Being deliberate in your body movement and placement is essential for Drama. No Drama class is quite complete without devoting time to students creating tableaus (a group of motionless actors depicting a scene) because it helps students concentrate on having control of their body position on stage without also worrying about memorizing lines or cues.
However, many students find tableaus boring or have difficulty creating a scene that is interesting and important to them. What’s worse, sometimes when you’re attempting to assess a tableau, you’re not even entirely sure what the tableau scene is supposed to be because students are still developing their craft. My solution? The Mannequin Challenge.