1. GENERAL HEADING: Warm-up Exercises
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Arm Throw"
3. GOALS: Physical warm-up and mental concentration.
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Group Exercise: unlimited maximum
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None.
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: 5 -10 minutes
7. STEP-BY-STEP-DESCRIPTION: Get the students up on their feet and spread out so everyone has room. Have the students stand in a neutral relaxed position (legs apart, shoulders down, chest up, stomach in, buttocks under). Instruct the students to place both hands in front of their chests, palms down, middle fingers touching. On a prearranged signal from the instructor (a clap, drumbeat, or pounding on a table)-students are to fling both arms straight out-palms out-and then immediately back to original position. Students are only to do this on your signal. Establish a steady rhythm until students get the hang of it. Once students are comfortable, vary the rhythm.
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: Are students anticipating-jumping their cue? Are they a beat behind? Discuss the importance of concentration; of listening and reacting instantly.
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Robert Lewis's Advice to the Players, NYC: Theatre Communications Group, 1980.
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: N.A.