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Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Ten

  • 1.  Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Ten

    Posted 26 days ago
    Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Ten
    May 10, 2020
    The experiences detailed can be used for Warmups, Collaboration, Cool Downs. Students experience the 21st Century Skills-Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration (by distance). I do not teach Theatre Games, because games indicate a winner and loser. In Ensemble Experiences, each participant is a winner. We work with Objective, Obstacles, Tactics and articulating participant's thoughts and feelings with Reflective Inquiry.
    For Distance Learning, students need be seated so that you can see each. Later you will ask each to stand; they need to stand with some open distance for movement. It is great if students can view all of the participants.
    Educators, you have permission to tweak any experience to fit your needs. Enjoy.
    *P=P-I PERFORMANCE EQUALS POTENTIAL MINUS INHIBITORS

    An actor is invited to address any inhibitors prior to the experience.
    Ensemble based learning/cooperative learning/make your partner look good-even at a distance.

    The next three experiences are for partners of 2 or 3, so breakout rooms work well for dividing into groups. It is up to the teacher to assign breakout rooms.

    **Support Your Partner
    Objective: To nonverbally agree on how partners will support each other in a virtual way for a guided time frame established by the teacher. Ideas might include both extend one hand toward each other; one actor might look like they are leaning backwards, the other might either look like they are leaning backwards or put both arms up to look like they are supporting their partner's back, etc.
    Obstacles: Deciding how to extend hands, arms, legs, heads, backs, knees while sitting or standing in a nonverbal communication for a count of 5, then moving to another support.
    Tactics: Nonverbally decide who will take the lead on some experiences and who on the other. Mics will be unmuted so that the teacher can see if students are truly trying to do this nonverbally.

    Teacher will divide students into Break Out Room. After a certain time give them the warning to return to the full group for reflection.
    Lead the reflection about the most unusual way they found to support their partner for any challenges, any successes.

    **Mobile Statue
    Objective: In groups of 2 or 3 create a statue in which each person complements the other partner/s for a count of 3, then moves to anther statue pose.
    Obstacles: Room is needed to be able to move freely from floor to standing.
    Tactics: Decide who will be the first actor to move, and who will be the 2nd and 3rd to move to finish the statue. Then after 3 or 4 statue creations, you might change who will be the 1st to move. Think of levels, low, middle, high for the statue. Safety first.

    Teacher divides the students into groups of 2 or 3, allowing them a short amount of time to decide on which partner will move 1st, then 2nd, 3rd for the first 3 or 4 statues, then who will take over the lead for the next few statue creations. If you need to guide them in their selection, you could suggest that the actor whose first name begins with the letter "A" or a letter closest to "A" will move first, etc.
    After a certain time, give them the warning to return to the full group for reflection.

    Reflection about the experience.


    **Tiger, Martian, Cowboy, Salesperson (credit given to ComedySportz)
    Objective: in groups of 3 then if needed a few groups of 2; move to the agreed upon moves to establish Tiger, Martian, Cowboy, or Salesperson
    Obstacles: Teacher will need to be heard by all in their breakout rooms to signal 1, 2, 3 then decide which symbol they will do, then turn and display the symbol.
    Tactics: Stay with the chosen pose even if the partner does not match.

    Instruction to all of the participants before breaking into their rooms to learn the following poses: Tiger-face full front and put both hands up making claw hands, growling out loud for a count of 3, then relax to neutral stance;
    Martian-raise both arms above their heads; wiggle their index fingers while making little outer space sounds for a 3 count.
    Cowboy-raise both arms above their heads; swing an invisible lasso, while saying "Yee Haw."
    Salesperson-extend one arm and hand forward to do a shake hands motion, and in the deep smooth voice say "Hi How Are You?" in a deep voice.

    Say the possibilities in a mixed-up order, so they can practice a couple of times full front.
    Then break them into groups of 3 or 2; make sure they can hear you count.
    Teacher, ask them to stand back to back in break out rooms. choose one Tiger, Martian, Cowboy Salesperson in their minds. Count 1, 2, 3: on the 3 make the symbol of Tiger, Martian, Cowboy or Salesperson, turn immediately and make the sound or words of the symbol; do a brief celebration dance if they matched; Tell them to turn back to back immediately; Make another choice or the same symbol/sound; wait for the teacher to count 1, 2, 3; on the 3 make the symbol of Tiger, Martian, Cowboy or Salesperson, turn immediately and make the sound or words of the symbol; do a brief celebration dance if they matched; Tell them to turn back to back immediately; Make another choice or the same symbol/sound; wait for the teacher to count 1, 2, 3;

    After a few more tries, lead them in a reflection; ask for those duos who matched 3 times, to give a thumbs up; those duos who matched 2 time, to give a thumbs up; those duos who match 1 time, give a thumbs up; those who did not match at all, give them a special applause for those who think outside the box.

    Celebrate partners and how it feels to work with different ensemble members.

    More Ensemble Experiences later this week.
    Gai Laing Jones


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    Gai Laing Jones
    gai.jones@sbcglobal.net

    www.gaijones.com
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  • 2.  RE: Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Ten

    Posted 24 days ago
    Thank you, Gai! These are great!

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    Nicole Pitman
    Drama Teacher
    Lake Forest Country Day School
    Lake Forest IL
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