Learning how to tell a story onstage using body and facial expressions alone is one of the fundamental keys to becoming an actor. In this assignment, students group together to create a pantomime scene set to a piece of music that tells a story. Examples might include using spy music to tell a spy story, or western-themed music to tell a western-themed story. It is a fun and exciting project that allows students to use their imaginations and creative skill to tell an original story set to music of their choosing.
This packet contains a full explanation of how I teach the assignment, including the three main elements of pantomime (body tension, consistency, isolation) as well as scene examples, student handouts, tips, and a performance rubric.
Pantomime is a wonderful way to begin training actors and this assignment can be adapted to any skill level. If you are interested in my full unit on Pantomime, which includes this assignment, other assignments, and pantomime warm up exercises, please check that out in my TpT store. Enjoy!