I have had luck with small classes doing a few things differently.1) I do mental health Mondays. Start with some guided meditation and then give the students a play to read for the week- fill the options with playwrights of color! Have them write a journal about how they are feelings and what they think about the play- due at the end of the week. (If you do this- then with extra time, they could work on reading their play)2) I show more films of plays. When the broadway on demand posts a show online for a month we watch that, or other movie musicals and things.3) Give them more scenes to work on during their free time, so that your lessons always tie back to a scene project.4) Show them 1 working in the theatre video a week5) Once a week have them research a famous broadway star of their choice and do a brief dicussion about that persons' work.6) Have them once a week find an article on acting styles, tips for actors, Broadway bound advice, etc. and share with the class
You can do all this in addition to your instruction, but I love having a daily thing that starts everyone out. It keeps planning easy and hands-on for the students!I love teaching on a block schedule and I love having small classes in block. It's the best.