- The class took on the perspective of the other animals making fun of Gerald
- The student playing Gerald had the opportunity to take on the perspective of what it feels like to be made fun of, both in the scene, and later in our “Hot Seat” Activity – (one student takes on the perspective of a character, and answer’s the class’s questions from that perspective)
- With this activity, the class had the opportunity to understand the point of view of Gerald as well.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The use of Masks (student wears a mask to take on the identity of the character) was essential in this activity. This was important so that when the other “animals” were making fun of Gerald, the student playing Gerald did not feel that the students were making fun of her, but rather the animals in the story were making fun of the character she was playing.
Masks are a powerful element in drama. I had the opportunity to wear a mask in class # 5. I found I was much more comfortable acting with a mask on as opposed to simply taking on a role without a costume of any kind. This was helpful because it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. It made me feel confident to go “all out” in the role and seemed to lessen the judgement I perceived from my peers.
Although I want my students to come to a point when they can confidently act out a role without fear, using a mask would be a great starting point for them. In a case of one character receiving negative responses from other characters, however, a mask is always suggested.