Hi Grade 5s and 6s!
Welcome to another fun session of Performing Arts!
Main Focus & Learning Intention- to continue to develop knowledge and understanding of Drama and the Elements of Drama. To create a mime performance to a chosen song.
1. Please watch the introduction video first which is attached below.
2. What is Drama? What are the Elements of Drama?
3. Charlie Chaplin and Mime:
Charlie Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Watch this short clip of a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. I would like you to look at how mime is used (only using face expressions and actions) to communicate a story to the audience.
Watch this humourous clip to help you gain further insight into mime:
4. Your turn! Your Mime!
– Choose a setting, a character and a short scenario of what the character is doing.
Some examples: building a snowman and having a snowball fight, baking a cake in the kitchen and you end up burning it, playing in a grand final of your chosen sport, making a fire or putting up a tent while camping, taking your pet dog for a walk and it suddenly tries to run after a cat etc).
Think about how your character is feeling– happy, excited, confused, determined, shocked, disapoointed, surprised etc. and express that through your face and movement.
– Music is an important aspect in movies. It helps tell the story, creates the mood of a scene and adds to the entertainment for the audience. This all started back in the silent film era which Charlie Chaplin was a part of.
During the silent era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theatre organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films.
You can choose one of the instrumental songs I have below, or you can choose your own. Your skit doesn’t have to go for the whole song. Just a 1 minute mime!
You don’t have to use music if you prefer not to.
– Use your face expressions and body movements ONLY to act out your scene. No talking. Perform to a family member if you’re able to and see if they can guess what your performance is about.
– Have fun using your imagination!
– I would also love to see your mime, so please film it and submit it on Compass.
Optional Songs for your mime: