Friday, January 30, 2015

The Globe

Last night I was privileged to grace the boards of the Globe stage for our RCS MACCT culminating presentation of scenes from Love's Labour's Lost. We had double the audience that school presentations usually get. The air was crisp and cold, but the hearts were warm and inviting. What a truly fantastic group of actors and directors I get to work with. I have had a wonderful and challenging time this past month with some of the best educators in the world! Thank you to the staff and everybody at the Globe for making this experience a memorable one. Until next time Shakespeare...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From the groundlings to the gods!

Continuing our work at the Globe, we have intigrated as much of the technique and knowledge as our brains can handle into our scenes for this Thursdays performance. This month has gone ridiculously fast. Last week we learned our jig from the ever-effervescent Huw Prall and we had one our last classes in voice, movement, and singing. 

Yesterday, after what was collectively only about a day and a half's worth of rehearsal, we presented our director's scenes to an audience on the Globe Stage. The three scenes were from Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, Christopher Marlowe's Massacre of Paris, and my scene, Campaspe by John Lyly, in which I played Alexander the Great. I am proud to say that we are the first group to perform any of John Lyly's words on the Globe stage. I am now also completely smitten with his works! 

Today, my mom arrives in London!!! YEAH!!!! Tomorrow I get to perform on the Globe stage again!!!!! 

This week just keeps getting better!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Globe at my fingertips!

It is currently Sunday afternoon on the 18th of January, 2015. Today is my second day off and end of week 2 in our month of study at Shakespeare's Globe in London. I want to make this very clear:

I am living a dream.

It keeps hitting me in waves. I am studying at one of the best theater schools in the UK and get to learn from some of the best educators and foremost authority on Shakespeare in the world. I also have the amazing privilege to perform twice on the Globe stage AND my mom is making a last minute visit get to see me!!! I am beyond ecstatic. 

We have been doing some really fantastic work with the Globe staff. Everything is relevant and makes me never want to leave this place. I am so glad we a got to have an introductory session with Kate Sagovsky in Glasgow. Her movement work is brilliant. We have spent a lot of time on the 360 degree body and recently began to work with kinespheres and spacial relationships. SPACE IS AMAZING!!!!

Alex Bingley's voice classes have really focused us and integrate so seemlessly with our movement work as well as our singing sessions with Joseph Atkins, who is brilliant. We have learned a round that he composed for the 450 anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. He also composed, just for us, a gorgeous, haunting arrangement for "The Owl and the Cuckoo" from Love's Labour's Lost which we will sing at the end of our presentation at the end of the month. 

Nick Hutchison  is a genius and a so passionate and excited about Shakespeare and especially Love's Labour's. So much insight. Dr. Will Tosh and James Wallace have been an invaluable source of information. If everyone were more like our dance master, Huw Prall, the world would be a better place. The Globe staff in general have been very welcoming and wonderful. 

Outside of that, I have gotten to chill out in London a little bit. Found some good restaurants. I hit up Camden Market last weekend, the amazing amount of period weaponry in the Wallace Collection today and now am just finishing memorizing my lines for our presentation in two weeks. 

Life is good.