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Interview/Casting Activity for Theater Workshop/Creative Drama

Theater Workshop/Creative Drama Interview Casting Activity          P. Lee-Muratori

 Common Core State Standards:

 CC.9-10.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CC.9-10.SL.1.b.  Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

CC.9-10.SL.1.d   Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

CC.9-10.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Directions:  Students will discuss and take part in an interview for an imaginary casting session with the rest of their peers and teacher acting as casting directors and producers.  They will enter, shake hands, maintain eye contact, introduce themselves, answer questions judged to be appropriate for them by peers and teacher, and then listen and respond to casting feedback given by peers and teacher.  Poise, grounded body language, thoughtful responses, engagement, and articulation are also desired qualities we will discuss and evaluate.

Element:                              Possible Points:                  Self:               Other:

 Pre Performance:

1. Student took part in a whole class

discussion of desired casting and interviewing

skills that are necessary/appropriate

when participating in an employment

interview.                                                    10                               ___                 ___


2.  Student will enter the room,

introduce him/herself, shake hands

with Mrs. Muratori, maintain eye

contact and have a positive attitude.           10                                  ___                    ___

3.  Student will call on other students

to ask pre-planned, open-ended questions

about his/her hobbies, interests, family,

personality, sports, fantasies, dreams,

goals, and/or other topics deemed appropriate

for each individual student.                         10                               ___                 ___

4.  Student will answer questions thoughtfully

and honestly in order to help peers and

teacher get to know him/her for casting

purposes.                                                    20                               ___                 ___

 5.  Student demonstrates believable behavior,

body language, and speech (dialect, vocabulary,

volume, and speed) for his/her interview.    20                               ___                 ___

6.  Student demonstrates an awareness of

articulation and projection, as is demonstrated

by the audience’s ability to hear and understand

the student at all times.                               10                               ___                 ___

7.  Student is completely committed to his/her

choices and is able to stay focused on his/her

task most of the time, and any “improvisational

moments” are handled with poise, a sense of

humor, and/or renewed focus.                    10                               ___                    ___

8.  Student listens politely to casting feedback

from peers and the teacher and may voice

his/her own opinions on the characters/roles

he/she wants to play during this semester.

     10                               ___                 ____

  Total Points:                       100                      ___             ____