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PREPARATION FOR PERFORMANCE

HIGHERS!

Before your practical exam, you are required to outline BOTH of your acting roles. Specific reference must be made to interpretation, research, rehearsal process and portrayal. This is what the examiner will base your marks on so you MUST make sure that what you say in this essay is exactly what you do on the day of the exam.

Structure here…

Prep for Performance

Email drafts to either Ms Wallace or Ms Van Exan (whoever you have the double with) who will fix and return. Final essays must be completed and handed in by Thursday 2nd April. Absolutely no excuses or you will probably fail your exam. Just saying.

 

MEDEA RESOURCE

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A huge thank you should go to Van Exan for this AMAZING resource to help with all your homeworks and revision. She is wonderful isn’t she???

So you better use it!!!!!!!!!!!

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HIGHER PRU HOMEWORK: DUE DATE MON 23RD MARCH

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DIRECTING and THEME this week.

Themes to consider;

– RELATIONSHIPS – LOVE – SCOTLAND/CULTURE – THE SUPERNATURAL – TRANSFORMATION – SELF DISCOVERY – AMBITION – LONELINESS – TRADITION VS MODERNITY and any other you want to have a stab at.

Just explain where, when and how they feature in the play and analyse their effect.

Remember the directing ideas we explored in class;

– Be careful when discussing production skills that you make clear the choice as directorial rather than design, for example, don’t just outline a wonderful design idea, explain how you direct the actors to USE or REACT to the technical element.

– When discussing choices for voice and movement, try to explain how you came to make this decision, for example, through rehearsal techniques or exercises.

Here’s your question – if you have time you may go for the full essay (all five points) or you might want to just try one paragraph. Either way, you must complete both parts of the question.

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As a director, describe in detail five different moments in your selected text that convey aspects of the play’s overall themes and/or issues. (You must use textual references from the play to help you to justify your answer.)

Explain in detail the way in which you would use five directing concepts to help you to highlight the play’s themes and/or issues. (These need to be related to the first part of this question.)

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE REFERENCE TO?

PART 1: KNOWLEDGE OF TEXT You may select from the following in your answer: reference to features of the main themes apparent in the text; setting; plot/storyline; structure; language; character motivation; character development; character inter-relationships; character interaction; themes and issues; genre; any other relevant features.

PART 2: DIRECTING CONCEPTS You may select from the following in your answer: stage proxemics; positioning; use of levels; characterisation; character interaction; use of production skills; acting style; voice and movement techniques; actor/audience relationship; special effects; drama media (projections, soundscapes, video footage); any other relevant features.

As ever, the PowerPoints will help -

Structure here – TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

Generic directing information here – as a director…

PRU HOMEWORK: DUE MON 16th MARCH

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This week we’ve stepped away from the paper and books to explore the text from the point of view of an actor. You are all very good at talking about Voice and Movement but acting is more than this and we do need to show more variety in our answers.

We’ve explored a variety of techniques this week – Meyerhold (Action VS Reaction) The Stanislavski System (The Magic If, Given Circumstances, Emotion Memory) Brecht (Gesture, Voice, Song, Narration, etc) and explored SUBTEXT by considering the relationship between Spoken Word and Physical Gesture. The power point below will help you remember!

as an actor…

For Monday, I would like you to choose one of these techniques and write about how you might use it to convey a particular character trait of either Colin, Pru or The Devil.

Follow the structure as normal – ‘As an actor I could use… (insert technique here) by (explain how) I could then apply this to performance by (explain how) to show that (justify) Powerpoint below for a reminder of structure.

TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

The Talent’s Finally ‘Out of the Box’!


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Culloden Academy’s young puppeteers had another opportunity to further their skills last week when Out of the Box Puppetry Co. came to hold a workshop for the afternoon. Our ten intrepid puppeteers were put through their paces with muppet-style puppets – which was a new experience for many!

