Since Day 219 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 I've been meeting with a cast of 6 others to rehearse a scene from the show Friends for our Lifebook Acting Class. Exactly one month later countless amounts of rehearsals later we finally performed the piece. I must say it well worth it. I'm sure I appeared distant sometimes to the cast and at times I was. Only because my mind has been really bubbling lately. I'm having visions and they are getting clearer.
At the same time while I was battling to keep my mind focused, I was observing important details/elements of putting together a scene. For example, blocking. Blocking lays out what your going to do, where your going to go and gives you a purpose throughout the scene.
Exclusively, on this blog check out this fantastic scene from Friends. Its entitled "The One With The Sister." Yours truly is playing the role of Joey.
|Motown Maurice smiles from performance critique.|
|The cast gets there critique|
|Motown Maurice and the cast is thinking. I think we look better than the real Friends cast.|
|Kate, Motown Maurice, Linna, Matt, Kelly, Tamara & Michael|
See more pictures at www.Facebook.com/LifebookActing (Look under Thursday May 26, 2011)
Although my part was small it many ways it was just as important as the others. There were a few things I should of reacted to in the beginning such as the kiddie table they put me at. My acting teacher Allen, also told me I need to work on my belief. He said, "I know your going to be the future of late night, I know it, but we have to work on your belief in some areas."
I completely understood. Some of the things I do are prefect for late night television and/or certain types of comedy however, I have to embrace the reality of acting. He's right. When I'm on stage I automatically want to use so much energy but it doesn't come off believable in a scene where the audience is looking for belief.
Another thing he suggested was that I could of used that chicken bone I was eating as a microphone. I immediately thought, "Why didn't I think of that before." Over all, we all did great and hopefully we'll do it again. Maybe even as a showcase piece.
I can't complete this post without giving props to Kate for organizing this huge endeavor. Most class scenes involves 2 people on average. Your lucky if you see a scene with 3 or 4 but our scene had a total of 7 people. I've organized somethings in my days but I have never organized a group of actors. That's totally different type of beast. Without a doubt, I know it wasn't easy getting us together throughout the weeks but Kate pulled it off. Kate I tip my hat to you for your leadership with this scene. Thanks for making it happen for us.
As the quest continues...
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