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29 July 2012 @ 12:37 pm
The Class  
So, we went up to Cedar for the stage combat class we won, and it turns out it's half combat, half comedy imrpov class. Yipes! All of us were much more enthusiastic about the combat portion. Two actors from the festival did the first part, and we learned how to slap, saloon punch, hair pull, and ear pull. Then we put several things together to do a scene from Les Miserables, with the two actors singing the song that went with it as we did it. Was pretty funny. A great time was had by all! Along with many Slings & Arrows flashbacks!

Next up, the improv portion. The teacher is drama professor at Dixie State down here in St George, and spent his formative acting years on the British stage. He invited us all to feel free to sit in on, and participate in his classes if we'd like to. As those of you who know me can attest, I'm not comfortable with the over the top emotion, so I found the exercises stressful. But then we moved on to the acting portion, where I felt much more comfortable - go figure. We did a party scene where each of us entered a party with a different emotion and the 'host' had to pick up that emotion, then one by one, we all left. I went for it, picking hostility, and surprising the 'host' that the shy girl got all in his face. After it was over, I was in the back of the group while the teacher went over what we'd done, and he singled me out, saying that he thought it was fair to say I was shy LOL. And despite that, I went with it, owned it, and way to go! [beam] So it ended up being a lot of fun! I'd actually do it again.

The whole class was filmed (we all had to deal with dealing with a camera on us!), and a condensed version will be up on the radio station site eventually. I may, or may not, share the link :D

After, they gave us water and a bag of little tarts, and tickets to see Scapin.



It was terrific! We had such a wonderful time. I love going to the theatre, and haven't been for quite a while, so it was an unexpected treat. Best radio station prize I've ever won! We're hoping to go see Mary Stuart before its run ends in August. Have been talking about it all summer, in fact, just haven't actually gotten around to doing it. They just announced the 2013 schedule, and Nin's already picking what plays she wants to see.
 
 
 
Black Wolfdet_munch on July 30th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
glad you enjoyed the class and the show
fkastrider: 090125fkastrider on July 31st, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had fun. I last taught stage fighting in 1970, so I would be a little rusty.

The play is always the thing. I just wish my work requirements weren't so unpredictable that I could make the promise to play a part without being called out of town at an inopportune time.
tpena19tpena19 on August 5th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you had fun :)