For the first semester in Grade 8 Drama, we have been learning about being different kinds of character with Ms. Erickson since September. This unit is about showing/acting out different character’s characteristic in different kinds of scenes and in different kinds of situations. Moreover, learning about artistic techniques to make the character more effectively.
In the first few lessons discussed, learnt, researched about different kinds of artistic technique, including stereotypes, attitude, personality, status, the relationship between characters and motivation. We’ve done a lot of practice scenes to increase our knowledge on the artistic techniques. In addition, we researched about stereotypes and made a blog post of it.
After learning about the types of artistic techniques and practicing different kinds of scenes, we had to do our summative task which is doing a partner scene. We have to choose the relationship between the 2 characters and showing the status change between the 2 characters. My partner was Ayaka.
We planned about what setting we are going to choose and the characters. Our setting is an Italian restaurant and the characters are American chef (the customer coming to the restaurant- acted by me) – Italian chef (the waiter– acted by Ayaka). At first, we were thinking about to make the setting to Japanese restaurant with Italian chef as the customer(me) and the Japanese chef as the waiter(Ayaka), but it was hard to make the accents. It turned out that my Italian accent sounded very horrible and Ayaka’s Japanese accent sounded like Italian, so we made changes in the nationality of the characters, the type of restaurant.
We spent a lot of time in making our script to make sure we know what we have to say, and researching about how to show the status change between customer-waiter. We wanted to make our scene not too normal, so we tried our best.
This is the script:
This is our scene:
Reflection towards the video
This is our scene. Our partner scene is about an American chef(the customer) not enjoying the food cooked by the Italian chef(the waiter), having the American chef in the high status. Later, both chefs started to argue about who is better than the other, which is having two people all having the same status. However, the American chef noticed that the Italian chef was his teacher in the past, so the Italian chef’s status became higher towards the end.
I think that our humorous entertained the audience, which made us feel very happy. I was overjoyed when I have heard loud applause from the audience. In the scene, we both showed the status change properly to the audience(from the customer having a high position to the chef having the higher position). We should our motivation towards the scene, our relationship, our character role and attitude very properly in the scene. I think that I laughed a little bit through the scene, but I am not sure if anyone has noticed. In the last part, I wasn’t sure how should I run away from the restaurant, so that wasn’t really clear. Therefore, I think I should improve on showing my emotion and personality more seriously and effectively next time. Furthermore, I have to improve on having some facial expressions to have the scene more realistic.
In conclusion, we had been doing really well in the partner scene! That made a huge impact on me!
SEE MORE PARTNER SCENE HERE 🙂
(Leave a comment 🙂 Tell us what we could improve on 🙂 )