Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Interview: Rebecca and Audrey

rebecca: I'm Rebecca, I'm in third grade and I played Cobweb and Hippolyta.

audrey: I'm Audrey, I'm in third grade and I played Robin Starveling.

mel: Now, what is it about acting that appeals to you, Rebecca?

R: Well, it's...I can sort of just express myself, it's a thing that I really like doing and I really like to express myself and show people how I feel.

What do you think acting is, Audrey?

A: I think it's just giving your character and showing the audience what you can do and how you do it...and how you play the character and act as though the character was actually you. And that's what I think acting is.

So, we had a mishap on spring break, when Audrey broke her leg. I noticed that Rebecca super-helped Audrey, which is one of our mottos: to help each other. So Audrey, how did you keep going, like doing the dance, even though you had a sore foot...and were tired. What did you tell yourself to keep going?

A: Well, I told myself that I really wanted to impress my family...especially for the last show. That's the one where I was the most tired but that was the one where I think I did the best. Because I really wanted to impress my family. I didn't want to sit out of things while my family was watching..,.I just didn't want people to think I couldn't do it because I was too tired.

And Rebecca, all through rehearsals you helped Audrey. What made you want to carry her lunch bag and cheerlead her?

R: Well, she's my friend so it made me feel good to actually help her. And because I wanted her to be in the show and when she's carrying things it's hard for her to walk...and I wanted her to be able to keep going on.

Audrey, what do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I don't know. Either an artist or an illustrator for books and things.

Any ideas for you, Rebecca?

R: I want to be an actor.

Some people think little kids can't do Shakespeare. What do you think?

R: Well, in the beginning, it's hard to understand what they're trying to say but when you hear it a lot, you start to understand that like 'thy' means me...like stuff like that...you just start to understand what they're saying.

A: I agree with Rebecca that, like, it's hard at the beginning because you don't really understand Elizabethan speech, and then you get to know and then it gets easier to say things. And sooner or later you start to understand most Elizabethan speech.

Do either of you have any tips to make Shakespeare Club better?

[both give this a think]

R: Well, I just have a comment really fast.

Sure...take your time.

R: It's hard for me to stay still while I'm meditating. I have itches everywhere and I try to think about "be quiet," but I can't stay still....I start getting itchy and stuff.

A: It's hard for me too. I want to move my legs and things.

Okay, let me give you the upshot: meditating is hard for everybody...for adults...for everybody....It just takes practice.

What did you like best about performance day?

A: Well, I liked that we had forty-five minutes or an hour between performances because it gave us time to rest and get our energy back...because it kind of fuels us up and makes us a little bit better.

R: I liked...that we got food was one thing....That I really liked...'cause I was really hungry but...after the food it was hard for me to do the show because we all ate too much...just at the beginning. I like that we have journals because it's a way to express ourselves and that not everybody shares but some do.

A: I like that we don't have to share if we don't want to.

Did you have the best sleep the night after performance day?

A: For some reason I woke up really early.

R: Me too...but, oh, me, Peter and Audrey were all so achy from the dance.

A: I wore my Shakespeare shirt the next day and people knew I was in Shakespeare Club.

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