Notes on Monday’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.
For the last three classes, we’ve been performing poems and getting feedback. So far, everyone has gone once. Today, everyone did a second run of their same first poem.
Speak so I can hear you. Most of us talked slower, more clearly, and with less rhythm this time than last. We also used more emotion. All four of those differences allow me, the audience member, to hear & understand & sympathize with you better.
Know your lines. Or improvise. Knowing your lines matters. Pausing for no reason (because you are trying to remember) in the middle of your poem takes me out of it. If you can never remember, and you wait till the professor says “thank you”, then I’m really out of it. Know your lines! And if you really can’t remember then make something up that fits with as little breaking as possible. My performance had accidental long pauses and it kind of wrecked it.
Costumes are nice. Everyone knows this, but really the small extra effort is a big deal. Chase was wearing a suit jacket and it matched his tone. Jada’s clothes were powerful and so was she.