To start this project, we were given the Romeo and Juliet script. When i read the first couple of lines I did not understand anything! Then we started getting an understanding of the words they use by annotating the script with Ms. Janna. Then she challenged us and told us to annotate it into modern language. At first I tried it by myself but it took me forever to annotate one paragraph, so I looked it up. I got a lot better understanding of Shakespeare language. Then our class decided to do a play! Ms. Janna picked groups and assigned them to specific scenes. In those groups we decided who was who in the scene, then Ms. Janna told us to modify the script to take out lines that we felt weren't needed. After that, we got to acting! We just kept practicing our emotion, places and actions till the day of the play. Then the day of the play we performed, entertained, and most important we put smiles on our audience's face.
This is Romeo
Before Romeo found Juliet his past involved looking at many different girls. He was "in love" with many different girls before Juliet. All you need to know about Romeo's past is that he is not a stranger to feeling emotions for a women, but those feelings he had for those other women weren't even close to the strong feelings he has towards his wife Juliet. Romeo learned a lot from his experience with Juliet. He grows up from his adolescence self as a result of his love for Juliet. Romeo in his experience with Juliet has been a rebel and shown to be very courageous taking a stand for his love towards her.
My scene: Act 3, Scene 1
In the scene I'm in the beginning Romeo really wants peace with Tybalt and capulets. I know this whne Romeo is begging Tybalt to not fight him and tells Tybalt he hasn't done any harm to him and to forgive him. Later in the scene when Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo mourns over his death then becomes enriched with anger towards Tybalt. At that Romeo wants to end Tybalt's life. Romeo murders Tybalt but then Benvolio quickly makes Romeo realize what he has done and Romeo leaves knowing he has done wrong.
Best line: "This day's black fate on more days doth depend;
This but begins the woe, others must end.
Is but a little way above our heads,
Staying for thine to keep him company:
Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him."
This line has strong emotion in it! Romeo is telling Tybalt how one of them or both will join Mercutio in death. That message is very strong and the way it's said is full of emotion.
Romeo and Juliet Reflection
Favorite part of the play?
My favorite part of the play was when Moi entered in Dahlia's scene and looked at his hand for his lines. That was really funny and entertaining!
What does it take to be a great actor?
So to be a great actor I believe you need to put all effort into it. You need to be 100% into it and engaged. If you aren't your scene and role is never going to reach its full potential. Which means you need to be courageous and full of confidence.
How did I perform?
I personally was nervous to perform this scene in front of people and that was the cause of me not putting all of my effort in this performance. I could have definitely put a lot more effort in the performance to make it better. I just got to nervous to perform at full effort.
Do you see acting as a future career?
When I was younger I did acting up in L.A. and the experience was really cool it just wasn't for me. Personally I wouldn't consider acting as a future career. I didn't really feel like I belonged when I acted it didn't interest me as much as I thought it would.
What did you learn about teamwork in this project?
I do heavily agree that putting on a play takes a lot of teamwork. I learned a lot in this project about encouragement and courage. In this project you need to encourage your fellow actors to be courageous to make the scene better. By doing that I felt like I increased in leadership. Having courage in this project is very important because to perform in front of other people takes confidence and can be nerve wrecking.
How have relationships changed?
In todays relationships I believe women have a much stronger role in relationships and society then they did in Shakespeare's time. Relationships today have a lot more freedom, by that I mean you can have a relationship with whoever you want and as a person you can be who you want to be, so your relationship aren't forced whatsoever.
How have they stayed the same?
I think relationships between people still can have a lot of drama in it like a lot of relationships in Romeo and Juliet. We definitely express it differently though but the drama is still there.
Where have we approved?
We improved a lot on accepting each other more but of course things like racism and bullying is still around, but we have taken and currently are taking steps towards stopping those negatives.
What problems do we still have when it comes to dealing with each other?
Well like I said before racism, bullying, gender equality, etc. are still huge topics when it comes to accepting one another. Do I believe personally that we will one day all accept one another and those negative things will be gone? No, I think these will forever will last as an unsolvable problem because as humans we all have opinions and I believe it's impossible for all us to come to this one perfect world of acceptance. Is that what I want? Of course not, but It's sadly what I believe. Like for example in Romeo and Juliet, specifically in my scene Montagues and Capulets struggle enormously to accept each other.