30 plays in 50 minutes (con't)

Advanced Drama 

Objective: Students will be able to build 30 plays 
for a live performance of a 50 minute play festival
100 pts - (rehearsal/ writing/ improv/ blocking/ review-rating/ collaboration)

Activity: The students create original work in groups and with partners in hopes to generate 30 original plays. 
It can be a rather tough challenge, but with the right group of students, anything is possible.

The students used all sorts of material as prompts for the writing that is performed. 
Some of the scenes were video taped for future review by the class. 

They used:

Current events
Famous people
Social problems
and plain old storytelling

We spend two weeks on the first wave of material generation
1.) Playing improv games (allowing with some small time to prep at times)
2.) Writing Sketch comedy
3.) Creating puns and turning them into quick one liner set ups
4.) Creating some group scenes (some focusing on the abstract or nonsense)
5.) and through general actor play (them goofing off)

(They take a break for TWO WEEKS from the process and work on a children's theater tour)

Phase 2:
We come back and immediately work on an new piece for the show.

Example of an activity: Make up a commercial” – students write a quick commercial about a product or service. Then they perform them in front of the class and on video.

Computer Lab Work
need: Youtube / Word 
The student s watch the 30 plays in 5o minutes sketches that we filmed on an edited movie that has all of them titled and strung together. 
1.) They visit youtube 
2.) They rate them for best picks from that batch. 
3.) They must turn in the list they made - rated best to what still needs work.

We spend two days on the final decisions of what we should include in the show. 

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