The second semester is shaping up to much different from the first for various reasons. I was nervous in starting this semester. I knew more would be asked of us and the work load would increase.
The first major difference is what I have been recently talking about, â€œThe Country Wifeâ€. I am honored to be in a mainstage show as a first year, but this is definitely the hardest show I have ever done. Each actor has to integrate heightened movement and speech with specific intentions to lines that are very stylized (think along the lines of Shakespearean text). As a first year we are not given the tools to juggle all these things. The good thing is that some of these other pieces are beginning to be specifically worked on. We met our speech coach in a tutorial this last week. It was decided the dialect would be between an elevated Skinner/Mid-Atlantic and just below a full British RP. As speech is my weakest part of my instrument it will be interesting to see where I can land with this. The Alexander teacher has been to a couple of rehearsals and has given me some great tools to help bring the movement aspect together for my character.
Another blaring difference is the schedule. My voice teacher asked me to take a yoga class to help with breathing and flexibility. Rutgers offers these classes for free and I am taking yoga three times a week. With that added to my full schedule I get out each day around 6pm and have an hour to run home, shower, eat and then get to rehearsal at 7pm.
Another aspect that is a difference is that I believe I am changing as a person. I have a sense that I am beginning to open up as a person in my acting class. A big push in acting class your first year is to learn have to live truthfully and fully on stage. We just finished our first scene in class this last Friday and I think it went well. I could not have asked for a better scene partner. Our connection came easy and became a foundation for us to dig deeper into meaning and therefore create the fullness that is asked of us in the scene. I feel myself being peeled like an onion and slowly being pulled apart, all a good thing. I hope that I can continue to be open to where I will go as a person, which is the foundation for m work as an actor.