Drama Journal #7

This week’s Key Idea was special. This week, Neil Farrelly came to help make us improve our Drama skills. But Neil came to YIS so that he can teach us what “Physical Drama” is. Physical Drama is performing a play by using physical elements such as touching. Neil came to YIS so that he can help us create an original piece about “What Is Up”. We had two periods to work on this “What Is Up” play and we had to perform it to the 8th graders. He was also there to help us become better at expressing ourselves during a play.

I have a lot to say for this week’s Approach. We did a lot of warm-up activities with Neil. First, Neil taught us how to “breath”. We were just breathing for about 10 minutes. It was good practice. He told us that by taking a deep breath, you can calm down, speak louder, and express yourself better during a performance. After that, Neil told us to say “yes” to our peers when they have an idea, whether it is good or bad. By doing this you don’t kill the creativity of your friends. But our good did a horrible job on that. For 80% of the time, we said “no”. After, we did does warm-ups, we got started with our performance.

The Outcome of this week was drama skills in general. Thanks to Neil, I was able to improve on many of my acting skills. Neil taught me how to breath. This might be a basic skill in drama, but Neil helped me with breathing a lot. I also learned that I have to always say “yes” to my peers ideas. Next time when we have an activity like this, I will say “yes” to no matter how bad the idea. I hope Neil comes to visit us again next year. Performing our skit was very fun because we had a great idea and it worked out well.

My Connection for this topic is on speaking loudly. If you don’t speak loudly during a play, the audience won’t hear you and they won’t get anything from you. People need to hear your voice in the theater. Taking a deep breath consistently is also important. Another connection I can make with theater is physical acting. When I am improvising or acting, I should do more something physical. When you don’t take a breath, it will be hard for you to calm down and speak.

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