For this project I directed 2 scenes. I helped my actors cut down parts of the script they didn't understand, and I helped them block the scene take care of props and costumes and learn their lines.
In my 2 scenes Romeo is daydreaming about seeing Juliet again and Balthasar gives him the news that Juliet is dead. Then Friar John tells Friar Laurence that he could not find anyone to send the letter and that Romeo doesn't know that Juliet isn't actually dead.
For my scene the emotions I wanted the audience to feel were sadness when they watched Romeo hear that Juliet was dead. (Is it even so? Then I defy you stars! Hire post horses I will hence tonight.) I wanted them to feel empathetic when Romeo bought poison and said he was going to join Juliet. (The world is not thy friend nor the worlds law, I pay thy poverty and not thy will.) And I wanted the audience to feel angry when they realized that Romeo didn't get the message that Juliet wasn't actually dead. (Unhappy fortune! That letter was not nice, but full of charge of great import and the neglecting it may do much danger.) I think I made my scene entertaining by encouraging my actors to add a lot of emotions, like when Romeo found out that Juliet was dead he fell to his knees, cried, hit the floor, etc. And when Romeo pushed Balthasar to the floor for bringing him the news. And when Friar Laurence grabbed Friar John and yelled at him for not getting the letter to Romeo.
My favorite part of the play last night was watching my scene go on and seeing it with all the props and costume changes and yeah that was really cool. I think something that makes a great director is someone who really cares about making the scene the best it can possibly be and making sure the actors feel comfortable with the character they're playing and that they feel prepared to go onstage. I think I tried to be a good director when I stood like 50 feet away and made my actors act while yelling their lines so I could hear them, I also think I tried to be a good director when I took my actors on a walk around the school while we read our scene so that they could learn their lines. Something I would've done differently to be a better director would've been to listen to my actors a little bit more and to not get so angry when they didn't learn their lines. I think directing/ organizing a group of people might be something I want to consider doing with my life because I really like being able to tell people what to do and doing things with people and helping them feel prepared. I learned that working together in this play is very important because everyone has a part they have to do and if they don't do it nothing falls into place just right, everyone needs to learn their lines and say them when their supposed to because everything depends on everything else in a play. I think my scene shows how relationships have changed, because now Romeo would never not get the message with the technology we have today. But my scene also shows how relationships have stayed the same, how Romeo felt so strongly for Juliet that he couldn't live without her. Stuff like that still happens today. But I think we have improved in our relationships because now I think there are better support systems, like Juliet and Romeo didn't really have anyone to turn to when bad stuff happened I feel like me personally, I'm closer with my family/ friends then they were so I feel like I would still be supported no matter who I fell in love with. Problems we still have in dealing with each other is how like in Romeo and Juliet the Lord and Lady Montague hated the Lord and Lady Capulet which influenced their children, that they were supposed to hate each other. I think that stills happens with friends today.
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