This journal entry is a reflection of the final scene. Our group really worked well together, hence the process my ensemble groups and I went through to create the final scene was smooth. I had to play a male character, even though Mr. Redman suggested that I could play a female since only one line directed that I was a male character, our group still decided to keep my character a male to portray the character better. In the middle of rehearsing, one of our group members left, therefore, we kind of was lost because the member had lines that were important to the play and are some cues for other people’s lines. Thus, while acting the final scene we stumbled upon some lines because we weren’t used to a member not there with us. After viewing our scene, I believe we did meet our intention and impact that was to make the audience feel anticipated and a sense of curiosity and engagement. I believe that to make the performance better, we could’ve had more opportunities to rehearse with the lights, because some of the lighting cues were not the ones that we wanted, which also we could’ve explained it more specifically to Mr. Redman, though the play would’ve been better if we had more time rehearsing with the lights.
Scene and Character Analysis: The Intervention––Will
I’m playing the character––Will. Will is a male character in his mid-to-late 20s, he is a character who has some feelings for Lauren, the person who everyone planning the party for. He’s quite humorous, based on some of the monologues; however, the vibe that he gives to the audience from the last scene: “turns away and huddles over it, whispering inaudibly into its ear. He sticks it with lots of pins, very insistently and methodically”. This shows that he is that angry at Lauren for whatever she’s done to herself, also depicts that he likes Lauren and cares about her. He is upset because she might not be treating herself as well as he thinks he deserves. The scene is set in a living room where a group of friends is staging an intervention for Lauren. The time is set in the present, which makes the scene more realistic for the audience.
How successful were you?
- I think I wasn’t very successful. I made a lot of mistakes and stumbled a lot. Also, due to forgetting lines I did not portray the character enough to the audience.
Did you communicate the character and intention of the monologue to the audience?
- I felt like I did portray a mad teacher to the audience. There were times where I act as a friendly loving teacher, and sometimes go crazy like when I was talking about the aliens and yelling at Mickey about “telling on me.” Overall, this play is a comedy, and the emotion of the character change is where it is funny. I think I did portray the character; however, I did not characterize it enough because I was nervous and forgot some lines.
Do you feel that you did the best that you could or were there areas could have put more effort in?
- Personally, I didn’t think I did the best job. I forgot lines, had some stumbles. I believe that the first time where I got feedback was better because I felt like that went more fluently.
How did you feel to be this character?
- I feel kind of related to this character because I don’t like children very much, and the things that character said are things that I’ve kind of wanted to say. Like “run over by an ice cream truck.”
How might you use this process of character development in the future? OR how might this help you? Or what big learning came to you during this activity?
- I think this process could help me understand a character more, hence portray a better character to the audience.
- Positive and energetic
- Aware and in control
- Active Listeners
- Cooperate and collaborate
- Leaders and followers
- Positively critical and able to act on criticism
Your thoughts on the most important qualities.
- I think the most important qualities to be an ensemble member are risk-taker, positive & energetic, positively critical & able to act on criticism. First, it is important to be a risk-taker because risk-taking helps you learn better. Beyond the external opportunities, it also gives an opportunity for internal growth from mistakes that may come in front, which will make it easier to overcome similar problems later on in life. Second, positive and energetic is also an important factor because everything you involve yourself in is a result of the energy you contribute. If you approach a class, teacher, or classmate in a negative attitude, one should be ready to take responsibility on the consequences and not expect everybody to act around one. Last, positively critical and able to act on criticism is an important factor. Giving and receiving is important for communication and excellence in organizations and personal growth. Positive criticism should include constructive criticism. It is not about pointing out character flaws, but about discussing specific issues and areas that require improvement. The person providing feedback should focus on the issues and offer specific examples that clearly state what needs improvement. Offering suggestions for improvement shows care and concern for the individual and their personal development. Hearing about flaws is uncomfortable and often forces one to become defensive, which causes them to stop listening. Instead, one needs to recall the benefits of feedback and truly listen to what the person giving it has to say in an unbiased way.
