• In the performance of “Where is the dragon?” I participated as the character called ‘small knight three”, who is completely beneath everything, and does not believe the story of the dragon. As we were developing the characters, we added some reactions to further show the characteristics of each role, especially for me, as an example,  not being astonished so that the audience can see he is not scared. As for my character, small knight three leads the story to every turning point, laughing and finding out what’s under the shadow. I contributed by paying attention and participating in every rehearsal with a high concentration. Also providing various ideas and being optimistic.  As an ensemble, we discussed and shared our ideas with each other, maybe not accepting all, but definitely involving everyone in.
  • Since we took a children’s book and performed it in front of the ES kids, we have to be very dramatic and big. Making the story as clear as possible, pronouncing every word crystal clear, and bringing them into the story.  From the experience, we noticed that we are not able to predict the audiences’ reactions, things might not keep in track.  Being familiar with your performing space also help us gain confidence and can project our story without distractions on which way to go or up or down. For this kind of performance, using senses is also very important, for example, drum beats, which can keep the tempo and the flow of the story, exaggerating the plot fully.  Lastly, the most important thing is to be prepared, at least for the basic jobs like memorizing lines and having dramatic expression.  So that is able to react to different situations, problems, and difficulties.
  • As this was also introduced in the second paragraph, connections with the audiences won’t always go the way you wanted, but we will still have to continue and not lose confidence.  This performance was for little kids, and when the intended audience changes, we will also need to shift our main points and emphasize other ideas. As an ensemble, we were actually surprised about the little kids’ reactions, they didn’t seem to laugh or have any response to our performance, but still, we can see that they are watching the whole time and showing respect to us. Especially performing group projects, collaboration is very important, only memorizing your parts are not enough. As for having a conversation in the performance, knowing others’ lines is also needed so that you know when to project your line, and how you can react on others’ lines.