Saturday, July 21, 2012
Fast and Furious
The Summer Shakespeare ensemble performs Coriolanus exactly three weeks from yesterday. In a five week intensive it is vital for all student actors to jump into the work without hesitation. Already director Jonathan Hopkins is blocking the play in rehearsal, moving quickly through the text and demanding precision and detail. A fast-moving and in-depth process can be an opportunity for tremendous growth. In addition to their work as actors, students often learn something new about themselves. They may be suddenly confronted with challenging questions like what are my real strengths? What weaknesses do I need to address to improve? Why have I developed this particular vocal or physical habit? Is my mind as open and free as it should be? Am I willing to take the risk of looking silly in order to grow? Student actors are invited to share their thoughts and observations on their personal growth on this blog. It takes courage but it is part of the work that is necessary for an artist's growth.