Five Feet Apart

The relationship between Stella and Will progresses as Stella climbs all the way to the roof, risking her life to help Will in his endangered situation. (In this part, Stella also realizes she forgets to wear a mask) Will also meets Poe for the first time, sharing how he has B-cepacia and CF. They both bond over both their relationships with Stella, but also how nothing major has gone down between them as CFers always have to keep six feet apart. (Poe thinks Stella likes Will and that the feeling is mutual) Continuing, Stella shares about her app development. Her app helps to remind CFers/patients when they need to take their medications, and since her recent hospitalization she has been testing it out. Stella encourages Will to take his treatments seriously, skyping Will every time (helps Stella relax, to ensure Will is doing his treatment daily) they need to put their vests on or take medications.

I think that a potential idea for my literary analysis essay is to write about how this book Five Feet Apart is not based on a real story but instead inspired by a documentary series Baldoni (Baldoni is the director of the original Five Feet Apart movie) was working on. It features people who have faced a terminal illness (such as CF), who during their medical journey have strived to make a positive impact. Also, how Baldoni learned about CF from a woman he was working alongside during this time. The book Five Feet Apart is actually based on the movie that was produced, as the director tries to raise awareness of the dangers CF patients face with cross-contamination, as during the production they took notes from real-life patients and got medical advice and tips from professionals.’s%20actually%20not.,positive%20impact%20before%20their%20passing.

Art Piece Inspo – Process Journal

I chose this piece of painting to inspire a physical theatre piece as I feel it can be embodied well with large, symetric movements and tell a deep story. However, I felt connected to this art piece as it conveys the feeling when we look into the mirror daily, we judge, pick and probe at our apperance because there are “standards” in society and we feel the need to be accepted. The reflection of the girl in the mirror has this neutral emotion plastered on her face, with her hand touching her hair, and head tilted to the side. I feel like besides the facial emotions, in our piece we could depict her body language but also using the technique of mirroring. The message we could spread would be something like how we present ourselves to others, compared to what we really feel like on the inside (almost contrasting the reflections).



English Diagnostic Essay Reflection

What did you find hard about understanding and analyzing the speech?

I feel like when I first read the speech it seemed simple and straightforward, but I had a hard time trying to identify all the different techniques Greta Thunberg had used.

What did you do well and what did you struggle with, in terms of writing the essay?

I think that I did well with time management, but I found it difficult to explain more in detail and articulate my thoughts into words. I realized that I would start writing something, but get stuck trying to write it and not be able to finish my sentence properly.

What do you wish you had done differently OR what would you do differently for the next timed, in-class essay?

Next time, I would try to go more in detail about all the different techniques in the speech, and hopefully outline and organize the structure of my essay better.

What topics or skills would you like more instruction on and practice with, for this type of task? (For example: how to identify and remember the names of techniques, how to annotate, how to outline, how to manage your time, how to proofread…)

I would like to have more experience and practice with identifying the different techniques and how to outline the structure of the essay.

Five Feet Apart

This book is about a girl named Stella, who has had to battle with Cystic Fibrosis all her life. Recently, she was meant to go on a senior trip to Cabo with her friends, but since her CF flared up, and has made her oxygen level fluctuate and given her a fever. Stella is unable to attend the trip to Cabo and streams an online stream to update her fans on her situation. Live streaming and interacting with her audience helps Stella cope with her life situation and deal with her emotions. After ending the live stream, she starts roaming around the hospital during her visit. As she walks around, Stella’s attention is caught by a cute boy and wants to approach him but realizes that he already has a boyfriend. This upsets Stella until she meets her old nurses from her previous visits and is informed about the boy (who also has CF, they have to stay five feet apart) that she regularly talks to, who is coincidentally in the hospital too.

From the series of events that have happened in this book already, I predict that Stella will get close to this boy who also has CF but that they will want to get closer than five feet. Two people with Cystic Fibrosis cannot get closer than five feet to each other (similar to social distancing), as the risk of spreading infection patient to patient is too risky. Additionally, I also think that Stella will get jealous of her friends traveling to Cabo, even though she is trying to cover up her disappointment. She’ll want to find a way to make up for it, or even stop socializing with them completely.

Robin Hood- Off Balance PJ

  • List 5 things that stood out to you from the videos: It could be something cool that they did, a unique way to deal with one of the challenges, or something interesting and creative
  • Tell me WHY that stood out to you

What I found was unique that they did was throughout the video, they layered different sounds and noises they made to set the scene and feeling, which really brought out their actions. I also thought the lighting choice was pretty creative, as when they were inside of the “box”, there was only a spotlight rim around them which brought the feeling of being ‘enclosed’ and ‘trapped’. Next, I found it interesting how they used different levels of physicality and different poses to play characters because it made it visually interesting for the audience. Additionally, using their poses even though they did not have props, I found it super cool how they managed to bring ‘nonexistent’ things to life for the audience using their voice and bodies. The last thing that really stood out to me how all the people in the ensemble worked so well together. They always moved so synchronized and seemed to understand what others were doing really well that you could tell the amount of time and effort they put into it.

