• THERE WILL BE NO THEATRE I, II, OR III EXAMS GIVEN THIS YEAR. If you come to Theatre class during the week of May 16 - 19, expect to do MATH, ELA, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES WORKSHEETS in my class. No exceptions! Have a good summer!

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 5/13/2016
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  • Last Chance for Extra Credit (these count as MAJOR grades)!

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 5/10/2016

    Students will receive a MAJOR GRADE for these! They may do both assignments if they choose to!

    1. Present their NEW tongue twisters - graded on memorization and 3 times through fast!
    2. A Film Analysis (I have the forms)


    • A-day: Thursday, May 12th
    • B-day: Friday, May 13th


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  • Theatre I - Chapter 5 test, April 12 & 13

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 4/8/2016

    THEATRE 1 - CHAPTER 5 TEST - APRIL 12 & 13

    chapter 5 vocabulary

    1.  Relaxation - freedom from all bodily temsions

    2. Posture - how we sit and stand

    3. Breathing - the process of inhaling and exhaling to live

    4. Diaphragm - the muscle located between the rib cage & the abdomen

    5. Breath Control - the amount of force you use in inhaling & exhaling

    6. Quality - the voice element that makes one person sound different from everyone else

    7. Pitch - the musical tone of a voice

    8. Vocal Folds - the muscular membranes in the larynx that produce sound

    9. Inflection - the rising & falling of pitch

    10. Flexibility - the process of varying inflections of the voice

    11. Poise - the effective control of all voice elements and body movements

    12. Articulation - the shaping & molding of sounds into syllables

    13. Pronunciation - the way sounds or syllables are that represent a word are said and stressed according to the proper notation found in the dictionary.

    14. Diction - a person's pronunciation of words, choice of words, and manner of expressing themselves

    15. Dialect - a pronunciation of words from different languages blended together to form a distinct language for a group of people

    16. Accent - the way words are pronounced in different parts of the world

    17. Volume - how softly or loudly a person speaks

    18. Rate - the speed at which someone speaks

    19. Projection - the placement & delivery of voice elements used effectively in communicating to an audience


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  • Theatre 1 - Chapter 4 Test Feb. 9 & 10

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 2/8/2016

    Chapter 4 Vocabulary

    Know these and be able to spell them.

    1. Creative drama - an improvisational, process-centered form of theatre in which participants are guided by a leader to image, enact, and reflect on human experiences.
    2. Formal drama- theatre that focuses on a performance in front of an audience as the important final product.
    3. Improvisational - unscripted and spontaneous
    4. Replaying - acting out again
    5. Side-coaching - a method by which the teacher talks you through an activity by making suggestions or giving you ideas.
    6. Teacher-in-role - a teacher who actively participates in the creative drama process by playing one of the characters.
    7. Narrative pantomime - a creative drama activity in which the leader reads a piece of literature while the class plays the action in unison without words.
    8. In unison - at the same time
    9. Interpret - to act out a meaning of a selection and understand it in a unique way.
    10. Literary merit - the quality of a story that gives readers and actors a deeper understanding of the human condition and spirit.
    11. Protagonist - the major character in a story.
    12. Internal characteristics - the inner, personal traits of a character that are invisible to the human eye.
    13. External characteristics - qualities relating to a character's outwardly visible traits.
    14. Pantomime - actions without words
    15. Story dramatization - an acting/playing process to interpret and share a story by using improvisation rather than scripts.
    16. Paraphrase - to put a story into your own words.
    17. Props - handheld items used in a performance o make a scene or play more believable.
    18. Set (pieces) - usually large items used to stage a scene or play.
    19. Narrator - a storyteller
    20. Transition - description of what is happening while the actors pantomime the action.
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  • Theatre 1 Chapter 3 Test - Wed & Thurs Dec 9 & 10

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 12/6/2015

    Developing Your Personal Resources

    1. Personal Resources - techniques & skills we use to to express ourselves emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically.
    2. Aesthetic Perception - insight into our world of images, sound, color, patterns, forms, and movement.
    3. Dramatic Play - children's creation of scenes when they play "pretend."
    4. Imagination - the power to create ideasand pictures in our minds.
    5. Concentration - the ability to focus and pay close attention.
    6. Observation - the power of seeing and taking notice.
    7. Sensory Awareness - the ability to use sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste to become conscious  of the environment.
    8. Movement - the ability to transform ideas into action.
    9. Visualizing - the act of imagining & seeing pictures in the mind.
    10. Point of View - a position from which we perceive an object, person, or place.
    11. Rhythmic Movement - the ability to move to a beat or pattern of beats.
    12. Choreography - the art of planning and composing a dance.
    13. Expressive Movement - the ability to express feelings through physical actions.
    14. Motivation - the inner drive that causes a person to act a certain way.
    15. Emotions - strong feelings, such as joy, fear, hate, and happiness.



