• Online Drama II Assignments

    Class Work

    This section is for work due for Drama Two while we are away from campus.   This section is update often with the most recent information placed at the top of the page. Scroll down for older assignments.  Please conplete the work and then submit it to: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

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    Weekly Lessons for Drama II June 1-5, 2020

     

    1.  Don't forget to do your attendance for the last time of the year.

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    https://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/Page/36322

    2.  This is our final week.  No homework assignments.  If you have any extra credit assignments you want to get done, you can email them to me by Wednesday at noon. After that, nothing will be accepted.

    3.  A Year In Review:

    It has been an amazing year.  We started the year with lots of games and a little chapter reading. We did some skits to help us build our unity.  Then, we switched to our play OUR TOWN, which was an amazing adventure, and ended up being our school's last play of the year.

    So many of you grew so much this year as actors/actresses.  I loved our rehearsal time and all the planning we did for the show. I remember the first time we set up the set and worked with the tables.  Remembering main street and non-main street.

    It has been an amazing year. I hated the way it ended with us not being together.  But I look forward to the time we can all walk on campus and celebrate being at school again.

    A huge thank you to my incredible TAs who worked so hard to make our class great. Nick and Holley in 4th period and Anu and Jack in 6th period.  We wil never forget the wonderful times we spent together.

    To my seniors, I wish you good luck and enjoy your journey. Every step is precious.  Remember that my job as your teacher does not end here.  I am your resource that you can contact at anytime for help.  You are part of the Mesa Drama Family, and that doesn't end at graduations.

    Enjoy your summer. I miss you all a ton!

    Mr. Ryan, Drama

    Weekly Lessons for Drama II May 26-29, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    https://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/Page/36322

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week. 

    This Week:

    This week is our make up week for all past homework assignments.  You can raise your grade by getting some of these assignments done..   So, I would like you to scroll down and find any of these assignments you haven't done and get them done and email them to me.  Subject of the email: DRAMA II FINAL ASSIGNMENTS.

    Wednesday: Here is a great TED talk for you to watch.  You will get a lot out of it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yGBwr0I0S8

     

    Weekly Lessons for Drama II May 18-22, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    This Week:  This will be our FINAL WEEK of assignments.  So enjoy this week. You will have some fun.

    First: If you have anything in my classroom (anything you want to pick up before it gets thrown away), TUESDAY, MAY 19 is pick up day from my class.  To keep everyone safe, we will have specific times, so not everyone is there at one time.  TUESDAY, MAY 19.  Freshman 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m., Sophomores 10:00-11:00a.m., Juniors 11:00a..m-12:00noon, Seniors 12:00-1:00p.m. When you arrive, park in front of the theater.  YOU MUST WEAR A MASK or you will be sent away.  You must keep a social distance from everyone in front of you.  I will allow one person in my class at a time to collect their items. After you have gotten your items, you can not stay and chat.  I am sorry, I just want everyone to be safe.

    If you can't make that time, on Wednesday, May 20 from 10:30-12:00noon will be an alternative time, but very limited.  If you can't make any of those times, please email me and we will set up a time for you.  If you don't come or don't contact me, then your bin will be donated to the drama company as I clean up the drama room and prepare for next year.

    Second, please make sure you fill out your Drama Club Election Sheet and your Drama Banquet Nomination Sheet and email and email them to me no later than Wednesday.  This is an important part to prepare for next year and to help us celebrate our year in drama.  If you are a senior and you would like to include a senior speech, remember that is also due by Wednesday!!!!

    Third, remember we are having our vitual Drama Banquet on Friday, May 29th at 5:00p.m.  I will put a link up on my HOME PAGE so you can get all the information.

    I have a secret that I share with my drama classes usually the last week of school. So, today will be that day.  Every day in class, we play games and have fun. Those games weren't games.  They were teaching lessons for you to grow as an actor/actress, as a public speaker and a better person in our society.  They were fun and we laughed, but you learned so much by those games.  I hope you enjoyed them and will remember them for a long time. 

