Between the playwright and the cast & crew, I believe that having a playwright is much more important. Although the cast and crew bring the story to life, in order to receive the story to act out you need a playwright to write the story out for a cast and crew to make. A playwright can leave it's story out and not have it put into real life viewing mode and it'll still be readable. A cast and crew can't act without anything to base off of. However a playwright alone is not enough to bring out the story. A playwright's sole job is to write scripts so the cast and crew can put it in to play. In the end, both the playwright and the cast & crew work very well together and make a play, much more fun and easier to see.
Yesterday, I did a non verbal scene as an animal with 3 other people. It was hard planning the scene out because we all weren't on the same page, but in the end we, mixed all of our ideas together a got a pretty good scene.
I was pretty excited to perform, because I was wondering how it'll turn out. We kind of stuck our our idea until we mixed it up into improv at the end. It actually ended pretty well, I'd say. Definitely could've been better, I shouldn't have walked out early. But I can just say I went to tend tot he fire which we were going to cook the bunny in.
In all, I'm pretty satisfied with the way we acted. Thank you team for bearing through this with me.
My process of writing the monologue took a little while. I do write stories in my past time, but never really tried to write with only a single character talking and working. It did take a while, I was originally going to make a character in a story I'm writing, speak out in a monologue of her past and how she ran away from her kingdom, but I wasn't sure if anyone was going to understand what she was going through and I decided to make my monologue closer to my experience.
I didn't think about the character as much as I did my plot. I think of a quick plot and then a grow on to the character. My monologue has just a short term goal because the character I'm acting as is not the main character and is more of a side character that won't reappear because it is all a dream.
A genre a would label my monologue is comedy. There is also a sense of mystery but my character makes a lot of jokes, that are quick and random. Of course there would be a better way tot phrase this but this monologue is very vague because it's a dream.
1) As the "As You Like It" play, done by the Sacramento Theatre Company, was going on I realized that they did a great job taking use of the space and never breaking character. Although the actors had to perform in such a small space, they used the stairways to the audience which gave them more room. I also notice that even when a character tripped and fell at the end, she stayed in character and pretended she meant to do that, as did the other characters.
2) To prepare for my monologue performance, I am reading my text over and over and imagining what i would do across the stage. I plan to use as much space as I can rather than stay in one spot. I was inspired by the Sacramento Theatre Company to move around while making it seem natural and to not break character, ever.
Before I performed my monologue I was a bit nervous because I did have a vague idea of what I would be doing but I was expecting the audience to be with me. During my monologue I felt good, because it was going ish well. However, after I finished, doubt started setting in. I felt like I was rushing my words. I'm a bit upset that the audience didn't seem to understand my script. I am really really upset that I forgot to do my slate. I was just really excited about performing. I felt like my laughs were fake. But, I'm not too disappointment with my monologue, but I feel like I could've done sooo much better. I really liked other's monologue, they were creative and expressive.
My collage has a lot of scenery and I have this one picture of a guy wrapping his arm around a girl and the girl is holding hands with another guy behind his back. Another picture says "Mermaid on Duty". So I got a quick story line down. Two guys; one likes sweets the other likes books. They live in the forest near a lake where a mermaid lives. And this mermaid loves human food so she starts to date the sweets guy out of love for his cooking. However she really really likes the book guy so she dates him behind his back. In the end, the mermaid dies from food poisoning, because she's a mermaid she can't eat a whole lot of human food.
And my story line helped create my scene, I decided to set up a lake on stage right and house on stage left that is opened to the audience so they can see the insides.
My puppet was pretty hard to design because I don't draw very well so it was hard to lay out an idea of her because I created her in my head. I couldn't draw or shape anything but because I tried my best and with the help of my friend my puppet ended up pretty well. It was hard to get her hair down because there wasn't any brown string so I ended up having to cut up fabric, which is a lot better than using string and ribbons. What was also hard was designing clothes. I am not the best with hand crafted things but I worked it through and it ended up all right. What I love about my puppet is her hood. I wanted it better but coming from what I can do, it worked out well. My character has a strange personality. She's a bit like the mirror of me but a little cold and emotionless. She doesn't seem to care and yet she takes everything to heart. It's hard for me to capture her voice because it's somewhat like mines. I only need to speak colder and well, I can't do that very well now can I?
I think we did pretty well with our puppet play. We definitely could've practice and read through the script more. That why the performance would've gone more smoothly. I honestly, do wish we had more dedicated people to go through the script quicker and better. I think only having like 3 people to act would be better because there wasn't enough room for all 5 of us and our 7 puppets. It was hard to act as a puppet rather than me acting because I had to make the puppet alive. And because with puppets, I can take on more roles at a time but keeping them both alive and switching voices got harder. The other performances were pretty. However many puppets died a little when they melt down and then shoot back up. Not a whole lot of people changed their voices nor reacted to their voice, lots of puppets stayed still when they were talking which made it hard to check which character is saying what. The story plot was also hard to understand because of some extra giggling. In the end, I think we did pretty well. Definitely could've been better if we had more time to practice but with what we have I think we did well.
It was interesting to perform Shakespeare but it is actually a lot easier than just reading. I had a fun time memorizing my lines and play it out. My costume and hair/makeup design was over Moonshine which is not my character. But Moonshine was a unique character and I had a great time messing around with designs. For the costume I settled with a contemporary dance style so her dress has to be easy to dance in but pleasing to the eyes. For the hair and makeup I had an image of a moon goddess and that's how it turned out. I believe Shakespeare is still a little relevant to today because it is still unique and interesting to see. Some kids have no interest in Shakespeare but when people do they do.
My final scene project will be a duo scene with Melody. We are going to do a reenactment of Cinderella.
When Twix/Tehrem was here, I had an idea to write about a human, and her angel and devil on her shoulders. It would've been good until I realized Twix wasn't going to be here..
Back to me and Melody, originally we were going to write an original idea I made up about a conversation between a dead person and Death. But then we realized it would be too short and we changed the idea to a dance. But it would be a dance of a fairy tale, we decided. We thought about some fairytales and settled with Cinderella. Later we realized we didn't have enough time to rehearse it and so we just changed it to a play. Just a quick run through of Cinderella. Since it was only the two of us one of us had to switch between characters. This is gonna be fun...
We have to memorize the script and get all of our props here. I'm actually looking forward to this. Melody has been easy to work with and I really appreciate her working with me.
I don't really like how we did for our finals. I think we rushed through it and you could tell that we didn't rehearsal a whole lot. We ran through our lines together a lot but we never added the times for changing and the timer clock ding at the ball scene.
That part I really disliked the most was the ball scene, because we had a timer set for a bell clock tower to ring. But while we were dancing we realized that we when too quickly and so we just had to fake it. Later on it rang while I was changing. It freaked me out so much.
I like that we did this play. Other than quick changes and timer being off I think we did a pretty good job.
For the whole term. I really likes making costume designs and the makeup designs that was a lot of fun. And when we did the Midsummer Night's Dream, I really really liked that. I was really excited for the Haunted House and I'm happy I got to be kind of a part of that. I really liked this term. Mainly because I have friends in every class. I'm really going to miss these classes.
Reflections on studies and perfroamnces