S.T.A.R. — Student Theatre, Television And Radio…
A tool for teaching students how to create their own Media Drama…
Charlottesville High School
STAR Co-teacher — David Small, Drama Teacher
Motives for Mayhem
Written by the students of Charlottesville High School
This is one of the most experimental of all the STAR projects. The assignment at Charlottesville High School was nick-named “Mission Impossible.” Why? Because Mara proposed doing a FULL SEMESTER IN ONE HOUR! Did she succeed? Yes!
Students of Drama chair David Small prepared homework (e-mailed in advance by Mara) and jumped in with both feet. In Charlottesville as a speaker at the Virginia Festival of the Book, Mara asked students to choose a disturbing topic in the news as a theme for their show. The students chose SCHOOL SHOOTINGS.
Mara asked the group to divide into two: one group would be characters at the school, the other would be a TV Network. Purl, Small and the students came up with a terrific structure which students performed as an improv.
The show – tentatively titled Motives for Mayhem – was SUPERB! It was recorded LIVE in the Charlottesville High School auditorium.
About Charlottesville High School
Vision and Mission Statement
To be truly educated in the twenty-first century, students must achieve high academic standards and be able to apply what they have learned.
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