Pantomime Powerpoint

Pantomime is the art of
communicating a story
without words.
You’re not going to pretend you’re
stuck in a box!!!!
In pantomime the performer pretends to use or
see things that aren’t actually there,
(by showing their size, shape and weight)
in order to help communicate a story or situation.
* Gives the illusion of
action in real life
* Stylized; abstract
* Does not appear normal
* Conveys a theme;
expresses an idea
* Can use props or
costume pieces
* No thru story necessary
*Imitates actions from real
*Can be part of
normal performances
* Appears realistic
* Conveys a specific action
*No props; has imaginary
*Must have a beginning,
middle, and end—thru story
You pantomime everyday!!!
Everyday Gestures indicating:
• • “Yes”
• • “No”
• • “Come here”
• • “Go away,”
• • “Hello”
• • “Goodbye”
• • “This tastes terrible”
• Can you think of any more?
When you reenact something for someone
without the actual objects or setting:
• Drink a glass of water
• Pretend a bee is buzzing around your face
• Lift a weight
• Chop down a tree (video)
Pantomiming Helps Actors
to communicate:
In pantomime one person can pretend to be anyone.
Examples: Age (crawling, walking with a cane, etc.), Job(doctor, bus driver, teacher)
Hint: Be sure to change your face, your movement and your posture to become different people.
Show where you are by your actions.
Examples: Brushing your teeth (bathroom), Shoveling snow (outside in winter)
The body always shows what you are feeling inside.
Examples: Reactions and feelings in different situations (Scared in a haunted house)
Pantomime Notes
* To successfully pantomime something you
must Imitate and Imagine it!!!
* Make sure the settings, characters,
situations, and emotions are believable!!!
* To make something look realistic, you
must always show the size, shape,
weight, resistance, texture, placement,
and condition of objects!!!
Practice Time!!!
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* The audience must be able to see your
facial expressions and body movements
at All times!
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A pantomime MUST follow a solid storyline:
Beginning: background info (who, what,
when, where, why)
Middle: Action of the story, Details, Conflict
(conflicts are interesting, create action, show relationships, etc.)
End: Conclusion (problem solved--can be
slightly non-realistic)
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Resistance: always make movements easy to see,
sharp, crisp, and believable
Consistency: always keep the characters, location,
objects, and ideas the same for the whole scene
Exaggerated Facial Expressions and Gestures: keep
them specific and realistic, but make them more
Round one = practice using the actual
object and pass it on
Round two = pass the same object, but
use pantomime only, no speaking!
Round three = Mime-it-Down-the-Alley
(person at the end of the line chooses the
pantomimed object to pass along)

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