To train and educate theatre-artist, scholars and enthusiasts by providing students with a broad-based foundation of theatre process and practice.
To develop a general historical and practical foundation for exploring theatre.
To experience theatre performances digitally or locally
To provide an opportunity for online students to explore the discipline and time management skills required to learn a monologue.
To provide students with a knowledge of and appreciation for related Fine and Performing Arts disciplines and how they are integrated into the practice of theatre.
:occurring or developing without premeditation :hastily extemporized
a spur-of-the-moment decision
: done suddenly and without planning
“Spur-of-the-moment.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2017.
Rabbit Hole Auditions at Morehead University will be held this Thursday, September 21st at 6 pm with callbacks scheduled on September 22nd.
As students get prepared for auditions, you will have a similar experience in completing the Death be Not Proud activity introduced in previous Modules.
Note: If you are interested in auditioning for Rabbit Hole, you may use your Death Be Not Proud poem to audition. Please see the informational video below and contact your instructor for more information.
Death Be Not Proud Assignment Description (Due this week!)
Actors are expected to learn their character’s lines verbatim for a 90-second audition, 10-minute play, one-act play, two-act play, or three-act play. Depending on the play and the character, an actor can have quite a bit of lines to learn in a short period. For a peek into the process of learning lines, take a moment to learn a short poem.
Please visit the provided link, (or visit the assignment instructions via Module 4) and learn the poem Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne. Note: the memorized poem will be uploaded by video submission via Blackboard on Friday, September 22nd at 10 pm. Uploading and recording instructions are provided below.
Note: The graded memorized selection will come directly from the link above. For your convenience, I have also posted the poem below.
After learning the poem, please click to record and submit your memorized poem. If you experience difficulty, please copy and paste the link below directly into your browser.
1. Record and Submit your Memorized Poem --
2. Please look directly into the camera and state your name.
3. Next, recite your poem.
Note: You will NOT be graded on performance. You will be graded on the verbatim presentation of the poem. Adding or subtracting words or phrases will result in deductions. Inaudible responses will also lead to a deduction. Please make certain to articulate and speak loud and clearly. A microphone is required. Please make certain to be well lit. Darkened rooms in which it is difficult to see you will result in an Incomplete.
This semester, you will be required to attend two Interactive Audience Experience Activities. Please select two opportunities from the list below.
1. A play or Musical
2. Music Concert, Dance Concert, Band Competition/ Concert, or Festival (Acting, Storytelling, etc.)
3. A Museum, Parade, or Sporting Event
4. A Movie (in the theatre)
If applicable, please submit:
- a photo of your ticket stub, or ticket receipt (please mark out payment information such as credit card numbers, mailing address, etc.)
- A program (please inquire about digital program booklets; If not applicable, please upload a photo of the front and inside cover of the program)
- A picture of you inside or outside of the event (Theater’s typically will not permit photos in the theatre house)
A 250 Word response articulating your experiences and, if applicable, a response to the three questions below:
1.) What is the play, and the production, attempting to do?
2.) How well have the intentions of the playwright been carried out?
3.) Was the play or production worth doing in the first place? (Accessible via Blackboard)
A Video Response including: The experience, accessible dates, your first impressions, your recommendations for others to explore, final thoughts (Accessible via Blackboard)
The first Interactive Attendance Event will be due by the end of October.
The second will be Due by the end of November.
* It does not matter which you attend first.
Upcoming Opportunities for your perusal
1. Site Specific Performance Opportunity (graciously provided by Michael Chambers)
Trinity by Afterculture Theatre presented by the Lexington Art League
Trinity is a site-specific, audience-immersive theatrical experience that tells the story of Dr. Oppenheimer, his atomic bomb, and the three great women in his life. At 5:29AM on July 16th, 1945 the world’s first successful test detonation of an atomic bomb, codenamed “Trinity,” turned the New Mexican desert sand into glass. This is our account of what happened on the evening of July 16th. Come explore the troubled mind that led us into the atomic age.
209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY
September 14-16, 21-23 8:00pm-10:00pm
General Admission: $10
Student and LAL member Admission: $5
Purchase tickets at the door or online:
Donate today to help build the world of Trinity: www.gofundme.com/afterculture
2. Cave Run Storytelling Festival in Morehead, Ky!
1. Reading quiz pgs. 82-93 and take the accompanying quiz posted via Blackboard.
To prepare for future course assignments, please begin reading Othello Note: You will have this week and next week to read Othello.
Please click to view the first thirty-two minutes of Uta Hagan’s Acting Class and answer the corresponding questions. * Please remember to insert your name and email before beginning. Note: There are some curse words used in some of the selected scenes.
The questions must be entered into the system once asked. The ability to backtrack, for this assessment, is not an option.
If you experience difficulty, please copy and paste the link above directly into your browser. If you continue to experience difficulty, you may use a different browser. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you should experience difficulty.
To learn more about the legendary Uta Hagen: please visit
Encyclopedia of World Biography http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2005-Fo-La/Hagen-Uta.html
Uta Hagen, Legendary Stage Actress and Teacher, Dead at 84 http://www.playbill.com/article/uta-hagen-legendary-stage-actress-and-teacher-dead-at-84-com-117366
Please watch the Uta Hagan acting video above before proceeding.
Please answer questions 1 - 3 via Blackboard via the Assignment Submission Folder. Please remember to be specific and thorough.
1. Please complete the Destination OR the Fourth Side activity viewed in Uta Hagan’s acting class video. In the Destination activity, you can select any activity. Observe your behavior in a variety of circumstances and recreate a 2-minute task. As your recreate the activity, consider the cause of your behavior and answer the questions below. Feel free to embrace how sound (e.g. the television, a radio, etc.) impacts your actions.
a. What activity did you choose?
b. Were you successful in recreating the activity?
c. What went well in your activity?
d. What could you do differently in the future?
2. Complete question #2 on page 88. Note: For your convenience, I have posted the question text below as well.
Remember a situation recently that made you happy. Re-create the circumstances in your mind. Where were you? Whom were you with? Can you once again feel the emotions you felt during that situation? Why or why not?
2a. What, if anything, did you learn about yourself, or acting, after completing the exercises?
Please click the image below to complete the short exit slip.
If you have difficulty accessing the link, please copy and paste the link below directly into your browser.