SPEECH AND DRAMA SAMPLE LESSON PLAN:
Bradley Dean Whyte
WHAT IS ACTING?
1) Physical Warm-ups: 10 minutes
-Isolating body parts in circles, quick vocal warm-ups, the Reaching exercise.
2) Improv Game: Zip, Zab, Zub. 10 minutes
Question: What does this game have in common with theatre? What does it require of you?
Discuss: focus on partner, speaking clearly, eye contact, urgency, goal, circumstances, doing vs. being, not abandoning your partner, the nature of competition
3) Being/Demonstrating Versus Doing: 20 minutes
-Invite volunteers to attempt
to be “brave”
to be “charming”
to be “paranoid”
to be “in love”
to be “disappointed”. Etc.
Question: How truthful or interesting are these demonstrations? What is lacking?
Discuss: the adjectives and judgments occur in the audience’s imagination… the actor does not judge…
4) Changing Adjectives to Verbs (States of Being into Playing Action): 20 minutes
-Convert bravery into a brave action: pretend the room is one fire, you have thirty seconds to save everyone in here, what do you do? Do it now!
-And so on with the others…
5) Filler: If there is time: The Flying exercise.
-Request a volunteer to fly… literally fly.
Question: Why would we attempt to do something we know we can’t do?
Discuss: All actors play to win and believe they can, even when they play characters that lose.
*6) Question to Ponder: Where does the word “theatre” come from? What is its origin and what does it mean? Go find out for next class.