The Day After the Fair – PJ Independent Work

April 29: During this work block, Kristine and I ran through our script once by reading it out loud and also reviewed and revised some of our objectives for each unit. Afterwards, I continued by starting to memorize my lines and also think about the actions and blocking I would do for each line, and how these movements play into my character during this certain time zone of the Victorian Era.

May 4: This work class, I answered Stanislavsky and Uta’s questions from my character (Edith) perspective. After, I tried to memorize as much of the script as I could in one go, and also attempted to clarify and know my speaking cues as well.

The Day After the Fair- Research for Victorian Era

What did upper class Victorians do?
These women had a range of servants to perform the domestic chores for them, so they usually just had to oversee them. An everyday task of upper-class women was accepting and paying visits, as well as organizing dinner parties for their friends and family.
What did upper class Victorians wear?
What was their etiquette like?
https://people.howstuffworks.com/10-ridiculous-victorian-etiquette-rules.htm
Marriage in the Victorian Era:
https://editions.covecollective.org/chronologies/marriage-victorian-era

Live Theatre Experiences

  • Nutcracker – Danz Center performance 2016
  • Swan Lake – Danz Center performance 2017
  • Alice in Wonderland – On Pointe performance 2017
  • Snow White – ISB Production 2017
  • Mary Poppins – On Pointe performance 2018
  • Movie Night? – On Pointe performance 2019
  • Not a Box – ISB Production
  • Once Upon a Hutong – ISB Production
  • Honk – ISB Production
  • TEDx Talk – Youth @BWYA 2019
  • Midsummer nights Dream – ISB Production 2019
  • Peter Pan – On Pointe 2019
  • Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre 2019
  • Bluefire showcase – ISB 2021
  • The Audition – ISB Production 2021

The Audition creates a point of tension when Yuma believes that she is better than all the other dancers and hence interrupts the choreographer and her teaching. This initially creates a slightly awkward atmosphere as the other characters are skeptical of Yuma’s behavior, however later on, warm up to Yuma and her large personality by following her lead and cheer her on as she fights in a dance battle.

The director made this moment of tension possible through the atmosphere it created. They utilized the long pauses and loud and abrupt interruption of Yuma to highlight and emphasize her sassy personality taking over the choreographer’s role as she begins to challenge the choreographer into a dance battle. Furthermore, this atmosphere is developed through the crowd gathered around both Yuma and the choreographer and the loud encouraging cheers being said. Alongside the bright and colorful lighting to enhance the liveliness of the scene, these aspects is what creates the tension and atmosphere of the moment.

What is TEAM?

Team stands for 4 different things designers and directors focus on to be able to create moments on stage within the play, called “Moments of Theatre”. These factors may influence and effect one another. 

T – tension  : opposite forces working against each other to create high ______ (the state of anything – such as adding high energy or “tightness”, eg. two people who want 2 different things leading to conflict)

E – Emotion : inward/outward thoughts and feelings (the expression of them, how it’s dealt with), either onstage or by the audience

A – atmosphere : how actors respond to the environment, production elements (scenery, sound, lighting, costumes)

M – meaning : what are we trying to say/convey with this production

Research phase for I & You- Design

Set Designer 1: Michael Carnahan

Set Design for I AND YOU – First Look

Images of his model:

 

Set Designer 2:  Jeff Moderger

https://www.vermontstage.org/i-and-you.html 

Images of the set:

 

Summary- Walls filled with pictures, kind of boho-indie aesthetic, slanted attic walls, neon/fairy lighting

Some costume inspo for Caroline and Anthony:

Summary: Very casual and loose clothing. Caroline almost seems as she is dressed in her pajamas as she was not expecting Anthony’s visit.

Additional props: The book that Anthony brings, perhaps the English project that they work on, the camera Caroline uses to take pictures of

I and You by Lauren Gunderson

This play was about a girl named Caroline who was homebound due to her liver illness, and Anthony as they attempt to complete an urgent English assignment. However, as they continue to work together they become closer in connection and share secrets with each other which then leads to an unexpected twist in the play. In the end, we learn that Caroline’s room is a metaphor for her body, and that their encounter and interactions with each other is Anthony being Caroline’s organ donor for her liver transplant.

I found this twist in the story very interesting and it kept me engaged throughout the play. I would’ve never expected for something like this to happen as it took me by surprise, and I thought it was very smart by the author to formulate a play in this way. I really enjoyed how each of Anthony and Caroline’s interaction symbolized something during the organ transplant such as when Anthony was being ‘rejected’, that was actually Caroline’s body rejecting Anthony’s liver. All in all, I think this play was a good read as it was easy to understand the language usage and connections. I really liked how Caroline and Anthony’s relationship developed throughout the play, even though there were some bumps along the way, the ending and reveal of the metaphor was very meaningful and well thought-out.

