My second last practicum day consisted of one of my favourite things in the world to do: drama. I taught the students a basic lesson on drama that began with a warm up in which I helped the students get into proper drama stance. They learned about how to breathe from their diaphragm, how to find a dristy point, how to project and how to do a proper roll down. Then, I gave the students the low down on the most important thing for me – neutral. That has always been one of my biggest problems with drama education because neutral is so perfect. It is excellent for gaining focus, it looks professional to have everyone begin and end a scene the same way, and it is a way to indicate to your group members that the scene is over if you are improving. And it is also super easy, the students picked up on it quickly.
The core of my lesson was to teach the students about tableaux and how to make a good tableau. The students caught on to the concept quickly, and I introduced the core concepts I wanted them to understand.
A tableau should:
- Be Simple
- Have Three Levels (Low, Medium, High)
- Be Able to be Held for Long Periods of Time
- Have Eyes Focused on a Dristy Point
I gave each group a scenario of conflict, and they had to represent the conflict through their positions. The exercise went really well, especially because each group made a simple mistake that I was able to use as a starting point to teach about other drama techniques. For example, one group had students facing away from the audience, so I was able to introduce blocking.
Next class we move on to absurdism, which I am so excited to teach! I’m also a little sad, because it is our last field placement.