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Secondary stages : revitalizing high school theatre

Author: Jeff Bennett
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Secondary Stages combines in one volume everything a high school teacher needs to organize and implement a sucessful, dynamic theatre program. Bennett's approach is based on a simple premise: that exposure to theatre can be an utterly transforming experience for students—one that enables them to reach unimagined levels of personal, emotional, and intellectual growth."--Publisher's description.
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Genre/Form: College and school drama
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bennett, Jeff, 1942-
Secondary stages.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, ©2001
(OCoLC)606644108
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Bennett
ISBN: 0325003130 9780325003139
OCLC Number: 46394980
Description: xvi, 192 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. A context for instruction --
Foundations of the course --
Nature of the beast: the theatre student in profile --
Building depth and breadth: strategies for drawing students --
Happy coexistence: the politics of theatre in the school and community --
2. The fundamentals of acting through improvisation --
Lesson one: the cornerstone--Believability --
Lesson two: Breaking down tensions --
Lesson three: Getting focused --
Lesson four: Developing sense memory --
Lesson five: the liberating element--Intention --
Lesson six: Energy, voice, and projection --
Lesson seven: Character work --
3. The transition from improvisation to scripted material --
Preserving believability with scripts --
Intention and the script --
Improvisation as a rehearsal tool --
4. Scenes for class study and invited audiences --
Heart of the program: theatre scenes --
Theatre scenes logistics: setting up shop --
A ten-step approach to scene rehearsal --
Sample performance schedule --
Evaluating scenes --
5. Special projects --
Scene variations: changes in format --
Scene variations: changes in location --
Dreamscape --
Lyric pieces --
Solo --
Variety show --
Comedy cabaret --
Children's shows --
Project video --
Director's workshop --
Student originals --
Theatre sports and improv shows --
Grand finale: theatre showcase.
Responsibility: Jeff Bennett ; foreword by D.B. Sweeney.

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"Secondary Stages combines in one volume everything a high school teacher needs to organize and implement a sucessful, dynamic theatre program. Bennett's approach is based on a simple premise: that exposure to theatre can be an utterly transforming experience for students—one that enables them to reach unimagined levels of personal, emotional, and intellectual growth."--Publisher's description.

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