Physical Theater Class Day 1

On Friday’s acting class we had a guest dancer who came in and brought his physical theater knowledge and shared it to us. We played many theater games that involved confidence and the ability to react fast to a given situation. There was a physical theater game where we had to be spontaneous and certain of what we are doing. “You need to not think about what you are doing and just do it,” said the drama teacher. Improvisation is created spontaneously without preparation, in order for the outcome to be somewhat successful you need to be determined in what you’re doing. As an example, I wasn’t quite confident in what I was doing because I was overthinking too much about how I would embarrass myself. However, the more reluctant I was on the exercise, the more embarrassing it became so then I put confidence in my body and actions which allowed me to finish the exercise properly. I also took away an important lesson which is that a drama space is always a safe place meaning that nobody is there to judge you on what you’re doing.

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Imagination

1. When is YOUR imagination the strongest? At what times do you feel your imagination is on at 100%? When do you feel when it is ‘stuck in the mud’?

2. What are some challenges that YOU face when using your imagination? Use some real examples if you can!

How does imagination help an actor?

In class we started with laying on the ground letting our imaginations fly free and take us to different places we pictured; from places we’ve been to, to places we want to go or seen before. I find that my imagination is the strongest when my mind is completely blank or if I’m in a really silent environment. My imagination is on at 100% especially in my sleep since I usually have some really bizarre dreams at night and then wake up the next morning semi remembering what I dreamt of and then forgetting about it. My imagination is always ‘stuck in the mud’ when I’m under pressure: improvisation, presentations, stress, etc. Through the imagination exercise, I found myself not reacting as well to the tasks since I was in a sleep mode even though I was imagining. It was hard for me to focus on my imagination and listen to sounds around me at the same time. I personally believe that imagination is central to creative expression. Creativity can help an actor with getting into character; thinking and behaving in a way just like the character would.

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Ashley Pan-Short Monologue

Don’t you dare walk away from me! And don’t tell me you’re sorry! And don’t tell me to forget it, and don’t you dare tell me to “let it go.” God knows, I’d like to. I wish I could, but I can’t! I can’t forget that we had something, and you’re running away. Don’t you see Mark? Mark, we have something worth fighting for. You know, I feel sorry for you, Mark. I’ll move on. I’ll find someone else. I’ll be all right, because I will know that I tried. That I did everything I could. But someday you will look back, and you will realize what you threw away. And you will regret it always.

 

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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

“Which of the ensemble member qualities do you feel you would like to work on this semester and why?”

I would like to focus on efficiency this semester because I want to be more proactive this year so that I am more on top of my work. I really enjoy acting therefore I wouldn’t want to slow down the class’s pace due to my inability of being efficient. I would also want to focus more on my collaboration skills because in order to be a good ensemble member, I have to learn how to work with my ensemble; these are the skills I lack. Working with a new group of people, my class, will definitely be beneficial for my collaboration shills. My successes are responsibility areas I suppose, because I am a responsible person who can organize and arrange. I like helping others and leading but hopefully my peers won’t feel as if I’m too “controlling.”  I can be serious and focuses as well as have fun during class. So far, all the exercises were amazing and it really helped with developing our ensemble bond.

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Acting: Day 1

What did we do in class?

We started with getting to know Mr. Redman and then kicking the class off with warm up exercises. After that we did some activities with the class to work on our ensemble skills. We then finished the class period with an improv game.

How did you feel about what we did in class? What did you enjoy or what was interesting?

To be honest I very much enjoyed the improv game because it required for us to step outside of our comfort zones and contribute to this challenge. I am not so confident with my improvisational skills so it would be really beneficial if we were to continue these games as well as creating a stronger bond as an ensemble.

What are you looking forward to in the class? Are you nervous or excited or just “trying to make it through”?

I’m looking forward to the new acting skills that we will learn about and monologue work. In middle school, we didn’t have a lot of time to spend on drama and even in classes we were limited in naturalism acting and monologues due to a short amount of classes we had. I’m very excited about the upcoming classes.