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  • Theatre One GREEK THEATRE Test - Major Grade

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 11/11/2015

    Greek Theatre Test:

    B-day classes take on Friday, Nov. 13

    A-day classes take on Monday, Nov. 16

    Students should study their information sheets (2) and their Study Guides.

    Make sure you know how to spell everything - one point off for each misspelling.



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    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 11/11/2015


    Because there is a Pride Party on Friday, several of my students will miss their Greek Theatre test.

    I WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ZERO BLOCK ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND MONDAY FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE TEST.  Please make sure that your child gets there in plenty of time to make-up this major test.  My door will be open at 7:45.

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  • Theatre 1 - Chapter 2

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 9/13/2015

    Chapter 2 Vocabulary

    Self-confidence: belief in your worth and abilities as a person.

    Self-image: the way we see ourselves.

    Respect: consideration for and acceptance of ourselves and others, including other people's property, backgrounds, and opinions.

    Self-talk: mental comments and opinions we repeat to ourselves constantly.

    Group Process: two or more people taking a step-by-step course of action that takes place over a period of time and is aimed at achieving goals.

    Risks: actions that are different from the norm.

    Trust: the ability to risk expressing yourself in front of your classmates without fear of being ridiculed.

    Interpersonal Relationships: the contacts a person has with many different people.

    Ensemble: a group of people working together cooperatively.

    Cooperation: the act of working together, getting along, and sharing responsibility,

    Artistic Discipline: maintaining a balance between group cooperation and individual integrity.

    Performance Evaluation: an evaluationn of a performance given before an audience.

    Evaluation: assessment of strengths and weaknesses.

    Critique: opinions and comments based on predetermined criteria; used in an evaluation of a person or performance.

    Criteria: evaluation guidelines to use in judging or grading an activity.

    Authentic Evaluation: an evaluation involving real-life situations and role-playing to test skills and abilities for the real world.


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  • Theatre 1 Homework for Thursday/Friday THIS WEEK

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 9/2/2015

    All Theatre 1 students must bring in a small, paper lunch sack containing 3 items that symbolize themselves. The sack must be undecorated and have NO NAME on it. This is due Thursday, Sep. 3, and Friday, Sep. 4th. 

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  • Theatre 1 - Chapter 1

    Posted by Jolyne Shirley at 8/23/2015

    Theatre I Test on Chapter 1

    Our first test will be on the vocabulary from Chapter 1. Students should already have their vocabulary on paper and flashcards in their Theatre binders.

    A-day students will be tested on Friday, Aug. 28.

    B-day students will be tested on Monday, Aug. 31.


    Chapter 1 Vocabulary

    DRAMA - a story to be played out on the stage.

    THEATRE ARTS - the term used to cover all parts of trainingn or instruction in the field of theatre.

    SCRIPT - a written copy of the dialogue that the actors will speak.

    CHARACTER - the personality an actor portrays in a scene or play that is different from his or her own personality.

    ACTORS - males or females playing character roles.

    ACTING - an actor's assumed behavior for the purpose of projecting a character to an audience.

    PLAY - story in dialogue form to be acted out by actors before a live audience.

    DRAMATIC STRUCTURE - the special literary style in which plays are written.

    DIALOGUE - the conversation between actors on the stage.

    PLAYWRIGHT - one who writes plays.

    FILMED - preserved as a moving photograph.


    THEATRE - the writing or performing of plays, as well as the formal study of the art form.

    RITUAL - repeated action that becomes a custom or ceremony.

    PLAYER-AUDIENCE RELATIONSHIP - the special interactive and "live" relationship that exists between the performers and the audience, connecting and bonding them into a team.

    THEATRON - the ancient Greek word meaning "a place for seeing." 
    The word theatre comes from this.






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