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    Online Drama III/IV Assignments

    Class Work

    This section is for work due for Drama Three/Four 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

    Please check Mr. Ryan's Haiku page too:  https://mvusd.learning.powerschool.com/

          Parents and Students:

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    Weekly Lessons for Drama III/IV . 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:

    I can't beileve we are at the end of the year. I hated the way this all ended, but I can say that you are ready.  So many of you are seniors and I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that you are ready to challenge the future.  You have every piece of basic knowledge need to start your life as an actor, or a psychologist, or an engineer or a teacher.  You understand the basics of communication and the power of your words.  You are ready!

    To my sophomore and juniors, as we step forward and beyond what is to come, know we will overcome whatever challenges we may face because we hold a passion for what we do.  It isn't a class, it never was just a class, it was a life, a family. And together, we will build this family each and every year, together.

    To my seniors, for many of you it has been 4 glorious years.  Many of you started in Drama I, others in Drama II.  Each step helped you to fine tune your skills. We do incredible shows here because of all of you.

    I'd like to recognize my graduating seniors:

    From Drama III:

    Chloe Atallah

    Aby Drew

    Holley Paul

    Mikaela Robnett

    Jake Wise

    From Drama IV/V:

    Nicky Bell

    Jack Bench

    Gayle Briones

    Bethanie Carr

    Jordan Garrison

    Kiana Kain

    Treanna Kinney

    Bela Nguyen

    Lucas Popp

    Kylie Sheridan

    Bethany Valenzuela

    Nikki Waggoner

    Jasmine Woolf

    Noah Yuhas

    You all made huge impacts on our program here.  You all carried important roles and carved out your place in our history.  You were my leaders, my roots for the quality of our drama program.  The hours we spent together will always be in my memory.  I hated we didn't get a chance to have a senior dinner, my chance to say thank you for all the wonderful things you did. But know, you are in my heart.

    My time as your teachers is not over.  Please always see me as a resource for your future. If you need a recommendation, you can always use me.  I will always be a source of advice or a listening ear.  Please stay in contact.

    I hated the way this all ended. But we will all grow from it. Have an amazing summer.

    Mr. Ryan, Drama

     

    Weekly Lessons for Drama III/IV 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 III/IV FINAL ASSIGNMENTS.

    Wednesday:  Here is a great TED Talk.  If you get a chance, watch it.

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

    Weekly Lessons for Drama III/IV 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.

    Fourth, Senior Auditions:  I would like you to do a Monologue and Song, video it, and send me a link.  Subject the email SENIOR AUDITION.  I will post the links on this webpage starting the first week of June.  All other underclassmen, you do not have to do a final monologue.  This has been such a challenging school year, it doesn't seem quite the same with a video from you.  But, I promise, next year, I will get plenty of monologues from you all.

    For this week's assignment, I would like all Sophomores and Juniors (Seniors you don't have to do this, but I would like you to do this) 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 III/IV .  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 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:  

    First off:  Seniors Only... We are coming up to the end of the year.  That means Senior Monologues.  A song and a monologue for you to share as your final audition at MMHS.  This will be due by Tuesday, May 26th.  I'd like to post them on a public website and send me a link.  Then, I will compose an email to all of drama III/IV with a list of all of your senior monologues for everyone to watch.  I'll set up a blog page on this website for everyone to comment on your final monologue.  So start working on that now.

    We are ALL (seniors, juniors and sophomores) 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 III/IV 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 III/IV .  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:
    Good morning and welcome to a great week in Drama.

    You wrote an incredible nuetral scene last week.  Those of you who got it done, you will see that I gave you 5 points towards your grade bump, and that was a great help.  This week, we are going to rehearsal our nuetral scene in two different styles: Method acting and Classical acting.  Yep, exact same scene.

    (if you haven't finished writing your nuetral scene, I will still accept it via email any day this week, and will still add points to your grade bump.  Thanks for being part of our learning project.)

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    This week, my focused learning will be centered on rehearsals.  As a director, there are many ways to rehearse.  In this time, it is great to study the best ways others have found to make their rehearsal times more effective.  So, let's start with some videos:

    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

    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

    The third video is about working rehearsing and the customs.  

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

    My last final video is about doing voice over rehearsals.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TPDLPPOsLc

    This week I would like you to reseach rehearsal techniques.  Find out as much as you can.  Write down some notes on things you have learned or that you think are interesting, that you might want to use in your future.