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Capstone Reflection

I have learned about how smoking impacts health, economy, and the social aspects of our daily lives. Smoking is a major issue that people don’t recognize the negative effects of. I contributed a documentary and a paper that can warn people about smoking and maybe change the way they think about smoking and possibly even quit. My opinions on smoking have changed because, after the research that I have made, it leads me to have more knowledge of this health crisis. I drew upon specific skills that I can use while surveying people such as; smiling so that they are comfortable, having the confidence to go up to somebody and ask questions, etc.  I would manage my time more efficiently and produce a better quality documentary. If I had more time and better equipment, I would definitely have produced a better documentary.  Make sure that you’re on top of your work and don’t procrastinate and push things to the last minute. Review your work before submitting.

 

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Algebra 1 Catapult Reflection

In our quadratics unit, we built a catapult that fired ping pong balls to hit the targets in the challenge. Our catapult was somewhat successful because it hit most of the targets. Throughout the building of the catapult, we had to construct standard, vertex and factored forms to resemble the parabola of our catapult. The most important learning was how to construct quadratic equations that represented the path of the catapult. The most challenging aspect of this project is building a catapult that fires and aims accurately. Next time, I will make the firing place more stable and glued more securely. This project helped me understand what the equations of the different forms and what the terms of the equation mean in the context of the problem.

 

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Polymer Journal Entry 4

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A “Pretty” Place with Pretty People

In the book Uglies written by Scott Westerfield, the theme is primarily centered on how society’s superficial ideas of beauty are to abolish individuality. Does equality make a utopian society? If everybody was to look the same, then there will be no more discrimination. “Cities worked very hard to stay independent of one another, but the Pretty Committee was a global institution that made sure pretties were all more or less the same.” (Westerfield, 35) Equality does not define a utopian society because it does not exist. The people that belong to the society are all brain damaged for thinking that beauty and appearance is everything. That they thrive on being pretty and how it is part of life. As the story progress, Tally slowly learns that beauty is not always defined by the outside and appreciates how important individuality is. “Listen Tally. That’s not what’s important to me. What’s inside you matters a lot more.” (84) The soundtrack that I created revolves around betrayal, inner-beauty, individuality, and conformity.

Scars to Your Beautiful: (0:00-2:58)

This song by Alessia Cara is inspirational to young women as it contains context that lessens self-insecurity. The main message is to let us know that beauty is not defined by your physical appearance. Currently, in our modern world, young women lack self-confidence due to criticism that comes from others telling them that they are not beautiful enough for the way their body is shaped or how they look like. Tally criticizes herself because she doesn’t look physically the same as the “pretties”, but what is the point of being pretty when everybody is equal and nobody is unique.

Bad Blood: (2:59-5:59)

This song by Taylor Swift conveys betrayal in her lyrics. “Did you have to do this? I was thinking that you could be trusted” these lyrics relate to the scenario that happened between Shay and Tally. Tally betrayed her best friend for being pretty, her loyalty was a show all along and Tally broke Shay’s trust. Tally lies a lot, not simple white lies, lies that leave the ones you trust most in pain for regretting their choices of trusting you in the first place.

Most Girls: (6:00-9:28)

Girls are supposed to be pretty, to be poised and elegant. Society puts them down because of how they look like, not allowing them to stand out and be unique. “Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful. Most girls, work hard, go far, we are unstoppable” these lyrics show individuality stepping further than society’s circumstances. Girls can be whatever they want to be, they can be free to express themselves, to step out of conformity regulations from society. Just like how Shay left to the Smoke, rebelling against society for living a life that she wants, not what society wants.

Complicated: (9:28-13:40)

This song by Avril Lavigne narrates how she wants her friend to shed the complicated image and get back to staying real. This relates to Shay wanting Tally to just be herself instead of undergoing unnecessary surgery that will change her. “When you become somebody else round everyone else, you’re watching your back like you can’t relax. You’re trying to be cool, you look like a fool to me.” These lyrics show about identity and people trying to change yourself to live up to other peoples’ expectations.

 

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Polymer Journal #3

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