U9 – Task 7: Preparing for a Rehearsed Reading.
The groups worked out really well considering we already had a rough structure for maths and Harry had presented his idea about including a dog that talks so it suited him getting cast in maths and Beth’s idea of having a ‘DogTective’. To start off the group and I talked about the most important thing considering we already had a story. We are more or less going for the same characters as the improvised version apart from the addition of adding a character and swapping someone the role Hannah played as she is now doing English. Of course Harry got cast as the dog, but below I have listed the characters and who is playing them
Isabella – Beth
Dogtective – Harry
Granny – Leah
Evil Shape Collector – Josh
Silly Sidekick – Daytona
Here is my opinion why I think each person suits the role they have been given and why I did not object to any of the casting decisions.
Daytona as the Silly Sidekick (written by Harry) –
Throughout being in several improvisation workshops with her, Daytona has proven her ability to react to situations – practically whatever is thrown at her. This leaves her the perfect challenge of bringing the right ratio to the silly sidekick – of being a little bit dim but also reacting to how the Evil Shape Collector treats her.
Beth as Isabella – Firstly in my opinion Beth plays any character good all the roles I have seen her play have been outstanding. She is a very good actress, in an improve lesson Beth was put in a situation where she had to act as a child. First time I watch this it was absolutely hilarious because it was so believable. This is why Beth makes a good Isabella.
Secondly Beth played the role of Isabella in the original mostly improvised version. After using the rough adaption for her presentation she adapted her character to suit her even more. I think Beth suited this casting the most because she is very sweet and innocent.
Leah as Granny –
Poor Leah poor girl typically always gets cast as the old lady. She does have the right casting for an older lady, at first Leah did complain about the casting but I think deep down she knows she will make a good Granny. She is also very wise so she can play an older and more mature character well.
Josh as Evil Shape Collector (Written by Harry) –
Josh’s enthusiasm and ability to impersonate larger characters naturally drifted him to the same role her also played in the original version of ‘The Missing Triangle’. Drawing upon his ability to impersonate roles such as Baptistan from our take on Feydeau’s ‘A Flea In Her Ear’, he has proved time and time again to never hold back from playing comical roles and mastering ability to improvise childish dialogue.
Harry as the Dog –
Harry is a confident and bright individual, he is very determined and dedicated to his work which means he is always up for a challenge. As an actor Harry has the ability to play different characters that range from serious to comical and bold roles. We decided as a group it would be good to cast Harry playing the part of a dog as we know Harry will put the work in to make the dog great and make our T.I.E piece stand out. All of the parts in this are very challenging and there is an enormous difference between each of the characters so everyone needs to be putting the effort in to each of their roles, Harry is a great example of what each person in the group needs to be doing to prepare!
After being put into groups and establishing the casting within our groups, we started to research and prepare for the rehearsed reading. Firstly I started off by getting in contact with a well known T.I.E company ‘Loudmouth’ I previously researched the company in U9 – Task 3, so I know a lot about the company. Loudmouth theatre company were formed in 1997. They are my favorite T.I.E company. They do perform to young children but mainly focus on PHSE topics so instead of asking them about the style of acting I asked them what advice they had when performing to young children.
They gave me some very helpful advice which I sheared with the class. The most helpful things they said
7th December 2016
May I share my thoughts around yesterday’s run through and how we can improve?
I think we have a fallen into going down the route of over indulging in the moments if that makes sense? Obviously as a group we all love the piece and our characters and so sometimes milk the comedic moments a bit too much in the hope of making it more funny or clever or something; but I think we need to keep at the forefront of our minds who are audience and and how quickly they will lose focus …or zone out if the pace is too slow and the story isn’t flowing.
Particular moments I noticed yesterday were:
– the sniffing for the trial and the looking around the room which slowed down the pace it as we ended up having lots of pauses in the middle of sentences and so the kids would just drift off or lose interest. I think we need to be super aware of this and make sure we drill through moments like this and keep as much energy to accelerate the drive of the narrative! Does that make sense? Similarly this applies to the ESC in the moments when you are saying the insult lines or getting worked up, as I think you are enjoying it so much that you sometimes lose the meaning of why you are saying and maybe that’s why it came across as more angry and aggressive yesterday rather than that you were getting worked up? Also I know it super hard when you’re reading off of scripts and you lose your place etc. but maybe these are things we can work on and look out for today? As I think as the script is long and has a full plot to follow it is so so essential that we keep the momentum up and don’t allow here to be a dull moment or drop in drive or energy the whole way through! Obviously this doesn’t mean we speed through it it just means we need to avoid it going flat or stopping or letting the story drag as it will become ‘tedious’ as someone said yesterday!!!
Let me know your thoughts!
This afternoon, Leah requested permission to have some input on writing so she wrote the content of the radio we were hoping to use at the beginning.
I did some work on consistency of Bones’ voice and the bark which is accompanied. In order to not drift off into an accent, I practiced on hitting the key sounds of the voice such as the sh’s and the r’s as well as making sure I use the same voice for my bark as I do for my general voice. Next I will need to work on physicality. I will film it.
Leah practiced her Irish accent. What we need to improve is projection but other than that Mrs Gollysmith having an Irish accent is quite sweet and we think that it is fitting.
Yes try film everything even if it’s just clips, Harry do you have IMovie the app? Instead of doing a live stream of everything we talk about just film the important parts and edit them into one. Then we can use it for WordPress even if we aren’t in that rehearsal. I’m also looking into the radio and what we could use!
Newscaster: Breaking News Live from Letteropolis! All over Shapetown, the townspeople have claimed that their family shapes have gone missing. The Evil Shape Collector is suspected and still at large. One Townsfolk has said “It is awful, for you see, my rectangle has been in my family since before I can remember. It is absolutely dreadful.” More on this story as it devel-
Isabella: This is boring! Let’s listen to something else Sherlock?
Sherlock: I agree Isabella.
Attendance: Harry and Leah
Work: Talked about the difference between Mrs Gollysmith and Grandma’s voices. Leah has decided she would use her voice for a grandma and an Irish accent for Mrs Gollysmith to be ready to show in Wednesday’s session. We briefly discussed the technicality of the set such as Isabella’s bed and we use the bed as ESC’s sofa by turning it round (or some way).
Productive day. Successful run through for Erica on book. We talked about an epilogue with the Evil Shape Collector with flowers and an apron givin flowers to Isabella at the end.
Decided it would help to have a path in the middle of the kids for the journey towards the castle. Castle door downstage left.
Talked about having a radio – Josh’s idea.
Concept of having the other types of triangles – would it confuse kids or is it a good idea? It would be good to… out in a line where the SK asks if it would work but the ESC tells her it wouldn’t.
Dog Biscuits – ESC doesn’t know they’re dog biscuits but the kids do. Later on ESC will hear Sherlock talking about it and spit it out.
This morning we started blocking the first scene.
Today as it was only me, Harry and Daytona we thought it would be a good idea to work on voice. Daytona definitely needs a character voice to make her sound like a stupid sidekick. Erica came in to help us, then we did a read through of the script to try new voices in our characters.