This week has been interesting. Actually having to interact with people my own age is as hard as ever I discovered. Staring into someones eyes is so weird. Ever done that before to someone other than your stereotypical high school boyfriend/girlfriend? It's weird. This class is pretty cool though, I love not having to worry about schoolwork as my other classes are hard enough as it is and extracurricular activities aren't helping in that situation. Wow, I like to talk. I'm done now, I promise.
Last week was nice but I didn't like the fact that I had to mime with people, or just mime at all. First of all, I don't like working with others because more often than not they won't do the required work. Second, I don't like performing and no amount of practicing or persuasion will ever get me to willingly go up and perform for a bunch of people I don't feel the need or want to please. Other than that, I enjoyed last week because I was able to work most of the time without having someone breathe down my neck. Cool.
Regarding your Group Mimed Performance: I did notice you discussing the scene with your partners as the scene progressed. What can you do in your preparations to allow you to engage more fully in the scene?
When performing my monologue I'm reaching for a sad yet realistic tone. I want the instructor to evaluate my ability to speak loudly and clearly and my ability to correctly convey the character of a lonely person who is telling a sad memory of their past.
Regarding you Monologue Performance: Your story had great details, each of which carry a feeling from the past. Attempt to feel each moment and memory. You had great volume, but got a bit mushy on some of the diction, likely because the distractions in the audience were causing nervousness. You did great regardless!
I believe that I performed my monologue well enough. I do understand that at times I was speaking too fast and I tried my best to correct that throughout the performance. I feel like I began speaking faster when I heard whispering to my left and I thought others were laughing at me. Which was awesome.
This week I received my collage back and began to work on the story I could create form the picture. I found that the images i choose created a crisis like picture and i made the story from there. I decided there would be a colorblind girl living in a post apocalyptic future. so far so good.
This week our class studied Asian Theater and discovered the influences western culture had over it and it over Western culture. The minimalist approach to stage setting carried over to Western staging and the human like movements of puppets translated over into Western culture.
Roman, Greek, and Asian thereat had a large impact on today's society. From these cultures acme new ways to entertain which grew into something not only for the elite. As for why the comedic and sad masks represent for today's dramas i believe it is a remembrance of the past.
This week our group finalized our puppet script and puppets. We then preformed out play to the best of our abilities with the limited resources and strengths in drama that we had. I believe our group performed rather well and i am proud to say that some of us improved well despite not having doing so before.
Regarding your puppet play performance: You character was very well executed in look, personality, and action. You voice was not very altered, but it did in fact hit your character well. Additionally, I appreciated th look of your puppet, though it could have been a bit larger, or contrasts in colors, in order to for the details to read better in space.
This week the the final puppet plays were performed and we received a script for a new play. I was given the part of prologue and lion and although long, I hope to do well.
I recall from long ago a play that my family and I watched together. The night was long and we were warm. All around the wind blew and we held on to our jackets to let go. It was around December, and the actor blew a kiss to the audience, her large sparkling dress swaying in the wind. I remember how well she was able to move and how much more magical she was compared to the rest.
My character was prologue and lion, which I think I performed well. My team was mostly ready, though we hardly practices together. It was last minute which any of us tried to rehearse, except for a select few.
This week and the past week I have been rewriting and practicing my script For my upcoming final. I have decided to to be about a lone soldier reminiscing about his life before the war as he dies. I have not really been influenced by anything, I'm pretty sure anyway. I really had no idea what to write and pretty much just threw up words. I'm trying really hard to memorize this 5 minute long script so please do not give me a b in this class because I will breakdown and me breaking down involves fire.
Regarding your final scene "Bullets": No fire, please! You did a great job. Long monologues are though, especially in such a close spaces and with distractions (sorry fro my squeaky chair!). In regard to delivering the memorized lines you said you got a bit lost in the script, s\o there were some pauses where you were seeking what was next. In those moments when your in your head as Zoe, you somehow have to remain outwardly in character. This is the toughest part of acting, being both yourself and someone else on stage. However, this gets easier with practice and goes great when you have interviews and such because the exact same scenario will play out. I'm glad you challenged yourself in this class. Your growth is obvious. Congratulations.
Last weeks performance went, i believe, shorter than it should have because of my nervousness. Hours of practicing can't seem to get rid of that. I messed a lot of stuff up stupidly but i did okay i guess. I'm surprised i even did slightly well considering i hate having everyone stare at me and i didn't even want to perform alone.I guess this year went pretty well. It could have been worse.
A conversation about discovery in theatre.