Performance Structure

Performance Structure

Final Peer Editing

Opening

In pairs, work on helping each other with your essays.

  • Read each other’s essays for clarity, content beyond plot summary, and, of course, mechanics and grammar. It might help to use the grading rubric as you comment.
  • When you’ve both given and received feedback, switch partners and repeat the exercise.
  • Your final draft of this essay is due at the beginning of the next lesson.

Prompt Book Performance Casting

Work Time

You’ve read the play, you’ve memorized lines, and now it’s time for an actual performance!

  • Your teacher will place the class in performance groups to stage Prompt Book scenes.
  • Everyone will be involved with this project, either as an actor or as a director. The directors will do the actual casting of the scene.
  • You will have all of the next lesson to rehearse, and you will perform your scenes in two days.
  • Don’t worry about memorizing the entire scene! You do not need to be “off book”: you can have the script in hand when you perform.
  • You will be given the rest of this lesson and all of the next lesson to rehearse.

Rehearsal Debrief

Closing

Discuss with your class what you are finding as you begin rehearsals. This is the time to get your questions answered.

As you discuss, consider the following.

  • How is preparing for a Prompt Book performance with a small cast different from memorizing lines by yourself?
  • Do you think that these performances will make it easier to understand the action of the play? Why or why not?
  • How are the roles of actor and director different in this exercise? What does being a good actor or director require?