We are putting our theatre skills of collaboration, creativity, memorization, projection, tableaux, movement, levels, and showmanship to the test! Picture this: our show starts with everyone offstage. We enter lip singing and dancing to a song. We get into some nifty tableaux. One or two people break out and perform their individual number. We strike another cool tableau. Eventually everyone in our class performs something [sing, dance, or act] and we end with a zippy choreographed number. Bonus: choreographers don’t have to do an individual performance if they so choose. Congrats: you have just performed in a play!
Here’s what you will do.
- Find something for you to perform either individually or with a partner. Your selection is due by the end of the week.
- Pick something you really love—think about how your audience will relate to your selection. If you can’t sell it, you will hear crickets or at least squeaky seats in the house.
- You may perform either a monologue or a duet.
- You may sing [really sing, not lip sing], dance or act.
- All performances must be connected to your class theme: 1st period chose Struggle; 2nd, 3rd, & 6th periods chose Love; and 5th period chose Real Life.
- You may write your own words or select stuff already composed.
- Sources to consider: song lyrics, poetry, plays, novels, movies—if it’s connected in some obvious way your theme, you can pick it.
How can I get an “A?”
Your performance must be one minute—any less and you only get half points. If you are performing in a duet, you have up to three minutes, but must perform for a minimum of two or you both only receive half points.
- You must be memorized and really sell this performance.
- Time your selection: if it’s too long, be sure to cut it because we will stop you AND you will lose points.
- You will not lose points if you don’t use levels or tableaux, but consider incorporating them if you can as they sure do add spice.
- Make sure your selection is G—no pole dancing, or drug/alcohol/sexual references onstage.
- BTW, if you can belt out “Let it Go” in key, go for it. If you can’t sing, don’t. Please don’t let me be a callow fellow and tell you aren’t making the cut. If you can’t hear yourself while singing, you have no business performing onstage. Save it for the shower.
Is this my final?
You betcha. You’ll perform your individual selection twice.
- The first time you’ll perform onstage like we do every project where you slate, perform, and assess via a rubric.
- The second time you will perform your part as part of our Class Acts during the two-hour senior finals, Monday April 19th and Tuesday, April 20th.
- There is no slating during our class show.
- Every class member will be onstage for the entire show performing tableaux while the solo/duet performers are doing their things.
- We will have an audience for your class acts.
- You are welcome to invite your family to watch you perform.
- There is no makeup for this final and you will most likely fail the class if you don’t perform. An excused absence from your parents is still an absence.
We will work on our opening and closing numbers three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wear clothes you can move in—heels and short skirts won’t allow a full range of movement, so plan ahead. Mondays and Fridays you will work on your individual pieces. Those aren’t times to work on memorizing and you must have your script with you at all times.
- Individual selection: April 25th
- Solo/Duet performances: May 8th
- Opening number choreographed by May 1st
- Closing number choreographed by May 14th
- Technical/Dress rehearsals: May 15th – 16th
- Seniors turn in graded notebook Friday, May 16th
- Sorry seniors, no class time for grading notebooks this time…
- Underclassmen turn in graded notebook during our actual finals period
- Perform Class Acts during senior finals May 19th & 20th
- May web comments for seniors due May 20th
- May web comments for underclassmen due May 28th
- Reflection/review of a live performance: May 21st
- Questions are here
- No review, you receive an incomplete
So tell us!
What do you wish to perform for your final? Will you sing? How about some dancing? Going solo? Fancy a monologue? Perhaps you are going to be a playwright? Give us the skinny on what you plan to perform for your Class Acts!