Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 27, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Literature?

Focus: Establishing Henry IV's central character dynamics and conflicts through performance

1. Warm-up: Two dramatic read-throughs of Henry IV, 2.2 (yes--we're skipping ahead, but don't worry--we'll come back)

Click HERE for the slides on how to read through and perform 2.2; scroll down to the slide that reads, "Henry IV, Day 2."

Note: Please make at least one SYMBOLIC choice in your performance.  For example, a group last year had Hal carrying around a crumpled up crown in his back pocket; during certain moments, he would take it out and smooth out the wrinkles.

2. Assignments for Act 1 scenes:

  • Courtiers----l.1
  • Rebels------1.2
  • Pub Crawlers-----1.3 to end
Meet in your designated spaces and start rehearsing. Performances will take place on Monday, but you will have 15 minutes to touch base with your groups before the performances begin.

As you prepare with your Acting Groups...

  • Read over the entire script together at least once.
  • Paraphrase your lines to ensure that every person in your group understands them.
  • Decide how you will deliver these lines; consider tone, dramatic pauses, volume, body posture, gestures, etc.
  • Develop and implement at least one symbolic choice.
  • Select costumes that fit your character group, literally or symbolically.
  • Practice a few times.

1. Bring in any materials you need for your performance on Monday.
2. Independent reading.

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