- This week’s assignment is to re-memorize the short script below (the Blair – Jamey scene).
- I say “re-memorize” because it’s a script we did in Acting 101. (We’ll be approaching it from a different perspective in the Acting 103 class.)
- Memorize both characters, so you can perform both in class. Then focus on creating several different character type, making them different from each other both externally and externally. Then practice saying your lines as the different characters.
Practice performing the lines as they might be said by:
- A happy/optimistic character
- A sad/depressed/pessimistic character… “life is a downer”
- A character with a high pitched voice who talks fast and excitably
- A character with a low rumbly voice, vaguely threatening
- A critical, judgemental character
- A character who is accepting and caring
- A character who does “manspreading”, and would take up the space of two passengers on a bus
- A character who crosses their legs at the knees and ankles
- A 10 year old character
- An 80 year old character
- A worrier
- A character who is loud and brassy
- A character who is shy and timid.
Tips for Memorization
1. Break the script down into chunks. Learn this part first:
How do you feel?
THEN MEMORIZE THIS PART:
What do you want for breakfast?
I’ll fix you some scrambled eggs.
Practice BOTH parts above till you can say them accurately. Then memorize the last part:
You going to work this morning?
Do you want me to stay home?
It’s up to you.
Like I said — it’s up to you.
5. After breaking the script down into chunks, practice each part separately till you’ve learned it, then move on to the next four or five lines.
6. Repetition (This is basic: repeat the words over and over until you have them down.)
7. Run lines with a friend. Ask a friend or classmate to read your cues. Ask them to correct you if your words are wrong.