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INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING AN OUTLINE HAND-OUT


TO ACCOMPANY THE: ADAPTATION – PART 1 ASSIGNMENT

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING AN OUTLINE

Your outline should be a prose description of the action of your musical, told in present tense, which spells out the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Your initial outline, for the purposes of Core Curriculum assignments, should be no more than one page, single spaced. Half page is fine. You’ll probably want to have one paragraph for the beginning, one paragraph for the middle, and one paragraph for the end.

Include a working title and the names of all the authors on your collaborative team.

Begin your submission with the following questions and their answers:

Who is your main character?

What does he want?

What stops him from getting it?

alternately, you may include the following questions and their answers:

Who is your main character?

What does he learn?

What causes him to learn it?

Examples of Questions and Answers

Who is your main character? Lazlo.

What does he want? To steal the Mona Lisa.

What stops him from getting it? A guard.

Who is your main character? Tyrannosaurus Rex.

What does he want? The female Tyrannosaurus.

What stops him from getting it? The female Tyrannosaurus thinks he’s too weak; so he has to prove he’s a carnivore (which makes him sick to his stomach). He must eat the saber tooth tiger or lose the female Tyrannosaurus forever. The saber tooth has other ideas.

Tips

Create specific needs and wants, which are accomplishable in this room/on stage before our eyes. Do not write generalities which your main character can’t act upon.

Here are some vague examples (not accomplishable IN THIS ROOM)

He wants to be happy.

He wants to be rich.

He wants to be loved.

He wants to be a hero.

Here are better examples (accomplishable IN THIS ROOM)

He wants the girl to kiss him.

He wants to break into the vault and steal the jewels.

He wants his fiance to say yes to his proposal.

He wants to bite the saber tooth tiger in the leg.

Once Your Outline is Ready

1. Upload your outline to the Core Curriculum Home Page under your Team for this assignment.

and also

2. Email admin@nmi.org and your collaborators to let them know that you have uploaded the outline.