Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Speech and Drama exam

Recently I have participated in the annual speech and drama exams held in Stratford at the St Andrews church hall. I had 15 minutes to present a prepared talk ( personal discovery), poem, prepared reading, sight reading and a storytelling. Below are my pieces!

Prepared Talk

Recently I attended the New Plymouth operatic society's performance of Mamma Mia. It was fantastic and I loved every minute of it. While I was watching I realised how important it is for people to work together to be successful. The team is split into smaller groups. There is the cast, there is Sophie and her friends then there is Donna and her friends they have to work together as well. Next there is the boys in the wetsuits. they have to work together to carry sky around the stage. Another important group is the stage crew. Each person has their own responsibility to move the props around the stage, they have to move the the sets on and off the stage at the right time as well. Next there is the sound crew, they have to make sure the microphones are turned on so the audience can hear every word the cast members say. There is also the lighting crew, they have to make sure the spotlights are in the right place and have the right colours on at the right time. While we are watching the show the band are playing live music from ABBA. They have to start and finish at the same time and if one of them muck up it doesn't look good. Before the show starts the make-up artists are busy applying make-up to all cast members. Sometimes it can be simple and other times it can be quite difficult so it takes a range of different times. They also have to do touch ups during the show. While rehearsals are happening the costume designers are busy making costumes for all cast members. Some of the cast have several costume changes so it takes a various amount of time and a lot of hard work, they also have to take the costumes home after shows to be washed. ( While showing the program for Mamma Mia and then turning pages to different pages) Here is a program for Mamma Mia, here is an example of the cast in one costume change. This is formal wedding clothes compared to the whole cast in the sparkly dancing outfits. AS you can see there has been a lot of work gone into the costumes.Each of the smaller groups have to listen and take instructions from the director, choreographer and the musical director. They have to work together as well. For us to enjoy a 3 hour show I realised it takes alot of time and hard work to make the the as good as it was, so next time you go to a live theatre performance remember how much work goes into it and I hope you enjoy the show as much as I did.

Next I had to recite my poem off by heart...

The Leaves
By anonymous

The Leaves had a wonderful frolic, they danced to the winds loud song
They whirled and they floated, they scampered, they circled and flew along.

The moon saw the little leaves dancing, each looked looked like a small brown bird,
The man on the moon smiled and listened as this is the song he heard.

The north wind is calling, is calling, and we must whirl round and round,
and when our dancing is ended we will make a warm quilt for the ground.

Next I had to read a prepared piece from a book, which was a piece from Matilda by Roald Dahl.
After that I had to give my book to the examiner so she could pick a piece for me to read.

My final task, was to tell a story. The topic was it was the opening night of a musical and something goes wrong before the show starts.

And after that I got asked some questions and my exam was over.

It was extremely nerve racking but in the end all the hard work pays off and it turns out to be alot of fun.
The hard work really did pay off, as I got honors for my overall achievement.

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