This PJ entry will describe the process we undertook to present our final acting scene. It will also include the actual final result, what went well, and what we need to improve on.
- Describe the process you and your ensemble went through to create your final scene
First, we started by reading through the act and analyzing the plot and the characters. More specifically, we determined the personality of each character and accordingly matched them with us to see who was most fitting. Afterward, memorizing our lines was what we worked on the most. We did this not only by practicing during class but also outside at home. Once we got through the lines, we practiced blocking, especially paying attention to what movements fit each character. We realized that we needed more staging because, at the start, we had so little movement that the audience couldn’t be engaged. Towards the last few days, we put everything together for a final acting scene.
- What steps did YOU take to ensure you had the best possible scene to present?
I really worked on trying to convey my personality. My character was really pessimist and realistic and much less dreamy than the other characters, so I thought that showing this contrast was really important because it helped build the plot. So, I worked on both my tone and movements. I had limited movements because I was kind of lazy and not very active. So, I didn’t take the approach that I was really active and just trying to get out of there.
- What was your rehearsal process like?
In rehearsals, we commenced by doing a short warmup. However, sometimes we forgot and it showed because we got distracted very easily. When we did do a warmup, we did stretching with voice exercises. Afterward, we would read through our lines twice without movement just to familiarize ourselves with it and prepare for the next step, which was the same thing with movement. So, we got up and practiced our staging, and with our bottles, notebooks, papers, and pens. Finally, we would reflect and decide what we needed to still work on. For example, one time, with the help of this process, we realized that we still needed to work on our characters’ reactions.
- After viewing your scene, did you meet your “INTENTION and IMPACT”?
One intention was to make humor so that the audience would be more engaged. Although we had a couple serious parts throughout the play, we also wanted the audience to laugh so that there would be a balance.
Although that was one intention, our main was, “while you should take control of your life and not wait for things to come to you, you should always be open to new ideas because you never know what will happen if you don’t try.” I think that this was communicated pretty well. In the beginning, my character was really reluctant but she eventually opened up at the end when she met another opportunity. Because a person who has such negative views could see the bright side of a situation, I think my character helped to convey this intention really well.
Our impact was, “as kids, we tend to plan out our futures too early. However, even though setting goals motivate you to aim higher, you should be more open in the path you choose to get there.” It is obvious that we are teens, especially Aly and Jules because we are immature and childish. So, it is easier for the audience who were around the same age to relate to this play and walk away with this message.
- How did your rehearsal process help or hinder your final piece?
Our rehearsal process majorly affected our final piece because we could find out what we still needed to work on. Also, outside of class, we worked individually. However, by collaborating during class we could give each other feedback and use all of our ideas together to travel to greater lengths.
- What is a big idea you can take away from the process?
Time management if the first thing that comes to my mind. In like the first week or so, we didn’t concentrate that much and didn’t always get our work done. As a result, we had to make up for it in the later weeks, so we had to cram a lot of work in a very short period of time. Next time, if we are more organized and work more productively, we won’t need to stress a lot last minute.
- Anything else you would like to share?
I really wish we had done more warmups prior to practicing because we tend to be very giggly and get distracted easily, so this would help us to focus and be in the moment.