    For this week's assignment, I would like you to write a paper for me and email that to me by Friday at noon. What is the paper all about?  It is about evaluating your year in drama.  I'd like to hear about the things you learned this year, things you practiced this year, and maybe some of the vocabulary that you learned. Tell me about the things you loved and the things you didn't love.  Share with me how you felt that you grew because of being in the class.  Try to share activities that enhanced your learning and how they affected you.

    This paper is as much for you as it is for me. I learn a ton by reading these and seeing what impacted my students.

    When you have the paper finished, could you copy and paste it onto an email and email it to me at: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us .   Please email it to me no later than Friday, May 22 at noon.  It will be something that can help improve your grade in my class.

    Next week, I will have you do a survey for me and a couple of closing activities.

    I hope you have enjoyed Drama.  I can't tell you how much I have missed it over the past several months.  I can't wait until this is over.

    Mr. Ryan

     

    Weekly Lessons for Drama II May 11-15, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance! 

    You only are required to check in once a weekby Wednesday at noon. 

    Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    This week:  We are starting to get close to the end of our school year.  So this week, I would like us to practice auditions/monologues.  We all need to be prepared to audition and evolve into our new norm. So this week, I'd like you to choose a funny monologue, memorize it, work on performing it (blocking and set pieces if you like), then film it and send it to me as a link (youtube or whereever you post your videos). Every day this week, I will send you a video to watch on the do's and don't of good auditions.  Watch them and learn.  Here is your schedule for the week:

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    Monday... Watch the video I provided you on auditions

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqPFUroJ6pY

    Tuesday... Choose your monologue (it must be humorous and school appropriate).  Start to practice it.

    Wednesday... Wath the video I provided you on auditions and practice yours.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eInUGLbwLs

    Thursday... Film your audition and post it.

    Friday... by noon, send me an email subject "Drama II Monologue Audition".  Email the link to: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

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    That's your week for me. Stay healthy and safe.  Miss you all a ton!  Mr. Ryan

    Weekly Lessons for Drama II May 4-8, 2020

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance that will only require you to check in once a week, by Wednesday at noon.  Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    This week:

    Welcome to a great week of Drama!

    Last week, you wrote some really good short scripts using your new knowledge of Method acting.  If you turned it in, then you definitely got a grade bump from me. Great job.  This week we are going to focus our attention on rehearsals.  That skit you wrote needs a rehearsal, and as the writer/director, you need to create a rehearsal that will build a skit into something great.

    You don't have to run a rehearsal, mainly because you don't have a cast (Unless you want to do this with your family). But I want you to learn about rehearsing and the techniques that go with it.  As you watch the following videos, write down some things you learn or that you think are interesting.

    1. This first one is a director's way of involving people in his rehearsals for on stage work:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JevThnO92_c

    2. The second video is about rehearsing for a movie and how a director leads them to get what they want:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRnf-qQ3nRk

    3. The third video is about working rehearsing and the customs.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taFe2qgpq7o

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    Now I would like you to do your own research on the rehearsal process. Look up things  and see what you can learn.  Google is amazing at the different websites you can find about rehearsals.  If you can, take a look at some famous directors and the interviews they give about their rehearsals.

    Homework for this week:

    I would like you to write a reflection email to me.

    Subject title of the email: Drama II Rehearsal Reflection

    In this email, tell me about the things you learned about the rehearsal process. Share at least 3 different processes or strategies you learned from the videos or your own readings.  Site your sources as you explain why you think this is a great way to build a show.  Remember, rehearsals are the avenue for success of any show.  This email is due by Friday by NOON.

    Come back every day.  Below I will add suppliments to your learning:

    Tuesday Supplement: This is a group of really fun warm up games you might enjoy.  YOu could even try them with you family.  When we get back, I'd like to do these.  They look really fun. 

