Course connections to the play “Rough Magic”

From Cinse Bonino, Director of the Center for Instructional Practice

Suggestions for using Champlain Theatre’s first play in the classroom…

(This list can be found on clearspace at: Feel free to add to it!)

Concepts to explore in the following classes:
COR 110:
What does each of the four actors in the play change about themselves to portray a different self? What do you change about yourself to portray a different version of yourself to another audience?
If someone has magical powers does it change who they are? Would it change you?
How might attribution to internal or external locus of control affect a belief in magic?
What do the disguises we choose to wear in the world – actual or emotional, reveal about who we really are?
Have you ever been tricked into believing that someone’s disguise is who they really are? Has anyone ever been drawn to or repelled by one of your disguises?
When is it morally okay to pretend to be who you are not?
Do we become who we pretend to be?  (Great Twilight Zone episode for this one: )

COR 115:
How does a writer act like a performer when using different strategies to communicate a character, emotion, or idea to a specific audience?
Why do you think that Shakespeare’s use of language is still enjoyed by many today?
How does watching a scene from the play performed differ from reading it silently? from reading it aloud?
What helps a writer to convey emotions, relationships, and other conditions that are conveyed through action, tone, and scenery in a play?

Scientific Revolutions
What do magic and science have in common? How are they different?
What are some different ways that people define magic and science?
What devices (emotional or otherwise) do charlatans use to convince others that their magic is real?
Do you think magic is real?
Does believing in science mean that you can’t believe in magic?
Does believing in magic mean that you can’t believe in science?
How have science and magic been used to disguise creed or promote particular political agendas?

Aesthetic Expressions
What might someone mean when they say that a work of art is magical?
How have dark and good magic been portrayed aesthetically in everything from The Wizard of Oz to paintings and sculptures of old?
How have artists played with the concept of disguise?
How might you create an aesthetic expression of the disguise you sometimes wear or would like to wear in the world?

Human Rights
Should people have the right to hold onto their magical beliefs? to perform their magical rites?
Is magic always primitive?
Is it okay to use magical believes to trick people into doing what we think is good for them?
How do certain groups of people disguise their judgment of others?

Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Broadcasting, Brand and Account Management
How can you use the concept of magic to convey different messages to different audiences?
What is the balance between your audience feeling delightfully surprised or duped? How can you delight them rather than patronize them? How does the sophistication of your audience affect your choices?
How would you promote this first play successfully to Champlain College students?

Electronic Media Writing & Publishing
How might you demonstrate something magical on a website versus a smart phone or a text only medium?
How would these three books look and be handled differently in the publishing world:
A book about magical moments
A book about great magicians through history
A book teaching a child how to perform magic

Media and Society, Film/Film History, Video Storytelling, & Audio Production
How has magic been used and treated in film? What devices were employed?
How can audio-only convey magic to an audience? How might sinister and good magic differ?
How has the media been used to disguise situations or conditions? What groups or individuals use media for this purpose?

Human Communication &Small Group Communication
What good or harm can come from disguising our intentions when we communicate with others?
What other disguises do we employ when we interact with others?
What makes communication seem as effortless as magic?

Game Design, Game Development, & Art & Animation
How might art inform different types of magic portrayed within a game?
How might art be used to create various kinds of magical environments? How might texture, tone, size, and such be used to affect the feel of these environments?
What is the difference between designing a game in which a character has magic and designing a game in which the player feels as if he or she has magical powers?
How might the concept of disguise be used to advance play in a game?
How might the concept of disguise increase player involvement?

Drawing, Art History, Sculpture
How have magic and disguise been portrayed in Art throughout history?
How might drawing or sculpture simultaneously portray both the disguise and that which is being disguised?

Graphic Design, Typography
Which font screams MAGIC?
How might design guide a viewer/reader through disguise to revelation or unveiling?
How might design be used to convey the concept of magic?

What types of disguises to we all, as humans, employ?
What types of disguises are symptomatic of mental illness?
How might attribution to internal or external locus of control affect a belief in magic?

How might disguise be used to create a safe learning environment?
How might disguised be used to help students experience diversity?
How does the concept of magic change during a child’s developmental?

Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, Journalism, & Interactive Storytelling
How might an author disguise the clues to a surprise ending?
How might unveiling common human disguises help a creative non-fiction piece to produce an “I see myself in here” moment for a variety of types of readers?
What is needed to report on the magical beliefs of others in a non-judgmental manner? What is needed to report in a way that invites readers to withhold their judgment as well?
What devices might disguise yet hint at a character’s intent?

Human Sexuality
What do people mean when they say that a sexual experience is magical?
Why do some people feel the need to disguise their true sexual preferences, whether they are similar to those around them or not?
What are some of the ways that people disguise their insecurities and fears from potential partners?


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