Funny Girl by Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne, and Bob Merrill
Step 3: Writing Your Final Assignment (Performance Response)
Addressing the Questions
- Describe the performance in detail. It is important to refrain from being general. A theatre performance is ephemeral so what you experienced happened once while you were watching and listening.
- Respond carefully with in-depth thought and supporting evidence, details and/or examples. Use specific moments in the play as support & evidence.
- Refer to the information on the host web page for for specific production information – cast, director, designers. Some of the information may be in the beginning credits.
- Illustrate your knowledge and understanding of terminology (ACT I , ACT II , ACT III, ACT V, ACT VII), theory and concepts from the course.
Formatting Your Essay
- Write Four separate essays – one essay on each of the following topics: Dramatic Structure, Theme & Meaning, Design/Tech, and Acting.
- Each essay must be saved as a separate document and uploaded to Dropbox.
- Answer the main topic question and answer all sub-questions for the topic. Use these to frame your complete response on each topical area.
Each Essay must be AT LEAST 200-WORDS for each question, minimum to achieve a “C” grade in essay length. PERFORMANCE RESPONSE RUBRIC 2021 for specific grading details.
- REMEMBER: All student work (written or produced) WILL BE CHECKED FOR PLAGIARISM. See ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT.
- Quotes from the play and/or class material sources will not be counted in the overall word count of your Response.
- Cover pages, headers, page numbers and References or Works Cited will not be counted in the overall word count of your Response.
- DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES. Use only class material sources.
- If you have citations, you must include a reference page “Works Cited”. For citing and referencing class sources, see WRITING GUIDE.
- Use this format: 12 pt. font Times New Roman or Calibri, Double-spaced, 1″ margins
- PROOF YOUR WORK: Additional points will be deducted for misspellings, lack of punctuation, using improper case use and texting acronyms, and lack of clarity in your response.
STEP 4: ANSWER THESE ESSAY QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1: Describe the DRAMATIC STRUCTURE of this play. See ACT III: CUES & CONCEPTS
- EXPOSITION: (REQUIRED: VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
- RISING ACTION: (REQUIRED: VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
- CLIMAX: (REQUIRED: VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
- FALLING ACTION: (REQUIRED: VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
QUESTION 2. Theme & Meaning: What is the theme of this play (main idea)?
- What is the GENRE of this play? Use specific information from the play. ACT III: READING 2. “Genre” pp. 153-168.
- How does the theme and meaning of the play relate to and express current culture and values of society?
- Explain how these characters in the play and the form of drama is relevant to American Culture today.
- USE AT LEAST FOUR TERMS from TERMS: ACT III (The Play).
QUESTION 3. DESIGN: Were the elements of the play unified? How was this reflected in the visual elements (the scenery, props, costumes, lighting, etc.)?
Select ONLY ONE of the following design areas (either Scenic, Lighting, or Costumes).
A. SCENERY – Describe style of scenery – realistic(real house/space) or non-realistic (abstract forms on bare stage)? What was the setting? Did this choice seem appropriate? Discuss the effectiveness of the scenery and the props. What sort of atmosphere did the set suggest? How was this atmosphere created? How was color used in the set? Did it suggest mood or place? Use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”.
B. COSTUMES – Describe the costumes – Were the characters’ costumes appropriate for the style (realistic or non-realistic)? Did the costumes identify a character’s personality, social status, occupation, etc.? Did the costume help establish who these characters were? How was color used? Did the costumes support the actor’s work (i.e. movement, walk, posture, etc.) ? Use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”
C. LIGHTING – Describe the mood of the lighting. How was color and intensity (how bright or how dim the lights are set) used to affect mood? What other characteristics of light were used to affect mood? Was the lighting appropriate? Use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”
QUESTION 4: ACTING: Were the performers believable, given the requirements of the play? If so, how did they seem to accomplish this? If not, what occurred to impair or destroy believe-ability? (As you discuss this, be sure to separate the performer from the characters. For example, you can dislike a character but admire the performance.) Did the technical abilities of the performers support their work? [i.e. vocal traits like loudness and articulation; physical traits like appropriate movement and natural gesturing: believe-ability of specific actions and relationship to other characters? Compare and contrast more than one character. Use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT V: TERMS “On Stage” The Performers.