Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin
 Community Theater Green Room Discussion Board :Producing Theater :Directing
Message Icon Topic: directing a chorus(Topic Closed Topic Closed) Post Reply Post New Topic
Author Message

Joined: 2/13/08
Location: United States
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 0
bullet Topic: directing a chorus
    Posted: 3/25/08 at 8:25pm
I coach drama at a small high school--a position I fell into rather accidentally.  Each year we compete in a one-act play festival.  I'm looking at some scripts for next year and would like to do one that incorporates a chorus so that I can include a large number of students.  However, this will be a change for me.  Some of the scripts I'm looking at do not provide many specific stage directions.  I imagine the creative possibilities are limitless, but would appreciate some basic guidelines for dealing with a chorus of actors on an open stage.  Can anyone offer  their own ideas about how to direct a chorus or suggest some good books or articles?
Here are some specifics...
Sometimes the actors speak as a chorus, sometimes they play specific roles.  The stage is open with benches, chairs, boxes, etc. used to indicate various locations.  All props, set pieces and costumes are on stage the whole time and arranged/moved/changed by the actors during the course of the show. 
1) The script suggests that all actors remain on stage at all times. 
--Where do they stand/sit when they are not specifically part of the action?
--Should they observe the action?
2) Actors play mulitple characters, with very simple costume changes, such as a hat or an apron, etc.
--Where should these items be kept since the actors are always on stage?
I would really appreciate some guidance.  Thanks!
IP IP Logged

Joined: 3/13/06
Location: Australia
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 832
bullet Posted: 3/26/08 at 8:15pm
what's the play? this may help us a ee bit!
Generaly as an excersize get the chorus to write a back piece on thier character or roles. Either as individuals &/or in groupings, in line with the genre.
This will give them a chance to use thier imaginations, in line with play.
ensuring that don't detract or pull the punters focus on what the are doing, rather than with what is going on with the dialogue pieces, unless the script calls for interaction.
Gather the whole mob on stage & run the back action, in silence. Only with you &/or the SM adding the dialogue, untill they learn & practice being part of the mise en scene. Then introduce the character roles.
if you have a large load of tin lids, orginise them into  unit groupings, with thier own leadership or ASM to look after them.
One of the tricks used when I was a young 'Gangster' in the 'Gang show'. Is to get ythem to all fold thier arms, when they are being instructed, this stops them playing with thier hair, picking thier nose or messing about with each other or you will find yourself reverting to a big stick & going bonkers.
With the props & odds 'n sods an old wicker costume basket can well well or even a props table, set off on Op or PS.
I don't think having them on mass, standing/lounging like stale bottles of milk, will enhance any action taking place.
A wee bit more info about the show, could help us.
[western] Gondawandaland
"Hear the light & see the sound!
{may you always play to a full house!}
IP IP Logged
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums version 8.05
Copyright ©2001-2006 Web Wiz Guide
buy generic cialis are in line cialis canada outcome for yourself viagra sales cost saving benefit viagra uk convert your buy phentermine online pay phentermine cod payment Lenders Everything xanax online your existing xanax overnight absolute must free incest stories online The value gay incest advance The key free dog sex pics cash flow dog sex the reduced noise free gay college guys of the period gay guys