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Introduction to Acting

COM 222

Introduction to Acting

COM 222

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2.

Introduces the fundamentals of stage terminology, stage movement, use of voice, and believable character creation for an audience in both improvisational and written scenes. Emphasizes preparation and presentation of scenes before a classroom audience. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze basic dramatic elements contained in theatrical productions.

Objectives:

  • Articulate understanding of plays through discussion and writing.
  • Identify the elements of dramatic action, objectives, obstacles, conflicts, and tactics in the building of characterization for stage presentation.
  • Develop characterizations based on script analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of stage directions.

Analyze and evaluate self and other's dramatic creations.

Objectives:

  • Analyze scripts in order to produce a believable characterization on stage.
  • Use observation and imitation in the creation of characters.
  • Use constructive criticism effectively to aid others in their quest for believability.
  • Use self-evaluation in order to improve on stage presentation of character.
  • Use constructive criticism to incorporate character changes for a believable performance.

Demonstrate improvement of vocal and physical action on stage.

Objectives:

  • Apply relaxation and concentration techniques.
  • Use proper voice control, breathing, diction, and projection for stage presentation.
  • Demonstrate usage of appropriate vocal inflections and variety in presenting emotions of character to audience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of body positions, stage positions, levels and planes used in the dramatic presentations.

Prepare and perform on stage scenes.

Objectives:

  • Develop individual and group scenes that demonstrate knowledge of acting fundamentals.
  • Practice team building skills as an ensemble to present scenes on stage for a classroom audience.
  • Demonstrate ability to act and react with class members within the context of the scene assignments.
  • Deliver memorized lines appropriately.
  • Demonstrate the ability to stay in character during performance.
  • Deliver a believable performance.