Follow the following rubric and instructions
- – Prepare two contrasting 60 second monologues. The monologues should be age appropriate, must be memorized and from a produced play. You will be cut off at 3 minutes from start of the first monologue.-Be prepared to receive direction. The assessor will choose one of the actor’s monologues and give direction to the actor to alter their performance. Student will perform the section of monologue again taking in the direction.
– Student will answer an artist’s statement given to them on the day of the assessment.
– Student will participate in group improvisation as part of the assessment. If you wear a skirt or dress, please wear shorts underneath so that your movement is not limited.
Be aware to implement these improvisation rules
1) Yes And!
-While performing an improvisation it is important that each actor in the scene say “yes” to each other’s ideas. This doesn’t mean that the character has to say “yes,” but rather, the actor has to say “yes.”
For example: Actor 1 starts improvisation as a child screaming.
“Mom, the new playstation 5000!! I want it!!”
Actor 2 (now mom and saying yes to that situation)
“No honey, it is far too expensive, plus it will rot your mind out.”
Even though actor 2’s character literally said no, the actor said yes to the situation and added onto the scene while building conflict.
REMEMBER it is not enough to say “yes” to a situation. You must “and.” You must be sure to add on to the scene and keep building the circumstances.
For Example Actor 1 “I can’t believe cats are falling from the sky”
Actor 2 “I know, thankfully I have little Wiskers safe here in my arms.”
Actor 2 doesn’t just say yes, he/she also adds to the scene.
2) BASE REALITY In the first few lines (pieces of dialogue) establish the relationship between the two characters (cop/convict, mom/daughter, siblings, principal/student,) where the characters are and what the situation/conflict is. When doing this you still must follow rule 1.
3) CAREFUL WITH QUESTIONS For a rule of thumb don’t ask questions. But, if you do, they must be helping you follow rule 1 and 2.