Laramie Project - Short Play

Each production team is to create a short play showing the after-effects of a life changing event.  We’re using the real life murder of Matthew Shepard and the resulting play, The Laramie Project, as our guide in these plays.  You can find the entire play on-line at YouTube.  Be aware, there is some non-classroom appropriate language in the performance.

Here are your steps to complete the assignment:

1)  Decide on a Production Team Name.

2)  Pick three significant life changing events that people may experience.  These can be both negitive and positive events.  Submit all three to have one approved.

3)  After approval of your story synopsis, begin laying out the basic elements and the people that might be impacted by the event.  Remember that a positive effect to one person may be a negitive effect to someone else.  Be sensitive to what is classroom appropriate.   If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

4)  Create 8 to 10 scenes showing the characters and their reactions to the event.  Remember we should not see the event, only the result of the event on the characters and how it changed their lives.  The scenes can be done with dialogue between characters and/or Direct Address. A scene may involve all or just one of your characters.  If you’re using an Historial event, be sure to research your facts.  You will lose points if the facts are not accurate.  If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

5)  Each member of your team is responsible for writing and directing at least two of the scenes in your short play.  Each scene should be 1 to 2 minutes long.  You can assisst those in your team who need help creating their portion.  This is a group project.   If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

6)  Use the linked Shared Google Document to describe your play, the characters and to write your script.  This is important so everyone on your team can add their portion in one location and I can monitor your progress for the project grade.  Each member of your team should have gotten a share notification from me to this Google Doc.  Please remember that I will be checking your work daily.  If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

7)  Every member of your team should play at least 3 different characters in your short play and have some type of hand held item/prop and/or wardrobe item to represent the different characters.  Bonus points for using different voices, walks, mannerisms, … for each character.  Be sure to notate the Character elements in the Google Document.   If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

8)  Once the script is written, begin your rehearsals.  It’s OK to revise your script as you rehearse, but be sure to make those changes in the Google Document.  The person who wrote a particular scene is to direct that scene of the play. If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

9) Select music that will begin the play, make the transitions between scenes and end the play.  Generally the music is 15 to 20 seconds long.  Use one of the on-line music editors or similar program to isolate the portion of the song you want.  Create a playlist of this music in order that you will share with me for a team grade.  One of the best sites to download music for your play is: Orangefreesounds.com   If members are not in school for your work, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

10)  Rehearse the play with the sound files to create a smooth, flowing performance.  If members of your Team are not in school, use a FaceTime or similar program to rehearse with them.

11)  Perform your finished product for the class for a grade. 100 points: 60 points for the group work, 40 points for the individual work.   If members are not in school for your performance, use a FaceTime or similar program to have them participate.

12)  Celebrate a major accomplishment and the understanding of what a Professional Theatre company does every day.

  CWPA Admin 2020