Kabuki, a popular drama of Japan, was developed chiefly in the 17th century, characterized by elaborate costuming, rhythmic dialogue, stylized acting, music, and dancing, and the performance of both male and female roles by male actors.
For this assignment, students will assume the role of a Kabuki mask designer. They have been hired to create a Kabuki mask for one of their favorite childhood stories (Rapunzel, Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) making its debut on the stage. Students may choose whatever character they’d like (protagonist or antagonist), but must be prepared to discuss the details of that character and the choices made as a Kabuki artist.
The catch? Students must paint their Kabuki mask on a classmate and take photos of their creation. The photo will be used during their presentation. Criteria included in download.