1. Who is more important... the playwright or the cast and crew? Defend your assertion with your logic and some examples. 2. Also, how did your first performance in class go? What did it feel like before, during, and after?
The playwright is more important because without the playwright there would be no foundation or plan, which would make actors have no lines or directions. Since the playwright also includes the setting, the design team wouldn't know what to make as the backdrop or what props would be needed, so the playwright is more important.
My performance was okay. Before the performance I felt the nerves of stage fright as almost everyone does and during the performance it surprisingly turned out well even though my group did not have much time to rehearse. After I felt good since it looked like our performance matched with some of the others which made it become part of the majority or standard, but still hold our ideas.
I'm glad you feel confident with your and your group's performance. It was strong in content, but as you mentioned could have benefited from more rehearsal. That'll be your next task, to ensure you go up super prepared. At times you seemed a bit nervous, which again should be able to fade with more preparation and confidence in the moments of your performance. Great first go!
1) How did you begin? Did you brainstorm, get struck by a spark of imagination, or begin with by recounting a personal story, etc?
When beginning to write my monologue I thought of a book that I enjoyed reading and if the main character may apply to my personality. Then I just started writing on what a monologue would look like if applied to a part in that story with her perspective. Once I thought of the ways we were similar it was easier for me to write from her point of view.
2) Has thinking about spine, objective, and tactics aided in your writing of an interesting story? Give an example of a tactic your character is using...
My character is using anger and blame to make the character she is speaking to feel responsible for where she is at now in her life, which happens to be somewhere that she doesn't fit in and dislikes.
3) What theatrical genre would you apply to your monologue at this point and why?
The theatrical genre for the story and this monologue is Tragic Irretrievability because the main character will do anything to have her people that have no powers be equal to the ones that do. It is also this genre because she tries to take it on as only her burden and doesn't look back to the life she had in her past.
1) Share out about your experience this week attending "As You Like It" at Sacramento Theatre Company. Indicate evidence that supports your opinion.
When I saw "As You Like It", I thought that the actors did very well in portraying the characters' emotions. I noticed this because I may have not been able to understand the words, but their body language and directions helped me understand that. In moments of sadness they would drop their shoulders and when they were in good spirits they would make long strides confidently.
2) Additionally, consider your monologue...
a) What are you doing to prepare yourself for the performance
For my monologue I am mostly focusing on my face and body language. My character shows a lot of emotion in this monologue, so I have to exaggerate on her anger and sorrow.
b)How are you going to bring physicality to your character?
I am going to bring physicality to my character by standing up straight and using more hand gestures when I'm angry and when I'm sad I will drop my shoulders and make my voice quiet.
c)How might you apply what you saw in live theatre this week to inspire your monologue performance?
I saw that the actors would look away and zone out when they were sad which I think I might try in my monologue. My character does this many times in the book I read, so it could be a good idea to make it more believable.
1. What did you think of your monologue? (in detail)
I felt that in the process of performing I was really since I did okay at getting into character. With that I think that my emotions in the moment were clear and that the audience could understand my intentions in being argumentative towards the person I was talking to. After the performance I did realize that I could have used the stage for more of a dramatic effect and could have memorized more of my lines to spend less time stumbling on my words. In all, I still thought of it as a great effort and can say that I'm proud of the way it turned out.
Really in the moment***
Describe the beginning concept for your set design. What elements of your inspiration collage did you draw upon?
For my set design I'm making it a beach setting at night for the last scene of my story. The inspiration I got from my collage had a lot to do with design and I interpreted it as abstract. The rest of my inspiration came from drawing solid shapes from the collage and seeing them as something completely different from what I originally saw on the collage when I drew them out.
What is the basic stage scene you're setting in your design? Is there a strong design concept yet it regard to style, form, texture, color, etc.?
The scene I'm drawing has many neutral colors, a mellow look, and also has a bold outline for colors. In style I'm thinking of putting the high rocks on the beach as legs as a starting point.
Consider the work you put into creating your puppet. How did you go about it? What did you struggle with along the way and how did you problem solve those moments? What parts of your puppet really stand out to you as great? How did those parts come about? What about your puppet's personality are you hoping to bring about through your voice?
I decided to stay with the general theme of red, orange, and yellow for the phoenix. Through out the process I didn't know how I was going to do, but decided I would just go about it step by step. I struggled mainly with the wings because it took a long time to braid yarn and get the whole thing to look like fringe. Solving this issue wasn't very hard because I decided to use last weekend as an opportunity to finish braiding the yarn. Since the hardest thing to do was the wings and that's what I mainly focused on; it stands out to me the most. I also think the beak stands out to me which I didn't believe I could make, but I just looked at some online drawings, shaped it, and it actually turned out really well. I'm making my puppet's personality to be very sophisticated and mature. I really don't know how I'm going to do the voice, but I do know that it will sound old and mature.
How do you feel about your performance? My overall impression of my puppet. What was the difference between performing on stage and performing without being seen? What did you think of the other performances?
I thought my performance was okay. I thought my impression of what my character's voice would be was better than I expected it would sound. I thought I was doing great in trying to make it realistic other than standpoint. My puppet turned out looking really well. It was very different from my original sketch and even someone had told me it looked like something that would be made in Mexico which I take as a compliment. My creative detail really shows when I depict what the phoenix looks like in little ways like the arms and face. The difference of performing on stage without being seen was that it was easier because you didn't have to work on your facial expressions. The hard part is the other ways you had to show emotion in things such as character movement and my vocals. Many of the performances weren't really doing well on standpoint, but they excelled in moving their characters in certain ways that clearly displayed their emotions.
Describe your Shakespearean experience over the last weeks: What was it like performing a work written over 400 years ago? How did you approach your costume and makeup/hair designs for the scene? Why do you believe Shakespeare remains relevant to audiences to this day?
It was really hard to understand the words in a play written in a time where the English language was drastically different from how it is now. I had to use my actions and emotion more than usual to make the words come across as meaning something because if you weren't studying the words for your particular part, then you usually didn't know what they meant. For my costume designs I decided to give Moonshine a costume, but still something that was basic for his character to resemble how he didn't want to dress flashy because she didn't care. When I made Hyppolita's costume, I wanted to use colors that were used by the rich in medieval times. You can see that I used colors like a faded purple and gold. For my makeup design I decided to do a tan wall that had Egyptian markings on it for my Egyptian time period for the commoners. I think he is still relevant because it gives us insight on the Elizabethan language. He also just had amazing plays that people continue to perform.
Creative Process Reflection
This reflection should explain what your Final Scene performance piece is about, how you’re putting it together, and what some of your thoughts and influences are as you’re constructing the performance.
This performance was inspired by the fact that Tiarra and I had made a great duo when playing instruments and singing at the talent show. We decided to do a normal concert/performance with added special effects. We thought about and are putting lights in our performance while doing a black and white theme. We'll match the setting with our clothing while doing a mixture of sad and happy songs.
Look back on your final performance for the class and reflect on your work. How do you feel it went? What was great, and what would you do differently the next time? What are some of your take-aways from the whole term?
I think it went well. The only thing I think went wrong is having nerves and also not having a mic or a sound system to be louder. I think I'll be more optimistic about adapting to new situations and trusting people to make a safe environment for me whenever I'm performing.
Reflections on studies and perfroamnces