I think that three of the IB Learner Profile attributes that helped me through rehearsals would be Risk-Taker, Balanced and Open-Minded. First, I thought that I was a risk-taker because I had never really danced before. I tried something different and I learned that I could do it. I also was a risk-taker because I was a thug in our play and I had to act bad. I am not used to acting bad, so this was something new for me. I still tried it, and I learned that I could do it. Also, I thought that I was balanced because after our late rehearsals until 6:00 on Monday and Tuesday I had a basketball practice. I tried to keep our busy week with the play on Thursday balanced with my activities and our rehearsals. I still wanted to be active but also do some school work and work on the play. Finally, I thought that I was open-minded because not only did I try new things, but I was open to trying them. For example, I was open to dancing when I had not danced before. I was also open to to using up my Sunday afternoon and staying until 6:00 on Monday and Tuesday for our play practice. I feel like these are the three IB Learner Profile attributes that helped me through rehearsals and in the performance.
My character was Power’s Assistant. I was a thug and I worked for Hephaestus. I got my inspiration from movies. For example, in Star Wars, I was trying to act like the people that work for Darth Vader in the white masks. I was trying to act like these guys because I work for Hephaestus and I listen to his orders. This is exactly what Darth Vader does to the guys in white masks. This is why I connected with Star Wars. In the final production of our play, I tried to act like these guys. I listened to Hephaestus’s orders. I also thought about bad people when I was practicing being in character. For example, people that do bad things like running from the police or going to jail. This influenced me and this is how I brought my character to life.
I discovered that I could dance and that even though we had long, tiring rehearsals, I could persevere through them and try my best. First, I learned that I could dance. I had never taken any dance classes and I do not usually dance a lot. When I was learning the moves, I started to get the hang of it. I felt very comfortable with all of the moves. I just tried my best and I worked really hard. Also, I learned that I could persevere through long and tiring rehearsals. I tried my best to keep my energy up and not complain. When I was on stage I faked it till I made it! I worked hard and stayed in character when I was on stage. I persevered through the process and I am very proud of that. These are two of the things that I discovered about myself.
I am most proud of my effort in practicing my lines, working hard to get the dance moves memorized, and getting the moving and blocking memorized. First, I am proud of my effort to practice and memorize my lines quickly, so that I could practice other things, like the dance moves. Even though I had a small part, I really put a lot of time and effort into owning my line. I tried to use expression and a loud but clear voice. Also, I am proud of my effort into getting the dance moves memorized. When I was on stage I was focused on getting the moves down for the girl on fire dance and the finale. I did not goof around with the moves. Finally, I am proud of my effort for getting the moving and blocking memorized. I asked questions about where I should stand, where I should walk on stage and where I should walk off stage. I practiced turning my body out to the audience because I was speaking to them. Overall, I am most proud of my effort that I put into these three things for our performance, Don’t Laugh, It’s A Tragedy.