    Weekly homework:  I'd like you to rehearse your scene this week with a family member who lives with you.  Try some of the rehearsal techniques you have heard about or read about.  Then, I'd like you to write an email to me.

    SUBJECT Title of the email: Rehearsals 

    Share with me how your rehearsals have gone.  And share some of the rehearsal techniques you have learned this week and how you have applied them to your rehearsals.  The email should be  about 1/2 page long, but it can be longer. I love to hear how you are learning and discovering.  This email is due to me by FRIDAY at NOON.

    Remember, I will suppliment this lesson daily below, so drop by every day to check out my videos.

     

    Tuesday Supplement:  Here are some really fun warm up games I would love to play when we get back.  

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

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    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.

    Miss you all a ton!

    Mr. Ryan

     

     

    Weekly Lessons for Drama III/IV  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.

    Please check back here Daily for new suppliments to your learning experience.

    This Week:

    You have now become an expert on Method acting.  Now, I would like for you to take a step back to classical acting.  In older theater, people felt that an actor needed to over dramatize each movement, each acting step so the audience could understand the reactions.  The reactions were very exaggerated. This theater style continued into early movies and tv shows, until later acting became more real.

    Here is an example of CLASSICAL ACTING: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6EEhoRa_RE

    I'd like you to research classical acting techniques.  Again I would like you to become an expert at this.  Learn the techniques and styles.  For this week, our homework will be to find a great scene, a great monologue.  And based on learning the style, I want you to do the monologue on video in a classic acting style.  Don't even think about the monologue until Wednesday.  

    Here is the wikipedia page.  Take a look and it will help you get a basic understanding.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_acting

    Here is your first research:

    Christopher Plummer started doing movies and TV shows in 1952 and is still actively working.  He is an Oscar winner.  If you look at his credits, the list is long and one to admire.  He shares his views on Classical acting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReA3rzdS5qQ

    For Monday and Tuesday, learning as much as you can about Classical Acting.

    Wednesday and Thursday, I want you to write a nuetral scene. We have written these before, two people.  For these lets make them 8 lines each.

    Then I want you to act them out (you may have to have one of your parents or siblings read in with you). The nuetral scene should be school appropriate with appropriate language.  I want you to do the scene in two different ways.  I want you to do it in a classical style and then in a method acting style.  The scene should be about 1 minute long.

    On Friday, your only homework is to send my your nuetral scene in an email. The subject of the emails should ber NUETRAL SCENE.  Email it to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us .  I want you to continue to rehearse this and make it better.  For next week, we will add to your learning and you will be filming your nuetral scene both in classical and method form. You may have to get a parent or sibling to read in with you. But, I am jumping ahead.  This week you do the 3 R's, you Research, wRite and Rehearse.

    I hope you can see that I am using our distance learning to expand your vision of different styles of acting.This will make you more valuable to directors and give you mulit-visions of a role based on the different techniques you will learn over the next 6 weeks.

    Weekly Assignment:  Send me your nuetral scene by Friday at noon.

    Question: Is it important for you to turn in your homework to me if you already have an A in my class?  Answer: Yes.  You are learning new skills. You are expanding your experiences and knowledge.  You are going to have techniques that will make you a better actor/actress.

    Tuesday Suppliment: I've shared this before, but worth reviewing

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

    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

    Thursday, April 23 Drama III/IV 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 something pretty funny.  Add one of your own to give everyone a smile. :

    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 Tuesday, using all of these as resources.

    Due Dates: Subject of Email: Method Acting Drama III/IV

    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.  We will apply this to some work we are going to do in the future.

    Tuesday, April 21 Drama 3/4 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. :)

    Warning:  There are people who have dropped off the radar and aren't getting online to do any work.  School is still running and we need everyone to login and be a part of the learning experience. Take a look at the attendance blog. If you don't see a friend of yours, would you please reach out and encourage them to get involved in the distance learning experience.  I share this because there could be some dire consequences for not participating, and we want you all to continue to learn and grow during this online experience.

    Instruction:

    Class business, I sent you all out information about Drama Club officers for next year.  If you haven't seen that email, please do so and email me if you are interested in running for an office (Seniors are not eligible).

    Resources:  I found out that Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming a free musical every weekend of the quarantine.  His webpage has some valuable information as well.  Here is the link I found:

    https://broadwaydirect.com/andrew-lloyd-webber-offers-free-musicals-to-stream-on-youtube-during-covid-19/

    Here is his webpage for those of your who are motivated learnings and would to know more about one of the most important people in theater history:

    https://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/

    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 lots 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 sharing some of the things you have learned.

