Constructing Meaning through Technical Choices
Students will select a scene from one of three plays and then construct meaning for the scene through the use of technical choices. Students will make decisions in four of six possible technical areas—lighting, sound, costumes, props, scenery, and vocal expression. The three plays are:
West Side Story—A musical in which a modern-day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the Upper West Side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival’s sister.
A History of Messy Rooms—A companion play to the children’s book “Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?” by Wade Bradford.
Macbeth—The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be made Thane (a rank of Scottish nobility) of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They also prophesy that Macbeth’s companion, Banquo, will beget a line of Scottish kings, although Banquo will never be king himself.
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