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIHnGvbiWU8

    Wednesday Supplement:  I found this Ted Talk x that I think is very valuable.  It is all about self motivation.  I know that each day, I have to get myself up and make my bed and get some school work done.  To get the day ready for you.  So, this is a science-based thought on motivation.  Enjoy it.  Drop me an email on what you thought.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sxpKhIbr0E

     

    Thursday Supplement: No Thursday supplement.  Get your work turned in by Friday at noon please.

     

     

    Weekly Lessons for Drama II . April 27 - May 1

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  For my class, I have a new and improved attendance that will only require you to check in once a week, by Wednesday at noon.  Click on the left side of my webpage that say ATTENDANCE BLOGS *Required*.  There, find your period, click on it.   Then click on the tiny word "Comments" below the post, and it will give you a box to leave a comment. In that comment, leave your first and last name and your period (as confirmation).  Then submit it and you have done attendance for me for the week. You only have to do this once a week.

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u


    From now on, instead of a daily assignment, I will give you a weekly assignment that will be due by Friday at noon.   I will add supplimentary documents and videos through out the week to enhance your learning, so please check back often.

    This Week:

    We are going to add to our understanding of Method acting and create a scene that could demonstrate your understanding of Method acting.

    Monday: Today start with a video.  This video shows some incredible examples of people who did scenes using Method Acting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1fPZX5Zgk

    Tuesday and Wednesday:  Practice your acting.  Here are a few exercises that you can do that will improve you acting abilities.  I suggest you do this with a parent or a sibling.  It should be fun.  There are 7 different exercises.  Try to do them all on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, do the ones you really enjoyed again.

    https://methodactingforme.com/acting-exercises-to-do-alone/

    Thursday: Write a short script with two characters that could be done as a demonstration of method acting.  It definitely needs to focus on an emotion.  If you want to set the scene up first, you can add a paragraph before the script that explains what has happened.  The script should have no more than 24 lines TOTAL.  Be creative and have fun with this.  If you want to contact other people in class via text or email, and work on the assignment together, I will accept you both turning in the same script at full credit. I would love to encourage coooperation and colabreration.

    Friday:  Email me your script by NOON to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us  Please title the email Short Script and your class period.

    Question: Do I need to do the homework if I already have an A in this class?  The answer is yes. I am helping you in this distance learning to grow as an actor and  giving you new techniques.  Enjoy the experience, I promise to make it fun.

    Tuesday Update: Here is a website that can you generate a plot for your skit on Friday.  A good resource.

    https://www.plot-generator.org.uk/

    Wednesday Update:  Take a few minutes and watch this video.  I hope it will bring you joy.  When you are done, find a picture on the internet or take a picture at home of something that brings you joy, and then email me that picture (no, it isn't required, subject the email JOY PICTURE).  Today or tomorrow, I will set up a photo gallery on here with your pictures of joy, because even though we aren't in the same room, I still want to support you through this.  And Joy is an important part of life.  Enjoy the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_u2WFTfbcg

    Thursday Update:  I found a TED talk that talks about Stress.   I know that being home 24/7, having the same conversations, feeling like nothing is changing, I feel a level of stress always.  And under stress, we aren't ever at our best.  So, today, I'd like to offer you this as a way of looking at life.  No homework from this, just the joy of learning.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_levitin_how_to_stay_calm_when_you_know_you_ll_be_stressed?language=en

     

    Wednesday, April 22 Drama II Work

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  Seems like every day we are learning how this process works.  Well, now I am taking attendance. How?  Simple, go to my Daily Blog section, and one of the blogs is Attendance and the corresponding day (B Days - Monday and Wednesdays, A Days - Tuesday and Thursdays). Click on the comments button.  Then, type in your name and period.  And that is it.  Now I have attendance for you.  

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    While you are in the blog section, our Daily Blog for today is a dumb joke (school appropriate).  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :

    Click on the comments button.  Then, type in your name and period.  And that is it.  Now I have attendance for you.  

