Thursday, May 20, 2010

Theater I: Advertisement/Poster Design Assignment

Advertisement/Poster Design assignment from May 6 & 7.

Name _______________________________________________ Class Period _________________

Advertising Our Show!

In theater, the producer ALWAYS saves money in order to ADVERTISE the show. Without advertising, no one would even know that there was a show going on! (If you think about it, in the film industry, production companies start hyping up a movie months –

sometimes YEARS – before the movie is even finished!)

Your assignment today will require you to:

1. Think creatively.

2. Work independently and collaboratively to complete tasks.

3. Use the resources you have on hand (your brain, your memory, the classmates at your table).

4. Use resources OUTSIDE of the classroom on your OWN TIME. (Heads up. You may have to do some homework.)


Points Possible:

Taglines: 15 points 5 points for each complete tagline

Original Title: 5 points We’ll vote on the best title for our show! You could win!

Newspaper Ad: 5 points

Poster: 25 points Must include graphics, show date/location, tagline & title (5 pts

each), must be neat and show creativity


You’ve just read all about taglines – those nifty little phrases that get an audience in the seats. Given what you know about OUR show, come up with THREE original taglines. Keep in mind that taglines are shortand memorable, and they give the audience clues as to the plot of the show.

1. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________


2. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________


3. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________


Read over the taglines you wrote. circle the number of the tagline that you think works BEST.

I’ll choose at least one of the taglines created by this class to include on the posters/advertisements for our show. Good luck!


We all know what a title is. Titles can make or break a show. Consider:

“Shaun of the Dead” – Punny. Clever. I think I might know what this movie’s going to be like.

“The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies” – A real, honest-to-goodness movie title. Gives away A LITTLE too much detail, in my opinion.


Think about the plot, the characters, the mood, and the genre of the show. Then try your hand at writing a good title:

The title of the show should be: __________________________________________________________________


Advertising comes in many forms. In basic terms, an “ad” is any form of communication whose purpose is to inform potential customers about goods and services. In the theater, ads are often put on television, the radio, or in newspapers or magazines to inform potential audience members about a show.

Theater advertisements usually include the dates and times of the show, the cost of tickets, and any other summary information that might draw an audience in. (For example, an ad usually mentions something about the plot, the “stars” of the show and/or the company that is performing.)


Musical “Shrek” to debut in Seattle

A green, grumpy, wildly popular ogre will sing and dance on a Seattle stage this summer on his way to Broadway.

Shrek, the star of the blockbuster animated movies, will appear in a new musical set to premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Aug. 14-Sept. 21, before moving to New York in November.

The first such venture by DreamWorks, "Shrek the Musical" could set up a new Broadway rivalry, going toe to toe with Disney musicals drawn from that company's animated films.

The score will be composed by Jeanine Tesori ("Caroline, Or Change"); Pulitzer Prize-honored playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is writing the book and lyrics; and Jason Moore ("Avenue Q") is directing.

Ticket prices and casting are yet to be announced.

Using your knowledge of our show and your creative writing skills, write an advertisement (on the back of this sheet) that includes the following information:

· Dates/Times of our show – June 1-3, time should be YOUR CLASS PERIOD

· Cost of show – Free!

· Title – Use the title you came up with!

· Summary information/cast information – What’s the show about? Who’s in it?


Movie and theater posters are used to advertise as well. If the advertising team creates a memorable and intriguing poster, more people will be interested in seeing the show… which means more ticket sales… which means MORE MONEY for the producers!

Think of some memorable movie or theater posters that you might have seen. What did they include?

(Theater posters that advertise a show usually provide more information than movie posters.)

Your assignment:

Create a poster that advertises our class’s show. It must include:

1. Relevant graphics (either hand-drawn or computer based)

2. The show dates, times, and location (May 20-22, your class period, auditorium)

3. The tagline you created

4. Any other summary information you feel is relevant

You may create your poster on construction paper or on the back of this sheet. You must work alone (but are allowed to share ideas at your table). What you do not finish in class becomes homework and will be due Monday, May 10.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Theater I: Journal Entries #5, #6, #7 (4/15-4/16)


In what classes are you expected to work independently? What are the rules you are expected to follow?

Journal #6: NOTES

Rehearsals: A How-To Guide

What to Bring With You:

script, pencil, other work to work on!

Rehearsal Procedures

1.Actors & crew members sign in.
(Think: taking roll.)

2.Warm-ups – director’s choice.
Sometimes improv games, sometimes stretches, vocal warm-ups

3.Crew and/or cast set-up.
They get stage set up with furniture, props, etc. Sometimes they’ll just “tape it.”

4. Director gives the start.

Usually, a page number or a line.

5. Actors take places.
They know where they should be on stage!

6. Director gives blocking.



Find a photo of one or two people expressing emotion. (Tip: Look in your textbooks!)
Who are these people? What are they discussing? What emotions do you see?

Theater I: Journal Entries #3 & #4 (4/14)

Journal #3: FIRST DAY

Think back to the first day of school. . .

What did your teachers go over?

What did you DO in class that day?

Journal #4: NOTES


Choosing the Right People to do the Job

On Casting…

After reading the quotes, why do you think directors believe casting is so important?

“Casting is everything. If you get the right people they make you look good.”

“Casting is 65 percent of directing. “

“Casting is sort of like looking at paintings. You don't know what you'll like, but you recognize it when you see it.

The First Rehearsal

Getting our Act Together

What to Expect:

• The director will distribute scripts.

• The stage manager will go over rehearsal etiquette & expectations.

•Contracts (if any) will be signed/returned.

• Cast and crew introductions will be made.

• Rehearsal schedules will be distributed.

• A contact list will be distributed.

• The cast will do a “read-through,” the initial reading of the script.

Why do you think it’s important to do cast & crew introductions at the first rehearsal?

Why do you think a “contact list” is important to a cast & crew?

Production Meetings

(What do all those techies DO, anyway?)

Production Meeting FACTS…

• Production meetings involve ALL TECHNICAL positions.
• They are held 3-4 times during rehearsal period.

Topics of discussion include:

• Design concepts

• Scheduling

• Overall tech (lights, sound, costumes, etc.)

• Budget

• Publicity

• House management

Name the areas of technical theater that would be included in production meetings.

Theater I: Journal Entries #1 & #2 (4/13)

Journal #1 (4/13/2010): AUDITIONS

Have you ever tried out or auditioned for anything? If so, what was it? How were the auditions/tryouts organized? Did you enjoy it?

Journal #2 (4/13/2010): NOTES

1. Choosing a Play
Directors and producers choose the play. Often, just the director.
They choose plays that they enjoy, that speak to them and their audience.
In high school productions, directors take into consideration WHO THEY HAVE and SPECIFIC CHALLENGES.

What does “who they have” mean?

What types of challenges would a high school director have that would affect play selection?

2. Reading the Play

Directors read to know:







AUDITIONS may be held in two ways:

Cold Readings

In a “cold” reading, the actor reads from a piece of the script (a “side”) with another actor or actors.


In this type of audition, actors come prepared with one or more memorized monologues to perform.

Which type of audition would YOU prefer? WHY?

Who ELSE is at this AUDITION???


2.Assistant Director (if there is one!)

3.Stage Manager

4.Producer (sometimes)

Directors look for actors who:

• physically “fit” the parts

• can be heard

• can take direction