As a teacher of high school theatre, I aspire to create powerful and thought-provoking theatre with my students. For my thesis, I adapted George Eliot's classic novel Silas Marner into a one-act play. I researched the novel and the necessary aspects of writing a one-act play. I explored the overriding themes in the novel. I researched and applied the techniques, skills and literary mechanics necessary to construct a one-act play. I recorded the creative process with my students as we, the director and actors, produced this original one-act for public performances. I reflected on this thesis journey and objectively critiqued the entire learning experience. I wrote the adaptation in a one-act form to also allow my student to compete with the original theatrical piece in our District V Thespian Festival. The four highest scoring one-acts in the competition advanced to the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa, March 2020. Silas Marner was one of the highest scoring one-acts and will compete on March 19, 2020 at the Florida State Thespian Festival. This is a great honor for a high school Thespian Troupe and offers a wonderful, professional experience for the students. The story of Silas Marner was told in its entirety. My students presented the completed one-act in two public performances, and I reflected on this creative process. I directed my high school actors and they created the characters and developed the plot of my original one-act.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Douglass, Melaney, "Adaptation of the Novel "Silas Marner" into a One-Act Play and Performance" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 36.