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    While you are in the blog section, our Daily Blog for today is a dumb joke (school appropriate).  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :)

    Instructions: Today we are going to learn more about Method Acting. So, I found a group of motivational videos that will teach you about "the method".   Each one will explain just a bit more about this process, share real people doing real acting and understanding how the method brought them to the level of acting they are now.

    I LOVE THESE VIDEOS.  I hope you love them too.  Enjoy learning!!!!

    First, your introduction to the method with some examples.  I love this video.  It will get into the concept and explain it through examples.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBd_-ks6Mls

    Our next video is an exercise.  For this exercise I need you to have a coffee cup with something warm in it.  Prepare it before you start the video.  I love this example and how it helps us as actors to understand how we develope a deep character.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ofwr4y7H4

    And finally I have a get Video TEDx Talk about Method Acting.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb-BsdyRdqw

    If these THREE VIDEOS don't motivate you, then nothing ever will.

    Assignments: Finish your Method acting paper that I assigned on Monday, using these as resources.

    Due Dates: Subject of Email: Method Acting 

    In the email write everything you understand about method acting. Become an expert.  I don't want to assign this to you to get you to work. I want you to do this because you want to learn about being an incredible actor/actress.

     

    Monday, April 20 DRAMA II Work

    Attendance in Two Ways:  

    1.  Seems like every day we are learning how this process works.  Well, now I am taking attendance. How?  Simple, go to my Daily Blog section, and one of the blogs is Attendance: Monday, April 20. Click on the comments button.  Then, type in your name and period.  And that is it.  Now I have attendance for you.  

    2. Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    While you are in the blog section, our Daily Blog for today is a dumb joke (school appropriate).  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :)

     

    Instruction:

    Many of you sent in monologues from last week.  Thank you so much.  I have watched 1/2 of them and will watch the rest of the today.  You are working on your craft and that is what our semester will be focused on.  I also know some of your other classes has large amounts of homework.  I will try to keep mine reasonable.

    This week, we are going to focus on Method Acting, a technique used by some of the great actors and actresses of our time.   This system of acting was developed by Stanislavsky and modified by others to create a character that goes deep into the emotions of the character they are playing by replacing the character's emotions with the actual actors true emotions.  This builds your emotional "believe-ability" to the audience.  The question is often asked "did the audience believe I was that character". It is the challenge that every actor and actress faces.

    Let's start off by learning about the founder of Method Acting: Konstanine Stanislavsky:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislavski%27s_system

    I am not a big wikipedia fan, but this gives loves of information about him.  Don't just read the first section.  Go into the contents.  There are several practical sections explaining his reasonings and practices.  i want you to know Stanislavsky and this week you are goint to write an email to me about what you learn.

    I would also encourage you to do some research on your own.  Find other websites about Method acting.  Learn other perspectives of it.  I expect you to work on research and reading about an hour or two finding out as much as you can about this style of acting. Become an expert.

    1. Read the link from above

    2. Research method acting on other sites

    3. Write the email to me by Friday.

    Subject of the email:  Stanislavsky

    Email content:  Share atleat 5 aspects of method acting that you can truly attach to your own acting skill set.  How can you use his techniques and views to make your character from OUR TOWN better.  Yes, you are going to examine Method acting and apply it to Our Town.

    Due Date:  Friday, April 24 by noon

     

    Email to send your assignment to: cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

     

     

    For your class, I will be on line during the listed hours below to answer any questions you may have.  Please email me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    4th period 10:00-10:50 a.m.

    6th period 11:00-11:50 a.m.

    If you email me fore or after these hours, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be sent to my email at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    Wednesday, April 15 Work DRAMA II

    Instruction:  Today, start off by visiting my Haiku pages.  Don't forget to come back here after.

    https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/ 

    Find Mr. Ryan's pages.  Then, click on the correct period (4th and 6th Period have different pages, but the same assignments).

