Our time together has nearly come to an end and we must put what we have learned to work. Your final project, a Collage Collective, is worth 2/3 (66.6%) of your exam mark. This is your grand finale and it will require a fair amount of work.
The Basic Details:
A Collage Collective is a theatrical piece based on a central theme or issue created by a group (a collective). The group is responsible for assembling a variety of material and forming it into a cohesive whole. It uses a variety of performance styles, as well as a mixture of scripted (published materials) and unscripted resources (improvisation). For example, some of the scenes might be based on improvised work while others might be scripted pieces.
The final performance should be between 10 to 15 minutes in length.
Material for the Collage Collective must come from a minimum of six different sources and must use a minimum of four different performance styles. One of the scenes mustbe improvisation; three must be original group-written, scripted pieces; and two must be previously published, (not just posted on the internet – you must be able to site the work), scripted pieces (poem, song, excerpt from a play, etc.). For example:
one story, one mime set to music, three improvs and one poem
two improvs, one reader’s theatre, one pop vox, one play excerpt, one dance
one quote scene, two songs, two improvs, one excerpt of a scripted puppet show
Do not improvise so much material with the same characters and storyline that it ends up turning into a scripted play. It is better to have several small scenes based on the theme interspersed with other source material.
You will be permitted to select your own group. This task is not as easy as it sounds. Remember your experiences working in groups throughout the semester. Choose wisely. Do not choose a group that is too large, or with people you do not like, or with people you cannot work. There will be no switching of groups. Please note that for some parts of this project you will be marked individually, while for other parts you will be evaluated based on your group’s contribution. A more detailed breakdown of the evaluation will follow.
Groups will be made up of 5 or 6 students with everyone playing an equal role in finding, sorting and creating the material.
Everyone in the group will play a role of equal size and importance in the performance.
Each group member will contribute creatively to the material (so that everyone may have a sense of ownership in the project).
The group should take the opportunity to utilize individual talents (by including songs, dances, mimes and any other talent an actor brings to the group).
Choose a director for each scene to make final choices. That director will have the final say, NO ARGUMENTS.
Theme selection – This will be done as a class. Each group will be working within the framework of this common theme.
Collect suitable scripted materials.
Brainstorm possible scenarios for improvisations related to the theme.
Improvise scenes – make notes of what worked for further “scripting”.
Choose the style of presentation for each piece – song, dance, choral speaking, mime, monologue, instrumental, puppets, circus acts, etc. (You name it!).
Decide which actors will take on which roles and present various pieces of the material.
Place all material in a logical order. Compile “script”.
Create transitions from one piece to the next (tableaux, narration, movement, keyword, choral speech, etc.) A transition is simply a way to get from one piece to the next smoothly. It should take place while the set is being changed from one scene to the next; a creative transition incorporates the scene change.
Run through the piece several times, editing along the way. Set stage movements and use of set pieces and props.
Rehearse and fine tune. Record stage directions and other blocking notes in your “script”.
Perform your Collage Collective to the classroom audience.
Feedback and wrap-up.
Evaluation: Production Log: 20% (Group Evaluation)
Each group will hand in, before performance, a Production Login a duo-tang or binder. It must be neat, well-organized and divided into three clearly labelled sections containing the following information:
Daily Log (5%): A daily log entry of what the group worked on and accomplished each class. Full sentences and thoughtful answers are required to get full marks. Done as a group each day: one person may write it out but ALL group members should contribute in the discussion. Elaborate on ideas, and use complete sentences? Each class should begin by reviewing the previous log entry. This does not need to be typed, but it DOES need to be legible.
Research (5%): A collection of brainstorm ideas, scene outlines based on improvised work, poems, songs, scripted plays, etc. relating to the group’s work on the theme. This collection will likely be a mixture of rough notes, copies of printed material, etc. It is also likely that this section will contain material that was considered for the collage, but not used. Label work with the names of those who brought it in. This section will also contain rough drafts.
The “Script” (7%): A copy of the working “script” of your Collage Collective performance, showing the order of performance pieces, scripted materials, outlines for improvised scenes and clear descriptions of the scene transitions.
Workshopping and Rehearsal: 25% (Group and Individual Evaluation)
This is an on-going evaluation during your research, workshopping and rehearsal times that includes evidence of on-task behaviour and the completion of a variety of tasks (collection and sharing of materials, experiment through improvisation, blocking, etc.), the dynamic between actors, evidence of feedback and constructive critique, etc. Although much of the evaluation for this will be based on your group accomplishment, you will also be evaluated individually from time to time. Please note that a large part of group work is finding ways for ALL group members to work together to achieve your goal.
Performance: 25% (Group and Individual Evaluation)
At this point, the Collage Collective depends on a team effort to make the production a success. Your group will be evaluated on criteria such as focus, staging, pacing and flow, voice and body language, attention to the project requirements, etc.
Please note: I have stressed throughout the term that your participation as an audience memberis a very important role. In light of this, inappropriate behaviour as a member of the audience may result in a loss of up to 50% of the above mark!
Self and Peer Evaluations: 10% (Individual Evaluation)
You will have the opportunity to evaluate your own work and the work of the other members of your group a number of times as the project progresses.
Journals and Final Response: 20% (Individual Evaluation)
Reflective questions to help direct you in the creation of this performance piece. You will often be given an outline for these reflections. If time permits, you will also have the opportunity to share constructive feedback with members of your own and the other groups. You will also be required to complete a final response once your performance is completed.
Schedule & Deadlines:
Theme & Group Selection
& Group Selection
Material Collection, Brainstorming & Story Outlines
Your group must perform on the date that you are given. The show must go on! If you have a conflict I expect you to come and discuss this with me by Day5 of the Production Schedule. If you do not express your difficulty or concerns by this time it will be assumed that you are available and will be marked accordingly if you are absent. If a performance time is changed students will be given ample notice and conflicts will be discussed at that time.