Acting IMPROVISATION IN MUSICAL THEATRE UNIT
OVERALL OBJECTIVE: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use of improvisation as it connects to musical theatre by performing an improvised scene and evaluating improvisation exercises. *
DISCRIPTION: Improvisation breaks down the barrier between mind and voice. It is the theatrical equivalent to jazz music. It increases the mind’s ability to form ideas, and present them in a coherent, relevant manner. This skill can translate to almost any profession. Understanding the basic improvisation skills will help musical theatre performs understand that musical theatre is more than just singing and dancing.
LESSON 1: Introduction to Improvisation for Musical Theatre
LESSON 2: Improvisation with vocal responses.
LESSON 3: Improvisation with movement.
LESSON 4: Improvisation for character study.
LESSON 5: Improvisation for sensory awareness.
LESSON 6: Improvisation musical scenes.
LESSON 7: Improvisation essay
* The teacher will use the Improv Rubric for Lesson 6. Student can also use the rubric to evaluate each other.
Note: It is recommended that your look for videos that complement this lesson showing it important for students to be in touch with their emotions and have the control to sing 8 days a week.
For example, the 1982 Tony Award video of Jennifer Holliday singing "You're Gonna Love Me."
This unit focus on acting improvisation skills that will be used in musical theatre as well as traditional straight theatre.