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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aaron Jin on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to at University of Washington taught by Professor in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views.
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Date Created: 03/10/16
Aaron Jin January 25, 2016 Performance Reflection Makeup I performed in the staged reading of The Tale of the Heike, presented through the UW School of Drama in partnership with ACT Theatre. This was my first time participating in a new play workshop, so although there was minimal movement/blocking, it was still a great learning opportunity. The main difference is that the role of the cast was to let the playwrights hear the words spoken aloud. This means that some of the pieces that we workshopped in the rehearsal process were not presented in the performances; they were only read aloud for the sake of letting the playwrights hear them before continuing to work on the pieces. The emphasis was primarily on speaking the words in accordance with the flow of the reading. Part of the script was even replaced between the first and second performance and a cast member dropped due to the changes necessary for the script. We are also directed to read from the script as opposed to trying to memorize it or interact with each. This really helped shift the focus from trying to show off as an actor and make my purpose to serve the story. Actors who messed up from attempting to memorize or interrupting the tempo and flow of the story stood out obviously, and reaffirmed my decision to commit to the story. Although there was no blocking strictly speaking, many actors still used movement to shape the way they voiced text. There were more obvious attempts to do so when actors mime the actions provided in the stage direction, but there were also actors who moved their bodies and used gestures that had the same quality as their way of speaking. By quality I am referring to speed, intensity, size, variations, and more. Oftentimes, the additional movement did help actors get more into the story and aided their performance. However, there were times in rehearsal when the director would ask actors to tone down and let the message be conveyed through the text and the voice. I would say that movement was used to capture the essence of the emotion before being translated to the text only.
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