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THE203 - Developing A Character

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores the acting process through physical and vocal exercises, script analysis, and character interpretation. Rehearsal and performance of scenes. Prerequisite: THE103.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.Record and describe in writing a personal inventory of movement and vocal patterns.
2.Memorize and perform at least three different characters from three different theatrical sources.
3.Analyze in writing the physical approaches used in developing at least three characterizations.
4.Analyze in writing the vocal approaches used in developing at least three different characterizations.
5.Exhibit a minimum of at least five different aspects of professional behavior using agreed-upon criteria*
6.Analyze in writing the characterization aspects of at least two different characters found in two different full length plays
7.Critically analyze in both a written and oral format on-stage acting exhibited by actors in at least two College productions
8.Memorize and perform with a partner in a scene that is at least five minutes in length.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Learning Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
TITLE: Developing a Character

I. Physical and Vocal Exploration Through exercises, actors will increase their awareness of their physical and vocal attributes and discover how physical/vocal choices enhance characterization.

II. Analysis of a Full-Length Play Through reading, discussion, and intensive analysis of a play, actors will learn characterization techniques. A final performance of a scene from the play will involve all performance skills emphasized in class: analysis/interpretation, physicalization, and vocalization.

III. Scene Study and Performance Through exercises reinforcing characterization techniques, and individual scene work, student actors will practice and develop their acting skills. A performance of individually selected scenes will conclude this section.

IV. Final Scene Work and Rehearsals In-class rehearsals of final ten-minute scenes will focus on the rehearsal process and the implementation of characterization techniques introduced in class.

Effective Term: Spring 2002