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Upper arm muscles were certainly toned as we got to grips with mouth synchronisation, arm rods and a whole new type of stage. The pupils gave it their all, and enjoyed themselves into the bargain. The ultimate stamina test was to maintain the right movement all the way through a Proclaimers song. Could they do it? Check out the sinking arms in the video as tiredness kicks in…

RODDY STEWART MEMORIAL AWARD FINAL 2015

On Friday 27th February we hosted the 2015 final of the Roddy Stewart Memorial Award Final. This annual award celebrates the life of our former pupil, Roddy Stewart, by recognising Excellence in Performing Arts and supporting our pupils in their development of skills in this area. After initial heats, 6 performers were selected to go forward to the final;

CONNOR JOHNSTON, S6, who composed his own song for the competition, sung and played on guitar
BEATRICE GREGG, S6, who wrote, filmed, acted in and animated her own short film
LEA LANGLANDS, S4, who composed her own song called ‘Sticks and Stones’, sung and played on the ukulele
RACHAEL SIMPSON, S6, who interpreted, directed and acted in a monologue from Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ series
HANNAH LAMONT, S5, who choreographed and danced in a lyrical dance piece
KARI WILLIAMSON, S4, who composed her own song called ‘Home’, sung and played on guitar

We were honoured to invite to our school our industry judges;
Hamish MacDonald, Artistic Director of Dogstar Theatre Company who have produced and toured productions across Scotland and Europe, and are currently performing in New York.
Nicola Gray, Choreographer for Starlight Musical Theatre who has achieved success with musical productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story and Oliver.
Julie Fowlis, award winning recording artist and traditional Gaelic singer who is best known for singing the title track to Disney Pixar’s film ‘Brave’.
They joined Roddy’s parents, Rhona and Alistair, for the challenging feat of choosing a winner for the top prize of £250 to be put towards further education and development in an area of Performing Arts.

The winner was Beatrice Gregg with her film about INSPIRATION. Bea hopes to use her prize to further her passion by going to university to study Film. CONGRATULATIONS BEA! A Roddy Stewart Final first and a well deserved win for the time, effort and attention to detail demonstrated!

Have a look at the condensed version of our superb final below!

HAIRSPRAY THEATRE TRIP

To help us in our preparation for our own production in June, we have organised a trip to see a performance of ‘Hairspray’ in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire on Saturday 21st March.

This is not a compulsory trip but should be seen as a very good opportunity for the whole cast to familiarise themselves with the format and story of the show. Where we appreciate many of you will have seen the film version of this musical, we must stress that the stage show is quite different therefore all pupils would still benefit from attending this trip.

Details are outlined below. If you wish to join us on this, please see Ms Wallace for a consent form and return it as soon as possible. 

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015, 2.30pm performance
Venue: Stonehaven Town Hall, Aberdeenshire
Objective of Trip: ‘Hairspray’ The Musical
Time of Departure from School: 10.30am
Time of Return to School: 8.30pm (approx)
Transport Arrangements: Coach
Catering Arrangements: Please bring a packed lunch for the bus
Cost: £18
Pocket Money: As required for snacks etc.
Dress: Smart/Casual
Teacher in Charge: Ms Wallace

HIGHER DRAMA – MEDEA ESSAY PREP

Ms VE is off this week but here is an activity to help with your prep for the Medea essay – please complete in class and/or as homework. Due date – Wednesday 4th February – if you want it looked over before the prelim on Friday 6th!

How does the; white jump suit - bloody jump suit – boys jammies; contribute to the main moment of tension. Use the following breakdown;

The costume they wore looked like…

It contributed to the tension because…

The audience response was….

Any questions, post them here and we’ll help!

HAIRSPRAY FINAL CAST – OFFICIAL!