  • Limited Space
  • Limited Technical aspects (lighting, sound, costumes and props)
  • Limited time

How did you feel about how they overcame these challenges? How might You use this technique to create something? What types of stories would work or not work?

I feel as if they overcame their limited space by using more levels, different types of poses and used each other to form an object, scene, or even character. By this, they also used their voices as sound to give their performance more feeling and emotion, so that the audience is able to understand and hear what is going on (giving sound clues).  The clothes that all of them were wearing were also all plain and neutral-colored, which worked out in this scenario and they switched from different sceneries and characters. Although they had limited time, you could tell that their performance was well planned out as everyone knew what they were doing at any point. They had practiced a lot so that they knew when to say or do what, and always got straight to the point with no dwelling around. We could use these techniques in the future especially when we are online as we will also face some challenges which are similar to these, and we will be able to use their levels and sounds when we are in our enclosed little space. On the other hand, even if we were in the studio, we could use these techniques in all of our performances, as using different levels, specific lighting, sound, and costumes would intrigue the audience more, and make it more visually and auditorially attractive. I think that as long as we put effort into what we are creating and performing, we can make any story work with this type of structure. (some more than others) But it would challenge us and push our creativity.

One of Us is Next

I started reading the book One of Us is Next written by Karen M. McManus, which is a sequel to One of is Lying. So far, there have been anonymous truth or dare messages directed at certain people going around the school. I think that this is because whoever is sending these messages are trying to gain attention from Simon’s death as Simon used to send out similar messages to the school previously. I feel as if throughout the rest of the book Maeve and Brownyn will discover and find out the secrets of the messages and the truth of Simon’s “double life” because Maeve and Brownyn was the one who initiated the idea of Simon’s suicide.

Neutral Mask – PJ

1. What did I do during today’s studio, lesson, class, workshop? (activity)

During today’s class, we did a warm-up, which allowed us to discover our own new space (as we went online again). Also, we put on our neutral masks and created a new character, by finding a new level of gravity, placing our posture and head/arms/legs differently, and using different body language. With our mask on, we created a story by finding a unique object in our rooms and going through a journey with them, then eventually saying goodbye to that object and falling asleep.

2. How do I feel about the work I did today? (reflection)

I felt pretty good about the work I accomplished today, as we were all in a new environment, and had to work out how to do things and do theatre online. But besides that, I feel like I made the most out of the situation and really tried to think out of the box, embodying a character I don’t think I usually would by in real life– Which was interesting to experience.

3. What did I learn, discover or explore that was “new” to me today? (perception)

I discovered that all “normal” objects around me could be made into something interesting and entertaining for the audience to watch. Which made me want to explore more with what I could do with those objects. For example, I chose a corner of my curtains for my object, as it’s something I see every day, but have never thought about it another way but for its functional use. Using this point of view, I turned my curtains into a “persona” which brought it to life, I acted like it was my best friend and protected it when something bad was going to happen. I acted very attached to it, and even danced with my curtains which is something I never thought would happen.

4. What did I “see” or “experience” that I already knew about “theatre” today and how it was                    “confirmed” to me (confirmation) OR what did I see or experience that “challenged” my understanding or assumptions about theatre and how it was challenged? (flexibility)

In fantasy books, plays, or movies, I had always seen or read about unique objects embodying an actual character, but I had never really thought about this happening in real life. So seeing how everyone in theatre class today used a random object in their room and made it into something so interesting, really confirmed to me that actually anything is possible in life and that you just need to use your creativity and imagination for it.

5. What was my major area(s) of strength and weaknesses in the work today that I need to focus on to become a better…theatre person? (self-evaluation)

I think I was decently good at trying to create a story and accompany it with some intricate movements with the mask on. But next time I feel as if I could explore more with using my levels, and to play more with objects/my surroundings in a different and unique way (something I usually wouldn’t do, or something that is out of my comfort zone). And to also try to figure out how I can use the mask to tell different types of stories.

6. Finally, think about how you might use today’s work in your future theatre endeavors. How might you use it, how might it connect, what might it influence in your work? (application)

After today’s lesson, I feel as if in the future it will allow me to think outside of the box a little more. As I can use it to connect with more”normal” objects around the room and make my stories/scenes more intriguing with them. It might influence my work in a way that I will think of movements or create something in a way I usually wouldn’t.

