Your response must be to a live theatre event. If you’re an on-campus or Tampa-area student, you should choose Orlando, if possible, produced by Theatre USF, Feb. 27th- March 1st.  Note that this show is in a small theatre and has a short run, so if you want to see it, get your tickets early.
There are many other possibilities for fulfilling this assignment.  Here are a few suggestions:
American Stage in Saint Pete- Skeleton Crew   Jan. 22 – Feb. 23, 2020
freeFall Theatre in Saint Pete – Loan Star Spirits   Feb. 29th- March 29th
Stageworks Theatre in Tampa – Morning Side   Feb. 7th- 23rd, 2020
Other theatres to check out include Hat Trick Theatre Productions in Largo, Urbanite and the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, the University of Tampa, HCC Ybor City, St. Petersburg College – there are many more.Your response must be to a live theatre event.
Performance Response 1 Assignment
For this assignment, you will write ten numbered paragraphs of 25-50 words each (you can make a paragraph longer, but anything shorter will not be adequate). Each paragraph must contain a detailed observation and description of a component of the performance. This component might be a costume or a set piece; a specific actor or a specific moment in the performance; or the combination of movement and music at a particular time in the performance, or something else.  Whatever you observe, you can write about, but only write about one thing in each paragraph.

Remember:  You are not to write about whether you liked or didn’t like a particular thing; stick to observation/description.  You must include at least one paragraph for each of the following categories:  staging/directing; design (one each for costumes, sets, lights, media or sound); and acting.  Remember:  these paragraphs should be observations, not opinions.  Focus on what you see and hear.

Your submitted paper should look something like this:

My first observation and description.

My second observation and description.

My third observation and description

and so on.
(Note:  You do not have to use the phrase “My (number) observation and description.”  Just number your paragraphs and make sure that each paragraph focuses on one thing.)
Important:  Do not attempt to write a coherent essay in which each paragraph leads into the next.  Write 10 individual paragraphs about 10 things that you notice.
At the end of your list of paragraphs, write a short paragraph (paragraph 11 – between 100-200 words) about your experience of the production: what you liked or didn’t like, what you thought, what happened to you as you watched, and so on.   Continue to be specific, and use, if appropriate, the observations you made in paragraphs 1-10 (for instance, after describing a costume in Paragraph 1, in your concluding paragraph you might say “One of the things I really liked was the designs.  The kind of detail I described in paragraph 1 showed up throughout the design – I especially liked the way the green embroidery design on the costume transformed into lily pads on the wallpaper.”)
Include production information in a heading on your paper. The heading should include the name of the play, the theatre that produced the play, and the date when you went to see the play. Points will be deducted if this information is not included.Performance Response 1 Rubric – 10 Paragraphs
10 Observations, each in a separate
60.0 pts
Includes 10
paragraphs, each
focused on one
50.0 pts
7-9 paragraphs,
each focused on
one observation.
40.0 pts
5 or 6 paragraphs or little
or no attention to details
in observations.
0.0 pts
Fewer than 5 paragraphs or no
observational details or filled with
grammatical mistakes.
60.0 pts
Production Element Observations:
Staging/Directing; Costumes; Sets;
Lights; Media/Sound; Acting
10.0 pts
At least one paragraph on each of the
production elements.
5.0 pts
At least 3 of the production
elements covered.
0.0 pts
Fewer than 3 production
elements covered
10.0 pts
Paragraph 11 — Opinion with support
10.0 pts
Includes 11th paragraph with supported opinion
about production. No or few grammatical mistakes.
5.0 pts
Includes 11th paragraph, but
contains significant grammatical
0.0 pts
No 11th paragraph
or unsupported
10.0 pts
Grammar, punctuation, and
paragraph/document formatting and
10.0 pts
Few to no mistakes
5.0 pts
Some mistakes
0.0 pts
Sever mistakes
10.0 pts
On Time
10.0 pts
Assignment submitted on time
5.0 pts
No more than two days late.
0.0 pts
More than two days late.
10.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

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