The Arc of Character clearly establishes how your character is different at the end of the opera compared with the beginning. It maps the inner growth and the changes the character undergoes during the external action and becomes part of the “Internal Plot”.
This series will draw on examples in Opera, rather than the usual literary or cinematic examples, to identify the stages of the Transformational Arc of Character. It presents a simple approach to identify the Spine of your character, their challenges and goals scene by scene as they progress in the action.
I continue to be sensitive to the financial challenges we are all facing with Covid-19 restrictions on our industry and so I am offering these expanded 120-Minute Sessions very affordably. Worksheets for each session make the work easy to do now and in the future.
A video recording of each session will also be available for participants to watch after each live session. If you have to miss a session, you can still learn on your own time.
What to Expect
From Beginning to End
The Story Arc clarifies the external conflicts the character confronts during the production. The Arc of Character maps the inner growth and changes the character undergoes during the external action.
"A character succeeds or fails to grow and change (character arc) within the context of the conflict that is unfolding (plot) from the writer’s point of view (theme)."
Plot the Action of the Story Arc and Character Arc Scene by Scene
Each scene has its own dynamic Arc of Change based on how the character rises to meet the challenges in the Story Arc. In this session, we will identify the obstacles for the character in each scene and create the Dynamic Line of Action for your character moment by moment.
Using the Character’s Spine to create the Arc of Character in each Aria.
After plotting the Character Arc from beginning to end of the entire show, and then more specifically from beginning to end of each scene, this session explores how the arc of each Aria contributes to and supports the other arcs.
The Stages of the Transformational Arc of Character
Drawing on examples from Opera, we will learn to identify the various stages of the Character Arc from the behavior that resists change, to the Awakening and Exhaustion of the Rising Action, to the First and Second Turning Points, Moments of Decision, the Breaking Point, and what makes a character Heroic or Tragic.
The Hero’s Journey and the Transformational Arc of Character
Modern approaches to Character Arcs and Story Arcs are often a combination of the Dramatic Structure of Classical Drama and the Hero’s Journey. These elements combine to create the Dynamic Wave Pattern that moves the action of the Opera forward and develops characters.
We can combine all of these elements into a single pattern: an image you can use as a guide to make your Arcs of Character specific and clear.