions, but must rely on the knowledge & understanding they have stored up throughout their units of study. Audience=students' goals/aspirations When actors perform a play, they perform before an audience – people that observe them, respond to them, and applaud them. Students, on the other hand, are performing for their futures – their performance at one level determines their opportunities at each subsequent level. Members of the students' audience may include teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and college admissions counselors. If teachers have taught well and students have worked hard, they will both have earned a standing ovation!
Worldview/Biblical Links1 Cor. 12:12 - one Body, many partsEveryone in the theatre community has a role to play, just as students & teachers have their roles to fulfill in the classroom. Just as the director and actors bring unique talents to the stage, teachers and their students each offer unique gifts to the class. The gifts & talents of each member of a classroom or a theatre community are instrumental to the success of the process and the product.Ephesians 4:3 - unity in the Body of ChristCollaboration is critical for the production of a play & for 21st century learners. Teachers & directors can create a cooperative culture through their leadership & expectations, uniting their cast or class toward the achievement of their goals.
Both are complex & dynamic processes that require learned behaviors, attention & memory, collaboration & analysis, and repetition & modeling
Links to TheoriesBehavioralActors must be able to: o Follow director’s directions o Perform blocking & lines consistently and accuratelyDirectors must communicate clearly & manage the behavior of their actors on & off the stage. When they have a clear vision for how a scene must play out, actors must perform it precisely.Info-ProcessingActors must be able to: o Through rehearsal, move lines & blocking from short-term to long- term memory o Remember the cues leading to their lines & blocking o Resist decay until the performance is overDirectors must also guide actors toward accurate interpretations of the script & their characters' intentions.ConstructivistActors must be able to: o Collaborate with other actors to develop a scene o Develop chemistry with fellow actors through frequent rehearsal o Bring their own interpretations to their role to create characters that are meaningful & personalDirectors can guide actors to deeper understanding of their roles by hinting at their intentions or by making connections between their characters' experiences & their own experiences. Sometimes they facilitate the actors' growth by letting them discover their characters' qualities or intentions.Social LearningActors must be able to: o Retain & reproduce the directions given by the director o Find intrinsic motivation to give their best performanceDirectors must be able to model effective acting techniques to help their actors reach their fullest potential. Although the actors may internalize the director’s insight & directions, they might not give their best performance until the presence of an audience demands it.
Teaching & learning = rehearsing & performing a play