Since the day we knew the pieces we were performing in (10th of January) until the first day of our performance (8th of February) we had:
Approximately 4 weeks;
22 days of college;
A total of 54h – 28h of class which most we could use for rehearsal and 26h of self directed time.
This time schedule is specific to me because I also have English and maths.
On the 16th of January we created a timetable of how much time we will have each week:
The 17th and the 25th were days that were unavailable.
It wasn’t easy to rehearse pieces where we had to be together with someone from another pathway. For example me and Lauren Dunning. Initially we spent the class time planning and rehearsing our main acting piece: ‘A Trip to Mars’. We then had that mostly figured out and so a lot of people who could go to plan things with partners who were also from acting would go and progress on things that they had to. I didn’t have anything I could do aside from ‘Bond is Captured’ and a lot of the times Justin and Ines had other pieces they had to rehearse. So I spent my time adjusting bits and bobs of anything we had to adjust. During self directed time we all mostly tried to get a hold of the people from the other pathway and thankfully Lauren wasn’t hard to get a hold of. Me and Lauren spent a lot of time discussing and throwing ideas, on the times we started rehearsing everything came together rather quickly as she is an easy person to work with.
Some unplanned events occurred which made things harder to deal with because I had to reallocate my schedules.
- The Titanic piece came up and suddenly occupied the whole of last week because it was such a rushed decision we needed a lot of time to rehearse.
- I became a replacement for ‘Shaun of the Dead’ which meant I had to learn everything they did and rehearse with them sometimes
- Last minute call for ‘Million Dollar Baby’ to be the referee in the match which meant the last moments before the show I had to spend rehearsing with them.
Ultimately because of lack of planning and such an abrupt suggestion to rehearse ‘The Titanic’ it wasn’t up to the standards of many people and so there was a collective decision to drop it so that people would have time to do other things.
Tom Foulger, the original person to play ‘Shaun’ in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ came back and picked up everything we had rehearsed previously without him and so I didn’t have to perform in this but I knew everything and had spent time rehearsing it.
I still was the referee for ‘Million Dollar Baby’, and gladly. It wasn’t a hard job as I didn’t have to learn much and it was fun and worthwhile to be in something else and be able to present the dancers in a shout-casting voice.
There was no weekly or daily plan, but there was a plan to find anyone who was available at the time to do anything that we could do at that moment. Which is mainly because there were so many people doing things that planning out exactly the moments we could rehearse with each other would take too much organisation and with so many people there would have had to be a different kind of diplomacy.
Progress so far
During the classes we have had a lot of feedback towards ‘A Trip to Mars’ as we worked on it with a lecturer there to help us when we needed.
On Thursday the 26th of January the actors group showed what we had done so far to one of the lecturers. Of course we could only show things that the actors were in that didn’t include anyone from other pathways.
Me, Justin and Ines showed what we had so far from ‘Bond is Captured’. We had not done the blocking yet, we just knew how we would be there: Justin in a chair with wheels, me in a normal chair and Ines standing. We had the script that I had written and printed out but as we started reading through it we quickly realised my print version came out with immense errors. So it was good that we performed it that day because we hadn’t had time to actually read the printed versions of the script.
On Monday the 30th of January there was a showing of everything that we had done so far. Many people were missing and things made less sense without the missing person but I still wrote feedback for everyone as well as for myself:
Dancers – alice in wonderland? Narnia?
Great movement but looks slightly dangerous and very acrobatic. Missing Bronwyn, the main person of the piece apparently, but it was still impressive.
Happy Feet – Chris Gray
Impressive movements a clear showing of his great tap skills – looks fun!
Stephen Hawking, Jane – Thalia, Sophia and Ryan
Incredibly emotional, I shed a tear every single time. The script is very well done and is completely in sync with the dance and movement.
Dylan and Liam
There is so much going on, it’s so fast and so fun to watch but also… health and safety.
Abbie, Sophie(?), Chloe and Chris
Music in my opinion needs to be less loud. Abbie has a great voice and I want to hear it, I don’t want to listen to the soundtrack overriding her voice. Sophie wasn’t here and I’m not sure what her part in it would be.
Oh this song gives her such a character which I love! Again, soundtrack too loud for the voice. There isn’t much movement but I strangely like it. The only thing I’d say is that her clicking of fingers is not in time with the song so either do it right or don’t do it at all.
So much energy! Due to that fact there are transitional bits where the energy drops down and it makes it look way too choreographed and takes away from immersion.
Having seen this a few times I can say some of her lines should be said with different emphasizing, but that’s just my opinion, because she always ends the words she says in a high pitched note and it gets slightly annoying.
I’ve seen it a lot, he’s pretty good.
Rotten to the core dance
Not much to say, it was alright, nothing special.
Jamie and Lauren Hobbs
Jamie needs to be louder and more confident, clearly it’s not rehearsed to completion yet either. It’s a lovely song and as much as I would have liked to do it with Ryan Smith I’m sure they’ll pull it off quite well too.
James Bond and Q
Eren needs to speak up, as usual. I can really picture Brayden as a James Bond though.
Kiss from a Rose
It’s such a beautiful song and such beautiful voices! Nothing else to say except for wow tenor for Emily.
It was very shyly performed, he wasn’t confident and it came through his voice. But he does know how to move around a stage, so movement wise it was great.
Katie and Becca dance
It’s not even close to being complete and looks a bit meh.
Another really emotional piece, I’ve shed tears to it once before. I love Chloe’s facial expressions. I know it’s not complete but I would actually like it to finish at that moment early on or it would be nice to have the happy moments drag on for just a bit longer so that you attach yourself to the characters and then something sad happens and you’d end it there.
A lot of unlearned words and a lot of not in tune people
For some reasing I get an angry person from the start, I don’t know if that’s the intention but she seems angry and isn’t sharing everything with the whole of the audience I’d say. Little pink plus sign is still too quick in my opinion.
A Trip to Mars – Needs soundtrack to be effective I think, I’m on it.
Bond is Captured – We need to learn lines, we need Ines and we need to stage this properly and have the props we need or else it just looks really bizarre. However people did like the script and laughed a lot.
A Hopeful Date – It’s a great scene and I don’t think we’re putting enough into it. Erica will help us stage it better and add in moments where it can be just a bit more.
Unfortunately there is no recording of the showing.