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post-performance questions

Photo: Olivia Martin-McGuire

initial reaction What was your initial reaction to the performance? What sticks out in your mind? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________

Would you recommend the performance to a friend? Why / why not? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________


design elements Costumes Describe the costumes. How was costume used to portray character? Was the use of costume successful? Why / why not? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________

Animal Farm, 2012; Photos: Sylivia Della Vedova and Adam Short

Lighting Describe the lighting. How was lighting used to set the scene and define the space? Was the use of lighting successful? Why / why not? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Set Describe the set. What themes and ideas were represented by the set? Was the designer successful in representing the themes? Why / why not? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Sound and Music How was sound and music used to create atmosphere? Identify a moment where the sound/music affected you as an audience member. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________


elements of drama Comment on how the performance used the elements of drama: Tension Where were the moments of tension in the overall performance? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Which moment held the most tension for you? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Recreate the tension in the moment as a tableau (still picture). Focus How did the director draw the audience's focus to the action s/he most wanted you to see? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Identify a moment that drew your full attention. Explain how this worked. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Space How did the actors use the stage space? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ What was the most interesting aspect of the use of space? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Movement How was movement used to portray each character? How effective was the use of movement? Why? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Symbol Can you identify any symbols/motifs used in the production? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ What did these represent in the play? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Mood / Atmosphere Describe the mood of the piece. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ What feeling did you have as you walked into the space? Did it change throughout the performance? Why/why not? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________


Where were the high points in the performance? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ How did you feel at the end of the performance? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ What devices were used to create mood throughout the performance? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Draw a mood map that shows your emotional journey of the overall show:

High Emotional Intensity

Beginning

End

Low Emotional Intensity

Character / Role Who were the characters in the show? How did the cast portray character? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ How successful was this? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Identify two characters that stood out in your mind? Why were they so memorable? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Actor-Audience Relationship What was the role of the audience in the performance? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ How did the characters relate to the audience? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Did you relate to any of the characters? Why / Why not? Did you relate to any of the actors? What is the difference between an actor and a character on stage? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________

Post-production Workbook  

This resource can be used after viewing any production. It will develop your students' ability to identify and comment upon all the element...