Evidence: Understanding Stage Directions
Every element of a play (set, character, props, etc) are there to help tell the story
1) How does a tableau tell a story through one single image?
2) How can we use sources from other cultures and art forms to inspire stories?
Students recreate paintings from around the world by following pre-written directions, written in stage direction language.
Links to other subjects:
Art - students are creating living representations of fine art, discussion pointillism, and
Music - exposure to the music of Stephen Sondheim
Cultural - paintings come from Europe, India, Mexico, and Korea. (Open to any cultures represented by the students)
Chairs or blocks all next to each other, creating a wall/railing. They are placed at an angle, from downstage left to upstage center.
Person #1: Stand Center Stage Right at a high level, looking over their Stage Left shoulder, facing downstage
Person #2: Stand Center Stage Right, slightly upstage of Person #1, at a high level, looking over right shoulder.
Person #3: Downstage Center, facing upstage, at a low level on all fours, on a diagonal. Head is looking upstage right, feet are slightly angled towards downstage left.
Person #4: Standing Downstage Left, facing stage left, at a medium level. Leaning against the set, downstage arm is on the wall, head is in the downstage hand.
Person #5: Standing Upstage Center, facing upstage, at a high level.