Performance Evaluations
How to write a successful performance evaluation. Performances Evaluations In Women’s Chorus, students are required to see a performance of some kind and then write a short report critiquing what she saw. Writing a successful performance evaluation requires that the audience member critique three performance elements such as choreography, costu...
A student must chose three elements of the performance and explain why they did or did not like enjoy that part of the show.
If a student were critiquing her likes or dislikes on a show's costumes, she would explain the relevance, or lack there of, the costumes had to the show. For example, did the Queen of Heart's costume represent her character adequately?
Another performance element a student could review is the set design. Did the set create the mood for the correct place and time period? Was the New York in Spider Man a good representation of what New York should look like in a superhero show? A 2012 Tony Award nominee for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, George Tsypin talks about his inspirations and the ch...
Vocal abilities and music. Who was especially talented or not talented? Did you enjoy the vocal harmonies or melodies? Did you enjoy the music written for the show? These are all questions a student would ask themselves while writing an evaluation. The music is often the most important part in many performances, therefore many writers will chose to critique it.
Acting. Most student evaluations involve critiquing the actors and how they portrayed their characters. Were they convincing as their characters?
Dancing. In a show where dancing is prominent a student may talk about the choreography. Students can talk about the choreographer themselves, or the ability of the actors to carry out the moves. Just Dance sits down with 3-time Emmy winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks who tells us about her Astaire Award nominated choreography in Broadway's WON...
Sometimes in a review the writer will write about the plot or script. Normally they will describe the plot and the ability the writer has to captivate or bore the audience.
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