Contentless Scene Assignment Satisfaction


Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.


Materials Needed

· Contentless scene grading sheet/write-up   Object Exercises Grading Write-up


Lesson Directions


Anticipatory Set/Hook

Conduct physical warm up exercises (e.g. stretches, jumping jacks, etc.). Conduct a couple of vocal warm ups (e.g. tongue twisters, scales, etc.).



Step 1:
· Give students 5 minutes to review their scenes, collect props, costumes, etc.


Step 2:
· Collect homework assignment
· Have each group perform their contentless scenes
· At the conclusion of each scene ask viewers for observations of what exercise they saw being executed
· Have performers expand the discussion by informing audiences of other choices that were not as obvious (NOTE: subtly is good! It’s part of the exercises)



· Inform students that this concludes the unit of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises

· Ask for feedback on what their process was like (Possible questions: What exercise was helpful? What exercise was hard? What exercise produced greatest improvement? What exercise challenged you most?)



Write up: 5 pts
Performance: 20 pts
Total possible points: 25 pts

1 ) Demonstrate use of the body and voice as creative instruments.

Example: depicting old man with hunched shoulders, shaky hands, and trembling voice

•  Demonstrating staging techniques

Examples: stage positions, movement

•  Participating in a variety of subtext vocal exercises accompanied by physical reactions


-  "I didn't do that." (Subtext: How dare you ask!)

-  "I didn't do that." (Subtext: I promise, not me.)

-  "I didn't do that." (Subtext: I'm too sweet to do something like that.)

•  Demonstrating resonance, projection, and articulation through vocal exercises and personal vocal warm-ups

Example: vocal exercise or warm-up--"Articulate the consonants, clearly speak the words, round out the vowel sounds, and then you will be heard."

•  Performing scenarios for pantomime using characters involved in an initial incident, conflict, rising action, climax, or conclusion


-  initial incident--raking leaves,

-  conflict--gust of wind blowing across leaves

•  Performing stage combat exercises

Example: techniques involving sword play, falling, and fighting

•  Demonstrating spontaneity through improvisation exercises

Example: creating a dialogue in which each actor's line begins with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet to tell a story

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