The Only Tragedy was the End – DLIAT Reflection
MYP6 Performing Arts Process Journal: 9
Don’t Laugh, It’s A Tragedy Performance (DLIAT) Reflection
To evaluate certain elements or principles of artwork.
To recogniae that the world contains inspiration or influence for art.
To reflect on your performance experience.
To reflect on the questions below and write thoughtful responses using the vocabulary of role and theatre.
Describe three of the IB Learner Profile attributes that helped you through rehearsals and in the performance. Explain how you embodied/demonstrated them. (Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Taker, Balanced, Reflective)
A few of the IB Learner Profile attributes helped me through rehearsals and the performance. First, being a communicator helped me to think that I was not alone on the stage. Communicating to each other and working out what we were doing backstage made me feel a part of something bigger than me, and it made me feel more confident in myself and everyone else. It was something that helped me discover my job in what we were doing, such as before the finale, before I went on, before the others went on, and what I should be doing while holding in the black box. Also, being a thinker made sure I knew my cues and what I should do in preparation before going on stage. Thinking carefully about how long of a time I needed to grab my sign, or how long I should wait before I should go on, helped me not be late to do what I was supposed to do. It also helped me with deciding whether my friends and I could be seen by the audience from where I was backstage. Finally, being reflective on how I sounded and listening to feedback I received made my monologue look and sound better. From what my peers and teachers told me, and from my own judgement, I decided on a good way to deliver my monologue. Those were the attributes that I used to make my performance seem better.
Thinking of your role in the performance (chorus member, Athena, Poseidon, Apollo etc.)… Where did you get inspiration or from whom did you get inspiration? What influenced how you brought your character to life?
My role was the ferryman of the Underworld, and a few things influenced and inspired me on how to bring my character to life. First, I thought of myself as a sort of whiny and ungrateful child. It felt funny at first, but after a while, it was a very easy way to act as angry as I could onstage. Also, a particular influence was how trivial I sometimes saw arguments get, and how the arguers did not usually notice how childish they sounded. That is how I thought of my monologue; ranting that was probably not incredibly important to most people, and it made me feel a bit more confident because it meant that it would not be that bad if I messed up. However, I still did my best not to make any mistakes. Finally, I thought of times where I had acted very silly and immature, and so when I had to do something I felt uncomfortable with, I realized that it was not that silly in comparison to some of the things I did on a regular basis to make my friends laugh during recess. So whenever I did something that felt strange to me, I imagined I was just trying to make my friends laugh, and that was one of the influences that helped me become more comfortable with my monologue, to the point where it did not bother me at all anymore. Those were the inspirations and influences that I thought of to help bring my character to life.
What did you discover about yourself during the Don’t Laugh, It’s A Tragedy rehearsals and performance?
During the rehearsal process and performances, I discovered a few aspects of myself that I did not know previously. First, I discovered that if I did not think of the performance as something so important and so formal, and thought of it as more of a casual conversation almost, then I would become more confident. I developed a sort of mindset that it did not matter if I looked silly because I was portraying a character, not me, and I was acting in the way I was supposed to. Also, I learned that I could control myself better than I expected. I thought I would be one of the people who was talking too loudly backstage during the night of our performance, but I actually managed to keep my voice down and not fool around in the black box or before our act began or after it ended. Finally, I learned that I enjoyed dancing with everyone. I was wrong about feeling embarrassed; I actually felt pretty happy dancing with all my friends, especially doing it all together at the end. The finale was like a celebration of all the work and time everyone had put into the production. Those were what I discovered about myself during our production and the making of it.
What are you most proud about our performance of Don’t Laugh, It’s A Tragedy?
I was proud of a lot of things about our performance. First, I was incredibly proud of how I was not nervous on stage. I was confident, and I was not scared to make a mistake. Even with all the people watching me, and being alone on the stage except for the chorus behind me, I was happy to walk into the centre and speak. Also, I was proud of my fellow actors and actresses and everyone who helped. I was grateful that others had lended their time to assist backstage, and I was really glad that everyone gave it their all. Finally, I was most proud of our finale and how we all came together. Like I said before, the finale was the closing on the rehearsal production and everything we had done. It was the ending of the moments on stage and the beginning of memories that I would never forget. I was proud of everything we did onstage, backstage, and during the rehearsals, because we did our best and it was awesome.