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From the Rehearsal Studio – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3!

Welcome to Week 3!



Week 3 is done! I think everyone planned what to wear for our third session- look at them all in pink/red! We had a bigger studio too, this session, so we had a lot of space to move around. We definitely like this studio better!

Let’s see… what did we do in Week 3? We completed blocking for Act 1 and practiced reciting the poem too. So much already done! We have 3 more acts to learn, plus we also need to start making our costumes, backdrops and props.

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Learning to read through Arrange The Words game



While the older kids left to read and recite the poem, the younger kids sat down for a game. First, we learned to recite the whole poem. Next, we learned to recognize the words line by line. Our coach mixed up the words and we had to re-arrange them! It was a little difficult as there were long words that we didn’t know how to read. We learned to recognize the first and last few letters in each word; from there, we could complete our mission! Nice!

One-on-one coaching

One-on-one coaching



After our tough mission, we recited the poem in many ways- fast, slow, softly and loudly. We have to memorize the poem, plus our lines in the play too. So, repeat, repeat, REPEAT! Repetition will be our best friend in the upcoming weeks. Let’s do this!

Designing our backdrop(s)

Designing our backdrop(s)



Of course we can’t forget this in our staging process: designing the backdrop(s). It was so fun to discuss ideas and put them down on paper. Next step is to create the physical backdrop- please look forward to it!

We also spent a lot of time rehearsing Act 1. There are so many things to remember: when to enter, where to stand, our lines, when to say our lines, when and where to exit. We must also remember to face the audience at all times! No one would like to see our bums, would they?

The Internet is our best friend when looking for ideas

The Internet is our best friend when looking for ideas



Next session, we’re starting on Act 2! Perhaps that is where we will recite our poem too. Oh no! More things to remember! I think we’ll be receiving scripts for Acts 1 and 2 soon. Can’t wait! But since some of us are not fluent readers, we will need our parents’ help. Parents, please be patient with us!

This has been J, reporting from the rehearsal studio.

From the Rehearsal Studio – Week 2

Practicing the first two lines of a poem

Practicing the first two lines of a poem



“…small door”

That is a very very very short excerpt of the poem that we’ll be reciting in our play. Memorizing poems proved to be difficult for the participants, so we added some rhythm and actions to it, and they did much better! We also played some games to help with memorizing the lines. We’re slowly learning our lines in the upcoming weeks, so let’s all be ready!

In every session, we cover many aspects of theatre such as voice modulation and miming. We also build teamwork and explore our creativity, which also helps in our acting. It seems like our teamwork is amazing! We played a game of untangling hands and… wow! We did it in such a short time!

Mirroring

Mirroring



We did a new activity this week- mirroring. It was hilarious!! And educational too, because we were more aware of our movements. The participants had a blast “torturing” each other with difficult movements to be mirrored. We should do this more!

Designing our costumes

Designing our costumes



We also started brainstorming costume ideas. As mentioned before, we’re letting the participants chip in and share their ideas. The participants let their creativity flow in this activity. This is a good way for the participants to understand the process of staging. But… but… because of our theme for this season, it was difficult to design the costumes! We’ve drafted the help of the participants’ parents too, so let’s hope that we can create beautiful costumes!

In the next session, we will start designing the backdrop and props. I wonder what the participants will come up with this time- definitely something to look forward to!

Our final performance will be on March 6 (Sunday) at Futako Tamagawa Chiku Kaikan Bekkan. Please come and support us!!

This has been J, reporting from the rehearsal studio.

From the Rehearsal Studio – Week 1

 

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What we did in the first session



“War with the birds! Down with the birds! The birds ate all the berries!”

We shouted those phrases as we began the first session of TJP 2016 Winter Season. This season, we opened with a small but very cute and funny participants! Some were shy, others were enthusiastic, but everyone shone in their own ways.

This season, in order to put up the best performance, we have to learn more about the story and the characters we are playing. We played games and did activities to slowly but eventually get to know our characters. We also did activities to strengthen teamwork, build our confidence and control our voices.

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Learning stage directions



Besides that, we also learned some theater basics. Learning stage directions was a challenge, but I think we kind of got it, didn’t we? No? We will have to do this activity again in the upcoming weeks!

I wonder what we’ll be doing in the next session. Is it time to get our scripts and get down to memorizing? Not so fast because we’re taking things one step at a time and breaking the script down into parts. We will rehearse part by part until everyone is confident of their lines and positions. This will also be a good time for the participants to chip in and share their ideas too. The final performance will ultimately be a product of the participants’ contribution and hard work.

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Waiting for cues



This Sunday, get ready for a new set of activities as we learn more about theatre and start with the script. Hopefully we’ll gain more knowledge this week too! Can’t wait!

For those who have yet to sign up, we’re still accepting sign-ups! Go HERE for more details and to sign up.

Or if time is not on your side this season, look out for our one-day workshops or our next season! Looking forward to meeting cute budding actors at Tokyo Junior Playhouse!

This has been J, reporting from the rehearsal studio.