    Check Out my FRENCH FRY POLL.  On that page, you will need to explore the different pages. I'd like you to especially visit the Discussion page and the Poll Page.

    Next:  Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    Next: Check the DAILY BLOG section on list to the left.  Answer the daily question and don't forget to put your name at the end. Today's is pretty creative. There will be a new Daily Blog every day, so come back and post every day.

    This is important.

    Grading for this semester:  It is really important that you make up any assignments that you might have a zero on by Friday.  This will help secure your grade.  If you have a zero on a test or an assignment, in the assignment section below there is a make up assignment for you to do that will take the place of that zero.  Watch the video and then write an email with your reactions.  Please indicate which assignment this is taking the place of.   Today, I will offer one activity, at the next class I will offer a second.  Progress reports are due by Friday, so make sure you assignment is emailed to me no later than Friday at noon.

    Assignment:

    1. Today we are going to start off by talking about being a "Theater Actor" which is different than a movie actor.  Take a look at this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssReWAJphZc

    2.  Our second video, is about improv.   As an actor, our job is to work our trade, make our skills strong.  So, I want to share with you 10 different ways to improve your improv skills.  Would you please add these to your notes "Ten Improv Techniques".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDSP8wYlMzY


    3.  This week we are going to continue the process of online monologues.  As Drama II Students, it is important for you to work on your craft, and monologues will always be the base for that skill.  It is the weighroom for theater people.

    So, I'd like you this week to find a monologue (any school appropriate one will due).  Then, I want you to dress up (school appropriate) and somehow record the monolgue with a slate (name, where you were born and what you will be performing.  Both together should be about 90 seconds (give or take 15 seconds).  Then, i would like you to find a place to post it (private) and send me a link via email to the video.  I will watch it, evaluate it and email you back with things to work on.

    If you can not get this done because you lack the technology, please email me and we will give you an alternative.

    Due Date:  Add the ten ways to improve your improv to your notes (your running list).  The video this week should be up and running by Friday at noon.  Email me the link for your video to:

    cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Makeup Assignment for today:

    Today we will be offering you TWO make up assignments due by Friday at noon.  The two videos are the learning, and for the assignment, you will email me 5 observations from each video specificially noting things he said in his video and how they apply to your acting.

    1.  How to Get into Character Part II

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3kgbtlvWNU

    2.  How to Get into Character Part III

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYvRKxxsweo

    For the subjects of each email, put Drama II Makeup Assignment #2 and Drama II Makeup Assignment #3

     

    For your class, I will be on line during the listed hours below to answer any questions you may have.  Please email me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    4th period 10:00-10:50 a.m.

    6th period 11:00-11:50 a.m.

    If you email me fore or after these hours, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be sent to my email at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Monday, April 13 Work DRAMA II

    Instruction:  Today, start off by visiting my Haiku pages.  Don't forget to come back here after.

    https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/ 

    Find Mr. Ryan's pages.  Then, click on the correct period (4th and 6th Period have different pages, but the same assignments).

    On that page, you will need to explore the different pages. I'd like you to especially visit the Discussion page and the Poll Page.

    Next:  Sign in to the attendance link to prove you are working online:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=47bwIPBFG0aN8rSLBRCnvWhJ-PGPn_FHkeYq347ZcqJURTlWS0VVQ0lHWkQ4VlgxN1FNVTlCMDlXWS4u

    Next: Check the DAILY BLOG section on list to the left.  Answer the daily question and don't forget to put your name at the end. Today's is pretty creative. There will be a new Daily Blog every day, so come back and post every day.

    This is important.

    Grading for this semester:  It is really important that you make up any assignments that you might have a zero on by Friday.  This will help secure your grade.  If you have a zero on a test or an assignment, in the assignment section below there is a make up assignment for you to do that will take the place of that zero.  Watch the video and then write an email with your reactions.  Please indicate which assignment this is taking the place of.   Today, I will offer one activity, at the next class I will offer a second.  Progress reports are due by Friday, so make sure you assignment is emailed to me no later than Friday at noon.

