Final Introduction to Theatre Project
In the final unit of the Introduction to theatre online course, you will have an opportunity to work collaboratively in a production team.
The Production Roles are as follows:
Director - Rachel Horn
Lighting Designer - Latoya Elkins
Set Designer - Alyssa Allen
Costume Designer - Kayleigh Stevens
Props Designer - Lizzie Preston
Sound Designer - Victoria Toy
Special Effects - Sarah Davis
Poster Designer - Hayleigh Robbins
Assignment Premise: The University requires a group interactive project in distance learning courses.
You have been assigned a Production Team.
Each collaborator was given a specific job of either: A director or a designer.
Once you receive your assignment (posted in this digital booklet), please complete the Discovery Exercise. This activity will be graded.
Next, read a short version of Little Red Riding Hood via the link below:
TIER 1. If you are listed as the DIRECTOR, you will:
- Develop a Concept Statement for A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.
- Develop an If/then Statement with support
- Upload any photos that speaks to your vision
Rabbit Hole Concept Statement Example
Pajama Game Concept Statement Example
TIER 2. If you are listed as a DESIGNER (e.g. the Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Props Designer, Sound Designer, Special Effects Designer, or Poster Designer, you will:
- Review the Concept Statement (created by your colleague), and create the corresponding design in your discipline for A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Note: Greater specifics will be provided on May 1st (after the director's concept is posted).
Note: Date and location for the Poster Design can be invented by the designer.
TIER 3. Finally, after the director has posted their directorial concept, and the designers have posted their individual designs, each member will record a response video of the collaboration process.
Please click here to view detailed instructions. The link is also posted below:
GROUP PROJECT DUE DATES:
* Discovery Exercise - DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 27th at 11:59 pm.(ALL PARTICIPANTS)
* Director’s Concept Statement: DUE MONDAY, APRIL 30th at 11:59 pm. (If it is not posted by the deadline, as not to impede the progress of collaborators, a director’s concept will be posted from the Instructor.)
* Design Responses to Concept Statement: DUE FRIDAY, MAY 4TH at 11:59 pm.
**** EXTENDED - DUE MONDAY MAY, 7, 2018 ****
* Collaborative Video Responses: DUE TUESDAY, MAY 8th at 11:59 pm.
* Final Group E-mail from instructor: Posted MAY 11th at 11:59 pm.
I. ONLINE FINAL:
OPENS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd at 8 am
CLOSES WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH 11:59 PM.
II. "LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD" GROUP PROJECT DUE DATES:
* PRELIMINARY STAGE: Discovery Exercise - DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 27th at 11:59 pm
* TIER ONE - Director’s Concept Statement: DUE MONDAY, APRIL 30th at 11:59 pm. (If it is not posted by the deadline, as not to impede the progress of collaborators, a director’s concept will be posted from the Instructor.)
TIER TWO * Design Responses to Concept Statement: DUE FRIDAY, MAY 4th at 11:59 pm.
**** EXTENDED - DUE MONDAY MAY, 7, 2018 ****
TIER THREE * Collaborative Video Responses: DUE MAY 8th at 11:59 pm.
TIER FOUR * Final Group E-mail from instructor: Posted MAY 11th at 11:59 pm.
1. If/Then: If you do not follow directions, then you could get hurt. I believe this is relevant to the story because Little Red Riding Hood did not follow her mother’s directions and she was almost hurt. Her mother told her to not dawdle in the forest or talk to strangers; she was supposed to go straight to her grandma’s house. However, Little Red Riding Hood did not follow her mother’s directions. She stopped to dawdle in the forest and the wolf saw her, then she noticed that it wasn’t her grandmother in the house and she continued to talk to the stranger. This caused her to almost get hurt.
2. Concept Statement: I picture this story as the typical storybook version. This means that costumes and set pieces will need to look time appropriate. (old) The costumes should represent those of the story book. Think of the pioneer women. The play will take course during the day time so the lighting should be soft, but the wolf will cause a change in the atmosphere of the play. He will bring a darkness so we may see a shadow (maybe even fog). The story is set in the middle of the woods with both family members living in small cabins. You can hear the wind in the trees and the birds chirping. Maybe even water running in a stream somewhere. it would be cool if we could see the foliage move as if the wind was blowing. Below are some photos for inspiration. Little red will need to have her basket and the woodsmen an ax.
1. Plays use sound to create mood and to highlight key moments in the play. Please create a 150 - 200 word paragraph highlighting the music requirements of your play.
Please include links for sound to at minimum of three songs or sound effects. Please include a short description of the impact desired of the selected songs or sound effects.
2. Props are used by characters in a play to advance the action of the play. In Common Enemy, an example of a prop could be a basketball or assigned paper (bell hooks).
Please provide a prop list for your play. Please include the page number(s) where the prop is needed, character(s) who requires the prop, .
Please include a picture of a minimum of three props to accompany your discussion on what is required.
3. Lighting cues can be used to highlight key moments or to aid in scene or mood transitions.
In 150-200 words, please discuss the lighting requirements of your play. Please remember to include a discussion of each scene.
