This week we learned about playwrights and scripts. I thought the playwright notes were sort of dry but I'm sure its all helpful things to know down the road. my favorite thing about this week of class was the Creative Journal activity. I'm doing mine on the Great Gatsby which is a book I really like so doing the work is much easier.
I thought I did alright on my performance. I didn't have much to do though since my character was supposed to be dying most of the play. I thought my group and I worked well together and we threw together a solid mimed performance, despite not knowing each other well. Watching other groups perform was cool as well.
Regarding your Group Mimed Performance: Great work on the physicality when your part was the main action of the scene. How could you continue this and remain engaged, but not pull attention, when the main focus was on the other players?
For my monologue, I'm doing Gatsby again. I'm hoping to make it good by appearing confident while talking, similar to the Gatsby persona. I'm preparing for the monologue next week by practicing my monologue in class.
Regarding you Monologue Performance: You came across a bit monotone in your vocals and p[acing. While your character and the story is deep, how can your voice and pace help take us on the emotional arch of the story?
I thought my monologue went alright. I thought I did a good job talking loud enough and expressing things as best as I could with my voice. However, I definitely could have written a better monologue because mine was super short
What story did you derive from your inspiration collage? How is that coming to life in your set-design? What mood does your collage have? How are you going to capture that mood in your set design? What quality of shape, line, and color does your collage have? How will these be reflected in your designs?
I derived a superhero story from my collage because that's what most of my collage had. I also had a bunch of architectural sketches so I am putting a lot of different buildings in my set design. i think it has sort of a dramatic tone. I'll probably use mostly straight, clean lines to make it sort of reminiscent of the comic books that most of the characters in my collage come from.
Very interesting; I like the superhero theme, and cant wait until its finished and you share it with the class.
This week we designed puppets. I decided to make my puppet an old man in a suit. I'm still trying to flesh out a story or something for him. I think this project will be interesting
Regarding your puppet play performance: You were very engaged with your puppet's manipulation when delivering your lines in your great souther accent. Keep the breath and focus when others are speaking as well.
Shakespeare's work is so influential because of the wide spectrum the theme's of his plays encompass. Everybody can relate to them and they center on universal themes like love and death. I guess I am excited to do a Shakespeare scene for drama. I amanxious about memorizing lines though
I like the detail in your blog and i think you will do fine in your performance and will do a good job in memorizing your lines.
I did bad on my Shakespeare scene. I had most things memorized, but I messed up one line earlier on and then got very nervous. This resulted in me getting super stressed and forgetting a bunch of lines towards the end.
If anything, studying the history of theatre has made me more interested in it. What interests me the most is how theatre changes to reflect the current state of the nation that they are in. Like how plays written at a certain time will offer social commentary about an issue that was relevant during that period.
All things considered,I thought our puppet play went well. Despite me being absent, I had a great group who helped get me up to speed. I also think everybody nailed their parts and voices during the performance.
Our performance piece is about three friends who go on a hunting trip and end up having to hide a body. To hide the body they go to a lot of weird places so there's a comedic element to it. However, we're relying on our acting to make the stuff funny rather than a background and set design so its sort of like poor theatre. We were influenced by the Twilight Zone and even have their intro to start our play. I think my group is just sort of trying to have some fun with the final project and hopefully make the audience laugh.
Regarding you final scene "Hunting Season": Quinn, you really hit your comedic stride with this scene. You're humor was the star of the show. Overall, the group work that you did in terms of setting up the scenarios and building to the twist at the end was really great. You prepped enough for the scene to run pretty smooth, but also left room for the improve lines and reactions which you nailed on the head. Congratulations on hitting this one out of the park!
p.s. An even bigger congratulations fro your graduation. A lot of year of hard work has led to this. You deserve to feel proud and I know you've got great things in your future. Congrats!!
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