7th Grade TAC

Facial Expressions:

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Slapstick.
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Slapstick 


Low comedy asks for little, if any intellectual skill in the script writing. Slapstick is an excellent example of this form as it is largely a physical humor, which like farce, asks for ridiculous situations.

The origins of the word slapstick may have first begun with the Commedia dell’Arte, which flourished in Europe in the 16th to 18th Centuries. It is rumoured the Harlequin-like character Arlecchino literally used a stick to whack others in performance. The slapstick was merely a paddle – two sticks tied together at one end designed to make a loud noise. Eventually the name stuck, but the stick disappeared, so today we rarely see the slapstick itself.

Instead, modern slapstick asks for tripping on banana peels, accidentally walking into unseen objects and banging heads together. It is often a violent form of comedy, with the violence being an integral factor in its success. The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges were masters of slapstick and their films are full of outlandish physical gags and preposterous plot developments. The dumb Harpo was often the victim of much Marx Brothers entertainment. Other famous comedy teams such as Laurel and Hardy and the films of the Keystone Cops also employ hilarious use of slapstick. More recently (and less violently), the character Mr Bean effectively used simple slapstick in many episodes of the television series of the sam
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TAC stands for Technology, Arts and Communications.  
This class will be focusing on all three of those things through the lense of performing/dramatic arts.  
We will  focus on the students' comfort in front of their peers, their public speaking/acting abilities, and story-telling skills. It is different from a traditional drama class in that the final project is a film as opposed to a stage play.  
Each student has the opportunity to participate in the writing, producing, acting, filming and editing of their very own short film.  These short films are presented at a Film Festival DATE TBD. 
In addition, we will spend time making sure they are familiar and comfortable with all of their google apps and accounts, explore some online creative arts/communication software and work on how to effectively present information in a class. 

I look forward to this year with your student--please contact me anytime with questions.




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