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Performance: Bolt

DRAMA 324

Performance: Bolt

  • Course ID:DRAMA 324
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:Drama
  • Teachers:Joseph Bissex

Description and Objectives

Course Description and Objectives

The primary objective of this course is the performance of the Spring Play: A Man For All Seasons, by Robert Bolt. Concurrent objectives include development of vocal and physical performance skills.

 

Topics Covered

  • Content, cultural impact, and production of A Man For All Seasons.
  • Art, culture, religion, and politics in England during the reign of Henry VIII.

 

Textbooks

  • A Man For All Seasons, by Robert Bolt
  • Excerpts from other historical and interpretive texts.

 

 

 

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

  • Dedication, enthusiasm, initiative, and willingness to serve.
  • Check drama website (omnibusplayers.wixsite.com/heightsdrama) regularly, and fill out required forms. (This site is designed for drama students and parents – patrons and general public should be directed to the Heights drama page.)
  • Daily presence in class with script and pencil in hand.
  • Preparation of assigned character.
  • Knowledge of assigned lines and blocking.
  • Exclusive availability after school during tech/performance week. Exceptions will be given for extreme circumstances such as hospitalization or a death in the family. Exceptions will be made for reception of a sacrament if a direct time conflict exists. No exceptions will be made for vacations, sports events, minor illnesses, or other extracurricular events.

 

Assignments and Grades

  • Line memorization: students are expected to have lines memorized verbatim before the rehearsal date (calendar and scene breakdown provided on drama site and on class handout). Students will receive a weekly grade for line memorization..
  • Vocal characterization: grades given twice per quarter.
  • Physical characterization: grades given twice per quarter.
  • Script preparation: grades given twice per quarter. A fully prepared script will include handwritten notes on all assigned blocking, all rehearsal notes given by the director, and notes on characterization developed by the student.
  • Students will receive a grade of A, C, or F for each day of tech/performance.

 

Exam

  • The midterm exam for this class consists of a selection of multiple projects that take place over the course of each semester to assist in the marketing and production of the fall play. Examples of these projects include bake sales, participation in the Dramatic Speech club, marketing projects, and many others. I encourage all students to begin this process early.

 

Successful Students

  • Successful students will display attentiveness to detail, will come to class with script and pencil,  and will foster habits of creative initiative, respect for the rehearsal space and for each other, and habits of school and team spirit.

 

Additional Resources

Course Motto

The motto of the Omnibus Players is “Omnia Omnibus.” Visit www.heights.edu/arts/drama for a description of the crest and the motto!