Which one am I going to work on? Why?
- I think I should work on being a risk-taker. I am afraid of what I might get into if I took a risk. I will usually stop and hesitate and fear the unknown. I am typically scared because if I couldn’t accomplish the chance I was given and what would the others think of me? I think risk-taking also includes being a leader. I usually won’t make the best decisions for my group and maybe even dragging them into a situation where it’s not very bright. Then, I will have to take responsibility which I am good at for myself, but not sure how well I am for taking responsibility for the whole group. Therefore, I need to work on being a risk-taker.
This time we worked in a team to create a magazine to show the cultural and environmental information in the minority we chose. Working in a group I am proud that my groupmates worked really well when we’re making the magazine. We did better than I imagined, everyone is flexible and making good work out of it. I could’ve worked better on my writing. I need to work on my tenses and making connections with the environment to cultural. I learned that using ‘why is where important’ can help describe the place more vivid, and learning that my tenses and my grammar really needs improvement. I am really proud of my team on how hard they worked, and I had a lot of fun working with them.
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech is very touching story including romance, adventures, and some touching events. This story contains many layers of story, like her friend Phoebe’s story, and even a little story of her grandparents. And I created a book cover to let you see the motifs. What I find the motif is the repeating journeys she’s been going on. So, the protagonist Salamanca or Sal is on a journey with her grandparents to find her mom. And all those journey actually changed her identity, so there is also kind of a dynamic character in this story. For example, at the beginning of the book she said: “-“If [mother] was happy, [Sal] was happy. If [mother] was sad, [Sal] was sad” (Creech 38). She really misses her mother, because she couldn’t believe that her mom has died. But while the story goes on she realizes she could also be happy without her mom being beside her. And all of this would lead to a theme. The theme is actually mentioned during the story and it is also explained why, “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins…… ‘I know what it means,’ [Sal] said. ‘I’ve heard my father use it lots of times. I used to imagine that there were two moons sitting in a pair of Indian shoes, but my father said it means that you shouldn’t judge someone until you’ve walked in their moccasins. Until you’ve been in their shoes. In their place’” (Creech 61). What I think of the theme is struggles are hard, but it could help find who you really are. Meaning sometimes struggles are not that bad. Just like Sal, she’s struggled through all this and then realized that she could move on with her life without her mom.
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I compared pages 50 and 51 from the book Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi to the article called “The White Revolution: ‘Plagued by the West'”. In two writings both share some similarities and differences.
For similarities, both are using compound and simple sentences, and both have lengthy sentences. In two articles there is not much of figurative language, both doesn’t have any sound device. The purpose of both writings are the same, both want to tell us what happened during the Iranian revolution, but using two different ways. Persepolis is using her own childhood to tell us what happened, and Plagued by the West is a non-fiction telling us what happened.
Even though there are many similarities, there are also many differences. For example, the tone, word choice, and structure.
These words will tell you who I am: lover of Mossadegh; hater of the Shah; lover of freedom, hater of the government. I am a daughter, a sister, a lover, a mother, a protest. I am Madonna Ahadi.
After the revolution, several things stayed the same and a lot changed. The violence still continued, the guards are still killing protesters, no peace was in Iran. Repression was high, people had no free speech or political opposition. Although many stayed the same, some things still changed. For example, the government was stronger, it has changed from monarchy to a theocracy. Before the revolution, because the western influence, we were living all like an American. Women doesn’t need to wear veils and even have political rights. After the revolution, Khomeini got rid of all the western influence, changed all the rules back. Women now no longer have political rights and all need to wear a veil.
We danced to the song ‘Playing with fire’ from Blackpink. One of our members didn’t know how to dance, so we helped her and she improved a lot. The positioning was hard, because we had no idea how to, and some of the moves we a little confusing so some we have to choreograph ourselves. I will try to choreograph my own dance next time, if I have a chance to. We learned most of the dance, and I am very proud of my groupmates.