    DUE DATE: Email is due by Friday, April 24 by noon.

     

    Thursday, April 16th Work 3rd Period DRAMA III/IV

    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 (Drama III & IV  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.  

    Instruction:

    Today, we start off with a great video.  This video is a TED Talk about focus.  I love his aspect and considerations.  I'd like you to watch and then send me an email with the subject titled BRAIN FOCUS.  In the email, share 3 things you got from this video. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4Yvq-g7_Y

    After, I'd like you to focus on your first monologue.

    Assignment:

     This week we are going to continue the process of online monologues.  As Drama III/IV 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 online, please email me and I will try to give you an alternative activity.

    Due Date:  This first monologue video is due Friday, April 17 by noon.

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  9:00-9:50a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

      MAKEUP ASSIGNMENT:  This will help make up for the lower grades you have right now, some of you own me monologues or other assignments.  For this makeup, you will watch the following videos.  After, you will email me your observations of the videos, put the subject of your email as DRAMA 3-4 MAKEUP VIDEO #2 and DRAMA 3-4 MAKEUP VIDEO#3.  In your email, share with me 5 things you thought were interesting in the video. Use the examples from the video to support your ideas in the email.  Send that email to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us 

    Makeup Video #2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3JE-Ki9f1g
    Makeup Video #3:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DHcON8JKhY

    Tuesday, April 14th Work 3rd Period DRAMA III/IV

    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 (Drama III & IV  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.

    Today, I'd like to start off with a resource.  I found this young lady's information about getting into an acting program.  Her video is really helpful.  Start off by watching her video.

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

    Here is a video of a crazy guy who got into UCLA Acting program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTBfhw_5igM

    Finally, I found this video of another young lady who has suggestions on how you should apply to a college acting program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc0bQnypwxU

      

    Assignment:

     This week we are going to start the process of online monologues.  As Drama III/IV 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 online, please email me and I will try to give you an alternative activity.

    Due Date:  This first monologue video is due Friday, April 17 by noon.

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  9:00-9:50a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

      MAKEUP ASSIGNMENT:  This will help make up for the lower grades you have right now, some of you own me monologues or other assignments.  For this makeup, you will watch the following video.  After, you will email me your observations of the video, put the subject of your email as DRAMA 3-4 MAKEUP VIDEO #1.  In your email, share with me 5 things you thought were interesting in the video. Use the examples from the video to support your ideas in the email.  Send that email to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSRLK7SogvE

     

     

    Tuesday, April 7th Work 3rd Period DRAMA III/IV

    Instruction: Today, we are going to start our online education with some basic observations and videos to get us all on the same page.  As an actress/actor, it is your job to focus your craft.  You must practice and work things through for each scene you are assigned.

    I believe you learn from those who have done.  We are going to learn the history of acting. We are going to learn from people who have done the acting.  We

    Assignment: We are going to start out by reviewing the 7 W's of acting from drama II.   I found a video/Ted talk that reviews these in a different and new way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZmNmS5diHc

    My next video focuses on the authentic actor.  How do you come across as the character you are trying to create.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JamV9URdv0

    Acting techniques help us create real characters, characters peole can believe in and relate to.  Bad acting is really just people we can believe.

     

    As we progress, we are going to be creating three final projects for this semester.  1.  You are going to create a Audition Reel.  On that reel, you will have 3 different monologues.  A Dramatic monologue, a comedic monologue and a Shakespearean monologue.  You will set this up online and you will use that for your real life auditions and for my class. 2.  You will be create the greatest resume ever!  3.  You will record a 7-10 minute TED talk of your own (rated PG or G) by teaching us.  You seniors, this project should have great meaning as you have made the steps that all the underclassmen are just starting.

    Due dates for these assignments will be shared in the future. I will share lots of examples of each.

    Since I don't have any assignments due for you today, take a look at some people's audition reels. See what they look like.  I recommend you search "NYU Auditions Reels".  These are good examples.

    Due Date:  Nothing due today.  We are just getting started.

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  9:00-9:50a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Thursday, April 9th Work DRAMA III/IV

    Instruction: During the break, I sent you some links on 5 different acting styles. These style started way ack in the ages of dinosaurs and are tried and true.  Don't try to reinvent the wheel yet.  Learn from them.

