Drama Exercise Two
Three Parts


Working in an Ensemble

A  play is just like a building of blocks. Each part is important to the structure. If one element or person fails to do their part the whole thing will fall.

What are all of the parts or elements of a play that must be in place to have success? The answer is that all elements must work together in order to have success. The lights, sound, costumes, set, each person in character, everyone moving where they are supposed to at the right time, audio and voices raised, all contribute in unison.

The director is in charge of making sure all of the elements are running together and coordinating between the different people over each. A director will hold production meetings to discuss what each person is doing and to give them feedback and make sure all of the elements are working together. They have to make sure the colors of the costumes don’t class with the set or change color in the lights, etc.

Acting is an element in which all of the actors must work together to create a story. If one actor is not focused or adding to the story it brings the whole piece down. In rehearsals trust must be built between actors and each person needs to work hard to contribute.

Transition: One of the most important things in working with other people is trust. In an environment where we trust one another and work together actors feel comfortable to create.



Modeling: Stand in a circle-  (two if there are a lot of students). Each student should put in their right hand and grab the right hand of someone else in the circle. Then have everyone grab left hands. Make sure you are not holding the same person’s right and left hands. The students are now in a knot. Your goal is to ‘untie’ the knot and get it back to a circle.
  • What was hard about undoing the knot.
  • What helped the task go faster or more smoothly? Why?

In acting it is necessary that each person does their share and works together. It is important to have a plan and create it together, but also to be able to work with each other and learn from each other when you can’t talk. For example once the show has started in front of an audience you can’t stop to correct things – you have to keep going and rely on previous rehearsals and planning to get you through.




Closure/Assessment: Over the course of the next couple of weeks the class will be working on a play. As a class we will be working together on acting skills and performing these scenes in class at the end of the unit. It is imperative that each person commits to work together early on so that the final scenes can be successful.



Guided Practice: “The Leaning Tower” I will break the class up into groups of four. I will give each group a sack with various items. These are the rules.

Task: Each group is to make the tallest tower they can in three minutes.

Note: The tower can only be made using the items in the bag and it must be free standing for at least a minute. While making the tower there is to be no talking. Each group will have two minutes before building to discuss and make a plan. When the building begins all talking stops. Everyone in the group must participate in the building in some way.

At the end of the building time one minute. Any tower that falls is disqualified. The tallest tower wins the competition.

1. What was the hardest thing about building the tower? Why?

2.What was the easiest thing? Why?

3.How did not talking create difficulties in the process?

4.What was effective about planning as a group before hand?

5.If you had to do it again what would you do differently?

6.Was it necessary to work together? Why or why not?

7.Did your plan change as you were building? How was that possible without talking?

Relate this same idea back to theatre.

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