    Assignment:

    1. Today we are starting out with a little history of theater from Shakespeare's day, just to learn a perspective.  This video is so wierd and boring but has good vocabulary. This vocabulary I would like you to add to your list you started last week.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47vqFM-_O2s

    2.  Our second video, another short one is also about theater history.  Some more basic terms for you to learn.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndPK8RSKqrw

    3.  This week we are going to start the process of online monologues.  As Drama II Students, it is important for you to work on your craft, and monologues will always be the base for that skill.  It is the weighroom for theater people.

    So, I'd like you this week to find a monologue (any school appropriate one will due).  Then, I want you to dress up (school appropriate) and somehow record the monolgue with a slate (name, where you were born and what you will be performing.  Both together should be about 90 seconds (give or take 15 seconds).  Then, i would like you to find a place to post it (private) and send me a link via email to the video.  I will watch it, evaluate it and email you back with things to work on.

    If you can not get this done because you lack the technology, please email me and we will give you an alternative.

    Due Date:  The vocabulary isn't due. Just keep a running list of it.  The video this week should be up and running by Friday at noon.

    Makeup Assignment for today:

    For this make assignment, I would like you to watch the video below about developing character and then email me your reflections.  Please include at least 5 observations, and site the video in your discussion.  This is part one. We will have part two and three for the makeup assignments for Wednesday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3kgbtlvWNU


    For your class, I will be on line during the listed hours below to answer any questions you may have.  Please email me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    4th period 10:00-10:50 a.m.

    6th period 11:00-11:50 a.m.

    If you email me fore or after these hours, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be sent to my email at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    No Class work on Fridays

     

    Wednesday, April 8 Work DRAMA II

    Instruction: Work on Monday's work

    Assignment: Nothing added

    Due Date:  Nothing due.

    For your class, I will be on line during the listed hours below to answer any questions you may have.  Please email me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    4th period 10:00-10:50 a.m.

    6th period 11:00-11:50 a.m.

    If you email me fore or after these hours, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    Monday, April 6 Work DRAMA II

    Instuction: Today, we are going to start simple.  We are going to build vocabulary and learn theater terms.  So, I want you to know what a director is asking for or referring to.  In the future, you will be asked to include these terms in your evaluations.

    Assignment: Watch the video below and take notes on terms as they are brought up.  You will keep  a running list as we watch videos and talk about theater.  YOU DO NOT need to email me your definitions. They are not due, but will be needed for future assignments.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un85gA0S1wc

    After watching that video, I am always going to try to suppliment your education by sharing professionals who know the business, things you need to prepare for and manners you should understand.  Today, I would like to share a video with you about how to be a good actor/actress.  Write down some basic ideas you got from this TED talk. I shared this video with my Drama III/IV students, so here it is for you. J

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBsIHZRA2ho

    After you are done with this video, I would like you send me an email. On the Subject Line, please put MARIANNE ADAMS.  Then share some of the things you learned from the video.  Just observations.  It should be more than 10 sentences, lol.  Give me some substance to your thoughts. How does this apply to your real life.

    Due Date: Your email is your first assignment in my class and it is due by Tuesday at 9:00p.m.

    For your class, I will be on line during the listed hours below to answer any questions you may have.  Please email me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    4th period 10:00-10:50 a.m.

    6th period 11:00-11:50a.m.

     If you email me before or after these hours, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be sent to my email at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    All completed assignments should be sent to my email at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

     

    Research topics:

    Classical Acting

    Chekhov Acting Technique

    Method Acting

    Meisner Acting Technique

    Practical Aesthetics Acting

    Please research these acting techniques. Research examples of the way the technique works, people who use it, and maybe an example of a piece where it would help the actor advance the character by using this technique.

    www.projectcasting.com/tips-and-advice/acting-techniques/ 

    has a good summary of them all but I want you to do much more research on them.  Please include your sources for your research.

