Notes on today’s acting class. Theatre 126. University of Kentucky. Fall 2016.
Professor Matthew J Schneck. These incomplete notes are not endorsed or
proofread by Prof S or UKY.
Scenes from plays
On Wednesday, Prof Schneck broke the twenty of us into ten pairs and gave each
pair two copies of a short scene from a play. He wrote notes on them and cut
sections out, very customized. Today, five of the ten pairs performed.
Chase and Summer were Adam and Jenny from The Shape of Things. Jenny is
engaged but she loves Adam and she kisses him. After a couple redos, Chase
delivered a perfect “… Shit! …“ after the kiss. And Summer had a perfect
quiet sad “you’re welcome”.
Steven Perry and Jaime were brothers living in the same room because their
cousin Nora moved into the house. Steven was 15 and Jaime was 18. Steven was
learning about masturbation (what it is, who does it, if it’s okay or not) from
Jaime and it was very very funny. Jaime added in a country accent. It worked
well, but it wasn’t in the spirit of the original play, so Schneck made him cut
it. Was interesting to see Jaime go from there.