Class Reflection (Jan 8)- Process Journal

What I did during today’s studio, lesson, class, workshop? (activity)

Today in drama, I completed a skills inventory sheet– which listed different skills we might need to eventually use in theatre and I ticked off different boxes in different columns to assess myself (picture attached below). We also did “tableaus”, which are still pictures explaining a scene, and even created a short piece on a diving incident with it (video attached below as well).

How do I feel about the work I did today? (reflection)

Looking back on the work I did during class today, it felt nice to be able to move around the space and use my body to represent and express different feelings/things.

What did I learn, discover, or explore that was “new” to me today? This can include the skills inventory as well. (Perception)

Today, I discovered that there are some things in physical theatre that surprised me, as I wouldn’t usually associate these skills with drama. For example, on our skills inventory, there were boxes for reading maps and hunting/fishing. Other than that, I explored new poses and ways I can place different parts of my body to “recreate” or form a pose (which correlates to a prompt given of course).

What did I “see” or “experience” that I already knew about “theatre” today and how was it “confirmed” to me? (Confirmation) OR What did I see or experience that ‘challenged’ myunderstanding or assumptions about theatre and how was it challenged? (Flexibility)

In middle school drama, we had also previously done some group work with stillness and poses, but today I learned that they were called “tableaus”.  For some prompts given, I saw people around me do different poses, which comforted me that there can be different poses “telling” the same story and it did not all have to be the same. Because of this, I tried pushing myself to see and put myself in someone else’s shoes and look at the same prompt from a different perspective to see if I could come up with a different pose from my classmates.

What was my major area(s) of strength and weaknesses in the work today that I need to focus on to become a better…. “physical theatre” person? (self-evaluation)

I think throughout our tableau work today, I did good with trying to think outside the box as when I did my three different poses, I tried to incorporate different levels and different arm/leg placement. Though something I feel as if I could improve on is to work on the transitions between these poses so that when they’re all placed together it tells a full story.

Finally, think about how you might use today’s work in your future theatre endeavors. How might you use it, how might it connect, what might it influence in your work? (Application)

Usually, I always thought of physical theatre as a lot of moving around and not so much stillness but after today’s class with working on tableaus, I can use this to create different types of physical theatre pieces– in cooperating stillness and telling a story through my body and the poses I do, instead just straight forward movement and explaining what I’m trying to do.

Wonder and One of Us is Lying

Over the winter break, I re-read the book, Wonder. Inside the author uses different perspectives for each chapter to express different events that happen, and how those different characters feel/think. I found it interesting to see how the different environments that August was put in impacted his actions and behaviors. The way that August’s parents and his sister Via “protected” him when we got bullied and picked on shows how much his family cares for him.

The second book I also read over the break was One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. I particularly enjoyed this book as I feel as if it had a good mystery that caused me to want to keep on reading. The way the author carefully placed small clues throughout let me think of possible solutions that could’ve happened to Simon. But it makes me wonder what made Simon want to cause all this trouble for his friends to uncover and have to deal with.

If I were to write an essay on a book I have already read, I think it would be One of Us is Lying. This isn’t because it’s the most recent book I have read, but also how the author made the mystery of the book flow nicely, and how it kept making me want to skip forward and find out what happened. I would write my essay about how Simon carefully placed “clues” and set things up so that he could cover his own suicide and convince the police and his friends it was just a bad thing that happened while they were stuck in detention. (He knew he was allergic to peanuts so he made himself eat them and removed all surrounding Epi-pens)



Controlling Destiny- Final Process Journal

1.How do you feel now that you have finished the final acting scene?

It feels relieving to be done with something we’ve been working on for so long, and something we have worked so hard for.

2. I Used to think/Now I think – in regards to preparing for your final acting scene.

I used to think that during our performance everything needed to go exactly to plan, but after the performance when we realized we stuttered a bit or skipped a few lines I now think that acting is all about going with the flow, creating a realistic scene and not all about being perfect.

3. What did you do well? Your ensemble?

I think that I projected my voice well so that the audience could hear me, and enunciated my words clearly. I also tried talking at a speed the audience would be able to follow along comfortably with. I think that our ensemble improved with our blocking and handling props as we connected our movements to dialouge, and we knew when and where we needed to go/be.

4.  What do you feel you could do better on in the future?

I think that one major thing our ensemble could improve more on is just getting the script right first, as I am aware we skipped some lines, but it didn’t affect how our scene flowed. However, as an individual I feel like I could improve on my character development and more of the body movements my character would’ve maybe done.

5. Connect the process of creating a character, developing performance and performance to YOU in the future.

I feel like through the process of developing a character and performance will help me in the future as I can learn how to embody and notice specific details about people or the way a scene flows. It will also help me make wiser decisions as I will want to me more precise with everything I do.

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