    Due Dates:  Nothing is due a

     

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    Welcome to MMHS Drama II

     

    Dear parents and students,

                Welcome to our second step in our pathway to professional acting.  The focus of our second class is to advance the basic skills and expand the experiences of each student.

    Our course description:
    Course # 6550

    Prerequisite: Audition with teacher
    Length: Year

     

    This course meets UC/CSU and District graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.

     

    The course emphasizes the preparation of scenes and monologues for classroom presentation, competition and study of period acting styles, stage direction and production techniques. Theater history and vocabulary are also covered. Assessment techniques include in class performance in front of a live audience, video taping, written assignments and tests.

     

    Class Syllabus:


    1st Semester…

    1.       Reviewing basic acting skills

    2.      The 7 W’s of Acting

    3.      Understanding the process of choosing, developing and producing a full length show

    4.      Advanced Blocking Skills

    5.      Advanced public Speaking

    6.      Comedy vs. Tragedy

    7.      Script reading and writing (including reviews and critics)

    8.      Job Descriptions for theater personnel

    9.      Fairy Tale Theater (set, costumes, acting)

    10.  Introduction to set building and design

    11.  Auditions and resumes

     

    (both semesters end with written finals on the skills learned throughout the term)

    2nd Semester

    1.      Introduction to costuming

    2.      Advanced Script writing

    3.      Puppet Scripting and Creation

    4.      Performing opportunities including theater and film

    5.      Breaking down a scene/elements

    6.      Elements of Acting from the past (Historical perspective)

    7.      Combat Skills in acting

    8.      Poetry

    9.      Live production in front of an audience  (School and after school opportunity)

    10.  Resume update/professional requirements for theater
     

     Recommended Classroom supplies

    1.      A spiral notebook (at least 80 pages)

    2.     A variety of pens and pencils

    3.     Graph Paper

    Supply Donation:  We are always in need of colored copy paper, Kleenex and dry board markers.  If you would like to make a donation, it is VERY MUCH appreciated.

     

    I have some basic classroom rules that I would like to share with you:

    1.      “Everyone does the work” is the theme for my class.  We promote a strong work ethic and encourage students to try (“I can always try”) every assignment and to turn in each requirement on time.

    2.        Students stay on task and remain in their seats during class.  Wandering or doing other things can be a distraction not only to the student, but also to the others in the class.

    3.      Students are encouraged to talk and ask questions using the procedure of “raising hands”.  This way, everyone in the class gets the chance to be heard.  I also feel that there are no “dumb questions.” I want every student to feel completely comfortable in my class so that all comments and questions can be openly shared.

    4.      Students need to demonstrate respect, politeness and courtesy to both teacher and students in the classroom.  We wish to promote a very positive environment for each student in our class.

    5.      Students who are absent need to take the responsibility to get and make up all missed work.  In our classroom, we have a calendar that lists all of the homework for each semester.  Students are welcome to come in before or after class and get the information and ask questions if necessary.

     

     If a rule is broken, or a student acts inappropriately in class, we work with the following procedures…

    1.       The first infraction of a rule is given a warning (unless it is a severe violation – fighting, inappropriate language, etc.).  For severe behavior, refer to the fourth infraction.

    2.       The second infraction is a time-out and a short meeting with the teacher about classroom rules and teacher expectations. This is a very positive meeting to get us both on the same page.

    3.       The third infraction is a meeting with the teacher and a quick note home to the parents (a letter of concern or a quick email sharing the problems we are having in school).

    4.       The fourth infraction will result in a meeting with school administration and parents, getting everyone in the loop and solving the problem together.

     

     

    Our goal is to create the best learning situation for each and every student.  If you ever have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

     

    Christopher J. Ryan

    Drama Director

    Murrieta Mesa High School

    cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

Last Modified on June 1, 2020