Both are really important. The playwright needs the cast and crew, and the cast and crew need the playwright. Without the playwright, they don't have a script or play. Without the cast and crew, the playwright doesn't have anyone to use his scripts/plays and therefore its just a dialogue on myriad of papers. The playwright will also just be writing for nothing, and no one wants to do that. Playwrights will need the money, and in order to get that they need their cast and crew to perform their scripts/plays in front of a live audience. The cast can't just perform randomly for about 2 hours in front of people, they'll need the script to read over and rehearse. As I've said, both are really important and I can't just choose one.
I believe it went great. I really, really enjoyed our performance and the other performances. Although our performance went by quicker then I would've liked, it still was awesome! I felt so hyped in the beginning, getting my knee pads ready for all the rolling I was going to do. Then swimming out and Ellen coming towards me. Getting "thrown" around and them crawling towards me(which was actually scary) was great and I adored doing it. Getting eaten at the end was also a good thing so yeah.
It's assuring the read that you enjoyed your performance. Your team worked well to put together a story that allowed you each to shine. I appreciated how much you committed to the physicality of your character. You also remained pretty focused on your character and the events unfolding which is why you likely felt scared as they enclosed you to have you as a feast! Well done!
How I began with writing my monologue is that I reflected on my past. I knew from the beginning I wanted to tell a personal story, since I know I work best with sad and angry themes. I was really good at playing the witch in my 6th grade Wizard of the Oz play. Anyways, I thought back at how I felt in my past, how my views shifted, how puberty felt like, all the good and bad I went through.. Then my monologue started to come about.
The character that I am playing is myself, the person I am going to be using my monologue on is also myself, my past self(s). So I guess the tactic that I am using is personal reflection, which will definitely help me with bringing my monologue to life.
I think the genre I would throw my monologue into is theatre of the absurd. Why I would place this genre into that is because my monologue is going to be very deep/dark(?). Its going to have me brainstorming and venting in a room with myself but since it is me, it is going to have those comedic and clowning moments because I truthfully hate taking things seriously. I always try to make jokes at everything and try to have a laugh at the most serious of issues. That is why I think theatre of the absurd really fits my monologue. My monologue still needs work though, a lot of what i'm writing down might change.
I really enjoyed watching them perform "As You Like It", all the small twists that changed the way I viewed the story, the change in sexes when casting, the acting and choreography was so good. Everything I enjoyed about it! One of the casts members said they saw me in the audience and heard me squealing every 5 seconds, so that was a great compliment. It honestly put me in really good mood and made me way more confident(then I already was). I loved when some of them broke out of character and the script when eating the chip off the ground and the sudden modern language that was said from time to time. It was a really great performance and everyone in it was just fantastic.
What I'm doing to prepare for my monologue is practicing at home and mentally going over it when i'm at the gym. I've tried and adapted some of my character's quirks into my life so It would be easier playing her out. Psychically how i'm going to portray her is her stutter, her constant fidgeting, she jumps around a lot, and her excessive hand movements.
So, it was a really scary experience. I was just scared throughout my entire performance, but it was a good kind of scared. The kind of scared that tells you, "Just do it! You got nothing to lose(cept your grade)". Anyways, I actually enjoyed how I acted out my monologue. I threw in a couple of my own improvised lines that weren't originally in my script but that's okay, because those few extra lines actually uped my confidence and helped me calm down. I didn't stutter as much as planned but i'm fine with that, it was better that I didn't stick with the excessive stuttering. I really hate my leg right now and during my performance, it really stopped me from being as extra as possible as I could be with my character. I was going to jump from the chair, throw my back against the door(not harshly, she was just being extra acting out her dream), and other stuff.
The others performances were really good too. I enjoyed all of them very much. Jade's performances though is still getting me shook. I didn't really enjoy being there for that, but she was great! Her acting was fabulous.
I didn't really enjoy my performance as much as my teammates. I'm not really the one for excessive improvisation and comedy, but I don't entirely hate it. I know it came out good! And that it was also good for me to act out different genres/characters then what i'm used to. I did have a planned voice for Joy but all that seemed to disappear once the show started, I didn't want to change mid-performance so I just went with my normal(a bit pitched) voice for Joy. I didn't really enjoy doing that and messing up but it's fine, already happen and I can't do nothing about it!
Okay! Enough about what I didn't enjoy about performing, let's get onto what I did enjoy! I enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone and performing such a sugar happy character as Joy. I usually play sad or angry and everything in between characters so someone like Joy was a nice difference. My teammates were also awesome. I believe we worked together really nicely. With the script, helping with making their puppets, and the actual performance. I really gotta thank Maddy for drawing one of the scenes :)
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Reflections on studies and perfroamnces