Process Journal: Almost, Maine Analysis

Examine the title: The title ‘Her Heart’ is a serious title that the author may have chosen to give the readers an idea of what this act is going to be about: a lady who is literally trying to mend her broken heart.

Read the Play: This story is about a broken-hearted woman named Glory that ends up in the backyard of an Almost, Maine citizen, East. Glory had come there to see the Northern Lights which she believed was her deceased husband’s spirit and apologize to him. However, she ends up falling in love with East instead, who also repairs her heart. This play is set in Almost, Maine, with the theme of love.

Study the Ending: One thing this play has taught me is that even during the hardest of times, take help from people who are offering it can be beneficial.

Examine the play in parts: The literal broken heart in the paper bag symbolizes love. This play is broken into different acts or scenes because it is what different characters are going through at the same time.

Determine the Tone: The tone of this scene was mainly serious with a very happy ending.

The 5 W’s:

What:

A clear theme I this play is love, which is explored and debated through different scenes. Some things I could research to better understand the play is the meaning or message behind each scene.

Who:

Depending on the part of the scene, the 2 characters switch from being the protagonist and the antagonist. For example, when East kisses Glory without her consent, it seems like he is the antagonist. However, when Glory admits to killing her now deceased husband, she seems to be the antagonist. This scene is a multi-person narrative.

When:

All the scenes in this play are taking place at the exact same time. The structure if the play is very clear for helping the audience to understand why the characters make certain decisions throughout the scene. It also helps the audience determine a clear conflict and resolution.

Where:

The scenes of this play are situated in Almost, Maine. The play establishes this world through the use of fiction or adding absurd elements to the play such as carrying a broken heart in a paper bag. Each scene establishes the fact that it is located in Almost, Maine, therefore the readers are aware of where all scenes are situated.

Why:

I think the author if this play is trying to communicate the struggles of love with the audience. I think it depends on the person if this really matters to them. The genre of this play is romance.

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Mini devising and collaborative project

In class today, we did an activity where we had to create a 16-count move, individually that we had to perform with music in the background.  Later, we had to combine moves with a partner and perform a 32-count set of moves. Furthermore, we created a 2-minute short scene with 3 other people that had to follow certain criteria.

  • We made sure everyone knew the nursery rhyme “Incy Wincy Spider”
  • We brainstormed ideas and eliminated ideas that we could not do/ did not fit with the theme of the story.
  • We then created a draft of our final performance on a piece of paper
  • We practiced and perfected the scene

I think our group succeeded in meeting all the criteria in a creative way. However, I could have done better at not laughing during the scene.

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Naturalism Notes

Konstantin Stanislavski- The Godfather of naturalism.

  • During his time, he was only able to see over- the -top melodramatic theatre existed. Stanislavski got bored of this.
  • He changed this by creating something called “The System”.
  • What this system consisted of included: technical control, concentration and focus, a state of ‘relaxation’ on the stage and the creative state of mind.
  • He wanted ti address 3 common problems: The fear of being watched by an audience, the difficulty of believing a lie, keeping a character or part “FRESH” over many performances.
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Monologue

I forgot okay. I forgot what it was like to have a family. I’ve been on my own since I was sixteen and I forgot what it felt like to have people who love you and make you breakfast and say, “Hey, we’d love to come down for the holidays!” and I say, “Well, why don’t we come up and see you instead” and give you necklaces and you have all that here and I’m just screwing it up. Your family loves you, do you know that? You know that, and you’re still willing to put them through this. How do you know they won’t find out?

 

 

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9 Effective Ensemble Member Qualities

  1. Risk taker
  2. Positive and energetic
  3. Aware and in control
  4. Focused
  5. Active listeners
  6. Cooperative and Collaborative
  7. Efficient
  8. Leaders (and followers)
  9. Positively critical and able to act on that criticism
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Acting: Day 1

In our first class in Acting: Naturalism and Ensemble, we played a game where we had to one person had to act like something, but when the next person in line asks that person what they are doing, they had to lie. That person had to then act like what the previous person said. For example, if person A is acting like they are walking, and person B asks them what they are doing, person A lies and and tells Person B that they are waling a dog. Person B now has to act like he is walking a dog. This game was very fun because it was interesting to look at the methods people used to act out certain things. We then played a game where we had to walk and every time the teacher clapped, we had to walk faster. Then, we played a game where we had to walk, every time the teacher said ‘stop’, we had to stop and when he said ‘go’ we had to go. When he said ‘clap’ we had to clap and when he said ‘jump’ we had to jump. Then, we played a version of the game where when the teacher said stop’, we had to go and when he said ‘go’ we had to stop. When he said ‘clap’ we had to jump and when he said ‘jump’ we had to clap. I am very excited for what this elective has to offer. I enjoyed every aspect of the class and cannot wait to do more of it.

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Obesity PSA

 

 

This PSA was about obesity and how it affects the lives of people with it. I think I was successfully able to make to viewer feel a certain way about this topic. I also think I was able to give out the message about obesity. However, I think I could have improved on the ending. It was not very powerful and I could have changed that.

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The Reign of King Catapult II

The process of creating the catapult:

Final Prototype:

Catapult in action:

 

The Catapult Project is a part of learning and understanding quadratic functions. We had to build a catapult with simple materials. We had certain success criteria and limited time.  To help us more accuracy, we used logger pro to create height vs time equations. Using this, we created height vs distance equations for our catapult. The catapults had hit certain targets, and the targets were of different sized. There were multiple challenges, some harder than others.

The Video shown above is one of three videos. The previous 2 videos did not work out because, while inserting it into logger pro, the background was clashing with the ping-pong ball, causing the ball to not be seen. This was one of the biggest challenges in our project. If I have to do this again, I will make sure not to make that mistake and choose a contrasting background (like the video above).  This project has really helped me understand how quadratic functions are used in the real world. I also improved my factoring skills through this project.

This project was very interesting and fun to do. I learned a lot about quadratic functions through it.

 

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Capstone Project- Elevator Pitch- Safety and Nutrition in Food

This is my elevator pitch for the Capstone Project on Food Safety and Nutrition. We made this pitch so that we can clarify our thinking on our topics and also practice oral presentations. Something that I could have done better is to show more hand gestures and try to connect with the audience better that way. However, I think I was loud, clear and very expressive. I also made good eye-contact with different people in the audience. Through this elevator pitch, I was able to visualize my primary and secondary sources very well and I think this will be very helpful for future projects.

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Science: Polymer Journal #4

In our first prototype, we added too much of everything. This caused our polymer to be too sticky and too slimy. In our second prototype, we decided to use lesson every ingredient. However, this polymer just didn’t work. This might be because there were too many ingredients that did not work with each other. So, in our third prototype, I decided to only use water, borax, and glue. I mixed the borax and water together until the borax dissolved and slowly added glue until I got my desired consistency in the slime. This polymer worked out perfectly. Is was not too slimy, did not stick to my hand and was very mouldable. It was also slightly sticky so that it could pick up any dust on the surface. Through this process, I have learned not to jump to conclusions and to clearly plan how a polymer should work. In the beginning, I did not think through how mixing large amount of random ingredients would have worked. Nevertheless, if I would have planned it out well, I would not have wasted time in the first two prototypes.

This is our final video:

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