Raise your hand if you knew that Visualization played such a vital role in an artist’s life, well it surely does and it can change your perspective and how to you present your art! Take for instance a simple exercise of imaging various colours wash over your entire being and how in turn you react to that action taking place. Taking that journey in rehearsal, allowed me to realize certain things about myself: What makes me feel safe, what colours I associate with happiness, how the media has affected my view of colours and their impact. But most importantly, learning that you can use colours to bring characters and a storyline to life, just by imagining them was quite helpful. If we can turn colours into art, in more ways than one, think about what we can do with what the rest of the world has to offer us.
Being a part of the EG cast has definitely been enjoyable so far. Working in a safe and welcoming space is an amazing opportunity when you are a budding artist and that is what I feel EG provides. Each rehearsal so far has been different and challenging in its own way but never did I feel inadequate or like an outsider. I feel self-growth and change within myself already. The first rehearsal I attended, I shared a song with the cast in the beginning of the rehearsal, as each member followed sharing a different genre of art with the group. At first my nerves and fear got the better of me but through some guidance and warm smiles and support my performance became bigger and better.
This week I was privileged to work closely with an actress named Robin who shared a bit of her background working in the performing arts industry. Afterwards she engaged the cast in an interesting activity, which worked to stimulate our senses. We used various colours to create imagery in our minds. It was interesting to hear how the cast members had different experiences even though we were all doing the same activity. I enjoy when the cast is able to give each other feedback, or make suggestions to help develop each other’s character(s), and mainly because none of the comments are ever made in a threatening or dictatorship way. It’s inspiring to see the talents of my fellow cast members at each rehearsal. I believe that will carry over into each performance; to inspire the listening audience to not only expect change, but to make it happen. We are all here to elevate and to motivate. The only way that can happen is by each one of us working diligently to do our part not only before the scenes when we hear “action!”, but behind the scenes as well.
My first impressions of Elevated Grounds were great. From the staff to the senior cast, everyone was genuinely welcoming and warm. To me having a comfortable environment to work in is vital because it allows me to be true to myself and helps me to put forth my best work. The first day of me attending rehearsals was when I first received the script. I was eager to learn what character I would be playing. After we all read through the script it was appointed unto me to be the mother of Jerome and Ms. Robinson, a school teacher. A part from memorizing lines, which for some people is a breeze, another challenge that poses as a threat to any performer is making the character believable and relatable. My plan to solving that challenge is to stay true to the character. Starting by asking my self “if I were this person how would I feel, think, or even what would my body language be like?” Sometimes most of the work of an actor/ actress isn’t in their lines, but in the delivery of the lines or even the unspoken lines. From the way a person walks, stands, or sits a lot of information can be sent out. I’m looking forward to the weeks and months ahead to see the individual growth and corporate growth of the cast.
Next week we'll be under the instruction of our vocal coach. No doubt the musical arrangements will be tweaked but nonetheless I enjoy the process of trial and error- especially when the end result is success! Many people resent constructive criticism but it is the only way to achieve growth. Being a part of EG has been a humbling experience for me and has taught me valuable lessons about my craft and life in general. My vocabulary does not contain enough words to express my appreciation. I have become acquainted with kind, wise, motivated people from all walks of life. This opportunity has been a blessing to me and I am very grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Since we've resumed rehearsals, I have been pleasantly surprised by the wealth of talent and enthusiasm that surrounds me. In many aspects of my personal life I am struggling to maintain my equilibrium. I've come to think of Elevated Grounds as a sort of therapy- as art often is, regardless of the medium. Even though being involved in a production entails its own complications, I find that this creative outlet enables me to dispose of my negative energy- as opposed to temporarily "forgetting” it. The amazing people that I work with in this journey that we're on allow me to maintain a positive perspective amidst the chaos of daily life.
As our JVS performance approaches I can't help but notice that the nerves I'm so accustomed to have been replaced (mostly) by excitement. We haven't had an extremely long time to practice as a full cast. However, with discipline and dedication I know we'll be able to deliver knowledge and entertainment to our audience. Although a break is always appreciated, I must admit I have missed my EG family and the stage. Can't wait!
I am thrilled to begin rehearsing for our upcoming tour! With new cast members and adjustments to the script I'm excited to see how Elevated grounds will continue to evolve. Even though it takes time to create chemistry that will translate to the stage, I'm confident that this new dynamic will prove to be as successful as the last.
Two weeks ago I had an amazing time in rehearsal because one of our cast members did this vocal exercise. It really showed me that I could sing meanwhile I always doubt myself because I’m not much of a singer .Working with our vocal coach helps me a lot. I realized that singing takes a big part in drama and if I want to be a better actor, I should work on my singing too.
Our cast is finally complete and today was the last day to rehearse before our show. Our acting coach was brought in and she implemented so new changes that made the play stand out more. I liked the changes that were made to my character and felt that the audience would relate more to her. In the last hour of our rehearsal, our vocal coach came in and it was man in the mirror that we had to practice nonstop. Here we come guys!!!