5 ways in which we are nailing this drama thing 

 “Don’t Play With My Emotions”… A game I developed to help us organize our feelings and understand where they come from.   
  Kids are asked to place each card in the major emotional categories. They discuss with each other what would work best where.  
Ok, so we’re back in the swing of things. The sun is shining ( 16 degrees in February!), and the birds are singing (ok they aren’t here yet but if they were, they’d say it’s 16 degrees in February!) and our drama program is shaping up nicely. 

Joy. One of the several emotions we’ve covered in the last 2 weeks. I’d like to fill you in as to what exactly we’ve been up to lately in hopes that it makes you as happy as I am 🙂

1. Emotions and Physicality. Naturally, we act and react in conversation. We do so automatically. I find though that when we have a script in front of us, all that is natural becomes ‘put on’ or to be blunt.. Fake. We’re studying the different kinds of emotions and their sub categories to find out how it all works. Then, we’re taking what we know and making these emotions physical (i.e., when you’re happy and you know it, you smile). 

2. Expression. Yeah, it probably could go into the above listing, but I’ll tell you why it’s on it’s own. I’ve worked with young people for almost 20 years and I’ve noticed that kids sometimes have trouble expressing themselves. Now, talking about what ails you is usually left for close friends and family, but with acting, you have to be able to be vulnerable. You must be ok with letting your guard down to allow emotions to run through, clear enough for your audience to see. From our kids to adult classes, we focus on diction, dynamics, intonation and purpose. 

3. Staging. Did you know that you have to face the audience or camera (unless of course there’s a reason your back is turned)? Did you know that you have to act with your co-actors in mind (no, you can’t stand in front of them on stage)?  Easier said than done! I find actors tend to concentrate so hard on their own delivery, they forget to act WITH their co-actors. We’re working on it. 

4. Script analysis. Every trade has its own vocab. From behind the scenes to on camera/stage work, you’ve gotta know what folks are talking about. 

5. Imagination. Making your brain work in overdrive since 2013! Listen, the biggest part of acting is an open mind. Free to explore every possibility, all of your personal emotional landscapes, and an understanding that nothing is wrong, it can just be better. So go practice being a nervous yet optimistic gorilla that flies a helicopter saving people from an avalanche. Ya. Whatever. Just go all out because, why not. 
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