So I was cast in the production at the Lake City Playhouse called Biloxi Blues. Biloxi Blues is a very good play about a boy named Eugene who goes into the army during World War 2, as he gets drafted. Its basically his time during the training period. I play Don Carney one of his friends in his Barricks, I have quite a few lines and I get to sing, because he thinks he is a good singer. The play has some very mature situations. As one example they all go to a “working girl”, but if it helps my character chickens out and goes to a USO dance. Its gunna be great and challenging for me and Im looking forward to it. The cast includes eight people, two gals and six men. It opens in January.
So I got my result ballets back today and they have the comments and results on three diffrent papers for how I did at District Dram, so Im going to share those with you starting with;
Ensemble Serious: To Kill a Mocking Bird
Overall: 2nd Place.
Round One: Judge#1
Perfect Intro. Facial expressions showed anger, fear, sadness. Both charatere were strong. Blocking works for the scene. Believable physical reactions. Great Job. Believable characterization with voices. Voices made the scene interesting. The voices built as scene went on Very Well. Youd did Great.
Round #2: Judge #2
Provided author and title; setting or purpose not as clear for the intro. Characters were believable and no noticeable breaks from them were observed. Movment seemed appropriate and mostly natural, a few times the prosecutors movements with his glasses were a little distracting during the questioning. You varied in volume and tone which helped maintain audience attention. You appear well-rehearsed and confident. Keep it up!
Round #3: Judge #3
In the Intro you can both slow down. Very good characterization. Good Eye contact. Very Good. She could have lowerd the pitch in her voice, He had great enunciation.
Overall: 1st Place
Round #1: Judge #1
The trembling was just excellent-you immediatly captured your audience and established your character. Very Powerful-Great Job!
Round #2: Judge #2
Good facial expressions. Your shaky hands are very realistic. Nice music for the piece-Good Job! You may want to move your sing out of the way in the future. Good use of the space. Watch the height of the piano keys they should remain in the same position. The begining and end were nice. Powerful.
Round #3: Judge #3
Effective emotion shown-well done. Your movements portrayed exactly what your world is. Timing was good, moved along well. Powerful.
So those were my scores and I felt pretty good about them, and I go to state on the 30th, we compete the 1st and 2nd and return of the third. So I hope I do well. State will be held in Maridian, which is a half hour from Boise. Im really looking forward to it.
So yesterday I competed in distric drama. District drama includes all the schools of North Idaho, with CDA High , Lake City High , Sandpoint High, Lakeland High, and many other smaller schools. Well I competed in Serious Ensemble-serious ensembel is a group scene with 2-6 people, I did a scene from the Kill a Mockingbird with my good friend Lindsay Delong, and when you compete you perform in a class room with other groups infront of one judge, and you do this three times. Well we performed our first scene and it went well and we went second to last. The groups before us had many mistakes and didnt really get inot their characters and their performances were so so. Then we went, we performed very well and it took us a while to calm down after because it is such an intense scene. Then the last group went and they were doing the death scene from Othello, and their scene was incredible and well performed. So that was our first round then we had our second round and it was similiar but we didnt compete with the same people, but agains diffrent people instead. We did very well during that round, and on our third round we did our best. Well after we were done with that we had to wait around for the results about three hours. We watched a free improv show and that was fun, then they came in and announced the results. There are many diffrent catogories you can perform in; Ensemble serious, Ensemble Humorous, and Origanl scenes, Ensemble Pantomine, Solo Pantomime, Audition pieces, Solo Serious, and finally Humorous Solo. Well the started announcing our category and that was Serious Ensemble, they announced the alternate first-who would go to sate if the other groups could not make it. They announced third place, then the came to second place and they announced a group and I wasnt thinking after this that we would even make first, but the lady stopped and said I think we have a tie for second and they called my group. It was great so on Nov 30- Dec 3 I will be in souther Idaho at state. Thats not all though! I saved the best news for last! I also performed in Solo Pantomime with a piece called “The Piano”- Its a mime about an old/crippled person who was once a great piano player but is now to old and has crippled hands that they no longer can play the piano and they fall asleep and dream of playing the piano again and slowly go back to being crippled. The piece is set to the music of “Man From Snowy River”, Jessicas Theme. Well I performed the piece against some great pantomimes, 18 participants and all of them were great, well the first round I did very well but compared to the other mimes I wasnt sure how mine would hold up, It seemed like it effected the room more but I wasnt sure. Then the second round I peformed and I had a female judge who when I was done was crying, then the third round I did my very best and I thought I had done a good job. The of course we went and had to wait for the results. I wasnt thinking I had even made it to state, maybe I had gotten alternit, but they read of that and it wasnt me so I figured oh well next year. Then they red off third and they had done great, then second was a friend of mine name Lizzy French-whos piece was intitled “A Mimes Nightmare”-she drowns in her box. Then She got to first place and paused, and then called out E-14-The Piano-Bryant Larsen-Couer’ D Alene High, so I took first in Solo Pantomime out of 18 people so Im really excited and so I got to sate with both my pieces and now I am off to state to compete. One of the judges of my mime came over to me after it was all over and told me that I had a strong strong chance at state that I had transformed the room and he thought it was one of the best mimes he has seen in a long time. So Im really excited and Im OFF TO STATE!