4. Please discuss the costume requirements of your play. Please include one picture (or sketch drawing of costume choices) for each character in the play.
5. Please discuss the set requirements of your play.
In 150-200 words, please discuss the set requirements of your play. Please remember to discuss the set requirements of each scene. Please draft a ground plan, or insert one photo of each scene in your play to support your conclusions.
6. Please include a poster to advertise your play!
Include the title, playwright(s), featured actors, and director (if applicable).
Note: Although not required in this interactive activity, in play posters, typically the date, location, and ticket ordering information is provided as well.
7. Special effects can include fog, animations, projections, moving scenery, rain/snow, live running water, etc. In 150-200 words, discuss the Special Effects requirements of the play. Please include a minimum of three photos to accompany your discussion.
Please upload via the file sharing link in the Final Group project section via Blackboard.
Latoya Elkins Designer’s Concepts
Based on the provided details from the director’s statement, the lighting designs need to acquire a soft and sensible touch, but also portray a dark and foreshadowing moment for Red Riding Hood.
In the first scene we should start out with a slow tune up of the lights on the little house that Little Red lives in with her mother.
We should maintain the light on her mom and little red as they have the conversation about little red leaving to her grandmother’s house.
As little red leaves with her basket, we will capture the light through the trees adding a peaceful and relaxing moment as red explores the forest. She gets distracted by the flowers and takes a moment to enjoy them.
Then we will cut the lights down adding a shadow to the set making little red feel the presence of something menacing.
Suddenly the wolf speaks out of the darkness and comes closer to little red. We put the light on red and a shadow on the voice making the audience feel the intensity of not knowing what lurks in the dark.
Little red feels the pressure and she excuses herself as she goes to her grandmother’s house. The wolf runs to her grandmothers, the lighting could appear on her grandmother answering the door.
The lights could dim on the attack and then show little red at the door.
A bright light placed on little red as she expects her grandmother to answer the door.
Dim lighting Is placed on little red and the wolf as she thinks it’s her grandmother. It’s dark enough that little red can’t make out the physical features of her grandmother yet.
The light exposes the wolf showing little red that it is no longer her grandmother and the light follows them as little red runs for her life.
Then we cut the light to the lumber jack who hears little red and rushes to help.
We put a spot light on the wolf and lumber jack fighting
We cut the lights dim and then put a big spot light on grandma sitting on the floor with little red and the lumber jack
The show ends and we end the lights slowly, displaying all the characters at the end.
Of course, everyone knows the story of Little Red. But what makes our play so special? People are drawn to the posters they see whether it’s in a hallway, by the front door of an office, on the pole across from their work, or even a billboard. But the posters they are drawn to have to be eye catching, fascinating, colorful, and not wordy.
Things going to be said on the poster:
o Instead of the title I will put “ONCE UPON A TIME” at the top center in a font that stands out †o the viewers.
o They will know its Little Red Riding Hood because it will have Trees as the background and sitting on the ground will be her basket and Little Reds cape will be “flying” through the “wind” while she’s staring into the woods OR it will be Red herself carrying her basket and you see a shadow of the wolf behind her.
o I will have the directors name on it underneath the once upon a time.
o The location will be located at the bottom right corner: Lexington Opera House
o Dates and Times: Thursday May 24th @3pm and @7pm
Friday May 25th @1pm and @7pm
Saturday May 26th @3pm and @7pm
Sunday May 27th @5pm
Examples of some things I will use on the poster:
By Kayleigh Stevens
Little Red Riding Hood. This is a perfect image of her with her basket while she is outside looking at the birds and I like the way her outfit stands out in this picture.
The Grandma (on the right). Here is an image of her right before she got eaten by the wolf.
The wolf (as a wolf). This is an image of him in the woods with Little Red Riding Hood.
The Wolf (as the grandma). Here is an image of him hiding in bed acting as Grandma.
The Woodsman. Although this isn’t an image from a play, I think it shows a good example of what the woodsman would be wearing in the play.
According to the Director’s Concept Statement, the sound design should include outside forest sounds such as wind samples, birds chirping, trees rustling in the woods, maybe even crickets chirping. Also, standard forest sounds such as a stream rustling. The effects of these sound effects will create a more realistic effects as if the audience is in the forest with the characters and create a more realistic setting.
The volume of the sounds shouldn’t be too loud and take place at appropriate times. For example, at the beginning of the first scenes in the forest the sounds should be pretty audible and softer as lines are spoken. When the scenes take place in the houses or indoors, there should be no sounds that are audible besides the actors giving out lines. For suspenseful scenes however, there should be a suspenseful music and triumphant music when the big bad wolf is defeated.
Special effects in Little Red Riding Hood
The special effects should just make the play seem more believable. Some examples of the special effects we will use includes,
Having butterflies flying around in the forest using projection and frog sounds
We will create a big shadow of the wolf before he appears behind her to create drama
We will also use special effects to make it look as real as possible when the wolf swallows the grandma and spits he back out
View the Project Commentary from your collaborators!
Note: One collaborator had difficulty with their computer and video recording capabilities.