Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Acting


I feel that the best way to experience Shakespeare is not only to read and analyze the text but also to memorize and act the scenes. Each of you will be assigned an acting group. Based some on your surveys and some on your "performance" in class, you will be cast in a role in one of several scenes from various Shakespeare comedies and tragedies. Some of you will have large parts with lots of memorization while others will have small roles. What would be your suggestion for a fair evaluation of that scene? Considering that the group may need costume/prop help, should the people with smaller roles have other responsibilities? (introduction, written reflection, directing???) Let me know what you think. Scenes will be assigned on Friday.

21 comments:

Maxt6 said...

Lots of memorization, come on Brandi. it really wont be fair if the people with less lines dont have to do anything else, but its also not fair that we have to memorize our lines. How long will we have to do it? Come on Elliot, i need some help on this one.

MrsC said...

Be realistic... a 5 person scene usually has two main characters who will have the bulk of the lines. My question is what is the trade off? What is fair? Max, you will probably have one of the larger roles, so what should the supporting actor do in addition to his line memorization for a fair assessment? Answer: Working on scenes on alternating days for 3 weeks.

BernardN3 said...

I am really not a fan of acting, memorizing, or anything like that. I'll do it if I have to, but I would much rather not.

colet3 said...

mrs. c this is bush league. The whole idea of memorization is kind of overrated. We are seniors, don't make us relive the horrors we experienced in 9th grade.

Leeb3 said...

Brandi, I want the part that has the shortest amount of lines to memorize. I can't memorize well, nor do I want to. I say we skip this assignment and do some more coloring.

AbbyW5 said...

In ninth grade when we had to act it was horrible. The teachers made it worth like a million points and it seemed not worth our time

HannonK6 said...

Acting is not my thing honestly...maybe it is and i have just not come to realize because of my fear of the stage, but personally i dont think you can punish the people with smaller roles just because they can't act, by giving them busy work or worse grades.

andersons6 said...

When you say work on scenes, what do you mean?

maxt6 said...

the supporting characters should have to do everything else to do with the scene. if the main characters have such an overwhelming majority of the lines than they should be exempt from everything elsein the scene.

charlotteg3 said...

I agree with Max. It is unfair for some people to have to memorize a lot of lines, while others get to memorize only a few. I at least think that the people who have to memorize more should get more points because they have to put forth more effort.

SamM5 said...

I am in agreement with both Charlotte and Max; it would be unfair to give the people with less lines the same amount as those with the leading roles. I think that the best compromise for this is to make the people with fewer lines be in charge of the stage and other things that are needed while the main actors memorize their lines. After all, we want to prevent people with fewer lines simply "hanging out". This way it would be fair.

ElliottM3 said...

I want my old teacher back, the cool teacher that use to let us color in class and do what we wanted to do. Mrs. Caldwell I use to talk about how cool you were to everyone, now i have to be like you remeber that English teacher i told you about, yeah, well she's not cool anymore, I don't know what about it but things have got to change. This new nazi attitude has got to go Mrs. C.

ElliottM3 said...

Their is only one thing i hate more than blogging and that is acting. From what I see, I am not the only one that is absolutely appalled by the idea of acting. So I think things need to change, change now. You have fallen off your rocker Mrs. Caldwell, this is sad, but we will help you get back up.

Maxt6 said...

ELLIOT BLOWS

Addie said...

I've never been good at acting, its not a talent of mine. I think it is fine to give a little work for those that don't have to memorize, (only one job) but the smaller roles can't do everything and then the big roles just memorize lines and that is it.

JoanneL1 said...

i am TERRIBLE at acting and memorizing lines! haha, so considering the fact that i got a kindof big part... i'm not quite sure how this is going to work out. I will definitely need to try to cut down one of the longer lines. I think that people with only a few lines should be in charge of costumes and props, because i know that i'm going to have my hands full with just the memorization alone and i don't even have the most lines in my group!

walkerd3 said...

I really like the part you gave in class but there are a couple of memorization parts where they are like paragraphs and there is no way I could end up memorizing it all. Also how are we going to get our scene done and a research paper done in three weeks? Last year we spent the whole nine weeks on our paper. This is really cutting it close.

michelleg6 said...

Brandi- Thank you so much for giving Max and I the biggest part in our play! I'm so excited to begin reciting the brilliant William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. (I hope by now you have sensed a little bit of sarcasm). But I will prove to people who said I couldn't do it *J.E.*! that I can! But I honestly think we can pull it off :-)

ally irwin said...

i think the memorizing project is cool. but i think people with more lines should get bonus points.

sallyc1 said...

i think acting can be fun, but its really stressful and embarassing. acting is more of a natural talent like dancing or singing and if you cant do it you look stupid. as for people with a lot of lines, they shouldn't have to do any of the behind the scenes work. i think that would be very fair.

johnf5 said...

I think that people with bigger roles should be evaluated differently. But everyone should still do the same amount of extra wrk. the people who have smaller roles have them because they feel uneasy about acting and shouldn't be punished for that.