Intro Video- What is theatre?

What is theatre? What is the purpose of theatre? Why do we make theatre?

Theatre is like the mirror of our life as it reflects all our struggles, pain, happiness and joy. It is composed of all different mechanics and methods. It allows the audience to have a glimpse into the actor and the story that is currently being told, and find beauty and peace amongst the storyline and production. The purpose of theatre is to show and display the actors hard work and product by exposing themselves onto the stage. Theatre also allows those to see and view things from a different perspective, and opens up the audiences mind and hearts into the community of theatre. Also, we make theatre and take part in it for ourselves because we enjoy doing it. We don’t do it to gain publicity or make money, but instead want to make others feel entertained and enjoy the story that is currently being told.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages: Stage Configurations

Theatre in the Round

Advantages:

  • Audience is able to look at the production from multiple perspectives, depending on where they’re sitting

Disadvantages:

  • At some point, actors backs may face towards the audience
  • Scenery has to be built for a 360 angle, audience may be blocked by the props
  • Sound projection is harder to all angles of the audience

Proscenium

Advantages:

  • Larger audience
  • Audience gains a good view as actors are only performing to one side
  • Scenery only has to be one sided

Disadvantages:

  • Disconnected audience as they are sat farther away
  • Actors inability to use the vast space

Traverse

Advantages:

  • Audience is able to look at the production from multiple perspectives, depending on where they’re sitting
  • Less distracting background/scenery
  • Audience feels more connected to the production

Disadvantages:

  • Audience will see actors back if actors face one side
  • Scenery will have to designed for both sides
  • Complicated blocking issues
  • Backstage area, no wings for the actors to come out of

Thrust

Advantages:

  • More realistic feeling, more connected to the audience

Disadvantages:

  • Angles/perspective of where the audience is sat to the actors on stage
  • Scenery has to be angled in a certain direction
  • Safety hazard for the actors, potential of falling off

Black Box

Advantages:

  • Easier to project and perform
  • Easier to connect to audience

Disadvantages:

  • Less space
  • Small audience, crowded
  • No backstage area, no wings

Site Specific

Advantages:

  • Realistic
  • More open space
  • Total creativity

Disadvantages:

  • If it’s outside, no control over the weather
  • No control over background noises and lighting
  • Harder to project and perform in an open space
  • Not designed to be a performance space

Scenery and Scenic Construction

SCENIC CONSTRUCTION

Even though I had previously taken wood work courses and have dealt with large power tools before, I used to think that they were quite intimidating and never was really that open minded, and hesitated in using them. Though, once we began our project, I found that these power tools actually came in handy and allowed us to cut and handle wood quickly and efficiently. I became more comfortable handling things like these, and now I find using saws and tools such as drills fun. Although, at times our group would make measurement mistakes, or our cuts were never perfect so some parts were always a bit off. And though it’d be great if this didn’t happen, the mistakes we made gave us an opportunity to learn from them, and problem solve so that we could fix these issues and make them unnoticeable.

YOU as an artist and a theatre maker

I used to think that all forms of art needed to have perfect fine details and look amazing, just like the way I had imagined it in my head. However, after going through the process of constructing and painting the fireplace/boats, now I think that perfection isn’t necessary. Although it will always be an aspect that everyone strives to achieve, now I think and am aware that the audience is sat so far away from the pieces, or distracted by something else ,that they won’t be paying attention or directly focusing on the piece, so being perfect isn’t so significant. Additionally, before creating these pieces of scenery, I never really considered myself an ‘artist’ of any kind, as I didn’t typically create the usual mediums of art like canvas painting and sketching. But after we completed the two pieces, I was able to learn more artistic techniques and crafting techniques and I came to realize that art can be found anywhere, and anything can be deemed as art, it’s just different and comes in a different form!

Theatre and Theatre Production

Before we began creating our pieces, I had never realized the amount of work that went behind creating each set/background. Whilst going through the cutting of wood, the actual constructing, and finalizing the product by painting and other details, it occurred to me that there were so many components of making one piece and that the audience never gets to see this backstage process. I felt as if this was an eye opener for me, as backstage workers are never given enough credit for what they do since the scenery always plays a huge part in a production; creating the atmosphere of a show, expressing the specific setting/time period, and so much more. In the future when I watch a production, I’ll just be wondering and admiring all the effort that was put into creating all the scenery and the time dedicated towards producing it. Moreover, creating these pieces allowed me to soak in the importance of collaborating well with peers. This is because we were all working on the same thing, however at times, we would have different thoughts or strategies to get something done. Therefore, we had to communicate and come up with a combined idea of how to tackle a certain task. And 4 brains are always better than 1!

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