In Drama class, we have been practicing a skit for a folk tale called “Tsuruno no Ongaeshi” meaning a Crane Lady. It is a Japanese Folk tale.
For this performance, we went through out hard progress. We have been doing activities such as story telling one on one and to play tag where you have to explode emotionally when you get tagged. We went through lots of folk tale stories and saw the style and tone of the story. We have been assigned in to groups for me: Masaki, Emily and Shiho. What we went through first was the characters. Then we went through skits and emotional action. I was one of the objects such as doors and tables. I was shy to be an object with no skits or a line to talk. But I thought that I really needed a line so I became a shop owner which made me feel better. I was able to state myself as a shop owner. I think I improved more on speaking and standing in front of the audience more than being emotional.
Watching ourselves perform, I was able to see clearly the weaknesses and strength that we had. I think one of the strength we had as a group was to state things clearly so that the audience knows who the character is and what is happening at that scene. We went through each scene without mistakes. We had some mistakes but just went on like if the audiences didn’t notice it. One of the weakness that I thought I had was that being an object as a door, I wasn’t staying still and didn’t look like I was truly not the door. Luckily Emily explained and introduced me which the audiences knew who I was. As a whole group, we blocked each other a lot. When moving to scene to scene, we were everywhere where the audiences might not have noticed what was happening.
I think to improve, I should practice practice and practice in front of the mirror at home or speak in front of people. This would allow me to stand right in front of the audiences.