Advanced Drama

1. Choose a character from one of the plays and write the following:

  • List all of the given circumstances of the character.
  • Describe how the character changes – or doesn’t change – over the course of the play.

2. Choose a scene from one of the plays and choose two beats or sections of the scene. Choose a character and for each section describe the “What do I do?” “Why do I do it?” and “How do I do it?” for the character.


Play script – Bellwether


For the competition one act:

  • A drama or dramatic comedy
  • At least three male and three female roles.
  • Between 40 and 100 minutes

For the fun act:

  • At least 8 roles
  • Between 30 and 90 minutes

For Advanced Drama plays – 2 plays

  • One Drama, one comedy
  • At least 15 roles
  • Between 30 and 120 minutes – one act or full length

For the Musical

  • At least 10 roles plus an ensemble.

For musicals:

For the quiz on Wednesday, March 20

P17: “There is no inner experience without external physical expression.” What does this mean and how does this apply to acting?

P19 top of the page explains the purpose of Stanislavski’s method. Read this!

P19, first full paragraph – know the difference between physical movement and physical action.

P19, middle of the page – what is said about finding the correct physical action?

P25-6 – be able to explain the “magic if.”

P26-7 – be able to explain given circumstances and why they are important.

P27-28 – be able to explain why imagination is necessary

P29 – What instructions are given about imagining?

P30 – what role does the audience play

P30 – what must an actor do in order to be a live human being on stage?

P33 – what is the purpose/result of the magic if?

P36 – What must an actor do as if it were the first time? What should not be interrupted?

P38 – What three questions should an actor answer? What does a person’s behavior depend on?

P39 – what should adaptations be based on?

P42 – What does the quality of an actor’s performance depend on? What are the dangers of treating stage experience as true-life experience?  What is the purpose of emotional memory, and how should an actor use it?


You are burning a letter

You are getting dressed to go out into bad weather

You are cleaning up after a party

You are making a bed

For each scenario, you should make specific choices – why are you doing the action? What is the back story?

For Tuesday, read p25-32, the Magic If, Given Circumstances, Imagination and Concentration of Attention sections.