Students are exposed to Peking Opera through a lecture/demonstration
"Magic of the Monkey King". Students get a chance to see what a Peking Opera performance looks like via the mischievous magical
Uses of makeup, on-stage and off, are discussed. Character development through makeup, use of color, changing perception of appearance. Students are made up in Peking Opera faces and design their own characters.
Theatrical costumes are discussed.
Uses of color, costuming to change appearance and importance
of designing a costume to fit the needs of the performer. Students try on Peking Opera costumes and discuss which characters
they might wear and why.
The use of music in theater is discussed. Students try out Peking Opera instruments and learn to play a percussion piece.
Character development through movement is discussed. Students try some leg exercises, arm movements, balance exercises and defining different characters through
stances, strides, etc.
"Instant Peking Opera." The use of props to define environment is discussed briefly. Flags are used to suggest water, and an undersea adventure is created with all students participating. Students use movement to become fish, turtles, crabs, swimmers, and students twirling flags are waves. Students give suggestions as to how makeup, costumes and music could be used to enhance the piece.