    First, lets talk about Method Acting.  This technique as developed by a Russian guy named  Konstantin Stanislavski.  Its goal is to be able to express real emotions into a character you are playing.  "Real", "Geniune".

    Several actors took this style and made it their own.  They adapted it to make it seem stronger and more obtainable.

    Lee Strasberg

    Stella Adler

    Sanford Meisner

    Each of them developed approached that were the same basic concepts, but different paths to reach the sincerity of the character.

    Assignment: 

    Let's start off with a review of Method acting.

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

    For your assignment today, I would like you to choose one of these people who helped build method acting to a new level (Strasberg, Adler or Meisner). In an email, I would like you to teach me about one of these three people. Share the concepts that make their style applicable to you and your acting. Share examples, share ideas. I give you freedom to build this in a way that makes sense.  What I want you to become is an EXPERT on this person.  Know them! Know what they were creating.  Know as much as you can about this person, and share this in an email.  Please put the subject of your email as METHOD ACTING.

    Here are some videos to help you get started.  This IS NOT the only research I expect. I want you to go much deeper. Research!

    Strasberg Technique:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq9-LDNEcoM

    Adler Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOkwoIXyeFI

    Meisner Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgje3PtoQXg

    Due Date: Your email is due to me by Wednesday, April 15 by 9:00p.m.  That means you have a week to learn as much as you can.

     

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  9:00-9:50a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

    Tuesday, April 14th Work 3rd Period DRAMA III/IV

    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 (Drama III & IV  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.

    Today, I'd like to start off with a resource.  I found this young lady's information about getting into an acting program.  Her video is really helpful.  Start off by watching her video.

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

    Here is a video of a crazy guy who got into UCLA Acting program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTBfhw_5igM

    Finally, I found this video of another young lady who has suggestions on how you should apply to a college acting program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc0bQnypwxU

      

    Assignment: We are going to start out by

    Due Date:  

    For your class time, I will be on line to answer any questions you have.  Please email those questions to cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Class Time:  9:00-9:50a.m.

    If you email me during another time, I will email you back as soon as I can.

    All completed assignments should be emialed to me at cryan@murrieta.k12.ca.us

     

     

    To suppliment your learning, please research different acting techniques.  There are 5 different styles that I would like to cover listed on the Drama II page.  Take a look at them and research the techniques.

    You can also work on nuetral scenes with people living with you (we don't encourage you to leave you house at this time).

    UPCOMING:  Night of Incredible Disney Scenes has not be cancelled at this time.  So, if you want to start brainstorming ideas, that will give you a headstart.  Chose a song or scene from your favorite disney movie or TV show (this does include super hero movies).  You might want to write a brief description, character list, and basic set needs.

    We are also looking at an ALL CAST song for the entire class.  In the past we have done such classics as "This is Halloween" and "Bell".  Again, sketch out ideas who you could see working on each part and what the parts each person would sing.

     

     

    Welcome to MMHS Drama III/IV

     

    Dear parents and students,

                Welcome back to your pathway to professional acting. This class centers around a two year rotation, with different activities designed to help fine tune your acting skills.

     

    Our course description:

    Course # 6560  and Course # 6570

    Prerequisite: Drama I & II completed

     

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

     

    The course emphasizes preparation of one act and full length plays for classroom and public presentation. Individual scene study in combination with a study of period acting styles, stage direction and production techniques is included.   Also, students in this course are required to participate in the class productions. Participation might be as an actor or as technical support. It is a "hands on" class, which includes a culminating project. This course demands time after school, some weekends and weekday evenings. Grade is affected by both class and after school participation.

     

    Class Syllabus:


    1st Semester…

    1.       Development of Advanced Acting Skills

    2.      Reviewing 7 W’s of Acting

    3.      Reviewing and mastering the resume and audition process, including work for our in class fall production.

    4.      Advanced Blocking Skills

    5.      Rehearsal Techniques

    6.      Props and Costume Design

    7.      Public Relations

    8.      Job Descriptions for theater personnel

    9.      Introduction to set building and design

    10.  Resumes

     

    (Semester Evaluations will center on in class acting activities and out of class theater experiences)

    2nd Semester

    1.      Script Evaluations

    2.      Advanced Script writing

    3.      Advances Directoral instructions

    4.      Script adaptation from books/movies

    5.      Breaking down a scene/elements

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

    7.      Choreography

    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

     

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