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4th Period Class: Day 6
Course Description

                     Shakespeare and Acting

EH 71
Spragins
Spring 2011

 

 Course Outline:

 


The Chandos Portrait (1606?)

 

 

 

 

 

 



Ian McKellan and Francesca Annis (1975)


 



Emma Thompson as Beatrice (1993) 

 

 


Paul Robeson as Othello (1943)

 

Othello (1606)

 

 

 

 

Month

Day

  Cycle Day

 Day

Assignment

1/        

25

Day 7

Tues.


Dewitt sketch of
The Swan Theatre
(1596)


Mountebank Stage (1600)

The Mystery Plays


Bear Baiting


Shakespeare's Globe, London (2004)

Course Description

Course Philosophy: We will approach the plays actively and practically. We will not simply sit and read.

What do we learn about the language, the characters, and the action of the plays from the practical necessities of staging scenes?

Hint: You have to be open to improvisation. Who knows what the audience might do in the midst of the action?

Introduction to Course Exercises (Fiona Banks):

Homework:

A."Words, words, words..." To love Shakespeare, you must love words. In Elizabethan London, feats of language comprised the ultimate media entertainment. (that is, beyond bear baiting and public executions.). (John Barton)

  • Choose a word from the 'diss list' and look it up in the OED online.
  • First, say the word out loud. Experiment with various ways of pronouncing the individual word. Feed off its sound. Then, consider the various meanings the word has had in its history. Pronounce it differently for each different definition.

B. Shakespeare’s Youth, notes from Greenblatt, Will in the World, Chapter One

1/           

27

Day 9

Thurs.

 

Marlowe_portrait.jpg
Purported Portrait of Christopher Marlowe,
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge


A portion of a panoramic view of London by Claus Visscher (1616)

London Bridge (1600)

 

 

Backgrounds to Shakespeare’s Theatre (ppt.)

Elizabethan Sonnets and Madrigals

sonnet, a lyric poem containing fourteen lines of iambic pentameter with one of a fairly limited set of rhyme schemes, including the Italian (ababababcdcdcd) and English or Surrey-Shakespeare (ababcdcdefefgg) and the Spenserian (ababbcbccdcdee). (English Literature Glossary- Goucher)

Shakespeare's Verse:

Homework:

1/

31

Day 1 

Mon.

 

 

 

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Petrarch's Laura, Laurentian Library
Florence Petrarch Sonnets


Sir Walter Raleigh

 

Shakespeare's Language:

“Shakespeare’s language has a whole energy that has nothing to do with what the words mean and everything to do with how the words sound.” (Cecily Berry)   

Homework: 

Sonnet Project: You will receive two grades for this project: the first for a short essay analyzing your poem and the second for your performance. Write up your analysis of the poetic effects of your sonnet and discuss your choice of its dramatic situation. The best essays will be built around one idea. The best performances will be done free of the text, so memorize your lines).

For further reading: On the composition of the Sonnets. Wood, In Search of Shakespeare, Chapter Nine, "A Hell of Time" (pp. 179-200) and Chapter Ten, "Shakespeare in Love?" (pp. 201-222)

2/

2

Day 3 

Wed.

 Parent Conference Day

 

 

 

 

 

2/

4

Day 5

Fri

 

 

John Barton (RSC)

 

Sonnet Project Acting Exercises

  • Physicalization: (These exercises were developed by Cicely Berry of the R.S.C.)
  • Relax! Take a break!  Get a glass of water, then go find a quiet place to study the poem. 
  • Verse Analysis: (These approaches to the verse were developed by John Barton of the R.S.C.)

Homework:

Sonnet Essay

 

2/

7

Day 6 

Mon.


 

Sonnet Essay Due by 3:30 pm

Sonnet Performances

Homework: 

Read Romeo and Juliet  Act 1

2/

8

Day 7 

Tues.

                       

 

 


Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting
in Zefferelli production (1968)

 
Edna May Oliver as the Nurse in George Cukor's 1936 MGM film of Romeo and Juliet.

 

Sonnet Performances

Discuss Romeo and Juliet  Act 1 (1595)

Shakespeare Set Free Workshop (Folger)

Warm-up: Choral Soliloquy

Putting a Scene on its Feet:

Act I scene iii: Juliet's Day Juliet, Nurse. Lady Capulet, Servant

Act I scene iv Queen Mab Romeo, Mercution, Benvolio, et al.  

Homework: 

Read Romeo and Juliet Act 2-3

2/

10

Day 9 

Thurs.

