Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Today in class we defined the word pantomime.

In your journal:
  Pantomime is acting without sound or words.

We reviewed audience etiquette during tableau performances, and practiced pantomime with an Object Circle activity.

Monday, August 29, 2011


In your notes:

A tableau is a silent, motionless scene created by actors.  ("Living statue.")

In class, we are creating tableaus based on your neighborhood stories.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome to Ellison Theater Arts 2011-2012!

Welcome to Ellison Theater Arts!

Theater at Ellison in 2011-2012 is going to be pretty exciting.  I'm glad you're along for the ride.  Students/parents, this is the place to find updates on notes, class assignments, projects, performances... You name it; if it has to do with your Theater Arts class, it's here. 

Here are just a couple of reminders to start the year off right:

Collaboration is key!!!
Students who have chosen to attend this class should be advised that this class requires energy, participation, and a positive attitude.  This is a collaborative, performance-based class – and my classes will hear me state that again and again – and will be graded as such.  In order to pass, students must be willing to try new things and will be expected to work in collaboration with their classmates on a daily basis.

Participation is important!!!
Just showing up for class and taking your seat is not enough. This class will require “active participation.”   “Active participation” means:

            - Proper audience etiquette each day*
            - Volunteering for scene work and activities.
            - Group work and collaboration on class projects.
            - Being prepared for class with all materials and assignments.
            - Above all, giving everything a TRY and reflecting on each experience.

*Be warned!  Proper audience etiquette will be taught and EMPHASIZED at all times.  Becoming a good audience member is a crucial part of theater studies.  You are a member of an audience EACH DAY that you attend class.  Participation/audience etiquette grades are tallied at the end of the week to be entered into the gradebook.  (10 points per day = 50 points possible per week)

Class Expectations
1. Bring all required materials and supplies to class everyday. Often scripts/scenework for class must be memorized – in this class, your MEMORY and BRAIN count as materials.
2. Be in your seat and ready to work as soon as the tardy bell rings.
3. Follow all instructions THE FIRST TIME they are given.
4. Respect all human beings and their property.
5. Observe all rules listed in the EHS Student Handbook and KISD Code of Conduct.

Students who choose not to follow the rules will be subject to discipline as follows:
First offense: Verbal warning/Sign D-Log
Second/Third offense: D-Hall (8:15-8:35am OR 4:15-4:35pm).
Fourth offense: Parent contact/conference
Fifth offense: Office referral

Student behavior that endangers the safety of any human being or which disrupts teaching and learning will result in immediate referral to the principal’s office.

Thursday, August 11, 2011