Monday, April 8, 2013

Now I've got that feeling once again

Hello everyone!

Sorry this is a day late, but I have been sick all week and sometimes health concerns are much bigger then blog concerns.

Anyway, so our Monday back from our Easter break we had Acting for the last half of the day. It was the only class we had and our class time amounted for about twenty minutes out of the day. I had to finish physicalizing my scene and that was that. It did not go as horribly as the one the week before. This was good for me because I felt like I was slowly dying from the sickness that I had within me. Clearly, this was a very thrilling day for me because of my sickness.

Tuesday arrived and I had Alexander nice and early that morning at nine am. We did our usual thing with table work and other stuff (clearly it was exciting since I remember nothing). Then I had a little bit of a break and then had Acting with Kathy. This time, we dropped the whole physical aspect and just sat and did the monologue with her responding as the plaintiff. It went very well and was nice to just sit and work on it without all the other bells and whistles. Then that was over and I had a bit of a break before my last audition session with Ros ever. I am still depressed about it. We worked on Lady Anne and she really got me to work on not performing it and just being in the moment. It was nice to do because I got to implement all of the things I had learned from Leo's class into the speech. Then we had a rather tearful goodbye and that was that. Later that night, we went to see Trelawny of The Wells at the Donmar Warehouse and it was much better then I was expecting it to be. It is a Victorian comedy that looks at theatre in the 1860s and was both funny and thought provoking. Then we got home and Danny and I rehearsed very quietly in the common room and for not very long because we had had a nice long rehearsal the night before.

Wednesday began and this turned out to be one of the worst days I had had while at LDA. In the morning, we had Leo's class and I was so angry the whole class because Leo had not worked with me for three weeks and we had really only worked on the scene once and he spent this entire class working on a scene that had been worked on many more times. He wanted all the scenes to be top notch for the run-through which was not fair considering how little he had worked with me. So I was annoyed. Then in my Dialects class, I made an idiot of myself by commenting on my work before starting my speech and made Simon annoyed because I had ruined the good work I had done by using humor prior. I was upset about that for myself. Then during lunch, my right ear became clogged like someone had stuck a wine cork in it and while I could still hear out of the ear, I could also hear my own voice within my head. I was super worried about this and had to go to class panicking over my ear. Then in SPT, we found out that we had all read the wrong play and that we had to talk about Trelawney of The Wells, but not the production we had seen but the text itself which is very different. Every time I tried to express an idea, Christopher would cut me off to correct me even though I had not finished my thought. I was annoyed after a while about this. Then class was over and I decided that I would go meet my high school who was going to be down around Covent Garden that day. I met up with them and spent a little bit of time with them before they were going to see Peter and Alice. It was nice to see them after the rough day I had had. Then I went home that night to rehearse with Danny and get ready before the next class, which Leo told us we were definitely working in.

Thursday started out with Leo's class, as usual. and Danny and I were first up to work on our scene. We showed all of our work to Leo first and he said that he could see that we had done a lot of work but that I needed to focus on the structure and the emotional intensity of the material. The structure was difficult for me and Leo worked on the emotions by having me walk around the outside of our circle of chairs and "lash" Danny with my tongue. It was super exhausting and way more then I thought I would need for the scene. Then we were done with Leo after an hours work and watched the rest of the scenes get work done on them. Then we had a break and then a masterclass with Timberlake Wertenbaker, the famous British playwright. She was very interesting to talk to and told us how she managed to get some scenes from the play and her reasons for writing Jefferson's Garden, the reading we had seen. Then this day was done and Danny returned to rehearse our scene once more. I felt bad for Danny because I was getting very frustrated with all the notes Leo had given me and trying to make them all fit along with what I wanted out the scene. The last time we did it, I finally got what I wanted and it turned out well. Then we returned home and called it a night.

Friday began with Dramatic Criticism with Simon in which we were discussing Trelawney of The Wells. We all came to the conclusion that the play judge the characters created in it too much and that it would have been more endearing had they not passed judgement on the play. Then this class was over and we had a break. This day was rough for me sick wise because I had a nasty cough, congested nose and had lost my voice a little bit. We had Acting later that day and Summer and I opted out of our sessions so a scene could finish doing their work. It was nice to have a break from that class for once. Then we had an added Shakespeare class in which we were finally doing the run-through of scenes. I was nervous for this because Leo is so intense and when giving notes after the Measure for Measure run, he told someone he felt that the kid was wasting his time. Then it was time for our scene and I knew that I just had to power through my sickness for my scene. It ended up working in my favor and Leo told me that I had excelled a lot since the class the day before. Then the day was over and I got to go collapse in my room for the rest of the night and try to recover. I ended up just watching movies and such and going to sleep.

Saturday, I had a strange waking up because of my sickness and fever and eventually realized that the day was beautiful and I needed to get up and do stuff because I have so little time left in London. So Laura and I enjoyed the beautiful weather (and my somewhat better feeling self) and went to Abbey Road!! It was amazing to see but the actual crossing is super scary to cross because there are no traffic lights and people keep zooming through. We saw the studios that are there and enjoyed watching all the people try to take pictures in the road and almost getting hit. Then we ventured onto Borough Market and got to enjoy the delicious food present along with the beautiful weather. Then we returned home and Laura went off to see Macbeth (lucky girl......) and I stayed home and rehabed some more. This meant watching movies until I felt ill and went to bed.

Sunday morning started out much the same but once I fell asleep again and woke up, I felt much better. Laura and Sara and I decided to go to Camden Market because we had been meaning to go for quite some time. I found that it was not quite to my liking. Wheres Spitalfields Market and Portobello Road have some unique things and charm, Camden lacks. I may have just been under the weather or not seen enough, but it was just too much for me. I was happy to get on the bus and come home to take my Sudafed. And the night was spent much like that, rehabing.

Monday morning, today, We had Acting and Voice. In Voice, we were going to be presenting our speeches as our final assessment and since I still had no voice, I thought I would be unable to do it. I realized that I could and it actually turned out quite well for having a sick sound to it. Simon said it actually allowed my voice to be more free. Then I worked with Kathy on implementing the animal work into my monologue and did this until Kathy told me to go rest my voice. Then I went to Boots and got more medicine to take and it actually has made me feel a little bit better. Less coughing! My days been over for a while but we are going to see A Doll's House tonight at the Young Vic and I am excited, especially now that I feel somewhat better.

Anyway, that has been my invalid week. Here's hoping I get better soon.


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