Konstantin Stanislavski was an actor who was born in Russia. He lived from 1863-1963.
5 Elements of actor preparation:
What did you do in class today? (Summary)
- We did a watchmaker relaxation exercise.
What did you learn that was new to you? (Perception)
- I learnt to isolate and relax each individual part of my body, and to control my breathing.
What did you do that confirmed something you already knew about theatre? (Connection)
- How to direct my focus to each individual thing I do, and that each movement means something/ is intentional.
What was the “concept” or “big idea” from today? (Transfer)
- Being able to relax, and imagine scenarios in our head.
What differences did you notice between the first time you did the exercise and the last? If you didn’t notice HUGE changes, refer back to prompts 2 & 4 and see if you can come up with something for this. (Analysis)
I noticed that I was calmer the second time around, and cared less about my surroundings, and I was only focused on watchmaking.
- What was the name of the performance? The name of the group performing?
Treasure Island by National Theater
- What did you notice about the performance?
The way they spoke and directed the entire play plus the costumes gave off a very old vibe, like this performance was based in the olden days. The lights were dimmed, only focused on the actors.
- What does the performance remind you of?
The dialogue sounded very Shakespearean, with like old/broken English.
- How did you feel during the performance?
During the play, when the pirates were having a party thing, it made me feel somehow included with them, because I could see that they were enjoying themselves and having a good time. Also, during the fight scene was violent…but it was interesting and funny to watch happen.
- What questions do you have about the performance?
What was this performance based on/made off of? What inspired this play?
- What part of the performance did you enjoy the most? The least? Why do you think that is?
I didn’t really enjoy the dialogue/narration of it, only because their accents were hard to understand. I enjoyed the scenery and props that they included on stage; the sound effects also made it more realistic.
This is my first recorded reading of the monologue I chose.
The monologue I chose: He’s not the problem. I am. It means I’m a terrible person. It’s just the two of us, and he’s asking me about my day, making me dinner, trying to talk to me about sports, being nothing but nice to me, and I can’t stop thinking that I wish I had her instead of him. What kind of person looks someone in the eyes, someone who’s trying so hard, and wishes they were dead instead of someone else? Every time he smiles at me, every time he hugs me and says he loves me, I’m afraid he’s gonna see that I didn’t choose him. That I want her instead.
- Risk Taker (willing to be open-minded to new things/ideas)
- Positive and Energetic (have a good attitude towards everything)
- Aware and in Control (observe how your actions impact other people)
- Focused (concentrate on what you’re doing)
- Active Listener (find out how you can cooperate with other people’s ideas into yours)
- Cooperative and Collaborative (work alongside your peers)
- Efficient (use your time wisely)
- Leaders & Followers (know when it is your turn to step up or step back)
- Positively Critical & able to act on that criticism (constructive criticism/positive feedback)
I would really love to work on being a risk-taker and being a leader and follower. I want to work on being a risk-taker as sometimes especially in drama class I won’t push myself, or I just stay in my comfort zone. I feel as I should challenge myself more and take more risks. I also would like if I can work on my leading and following skills because sometimes I also feel as I’ll always lead, or I’ll always follow, not both.
Jocelyn as Liv (Unprivileged)
Angel as Ilana (Privileged)
This story is about 2 girls, through their own perspectives, who met at a school event, where during COVID-19, they both go through their own struggles, but eventually, finding their way.
It represents how some may feel during this special occasion, how we take things for granted, and how much we envy each other at times.
Making this project was fun, even though I do think there are some aspects we could’ve improved on such as the main storyline through texts and the voiceover. But it was nice to express how we really felt on the inside, and share that it is okay, and everyone else is also going through this, you aren’t alone.
I chose to choreograph this dance that is inspired by the current situation we are facing with the virus. It goes through all the struggles we have been through and what we really feel about it. With all these challenges, I chose to use the song “You Say” by Lauren Daigle because I feel as if the lyrics express our thought process right now. I have also muffled the soundtrack, resembling the feeling of being trapped and isolated inside. It shows us how sometimes if “you say” something that we just need to focus on the bright side of things and use all the negativity going around to bring the positive and inspirational things out of it.
I feel like this piece shows a lot of emotion you wouldn’t usually see in dance which is nice and tells a story to the audience of what is going on in the world right now. I think to improve for next time, I could work on having better transitions, from one movement to another, and maybe even speeding it up a bit.
Overall, I quite enjoyed making this piece as it let me experience a lot of things, making each movement to have a meaning behind it. It also made me reflect on the past 9 weeks of the virus and quarantine, and how I’ve been dealing with it lately.
As we cannot attend school in person, we have resolved to online school (e-learning). Though drama is usually a “hands-on” kind of thing, our group containing Christine, Jacob, Nick, Patrick and I have decided to teach other students how to do a few of the basic drama exercises, that we would usually do as a warm-up in drama class. Exercises included are stretch release, stretch collapse, shake, number shake and pinch explode.