Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Today's class is one of the more interesting things I've done on a stage in quite a while. I felt that the exercises we did were very helpful. When we were standing around doing nothing and then having to count something I thought was a good learning tool. I know how it can be nervous having people stare at you. It's different in a studio theatre to, because people are right next to you. I think WhizBang and Tah Te helped me become more comfortable with the people in class. These little exercises helped me become more comfortable because it allowed me to do things I wouldn't normally do when first meeting people. I don't have a problem looking goofy because everyone else is going to have to do the same things. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the semester is going to bring.
This class is certainly not what I expected it to be. I was under the impression that I was going to have some sort of play to read, or perhaps a monologue, and that I would then have to prepare it and perform. I am glad that we get to play games and that they pertain to the class. Today I learned the importance of committing to an action with the conducting game that we played, and also that even if you think you are directing a certain way people may not understand your meaning, and you can then adjust your action. I also saw how people act when they are in front of a group, especially if it is without a purpose. I know that I was fidgety before I started counting the lights in the room, and that others would laugh or play with their hands when they did not have a purpose. I imagine that purpose is something that adds interest to a scene, especially if there is no dialogue.