We present the Damsel in Distress.
A young man, Henry, must defend his fiancée, Amelia from the dastardly Baron Hardacre.
1. How do you feel about your product (the performance)? Write 3 adjectives (describing words) that summarise how you feel and then discuss in depth.
I don’t think I revised my choreography enough before the performance because I was focusing too much on my lines. Even so, I forgot to say one line. My group performing first didn’t do me much good either. When I was substituting in for another group after my own performance, I missed a whole bunch of lines. I blame that on the fact that I had stopped trying to remember the lines after my own performance.
Just like before any test, I was nervous. The fact that the test involved performing in front of other people made me even more nervous. It’s like the music festival. I always need to eat something after my performance to regain my strength after getting hypoglycaemia from the rush of adrenaline. It wasn’t so bad though, because I knew in the back of my mind that everyone in the class would have to perform at some point.
2. What part of the process do you feel you were strongest at? Explain and give specific examples of moments in rehearsals to back up what you are saying.
I think I was strongest at recording my work. I tried to do my first two reflections as soon I could instead of waiting until the last minute to write them. Each reflection was almost exactly one page long. I wrote about what I could and would be working on up until the performance.
3. What parts of the process did you struggle with (NOTE: this is not the performance). Again, give specific examples.
I think I struggled with much of the organization. I went on holiday a few days before the actual break, so I missed a rehearsal. I missed One. Crucial. Rehearsal.
During the break, little did I know I would be going to a city where there were barely any wifi hotspots. I wasn’t able to stay in contact with my group over the holiday, so I feel like I missed a lot. In that time I instead spent the most time memorizing the lines.
4. How did you use feedback to help you get better? Did you use the comments your teacher gave you to reflect upon? Did you seek out feedback elsewhere? It is a REQUIREMENT that you show that you responded to feedback and used it to get better.
I wasn’t there on the day the groups were given feedback, so I wasn’t able to receive any. The only feedback I received was form my parents when I was practicing at home. Even so, the only feedback given to anyone was from other students.
5. Were you proud of the end performance? Which parts in particular?
I think we ended up doing well. We were focused-we didn’t laugh or pause when something went wrong. My group members were able to convincingly portray their characters. Aside from a few missed lines, everything went smoothly. The second villain and the hero did a mistakeless, well-choreographed fight scene.
6. Did things go wrong in the performance? How did you and/or you group cope with this? Did you learn anything by having this happen?
Many of the forgotten lines happened right at the end of a scene anyway, so they didn’t really impact the rest of the script. Sometimes though, our expressions would be wrong or lost altogether, and I think that could be worked on.
7. What are the biggest skills as a drama student that you think you have learnt during this Unit?
Melodrama is all about exaggeration, but we learned that last year. I think that this unit taught me how to play a character. Last year, we focused so much on technique that the only time we could play a character was at the final assessment (which for me was Echo and Narcissus). It was focused completely on mime and tableau, though, and we needed everyone in the group to portray only two characters, so I wouldn’t really count that.
8. Look back at the goals that you set at the start of the Unit. Have you reached them, started to reach some or totally smashed all of them!? What other goals could you set yourself?
I think I have developed a much better understanding of Melodrama, it’s characters and their typical personalities. I have learned the typical storyline of a melodrama, props and costumes used, and character conventions.