An Introduction To Drama

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Published on February 19, 2014

Author: RahimSpringfields



A powerpoint presentation made by Miss Audrey Lim Shirui for the Language Arts lesson, introducing Drama to the students.

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   1. 2. 3. Before we dive into the wonderful world of drama, let us take a moment to consider some important questions. Take a moment to think, before responding to the following questions. Copy these questions and your answers in your Lit exercise book. (10 minutes) What do you understand by the term „Drama‟? What impressions do you have of drama and what prior experience have you had with drama? How do you feel about studying drama in the coming weeks?

Pairing and Sharing    Turn to the person beside you and share your answers verbally Do not simply exchange books and read other‟s answers Some of you will be called upon to tell the rest of the class about your friend‟s responses

 Drama is for everyone  We all have stories to share  We all enjoy interacting and learning with others on a social level  We have all „acted‟ at some point in time, pretended to be someone we are not…Examples anyone?  Everyone is an actor! -William Shakespeare, As You Like It

 Knowledge of the importance of focus and concentration in controlling our body movements  Understanding of the role of both MOVEMENT and VOICE in bringing a character to life  Increased sensitivity to what you are capable of, when you choose to be  (and freedom, that comes from letting go of our inhibitions)

Follow my lead…

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. LISTEN when instructions are being given BEFORE acting on them Be PROFESSIONAL– take the activities seriously RESPECT each other – we all have our individual strengths Have fun, but SAFETY FIRST and follow instructions Use the SPACE – no leaning against tables and chairs, or hiding in corners Pay ATTENTION to my signals

• • • Now, move your tables and chairs to the side of the classroom LIFT, not drag Then, quickly move to the empty space in the centre – our “safe stage”

Movement Voice Imagination Creativity Concentration Cooperation

1. Get into pairs 2. Have at least one arm‟s length of distance from other pairs around you 3. Face the front when you are ready for further instructions

Instructions:  Number yourselves 1 and 2 Your roles: Student 1 – Person looking in a mirror Student 2 – Person‟s reflection (for groups with 3s, there can be 2 reflections)

Your task:  Stand facing each other  Student 1(Person)- looks in the mirror (the space between Student 1 and Student 2) with movements and facial expressions  Student 2 (& 3) (Reflection) – Mirror (imitate) Student 1‟s movements and expressions Aim: for the Reflection to be so convincing that I cannot differentiate Person from Reflection

Bear in mind  Movements should be slow and controlled  No contact  No voices When I give the signal, SWITCH roles Some ideas:  Brushing teeth  Dancing to music  Wearing shoes  Putting on make-up  YOU MAY BEGIN! More of your own! Pair interesting facial expressions with these actions!

Instructions:     Stay in your positions in the circle – do not switch places You will all be facing and moving in the same direction You will be given a list of scenarios which you have to act out with your body As each new scenario is given, add more actions to what you were originally doing Example: 1) Walk in a straight line 2) Balance a ball on your head (while continuing to walk in a straight line)

Let’s walk! 1. You are walking barefoot on hot sand 2. Someone gives you a very heavy suitcase to carry 3. You find a beach ball on the floor and carry it with your other hand. 4. You decide to put everything down and now you feel light as a feather, enjoying the sand that has now cooled. 5. It suddenly rains and you shiver as you hurry to shelter.

1. Number yourselves off from 1 to 5 2. When a number is called, come into the circle and BECOME the character you are assigned. 3. You have to move across and around the circle, changing places with someone else of the same number 4. Remember to use both BODY and VOICE

• • • • • A cute penguin A sickly, old person A graceful ballet dancer A worker tired from a day‟s work and carrying a heavy sack A bossy prefect ordering his classmates around • • • • • A wicked witch A brave hero rescuing a princess A student nervously pacing outside the principal‟s office A mean bully looking for victims in a playground A crazy dentist with a split personality

o Write your responses to the following questions on the post-it notes provided (No need to copy questions) A. 3 things you discovered about performing with your bodily movements and facial expressions B. 2 difficulties you faced during the 2 exercises C. 1 thing you enjoyed about the lesson

o Everyone is an actor! Each person presents a unique interpretation of a situation or character. o Drama is a process that requires great focus, energy and commitment. o In drama, we use bodily movements and facial expressions to illustrate our thoughts and emotions

Thank you for your kind attention and participation! =)

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