           


The Capulet's Ball

dove_foghorns_small
Dove, Foghorns (1929)


Areas of Resonance in the Human Body

 

Voice and the Actor:

 “If words arise from the heart,
They will enter the heart
If words arise from the tongue alone,
They will not pass beyond the ears.”
said an Eastern Mystic.

Romeo and Juliet: Photos from Past Productions (ppt)
High Renaissance Italian Art: Giorgione, Bellini and Titian (ppt)

Exercises:


Homework:

Read Romeo and Juliet Act 4-5

2/

14

Day 1

Mon.



 

The Four Elements:


Air


Fire


Earth


Water

 

 

Discuss Romeo and Juliet,  Acts 4-5 (1595)

Exercises:

·         Five Line Play

Promptbook Project: Choose Scenes, Divide Promptbook Responsibilities.

Warm Up: The Four Elements:

"The most important thing is that the actors listen to each other, not just with their minds but with their bodies. If the actors can't move, the audience won't be moved." (Glyn MacDonald)

                       I have heard
The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
Awake the god of day, and at his warning,
Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,
Th' extravagant and erring spirit hies
To his confine.  -HORATIO, from Hamlet

Homework: 

2/

16

Day 3 

Wed.

 

Discuss Wood, In Search of Shakespeare, "The Lost Years" (pp. 105-119) and "London Fame" (pp 120-151). (Study Guide)

Romeo and Juliet (Performance History)

Warm Up: The Four Archetypes:

Rehearse Scenes

Homework: 

Essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595) due Wed. at 3:30 p.m.

Promptbook due Monday at 3:30 p.m.

 

2/

18

Day 0

Fri.

Faculty Professional Day
2/21Day 0Mon.President's Day
2/22Day 5Tues.

 

Warm Up: The Four Elements and the Four Archetypes:

Dress Rehearsal

Homework: 

Essay on Romeo and Juliet (1595)
due Thursday. at 3:30 p.m.

Promptbook due Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

2/

23

Day 6

Wed.

 

 

Romeo and Juliet  Promptbook due.

Perform Scenes

Homework: 

Essay on Romeo and Juliet (1595) due Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

2/

24

Day 7 

Thurs.

 

Essay on Romeo and Juliet due at 3:30 p.m.

Homework: 

Read Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-3

Shakespeare's Sources:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/

28

Day 9

Mon.

 

 

Discuss Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-3
 

Homework: 

 

3/

2

Day 1

Wed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discuss Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-3

 

Homework: 

Read Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 4-5

3/

4

Day 3

Fri.

 

 

Discuss Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 4-5

Homework: 

Choose Scenes

 

3/

8

Day 5

Tues.

 

 

Promptbook Project: Choose Scenes, Divide Promptbook Responsibilities.

Homework: 

Promptbook Work

 

3/

9

Day 6

Wed.

Homework: 

Learn your lines.
Promptbook work.

 

3/

10

Day 7

Thurs.

Warm Up Exercises

Rehearsal Day Two

Listening Exercise

Method Verb Exercise

Homework:   

3/ 12 Day 0 Sat. Spring Break
3/ 21Day 0Mon.Spring Break

3/

22

Day 9

Tues.

Warm Up Exercises

Dress Rehearsal

Voice Exercise: Over the Top

Homework: 

Promptbook due next Thursday

 

3/

24

Day 1

Thurs.

3/

28

Day 3

Mon.

Warm Up Exercises

Dress Rehearsal

Voice Exercise: Over the Top

Homework: 

Essay Due: Thursday at 3:30 pm

 

 

 

3/

30

Day 5

Wed.

 

Warm Up Exercises

Homework:

3/

31

Day 6

Thurs.

Dress Rehearsal

Voice Exercise: Over the Top

 

The Globe (Powerpoint)

 

Homework: 

Essay Due: Thursday at 3:30 pm

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Day 7

Fri. 

4/

5

Day 9

Tues.

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Day 1

Thurs.

 

 

 

 

Essay Due: Thursday at 3:30 pm

Homework: 

 

4/

11

Day 3

Mon.

4/

13

Day 5

Wed.

Essay Due: Thursday at 3:30 pm

Homework: 

Read Acts I and II of King Lear  

4/

14

Day 6

Thurs.

4/

15

Day 7

Fri.

4/

19

Day 9

Tues.

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21

Day 1

Thurs.

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22

Day 0

Fri..

Good Friday
4/ 25 Day 0 Mon. Professional Day

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27

Day 3

Wed.

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29

Day 5

Fri.

4/ 30 Day 0 Sat. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Day 6

Mon.

AP

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Day 7

Tues.

AP

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Day 9

Thurs.

 AP

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Day 1

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AP

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AP

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Day 5

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 SENIOR EXAMS