Getting Ready to Perform!

I haven’t had much that’s exciting to say about our last few rehearsals because we’ve basically just been going through the show and figuring out what goes where and who does what; fitting all of the pieces together. This has actually been a longer process that I thought it would be, which made me kind of nervous. However, today we got it set! We are finally happy with the order and we have transitions to move from one section to another. Actually, we figured out today that when we transition from person to person, we will hand something off. This idea came when I was watching a past rehearsal and listening to our conversation. Hilary-Ann said something that I thought was very poignant. She said that she believes that, as actors, we give a little piece of ourselves to the audience. I though maybe it would be nice if we “gave a piece of ourselves” to each other when we transitioned to the next section of the piece. So we’ve decided that we will have a necklace with a mirror on it that will be passed from person to person. I think this brings some unity to the piece and helps to tie all of the individual stories together. Now, we just have to keep rehearsing the piece until Saturday so that everyone feels comfortable. I’m really happy with the journey that we’ve made with this piece. Its been a lot of fun to work with this cast and I feel that we’ve all gotten closer because of this project. I’m so excited to show our work to an audience. They may not completely get what we are trying to say, but I think each person can take something away from it. I like art that doesn’t give you all of the answers and I think this piece is an example of that.

Anyway, at this point we’re really just getting ready for the performance. I’ve been hanging posters, making a program, and putting together all of the music that we’re using during the performance. I also think it will be interesting for us to have an audience because we have put some pretty personal things into this piece and I feel that, as a group, we have grown pretty comfortable with sharing these personal things, having an audience will add a new dynamic of people that we’re not necessarily that comfortable with. Still, that should make for an exciting show! The performance is next Saturday April 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm in the Math and Computer Science Building at Baldwin Wallace University. All are welcome!

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Music to our Ears

Last night our rehearsal was led by Hilary-Ann. For her activity, she had us listen to music and move in whatever ways the music made us move. She also had us write 3 different words on slips of paper. These words had to do with American culture, our generation, or love. She pulled out the words while the music was playing and we were moving. She told us to let the words affect us as well. Hilary played four or five different songs for us, all of which she said she had played for a certain reason. I don’t remember (because I didn’t know them) many of the songs, nor do I know her purpose for choosing each of them. However, each song seemed to have a different mood and affect us all in a different way. Collectively as a group, we seemed to react pretty similarly. The energy in the room would change with each song and sometimes the song would give us a goal, sometimes it would take our goals away. After we did the activity, we talked about all of these things and what Hilary saw. One thing that we found quite poignant in what she saw was, “a struggle for nothing.” We talked about this idea and what it meant to us and then we decided to explore this idea physically. Hilary picked out a few more songs and we laid down to start the next activity. Kelly watched this one so that Hilary could participate. While we were laying down we each thought of something that we were struggling with and used this in conjunction with the music to see how it affected us. This also brought out some cool results and moments, which we talked about after the activity. There are some moments from this activity that we will explore in subsequent rehearsals as well as the idea of masks. One of the songs that Hilary played was “Babel” by Mumford and Sons. We all seemed to react strongly to this song and to its lyrics so we will keep playing around with this song.

In our next rehearsal we are going to make masks and watch the documentary Happy.

In the rehearsal after that, we will use these masks and I am going to look into doing an activity from Moni Yakim’s Creating a Character, using the chapter on the social self.

We have a lot of exciting ideas buzzy around now. I would like us to explore these ideas and hone them into what is most important so that we can put this into the piece.