Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It is officially 2019! Here are my new years resolutions.

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New Years resolutions:

  1. Get better at acting and apply for acting opportunities.
  2. Do Crossfit more and become stronger in every aspect.
  3. Draw more.
  4. Go on more adventures.
  5. Do well in school.
  6. Read more.
  7. Have the fun of a lifetime.
  8. Blog and attain new followers that can come on my journey with me.
  9. Be kind and help others.
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12 Days Of Theatre and Art

Today, is the first day of 12 days of Theatre and Art and I’m so excited to share with you all the fun things we are going to do until Christmas day. For the first one, I have a song.

12 Days Of Theatre and Art:

On the 12 days of Theatre and Art, my body did for me

One Dramatic Fall

Two Sketches

Three Running Jumps

Four Paintings

Five Entrances

Six designs

Seven cold glares

Eight Still lives

Nine Vocal Cracks

Ten Watercolors

Eleven Costume changes

and..

Twelve Finished Art

Theatre Game: Famous People

Here is a fun theatre game called Famous People.

What you need:

Chairs

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Whiteboard, chalkboard

 

How to play:

  1. Set up two or three chairs in front of a whiteboard / chalkboard. Have the chairs face the Audience with their backs facing the writing surface.
  2. Ask two or three volunteers to sit in the chair.
  3. Behind each volunteers head write down three famous celebrities. The audience should be able to see them but not the volunteers.
  4. The goal is for the volunteers to guess which celebrity they are by asking simple “yes” or “no” questions to the audience. If the response is a “yes” that volunteer gets to keep asking questions to the class. If it is a “no” then the turn is passed onto the next volunteer. (Sample questions could be “Am I male?” Am I a child?” “Am I green?” and so on.)
  5. The game continues until the volunteers guess who they are.

 

Tips:

  • If you are rehearsing a specific play or musical consider using only characters in that script.
  • Instead of characters you could also choose famous places.
  • For a class, consider trying a tournament scenario where the first volunteer to guess who they are is the “ultimate winner” and the other winners compete in a final round to see who is “champion.”

 

 

 

Theatre: How to pretend to die on stage

One of my favorite parts of acting is when you get to die on stage.

You are allowed to make it the most dramatic or most subtle death and I think it’s really fun. So here are the steps to how to do so:Image result for death on stage

Violent death:

  1. Choreograph the steps leading up to the death. Nobody wants to get injured on stage in a pretend death, so always have steps leading up to the death that everyone follows. Many deaths though have a violent fight leading up to the death. Make sure you understand your character so you can engage in the struggle prior to your death.
  2. Determine what to do at the moment of impact. Depending on the way your character dies, there are many actions to take on this part. For example, if your were stabbed, you would probably fall forward onto the person stabbing you rather than if you were shot, you would fall backwards. Consider the death of your character carefully so you can make it the most believable.
  3. Collapse to the stage. After your character has been shot, stabbed or injured, fall to the stage. If you are standing by yourself and you didn’t die in someones arms to help you down to the stage, you will have to fall by yourself. To prevent the risk of injuries try this in stages. For example, fall to your knees and then the stage or fall with your hands out in front of you and then to the side. To make it the most realistic make your body go limp when you fall rather than awkward gestures and movements.

Non-violent death:

  1. Find the right position. If your character is dying from cancer or old age you’ll likely be in a bed or a chair. However, if you are dying of a heart attack you will have to fall from standing position. Understand the moment of death to make it realistic.
  2. Determine the amount of pain your character is experiencing. When you are dying, know the pain of the cause of death so it shows in your face and your body gestures. Make the death subtle and don’t over exaggerate. Just take sharp inhales of breath and grimace while clutching the area that hurts the most.
  3. If you have final lines, deliver them quietly. When you are playing a character who dies of a natural death, they will most likely barely be able to speak so deliver them quietly maybe with an added sharp breath to indicate that you are almost dead. When you are delivering these lines, don’t actually go to a whisper, still speak loud enough so the audience can hear.

The Aftermath:

  1. Choose a convincing final position. When you die, make sure the audience can still see you, don’t face your back to them, unless it is a part of the scene and open up your body, so it is exposed. This will make you feel more open and dead.
  2. Keep still. No one’s going to believe a dead body when they are moving around. Your other cast members need to believe that you are actually dead so they can convey their emotions after your death.
  3. Take shallow breaths. If you are breathing deeply, you will be noticed and could interrupt the scene. Try to take shallow breaths, as if you were sleeping and keep your mouth closed.

Hope this helps all of you when you get to die on stage!

 

Pinterest: New account

Pinterest

Hey all!

I just created a new Pinterest account which I will be posting on regularly. Feel free to check it out and follow me! I will pin new, fun things from my blog and from my sketchbook! I will be adding boards and new pins frequently (hopefully), to try to make this site easier to navigate. Hope you visit it!

 

People at Theater

Shallow Focus Photography of Paintbrush

 

How to laugh on stage…

Everyone knows, for the majority of people it is hard to laugh on stage.

Here are some tricks and tips to enhance your laugh and make it more realistic:
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  1. Don’t control yourself. Your natural laugh comes as a surprise, like an unplanned vocalization. Try to mimic this in your fake laughter. Your laughter is irregular so add variety to your laughter by going up and down in pitch.
  2. Speed up the rate of your laugh.  Listeners are more likely to believe a laugh when it is sped up. Instead of a slow deep laugh, make it more high pitched and giggly.
  3. Add breathes to your laughter. You can tell a fake laugh from a real one by the breath inserted between your chuckles and chortles. To make a laugh more realistic, allow your breath to come in more staggered intervals to make it seem more genuine.
  4. Laugh according to your gender. Men and Women both tend to vary to different tones of laughter. Women laugh in a more sing-song, birdlike manner, while men most often grunt or snort in amusement. Use this to your advantage to make your laugh sound less fake.
  5. Don’t laugh to loud. Most people have trouble with this. They often fake their laughter so much over the top, everyone can tell it is fake. So, basically don’t laugh so loud to where you can’t hear the conversation over it.
  6. Taper off of the end of your laugh. A common error is when you come to an abrupt stop in your laughter. Your natural laugh never happens to abruptly stop so begin fading your laugh until you feel like it is right to stop.