"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide

"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela

"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Missed it by 20 minutes ...

Drat, I missed "today's" (Friday July 22nd) post by twenty-one minutes.

Week one is done and it's all going really well. Aristocats still needs a few small dialogue scenes to be blocked, though I do have them pre-blocked myself. And once that is done the Choreographer and I need to see / smooth out some things - transitions between choreography and staging - during a first stumble thru.

Into The Woods is looking awesome. They're going to get to a stumble thru on Monday afternoon ... saaaa-weet! Today I held a contest in the morning and afternoon sessions to see who would "go the whole hog" and really act (show me their character), remember their blocking, sing, move, smile, have fun, etc...and that was a good motivational tool - I believe - for getting them to go further with their characters. We'll see what Monday brings.

New Improv Game learned today:

3 people in the scene. 1 is sitting down. 1 person did something to the other and so they are in a fight, and the third person is trying to help them make up.
1 person goes out of the room so they can't hear the audiences choices - but they know the relationship of all 3 who will be in the scene (ie: boyfriend/girlfriend/wingman or three sisters where two are fighting and one is trying to get them to make up).
The audience decides what the character - the one who's outside not listening - has "done" to the other person. They also decide what this character will do to make it up to the person they "wronged".
The wingman's job is to use gestures only to get the first person to figure out what they did, and the person who was wronged can help out with some words.
Trick - if the person sitting see's the wingman doing funky gestures and asks what's going on the wingman has to "justify" what they are doing, and the same thing goes for the person who's trying to apologize.

"I'm sorry I BLANK, and I promise to BLANK" is a good way to get the person who's guessing to do it.

*Also, an ahhhh from the audience when they guesser is close and clapping when they hit it on the nose is fun for them too.

~That is probably not written out well but I didn't want to forget it ... and it's late ... and so there.

:o) Goodnight/morning!

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