Macbeth Culminating Project
Director’s Report
This project gives you a chance to put together all that you have learned about the characters in Macbeth and how to portray them as you stage a scene from the play. I thought about all your suggestions and this is what I’ve decided. I know some of you have some great ideas but you must stick to the deadlines given for this assignment if we are to have enough time to finish our novel study. Review the scenes listed on the sheet I gave you yesterday. Divide yourselves into groups based on the number of actors required. If you choose a scene with more people than you have, you’ll have to figure out how to make line cuts appropriately. Each group will prepare a director’s notebook. Each group will EITHER act out the scene or create an audio drama (you can tape them IF you can get them done in time given. Presentations will be on FRIDAY - audio dramas can be done behind a “curtain”.) I know some of you don’t want to act so my compromise is the audio drama which is like the dramatic readings we did yesterday. You won’t be seen but we’ll be able to listen to your voices! - Perhaps Eleni, Chris, Greg and Craig can work together!)
Required Contents:
1. Script: Photocopy the scene and cut, trim, and paste onto a larger piece of paper. Cross out any lines you intend to cut. Make sure you have room in the margins to enter the following pieces of information to indicate how the scene will be played:
• vocal pauses, stresses, and inflections
• tone of voice
• gestures and facial expressions
• notes or diagrams of actions and movements
• definitions of words or phrases you do not understand.

2. Character Analysis: Write an analysis for each character who appears in the scene. Each person should do complete the analysis for the character they will be portraying. As you prepare these analyses, question yourself about the characters’ motivation in the passage or scene. Also consider what you know about the character up to this point in the play. The following questions should help to guide you:
- What does each character want?
- Do the characters’ objectives change in this scene? If so, when and why? Do tactics change? If so, how and why? What obstacles stand in each character’s way? - What happens when objectives meet obstacles?
- Is there anything that is distinctive about the way the character speaks?
3. Costumes: Describe the costumes for each cast member and explain why you chose each piece. You may draw them, constructing them from magazine cuttings or simply write out a detailed description explaining your choices (styles, materials, colours, etc.)
4. Staging: Plan the staging. Describe your set, including location, props, and any extra special effects. If you are doing the audio drama describe what sound effects or music you will need. Eg. Crunching chips in a bowl may sound like footsteps....[You may decide to create a modern setting for your scene ... you can set it in any time period or place as long as you keep the language and plot the same]
Frequently Asked Questions:
■ Do we have to memorize lines? I encourage you to. When you memorize your lines, you can usually give more attention to your performance.
■ Do we have to perform the whole scene? No and you probably shouldn’t. However, in deciding what portions or lines of a scene to cut, keep in mind the number of actors in your group and the flow of the plot in the scene.
■ How will we be graded? Each group will receive two grades: one on the director’s notebook and one on the performance.
■ Who has to do the director’s notebook? Everybody! For instance, each actor does a script. Each actor does costume design. Each actor does a character analysis. Everybody does staging. Then you put it all together in some neat and organized way and turn it in after your performance. The person in charge of organizing it and turning it in is the director.
Your Schedule:
Friday - Day One
In your acting companies:
1. decide on a set and/or concept for your costumes
2. work through section 1 (script) and section 3 (costumes)
HW for Monday - make promptbook pages for your scene.
I won’t be there for class but I’ll be back for 5th if you have any questions come and find me then or after school.
Monday - Planning for Staging
Read your scenes, make cuts, and plan movements, vocal inflections, etc. Each actor should mark their promptbook script the way your acting company decided the scene should be done.
You should be up on your feet this period - moving around saying lines.
HW for Tues. - complete your costume concepts and practice memorizing your lines
Tuesday - Practicing the Movements
Your group should finish your set design and practice
HW for Wed. - Prepare your character analysis and practice memorizing your lines
Wednesday - Final Rehearsal
Complete your director’s notebook and have it ready to hand in tomorrow. Final rehearsal of your scenes.
HW for Thursday - memorize your lines. Bring all props, costumes, scripts and any other equipment necessary for your performance.
Thursday - Introduction to The Kite Runner
Friday - Performances!!!!! Last day to hand in Multigenre Projects :) Don’t miss the deadline


Scene Performed:
Performance Evaluation
Character Played by Comments



Possible Mark Mark To what extent does the performance show:
10 careful reading and rehearsal
10 understanding of characters
10 understanding of plot
10 understanding of language
10 well-planned movements OR vocal pauses
10 well-planned use of props and costumes OR sound effects/music
60

Director’s Notebook
Possible Mark Mark Thoroughness with which you completed each task:
20 script
10 costume design
10 character analysis
10 set / props OR sound effect/music