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Monday, September 27, 2010

Where Are We!?!?! *idk, a place?*

Welcome to another addition to my blog!!! *cue party for one music*
Alright! Next on the aggenda for the Life of a Theatre Kid is the Performance Space!!!
What is a performance space?!?!?!
I'm so glad you asked! A performance space is where an actor, or a group of actors will put on a show. There are several types of stages, and I'll start with the very basic one. It's called the Procenium Theatre.

A Procenium theatre is one of the most basic modern day stages. It consists of a stage, an apron and the audience.
The stage is where most of the back-drops and sets will go, along with scenes that are very company oriented. It is the largest part of the stage.
The apron is an extension of the stage, it has a PROJECTED stage infront of the actuall main part of the stage. This is where most of the dialogues between the main characters and solo songs happen; there are always exceptions to that rule, but it's VERY RARE!!!
The next stage I'll talk about is a round-about!

Yes, as you might have guessed, a round-about stage is very similar to a football stadium!!!
SEE!!!! We ARE ALIKE!!!! hahahahaha! Just kidding, I'm cooler...
A round-about theatre is almost IDENTICAL to a stadium! It has graded seating, the players come out from specific exits and enterances around the "field" and they have to keep everybody involved on every side!
Up next is a Black Box Theatre!!!

A Black Box theatre tends to be a more "intimate" theatre. Black Box's are usually on the small side, rarely holding more than 100 people, due to the fact that in the 1960's and '70's (when this type of theatre was created, by the way.) It was used by less fortunate (when are we ever fortunate in the theatre world?!?!?! XD) actors and students to produce low-cost productions.
For that reason, there was the use of minimalist set and no scenery; the scenery was a wall painted black: hence the name "Black Box."
That's all for tonight folks!
Stay tuned for the next installment of:
*cue cheezy TV music from the 1950's*

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Where to Begin? The Beginning, of Course!!!

Most people tend to begin at the beginning. For it's a very good place to start. Yes I just paraphrased Sound of Music. It was completely spur of the moment and random, and I had no intention of having it sound like "Do Re Mi" but it did. That, my dear childrens, is called Improvisation.
Improvisation, or improv for short, is one of the most basic, and most frequently used forms of performance. 
Why, it's used everyday!!!
How is that possible?!?!?!
What the hell is this person talking about?!?!
I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!! DX
Seriously, folks. Improv is used all the time. It's pretty much how we communicate on a daily basis.
Conversations you hold over the phone, arguements with co-workers, even webchats are improvised.
Nothing is truly predictable when it comes to improv.
Now, for the HISTORY!!!! *cue historical period music!!!*

Improv is almost as old as time, though people didn't really call it improv. Most contemporary types of improvs are performed with a variation of the Commedia Dell'Arte.
This form was usually given a "scenario" like... 'a boy and a girl meet at the fair'. Very simple, right?
Then a troupe of actors would perform said scenario, adding plot, characters, and costumes to make it much more interesting.
After awhile, this form of improv died., dead, kicked the bucket, if you will...
But a new form re-emerged, thanks to two people: Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin. (YAY)
Senor Keith Johnstone and Lady Viola Spolin, in recent history, made improv more like a game, so it was less like a show and more like spur-of-the-moment entertainment!!!

How was THIS for a quick history lesson, huh?!?! hahaha!!!
Improv is also used on stage if someone makes a mistake.
Attached to this will be a link to a video of a show I was in.
I completely and UTTERLY forgot one section of my lines, but I couldn't stop the show and think, I had to IMPROVISE!!!!!!!!! Hopefully this is a good expample and you will be entertained by the song that ensues my dialogue.
Another video will be attached with some of my very good friends performing a "Perspective Story," which is an Improv game that is used to tell the same story but with different characters. Please enjoy and feel free to tell me anything you wish to know about the wonderful, wacky, whimsical, wordy world of THEATRE!!!

Durdles' Revelation / Puffer's Confession from Broadway Training Center on Vimeo.

Perspective Stories (Advanced Acting / Improv) from Broadway Training Center on Vimeo.

Friday, September 3, 2010

My First Experience

Hi all! My name is Sara and my most favorite thing to do is perform on stage.
Ever since I was about 6, I knew I was destined to do something that few people have accomplished, but many wanted. At first, I wanted to be a ballerina, but that really didn't work out all that well because I was really self consious, and the leotard didn't help all that much.
I took ballet for about seven years, loving how dance made me feel, but hating the fact that all of the clothes were skin tight.
At age 9, my mom and dad took me to my first Broadway show: The Lion King.
I remember being in awe, watching how the actors moved gracefully on the stage, imitating the moves of the animals... I was inspired.
After the show, I remember asking my dad if anybody could be on stage. He didn't say yes or no, but he told me that it was a lot of hard work.
At age 10, I was in my first show.
The Pajama Game was my first production. I remember having so much trouble with the box step, and being really excited to be getting my first make-up kit.
Being in that show really changed my life. Post-production, I remember feeling so amazing, and I knew that from then, on, I would always perform on stage.