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AND WE HAVE A CAST!!!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the auditions and to those of you who were successful in being allocated a principal role. Our Leading Ladies and Gents are as follows…

TRACEY TURNBLAD                         PHOEBE HEAP

EDNA TURNBLAD                             BRADLEY McBRIDE

WILBUR TURNBLAD                        OWEN THOMSON

PENNY PINGLETON                         TALIA BAGNALL

AMBER VON TUSSLE                       AIMEE HASLAM

VELMA VON TUSSLE                       ELIZABETH BARKE

CORNY COLLINS                               DANI FOY

LINK LARKIN                                       GEORGE BEAMISH

SEAWEED J STUBS                            SAM CAIN

MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE          KARI WILLIAMSON

LITTLE INEZ                                         BETH CAIN

The roles below make up the ENSEMBLE. You will sing and dance in almost every number and there are still odd lines here and there to be given out during rehearsals.

THE DYNAMITES;

JUDINE                                                 BETH MCKENZIE

KAMILAH                                             CATHERINE CAMERON

SHAYNA                                                LAUREN DILLON

COUNCIL MEMBERS;     

TAMMY                                                 HEATHER DAVIDSON

BRAD                                                     FINLAY GORDON

FENDER                                                MABEL GREEN

BRENDA                                                ERIN SMITH

SKETCH                                                 MAISIE CHARTERIS

SHELLEY                                               AINE MACDONALD

IQ                                                             ROSS HALKETT

LOU ANN                                               VICKY MACRAE

DANCERS;

CHLOE INNES, CAITLIN KENLEY, CHLOE MACLEAN, ANNA THOMSON

DETENTION KIDS;

GILBERT                                               IAN MACLEOD

DUANE                                                 JACK GREEVES

LORRAINE                                           CHANTELLE ALLAN

STOOIE                                                 DANIELLE MCLELLAND

THAD                                                     KIRSTEN SIMPSON

CINDY                                                   MHAIRI SMITH

OTHER STUDENTS;

KIRSTY THOMSON, ABIGAIL MACCALLUM, GEMMA SORRIE, EMMA LILY GARDINER, ABBI FINDLEY

OTHER ROLES;

PRUDY PINGLETON                         KARLA MILNE

GYM TEACHER                                   CATHERINE MCNEIL

PRISON MATRON                              RACHAEL SIMPSON

INMATES                                            LEA LANGLANDS, ISEABELLA MACBETH

BEATNIK CHICK                                 HANNAH FINLAYSON

HARRIMAN F SPRITZER                  DOUGLAS TRAYNOR

PRINCIPAL                                            CHELSEA MACGILLIVRAY

MR PINKY                                               MATHEW SINCLAIR

PRISON GUARD                                   REUBEN GREEN

S1 and S2 pupils are still to be cast – please bare with us on this! There are limited parts for little ‘uns but we will do our best to accommodate some! This info will go out probably next week some time so keep an eye on the Daily Notices about that.

A full rehearsal schedule and commitment contract will be coming your way soon. Please attend the FULL CAST MEETING on Thursday at 1.15 in room 63 (Miss Munro’s room) to get all the info you need. Full attendance is vital! (No S1 and S2’s yet…)

Team Building starts next Tuesday with a screening of the film on Thursday if you wish to join us (with popcorn, yes) We are currently arranging tickets to see one of the live productions being staged in Scotland so again, keep an eye on further information.

This is all very exciting and we can’t wait to get started!!!

HIGHER PRU HOMEWORK: DUE DATE MON 2ND FEB

Thus far, we have looked at the essay structure (powerpoint here —> TEXTUAL ANALYSIS ) we have looked at developing our analysis (powerpoint here —> pru analysis examples) and we have also looked at the variety of comments you could make ‘as an actor’ (powerpoint here —> as an actor…) That in theory is your whole essay!

With the prelim being on Friday 6th Feb, this homework task will be your last chance to attempt the essay in full. Please remember, in the exam you only have ONE HOUR for this.

Please answer the question below IN FULL and either TIME YOURSELF or RESTRICT YOUR TIME TO ONE HOUR.

“As an actor, describe five strengths and/or weaknesses of a character in your selected text. Explain in detail five acting concepts you would use to show these in performance.”

Providing you hand them in on MONDAY as requested, I will mark them and get them back to you before the exam on Friday so you know which areas to concentrate on. Any questions, see me asap!

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