Before You Go ~ Theatre

Theatre Enduring Understanding 4; Aesthetic Judgment - Applying knowledge and skills of Theatre Arts in order to reflect on and evaluate the work of self and others.  High School Assessment Targets:  Students, read, view, and evaluate plays and theatrical productions to gain meaning and judge the quality.  Students analyze the value of theatre work in society during discussions and in writing.  HS GSE's for Gr 9-12 T 4 (9-12)-1a:  Students reflect upon, analyze, and evaluate the work of self and others by evaluating a play or performances based on analysis of what is seen, heard, and judge its value and contribution to humanity.



Preparing to attend a theatre performance allows us to bring depth of knowledge to our role as audience members...whether gained through years of study and rehearsal, or through the fresh eyes of of someone new to this art form and just beginning to learn its history, repertoire, literary works (drama), professional vocabulary, styles, and techniques. 

Knowledge of theatre/drama as an art form helps us reflect on and evaluate theatre performances, and information about the plays & playwrights, the actors, directors, designers, and technicians featured on stage and behind the scenes is a great place to start before going to a show.  This introductory project helps you to get ready to GO!

Methods / Materials: 

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

1.  Do a web search about the playwight and for a synopsis of the play before you attend.
2.  Using any device for keeping notes:  record the following questions:
a.  What is the title of the play or performance?
b.  What is the name of the company?
c.  Who is the playwright?
d.  Who are the cast members?
e.  Who is the director?
f.   If this is a musical, who are the composer and lyricist?
g.  What has been prior (if any) critical response to this performance or to this company?

3.  Visit the performance, theatre, or company's official web site and read major menu items such as the home page, about us, mission.

4.  Answer items a-g in your notes.

5.  Search the web for press reviews of this performance or of the performer/ensemble.  Read reviews.

6.  To prepare for the show read the play (or scenes and Acts).  (Copies may be available though the Rhode Island State Library/local libraries system and from your school library-media center).

7.  If there is a recorded performance of this repertoire by this or another perfomer/ensemble, view this performance to help you understand your new Arts Passport experience or to provide comparison.

Time to Complete: 

15 minutes - 3 hours based on choices or combination of items from Methods and Materials.

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