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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:16 PM

DRAMA CLASS WP

If Tallactor does not win this there will be a stewards enquiry.
Very tough stuff I think.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:56 PM

Garry....
Tallactor was #ONE when I looked....
I should have done better, but got
over-confident and threw away about
12 moves on just one of the puzzles....
because of not checking what I'd typed....

Thank you SUZER that was a fun WP
and interesting idea for a puzzle

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 7560)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:11 PM

Not an easy puzzle; Tallactor was still #1 when I finished.

Pleased that I'm still in top 10 currently and lost no points.

Suzer-- Thanks for teaching us drama.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:11 PM

Thanks for a really fun puzzle, Suzer! Great clues, interesting assortment of lessons on drama. A fun challenge.

-- Geri

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 5075)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 1:12 AM

Very interesting WP

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 6:14 AM

Well, now he's coming up short, but only to one worthy and proven opponent ...

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 6:36 AM

Very interesting and clever, good job! Happy to keep my points!

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:44 AM

I have to say that even for someone with years of acting experience and a degree in Theatre, this was a tough puzzle, with some unexpected word choices. As I write this I've fallen to fourth place, but that's still pretty good on a difficult puzzle like this one, I think. More of a challenge than I really expected!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:14 AM

Wow - I am really surprised that this was so tough for everyone! I knew that the one puzzle with the names of the master teachers was gonna hurt, but I figured if I expect my high school students to be familiar with them that some of you folks would know them! But I really thought the other puzzles were pretty simple. Just goes to show we all think the stuff we know is easy for everyone!

I'm just glad that most of you appreciated the challenge rather than raking me over the coals

debbie1957
Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:21 AM

I enjoyed the puzzle it was fun but fun to do.

Debbie

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:26 PM

Ooo, I'm glad I didn't get the masters teachers!

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:36 PM

I didn't even get the master teachers one, but I did have trouble with the list of vocal work--it took me by far the most moves because of the inclusion of "pauses," which didn't quite seem to me to fit. But everything else was just fine and reasonable. BTW, which master teachers were included in that puzzle? Just curious.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:48 PM

Tallactor,
Most of the amateur theatre I've done was comedic
so let me tell you....the pauses are significant, because
the audience knows the punchline is coming up....and
they need to listen, or miss it!!!!
My favorite was The Vagina Monologues, which I did twice

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 8:44 PM

Whoo-hoo! I don't often make the top ten -- and on this one I was #3.
Thanks, Suzer, really enjoyed it.
Diane

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:49 PM

I agree that pauses are significant--I just don't think of them as fitting under the category of "vocal work." But they are unquestionably important as part of what an actor does. It was the category into which it fell that took me by surprise.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:57 PM

When I work on Vocal technique I teach the students to develop variations of Pitch (high and low), Volume (loud and soft), Rate (slow and fast) and to focus on Diction/Enunciation (and pronunciation). The kids get all this pretty easily, but they completely forget to put in pauses! So I now include that in vocal work. Not that the pause itself is vocal, but when we are working on vocals we also learn to score a script (marking it up to remind yourself how you decided to say something) and "railroad tracks" to mark the pauses are an important part of that.

So for my classes, these are all tied in together as part of vocally creating your character.

The 'master teacher' puzzle was:
stanislavski meisner adler grotowski spolin and strasberg

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 1:19 AM

WOW....am I ever glad I didn't get that question!!!!

Also, thanks Suzer for the hint about using a tape recorder.
Last time I had the longest part and coudn't remember my lines....
Decided it was time to "hang it up"
Maybe I'll try it one more time because I really enjoy it.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 7560)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 7:18 AM

this is alvandy...... on tape

i had the master teacher puzzle







[pause]




ugh


this tape will self destruct in five seconds

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 9:14 AM

I got the 'master teacher' puzzle and though I think I'm quite well read I had only heard of three of them.
Not that I think the puzzle was unfair; far from it!
But it is a useful reminder to all of us that we know far more about our special subject than even the most clever of sploofus amateurs.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 9:23 AM

I had that particular puzzle also - being the stubborn person I am I tried to figure it out with as few letters as possible - which took me forever. By the time I got to the fifth puzzle I was so mentally pooped that I made a stupid mistake not once but twice. If I would have just given in and plunked in a bunch of letters I would have been better off. Except for those names I thought the puzzle was great.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 9:37 AM

I thought the master teachers would be easily googleable - I found several lists by searching "list master acting teachers"

This one has all the ones I named and more:
http://www.jbactors.com/actingreading/actingteacherbiographies.html


slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 10:04 AM

Drat - didn't find that one - pretty interesting site, too.

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 11:51 AM

That seems to be to be a pretty fair and reasonable list of master acting teachers--I think Viola Spolin would have been the hardest to come up with, had I gotten that puzzle, though she certainly qualifies. I'm sure that for people not involved in theatre, most of those names would mean nothing, but for actors they're some of the biggies.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 11:57 AM


Thank you for the interesting link, Suzer. I just spent two hours there, and plan to return soon. Fascinating reading!

Susan

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 2:38 PM

Enjoyed it, well done


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