How do you feel now that you have finished the final acting scene? I feel relieved because I was nervous the entire week during rehearsals and when I was practicing lines by myself at home. I also feel a bit sad because finishing the final acting scene also mark the end of this semester long theater course. I will certainly miss this fun class and my ensemble members; I certainly feel more connected to them now compared to the very first day of class.
I used to think/now I think – in regards to preparing for your final acting scene. I used to think preparing the final acting scene would be boring because a lot of memorization is required and we would not get to do as much fun actitives and acting games as we used to. Now I think preparing the final acting scene is interesting because the script is engaging and developing a scene from scratch, watching it grow and take its shape, is such an amazing experience.
What did you do well? Your ensemble? I did well in doing the technical skills such as memorizing all my lines. Moreover, I did well in doing some improv acts during the scene, like the part where I slightly punched Lydia when I was teasing her. I think that came our really natural since I do that to my friends all the time when we are having a conversation. Also, I believe this indicates that as an ensemble, as we rehearsed and collaborated with each other for some time now, we became closer and the spontaneous actions just flowed seamlessly into our acting. Lastly, my ensemble did an excellent job at encouraging each other and picking up from each other’s mistakes.
What do you feel you could do better on in the future? One thing I noticed immediately is that my black winter jacket blended in with the background curtains, especially when I started the scene in the corner of the stage, where the lights did not shine so brightly. This is not visually appealing to the audience. For improvement, I will wear colorful clothes like the purple jacket Lydia was wearing, as it is better suited for the stage set up. Another thing I feel that I could do better is controlling my volume. My volume sometimes gets louder not because it is needed in the scene, but because I suddenly remembered that I need to speak up. This would seem a bit awkward and confusing to the audience because at times they might struggle to make out what I am saying, while sometimes I am speaking abnormally loud.
Connect the process of creating a character, developing performance and performance to YOU in the future. I learnt so much in theater class this semester and I will certainly bring the valuable takeaways with me in the future. For me, the best way of creating a character is to first “meet” with them. I will read over the script and picture the scene in my head, I also keep in mind that this is just an initial image, as the final performance could look completely different from now. As I become familiar with the lines and could go off script, this is where I start acting it out, brining the sciprt to life! Developing a performance requires time, focus, and energy; there would be also be constant discussion and feedback happening during the process. Of course, the final performance is the best part of the entire process, and I have learnt that it is not quite the same as the feedback session performances that happen often in class.