Puppetry With Lee Randall

In drama class, we had a session with Lee Randall to learn and do puppetry. I learned many things from him including how to use and manipulate a puppet in a way that It will feel alive to you and the audience.

One thing that I learned is that the eyes are the most important part of a puppet. This is because they draw the most focus. The lead puppeteer is always the person controlling the head because that changes where they are looking and sometimes the puppet’s facial expressions. Another important part of making a puppet look alive is controlling the puppet’s breaths. People do this by exaggerating the breath so that the audience will notice it more and that will lead them into believing that the puppet is real.

Before this opportunity, we had a chance to practice for this. For example, before Lee Randall came, we got into threes, one person would be the puppet and the other two would manipulate the puppet. In PE we learned about using levels to get more attention. We used this in puppetry because you have to use levels to make it more obvious about what the puppet is doing and to get to know the puppet’s weight.

Here are some photos of when and before Lee Randall came:


Old version:
‘And hast thou slain the Jabberwock’
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Calloou Callay!
He chortled in his joy.

My version:
‘You have killed the Jabberwock?’
Come to my arms, my little boy!
What a day. Yippee! Yippee!
He laughed in his joy.

This video is us acting out the stanza that us, as a group chose was the best to act out.

Drama – Singing in the Rain Analysis

He used his props effectively by making it look more abstract and effective on the audience by making them think about what he is trying to say to the audience.  Mostly he used his umbrella. He used his umbrella by using it as a guitar, and using it as a girl that he is pretending to dance with as well as the street lamp or pole. He also used his hat, the puddles and his shoes to show his emotions. He used his hat by taking it off and shouting to the rain happily, and he used his shoes to jump into the puddles.

The beat in the song is fast and his footsteps show the beat but you can’t hear his footsteps when he is just walking. When he is tap dancing you can hear his footsteps and they are really quick and upbeat which shows his emotions effectively.

His expression is happy or romantic. His movements show that by it’s upbeat and quick rhythm. You can also see it in his facial expression which is most of the time happy or joyful. When he sees the police, his expression is cautious or worried.

Here is Singing in the Rain:

Drama Speech Reflection

I think that my best skill was volume because you could understand exactly what I was saying. I think I could work on my palm cards because sometimes I didn’t understand what it said so I was looking down at my card so my eye contact wasn’t very good. I would rate myself a 6 out of 8 because you could understand what I was saying, but my eye contact wasn’t very good.

I think that Dan’s speech was good because he had good pace, pause, pitch, emphasis, volume, projection, and inflection.

Improv Tournament Reflection

How did you use offer and acceptance in your improvisation?
I think I used offer and acceptance in my scene when Misal said “Are you sure you want to eat that.” I accepted by saying “Yeah, I’ll try it.” I offered when I said “I don’t feel so well” and Wyatt said “Told you so.”

In what ways could I improve my performance?
I think I could have improved by hiding my hands from view a little better because I could see some of my hand from behind the stool. I could also work on naming the it more often.

How could you use the skills of this game for performance?
You have to listen to the story a lot because when it’s your turn to talk you might not know what is happening and make up something totally different which will confuse the audience. You also got to accept not block which will be very importand for a good improv scene.

I think I got a 7 out of 8 because it was mostly good, but as I said I could have hid my hands and named the it a little more.


Drama Offer and Accept


What is improvisation?
Improvisation is making something up on the spot. It doesn’t matter how many people are improvising but when it comes together it all has to make sense.

Explain these four concepts and why they are important to improvisation

-Always accept, don’t block
You can accept by doing something related to what the other person said or adding on to it. for example iff somebody says “It’s coming!” and you say “no it isn’t”, that will be a block and there will be no scene. But if you say “Oh yeah! run”, that will make a scene because you added on to what they said.

-Name it
Say the obvious because if you say “it’s coming!” nobody will know what you’re talking about even if you’re talking about aliens but if you say the aliens are coming it will make sense.

-Share the story
Sharing the story is basically staying in the same story after a new scene or line. If someone says “run” and then you say “look at the unicorn” it wouldn’t make sense because you are talking about something totally different than what the other person said.

-Stay in character
Staying in character is staying who you are supposed to be. For example if someone is in the middle of a line and you start laughing, it might distract the audience and the person talking and they might start laughing too, which could mess up the scene.

How did you use offer and acceptance in your improvisation?
I used offer and acceptance by accepting other people’s offers and when offering, pointing at something and letting my partner know that they should accept my offer.

In what ways could I improve my performance and my improv skills?
I could improve my improv skills by thinking up ideas faster to not waste time. I could also improve my improv skills by not laughing when a funny part is happening.