Today was your first performance to an audience. Some things went well, some not so well.
Using the key points listed, reflect on how you think things went and what you would change and why.
1. What is your overall feeling of the performance? sum up in a maximum of 3 words
2. How well do you think your character was communicated to the audience?
3. How did having music help/hinder you in your performance?
4. What elements of the performance did not do well?
5. What parts were not rehearsed that you realised, are important to rehearse?
6. How well did the non-verbal communication went? Do you think talking would have been better?
7. What would be the one thing you would add/take out to make the performance better?
Adding music to your scenes will help the narrative and also fill out the performance.
For the three Scenes you are in find a piece of music that will work in each.
Try to keep it instrumental but lyrics can also work, however they must fit the scene.
Write the name and if possible include a link to the music with a justification for why it works.
Today we introduced costumes to our characters.
Discuss what items of your costume worked and what did not.
Also discuss how each group looked when they were on stage. What worked with the visual elements and what didn't.
Knowing that we need to all be together on stage what will be the potential problems with costumes?
What prop will your character have? Bring it in tomorrow.
If anyone can guess why I used that quote I will need to give you a house sticker!!!!
Today you started to play with using make up to create characters or have makeup used on you.
State what you think you did well
What you would do differently next time.
If you had your face done state what techniques you noticed were effective and which were not
Monday we looked at Status.
List three different relationships you have in which you have three different statuses. For example.
As a teacher I am higher status then the students I teach but Lower status then the members of the leadership team or principal.
As a Parent I am higher status then my children and higher then my partner (Don't tell him that :-) )
As a daughter I am lower then my parents
Today we started looking at ways to build a character, focussing on physicality. The walk was the focus. For today's blog first describe your walk under the following the headings and then list some details about the "type" of character the walk may belong to.
Tempo - Speed of the walk
Leading part - what part of the body is leading the rest of the body
Feet - What are the feet doing
Knees - What are the Knees doing
Centre of gravity - How is the centre of gravity effected by the walk
Type of character that would suit the walk
Today you completed your first Drama test. In this post you need to state what the most important aspect of effective performance is... in your opinion. State it and justify why.
Also look at what you think you did really well today and what areas of stagecraft you think you need to improve.
Below are some examples of endings/conculsions
The production culminates in a murderous extravaganza that tips the edge of comedy until Todd realises he has killed his long-lost wife Lucy, and resigns to death at the hands of a mentally scarred Tobias, wielding Todd’s own precious blade. Todd lies lifeless in his own blood until resurrected powerfully, for the finale. He retreats further into the London’s maze of streets, until he finally disappears through a reinforced steel door that opens onto the fires of hell and slams shut leaving the audience in the deserted dark of the “the pit”. The directly disturbing insinuation that emerges from the warped morality of Sweeney Todd (without offering any answers) exposes our world with all its economically driven aspirations, as not so different in principle from the barbarity of nineteenth century London. Our own depravity as a society is a hard point to face but at the end of such a production one has to ask…. “Is that Sweeney there inside you?”
Marie Antoinette is a well-presented film, which is innovative in its presentation of the main protagonist. The use of clever editing combined with effectual cinematography combined to make it a good film. The costumes were lavishly done, and illustrated the time, whilst the beautiful setting of Versailles belied the political turmoil of France and Marie Antoinette’s (Kirsten Dunst) inability to see what was going on around her.
Coppola's direction focuses on visual style, but it's as if so much work went into the look of the film to camouflage the lack of story. One of the major flaws in Marie Antoinette is that in achieving the Brechtian remove she desires; Coppola distances us from the characters in a manner more suitable, perhaps, to a satire than the complexities of this film. Marie's lamentable end hits us intellectually more than emotionally; in a sense, the movie is too smart for its own good.
The task tonight is to start your review by writing a sentence or two introduction that highlights a key idea or theme of the piece, while showing the reader the tone and setting the scene.
Also check out the review sheet on the assessment tasks tab
Below are some examples of good introductions.
Out of the smoky and menacing darkness emerged the sound of “man devouring man, my dear”, the sound of a bleak industrial society dominated by the lucrative strength of machines. Though the razor blade glinted in Sweeney’s hand, though he mercilessly slaughtered numerous innocent people before our very eyes, though he supported the exploitation of dead bodies to boost Mrs Lovett’s flailing pie industry, though he smiles at the prospect of murder, we cannot condemn him. Is it because secretly we would all do anything to achieve our goals, is it because we understand the crushing prejudice of the social hierarchy, is it because there is a little bit of Sweeney Todd in each and every one of us? Alternatively, perhaps we just take pleasure in gruesome melodramas set one hundred years ago, safely in the past?
"The problem of leisure, what to do for pleasure." The opening lines of "Natural's not in it," by the gang of four, reverberates in the audiences ears as the hot pink title, Marie Antoinette, in punk collage typography, burns into their eyes. Sophia Coppola sets up to create a film with paradoxical themes.
As the curtain of colourful children’s blankets fell upon the stage, the audience were transported into a stark reality of life, with the only escape being power of imagination. Africa by Melbourne based theatre group My Darling Patricia, is a vivid portrait of the trails and tribulations of one family living in suburban Australia. Africa is based on the true story of Anna-Lena and Mika, two German children who [planned to elope to Africa and marry, with sister Anna-Bell taken to witness the spontaneous occasion. However, while the story ends there for Anna-Lena and Mika, the story of Africa begins.
We have started to explore the use of stage and how the positioning of people or objects can create different meaning.
Using the image below state what you think the scene might be, who are the characters and what is going on based on the way they are arranged on stage.
Think of 3 different positioning of performers on stage that would create a clear meaning.
What else would need to be added by the performers, set or lighting to reinforce the meaning you are trying to create?