Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Share your production tips

If you have produced a play by D. M. Larson from Freedrama.net, post your productions tips here.

What is the title of the play your performed?

How long was your performance?

What changes did you make to the script? (NOTE: changes are not a problem as long as the new version is not republished, reprinted or redistributed in any way beyond your performance)

What did you do for costumes?

What did you do for sets?

What did you do for props?

Did you add any music to the production? If so, what did you use and how did you use it?

Any tips for actors?

Any tips for directors?

Did you make a video of the production? If so, post a link to your video. (And you might even win a prize from Freedrama.net with your video!)

21 comments:

  1. We used the one-minute monolog "First Words" for a competition entry. I suggested to over exaggerate the opener with lots of envy and mocking tone. Go big on the sad transition and show the audience remorse, a little anger, then a little doubt. Close with depression, realization, and indifference.

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    1. Great advice! Thank you for sharing your experiences with "First Words" and I look forward to having you share more of your experiences with Freedrama.net scripts in the future.

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  2. We used "Pete the Pint Sized Pirate" and performed it September 7th, 2014. The play ran for approximately 40 minutes. We had two changes, the first was changing Rob to Robyn as we had a girl playing the part. The second change involved Mama Sea Monster as a young girl played the part and she was on set and not a shadow. Our costumes and props were purchased by parents as well as members of the theatre group. We also had community donations of costumes and props. The majority of our set was made out of cardboard and styrofoam. We have very artistically gifted members in our group who were able to draw outlines for Monster's Lair, Pirates Cove, 2 ships and a boat. Members of the theatre group as well as some of the children performing in the play got together a couple of nights and painted our sets. We did use some music when the sea monster attacks the ships as well as when Grunt left the stage and the sea monster came on the stage. The reason we used it at this time was due to the fact that it was the same person playing both parts and we needed a bit more time for the costume change. I really have no tips for the actors as we were blessed with a great bunch of children to work with. In regards to directing, we had started out with two directors but ended up using one as found it easier for the children to have one person giving direction.

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    1. That's a great idea to do more with the sea monster attack. Excellent suggestion.

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  3. We chose "Stung" to perform with friends for a class assignment. We performed it with one male and five females, so changed the first male character to two females and added some specific new characters/lines rather than using extras with no lines as suggested. We were not encouraged to wear costumes, build set, or add music for this assignment, but we dressed carefully from our own wardrobes and borrowed a walking cane from our school's prop stock for "Don." We had a great time casting ourselves, developing our characters on our own, and performing for our theatrical peers. Thank you for sharing the script.

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    1. I am happy that the production was enjoyable (it is a fun script). I'm glad to hear it was easy to switch the genders on the characters too. I like that the script can be flexible for any kind of cast.

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  4. We did Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate. It lasted about 15 minutes. We added plenty of extra pirates to our stage. We named each one and had the captains call them to line up by name. Our costumes were hand me down plaid pj bottoms, oversized t-shirts and a cowboy hat that worked for a captains hat. We are a low budget, high imagination group. We did not have a set. Our sea monster wore a purple graduation robe with a colorful tutu over it. Mama monster wore a hula skirt on her shoulders. We did not use music. We had a great time, and the kids (1-5 grade) gained a ton of confidence.

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    1. Thank you very much for using the play and sharing your tips. It sounds like you are resourceful on a small budget.

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  5. We performed "Where's My Prince Charming?", which took about two minutes. No changes were made to the script. There was no set, or props, or music, as the monologue was performed at a senior's home, where there was no time to set up beforehand. We would suggest that actors try to help their audience members to recollect their own dreams and wishes, as to help them relate with this yearning for a happy ending. Earnestness is very important, as it is important for the audience to see what the princess is going through.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences! Performing for seniors is a great service. I bet they enjoyed it.

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  6. We performaned "Gossip" (teen version) and we changed one of the girl characters to a guy character. We couldn't use any costumes or props but we were allowed to use a table and two chairs which was used as the desk. I would suggest to the person who plays Skeeter to put more emotion into their part.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your tips. Which character did you change from a girl to a guy? Did it work well?

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    2. Well we changes Kilabrew to a guy and the class and our teacher liked it since we preformed it in front of the class first.

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    3. I can see where Killabrew would be funny as a guy. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. My 12 year old daughter used Demons duologue to enter into an acting contest. First we had to turn it into a script for a girl, so we turned the name Blake into Blakely. Next, in order to enter the competition we had to shorten the script to make it one minute or less. She also messed up one word changing need her to hurt her, by accident.We picked a depressing color for her to wear, olive green in this case,and decided not to do her hair or make up in order for her to look more disheveled. We used our living room couch and some photography lights to light the set. In hindsight, I wish I would've filmed a little bit further away, because as she got emotionally into the scene she moved around quite a bit.We also used her little sister who is six years old to read for her,for practice for the little one. She Reddit pretty good for being six years old. We also had to chop the ending off by a few seconds because it was over one minute and it had to be one minute or less. It was a very emotionally draining script and left her quite exhausted. It was a very fun, challenging duologue to attempt. Thank you for letting us use it. Here is her video on YouTube http://youtu.be/DtrQuM2uEW8 .

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your tips. I hope this be another successful year at the showcase for your family.

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  8. We performed the Hysterical History of the Trojan War. We performed the play as a movie and not as a play. It ended up being 25 minutes long. Some changes we made to the script were that we cut out most of the audience participation and some lines that didn't make sense now that it was a movie. For costumes we used used win size bedsheets to make togas, with colored coded shirts underneath to symbolize where the characters are from or what they are (red for spartans, blue for trojans, white for gods/goddess, and neutral colors for neutral parties). For sets we made the walls of Troy out of two trifold boards and painted them various shades of gold and brown. We made the props (the horse and swords etc) out of cardboard, paint and some aluminum foil coverings. The music we used was instrumental for the songs sung, various ringtones and a score composed by one of our friends. Some tips for actors are that they should feel free to improv and explore their characters. The directors in turn should be a bit flexible and not expect perfection.

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    1. It sounds like you were smart and resourceful. Thank you for sharing your tips!

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  9. We performed Super Hero Support Group and it was about 20 minutes in length. We made several changes. We added 2 characters, a comic relief sidekick for the Dr. and a receptionist for our very shy performer. We changed the bomb to a sleep tight bomb and adjusted wording accordingly. We changed the characters to fit a larger female cast and adjusted some wording to be a little more conservative for our target audience. For costumes we used tshirts with homemade hero symbols and jeans for our heros and business outfits for the Dr., sidekick and receptionist. Our set was a pvc frame with tan walls made from random material on the Dr. office side. We put POW and BAM signs on the street wall. We used a city scape for the street wall that Caper would be thrown out of and we used grey material for the walls of the Doctors office. We used black tape to make the window for Caper and we cut the wall from floor to ceiling so as not to cause injury to our superhero when they threw him to the street. Tip for actors- Own your character. Tip for directors- encourage your cast to believe in themselves. This play was a complete success as it was lighthearted and funny.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to share your tips. Much appreciated :)

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