At Studio Sharise, we spend a lot of time together and becoming a team that can work together in a productive, fun way is crucial. The “muscles” and skills required of a strong team member need to be developed and strengthened.
To do this, we participate in an active step-by-step approach that empowers students to take ownership of, and be responsible for, their own behavior while building the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and team-building in our classes.
The activities are theater-based, adjusted to meet all age levels, and will support our use of the arts throughout the year.
Our goals is that the self-empowerment skills students will learn will not only strengthen their mindset and behavior here at Studio Sharise, but also in their lives outside of our school walls.
An actor has a “toolbox” that contains three basic tools used to act:
1. Body: actors must use and/or change their bodies to move like the character they pretend to be.
2. Voice: actors must use and/or change their voices to speak and sound like the character they
pretend to be.
3. Imagination: actors must be able to imagine that the character they are playing, and the situation
(scene) they are in, is real. An actor’s strong imagination helps the audience to believe the play.
There are two skills that actors must constantly sharpen and refine:
(A skill is something you can get BETTER at).
1. Cooperation (theater term--ensemble):
Acting is not about just one person (unless you are in a one-man/woman show). Acting requires interaction and cooperation. Actors must take turns and create relationships with other actors. For example, actors take turns saying their lines and are aware of other actors as they move around the stage. In theater, working effectively is dependent on cooperation.
Concentration is key to actors’ success in creating and maintaining their roles. Actors must be able to concentrate on their lines, their movements, and other technical aspects of the scene.
Concentration also helps actors cope with distractions such as actors’ mistakes or reactions and disruptions from the audience.
WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN
A silent ritual, underscored with music, that reinforces the tools and skills required for acting. The Actor’s Toolbox will be used to begin each class. It is a physical CONTRACT students sign to demonstrate their agreement to control their bodies, voices, and minds, as well as to concentrate and cooperate.
• Calm, focused, balanced class
• 100% student effort
• Enables “Reflective Brain” vs. “Reactive Brain”
• Kinesthetic review and/or agreement of tools, elements, rules/expectations
• Establishes a vocabulary for self regulation/control
• Behavior assessment
• Provides a clear, unifying transition
• Balances the energy of the group
• Provides a framework for reflection
• Addresses Bodily/Kinesthetic and Intrapersonal Intelligence