Julius Caesar Project RequirementsRob Melton -- EnglishREQUIREMENTS
:Your group leader will select a scene of at least one hundred lines from the list provided by your instructor, but not muchlonger than that. Your scene should have at least three major characters.
:Your group will prepare a Director's Notebook. Your notebook must include the following:1. A detailed drawing of your stage, including any unusual structures, furniture, doorways, etc.2. Detailed description of the blocking. You may need to draw several sketches to indicate movement.3. Identify the through line and the beats and how each is played.4. Define motivation both generally (the whole play) and specifically (in this scene). How is characterization andmotivation achieved (costume, use of props, tone of delivery, stance, expression, make-up, etc.)5. At least three sketches for blocking.6. At least one sketch of a costume, and descriptions of costuming for all characters. Explain your choices.7. A concluding section in which you describe what you have learned from this project.Your notebook should address the following: the stage, set, lighting, special effects (music, thunder, etc.), props,characterization, motivation, achievement of the through line, beats, blocking, and costuming and disguise. Your notebook should not necessarily be ordered in this way. Let your notebook form its own shape; just be sure thetopics are covered. If you have a friend who is good with drawing, costuming, or architecture, I do not object to your consulting with them, or getting them to draw part of your project.
:Once the director's notebook has been completed, you must assign roles, rehearse, build costumes and props, andpresent your scene to the class. There will be a rubric for both the director's notebook and the scene presentation.
:Your group will perform your scene in front of our class.
The Director’s NotebookGOAL
:The director’s notebook allows your group to work creatively as well as intellectually with Shakespeare’s plays. For thisassignment, your group must address those issues a director would face in staging a particular scene. Although thisassignment can give a student interested in theater extra experience in his or her field, it is designed for ALL students,including those with little or no theater experience.
:Your notebook should address the following 11 elements: the stage, set, lighting, special effects (music, thunder, etc.),props, characterization, motivation, achievement of the through line, beats, blocking, and costuming and disguise.
. There are essentially three types of stages: 1) the thrust stage, like Shakespeare’s Globe theater; 2) the arenastage, in which the audience surrounds the players who act in an open space; and 3) the proscenium stage (the typewe’re most familiar with), where the stage is framed, usually with a curtain that opens and closes to reveal the stage, andwhere the actors make their entrances and exits from stage left or right. It is often thought of as a room with three walls,the fourth wall removed so that the audience can look in. Although Shakespeare wrote primarily for a thrust stage, hisplays can be successfully performed on any kind of stage. Each type of stage interacts differently with the audience. For instance, there is a clear division between play and audience in a proscenium theater. In an arena stage, the audience ismore intimately connected with the players. Consider the relationship between the two as you select your stage type.Whichever you choose, be sure to use your space effectively. For instance, for a thrust stage, how will you use thebalcony or the inner stage, if at all? For an arena stage, how will entrances be made, or furniture (if any) brought on andtaken off?
. Set tells the audience where this scene takes place. A single piece of furniture or prop can symbolize much. For instance, one bed and you have a bedroom, a lantern and you have a night-time scene, a bloody sword and shield andyou have a battlefield. That’s not to say that you should necessarily go for the minimalist look, but don’t underestimate thepowerful effect such things have.
. Lighting indicates mood: harsh and glaring for battle scenes or arguments; soft and warm for love scenes.Lighting can also indicate or emphasize such things as a burning city, or a brightly shining moon.