You have to Practice

Movies, plays, musical, theatre in general. You see theatre everywhere you go! Whether you’re walking through the oblique halls of Homestead with that gloomed out frown that is being worn  by every persona and seeing a poster like “Come to Peter Pan on January…!”, or driving through downtown Milwaukee and seeing the city lights, and the glowing building of the Marcus Center, theatre is all around you. Now if you’re like me, you might have thought or wondered many different things, but probably one of the biggest things you may have wondered has been is theatre really that hard, or even how do you even act. Well if you’re like me you should think about taking Acting 1, because I mean it’s a basic necessity of one to know how to act or perform.

The first thing we did in Acting 1 was introduce ourselves and meet Ms. Figg-Franzoi, who when you first walked into the room gave the casual and classic ice breaker, but was able to transition into the first project being a prop talk. The prop talk I first thought was just going to be one of those ‘awkward’ first encounter ice breaker type project, but I was surely mistaken. The prop talk although pretty awkward actually helped me meet people (which is pretty impressive due to my overall awkwardness and shyness as a person). The prop talk showed me the diversity of different people in my class, and in all honesty wasn’t even that awkward in general. Now even though that was fun and simple it wasn’t acting in all honesty, and it gave you a comfortable feel for presenting in front of the people you would be performing for the next 60 days for.

Now although the first presentation was pretty comfortable next came different projects such as making commercials and acting out pantomimes, which in all honesty were not too difficult, but those projects started the transition into the most known and basic form of acting. This most basic form of acting is what we think of today in all honesty like TV or movies. We started the most difficult speaking project I have done to date, monologues.  

The monologues were brutal. You may wonder to yourself how can it be different from any other public speech. Well let me tell you that it was brutal. A little information you can learn about me is that I in all honesty I haven’t had the biggest issue with public speaking I have the usual sweaty palms and rosy red cheeks when I speak in front of people. Now the monologue I picked was from How I Met Your Mother, and even as a huge fan of the show there was a lot of work that had to be done. First, to learn a monologue you have to memorize the script you decide to do. Now that seems like the most basic step, but the key is to memorize it and not just word for word mouth what the character you take from says and their style, but instead you have to put you’re own style and character to the script and make it your own. Next you have to practice the blocking or body actions you will do. For sure you won’t be in the same scene and area that the scene you take from will be, but you have to once again put your own style to how you move and the body actions you do to match. Next is practice, practice, practice, you have to practice till you’re blue to the face in all honesty, because if you don’t practice (I didn’t practice) you won’t have a pleasant time trying to perform this monologue. The monologue was probably the first biggest introduction to acting for a person, and you will realize that acting is genuinely difficult. Acting isn’t a walk in the park, and like sports or school or other activities without practice you won’t succeed.

By: James Guskov
Acting 1
1st Trimester 2015

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