Andrew lippas wild party show (3 page paper)
Write as you attend the show
In the paper you need to cover the following areas:
- Design (set,light, costume, sound, hair and makeup).
- With all of these areas, talk about what you found was effective and ineffective.
- Who stood out to you and why? What was effective or ineffective?
- What about the show was a whole?
- What was the message of the show?
- What themes did you find in the show?
Points to note
THIS IS NOT A PLOT SUMMARY. I do not need or want you to just talk about the plot or give me a play-by-play of the show. I saw the show as well. You can touch on the plot, but I am much more interested in your opinion of the show (and all its various aspects).
Also, you cannot just refer to someone by their character name or their title (director, designer, etc.). You are expected to give credit to the actor, director or designer by using their name, which must be spelled correctly (or at least how it was spelled in the program). You will LOSE POINTS if you do not do so. This does NOT MEAN that you have to talk about EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in the show. Some of the shows have 30 actors – you do not need to talk about them all.
PLEASE BE AWARE – The designers are listed at the TOP of the program, and will say something like “Light Designer … Matt Schleicher”, etc. Do NOT list the Design Advisor or Crew Members. These people did NOT design the show, and you will have points deducted from your paper for incorrectly listing this information.
In your paper, don’t forget YOUR reaction and to the performance itself. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART! How do you react to this play? How does the message of the play affect you individually? Discuss directorial choices, design choices, acting choices… anything that you had a reaction to. Be as specific as you can be, and use specific examples from the performance to illustrate your point.
You don’t have to love the play or even like it, but you need to be able to support your arguments. So just saying “I loved this play” or “I hated it” or “it was all right” won’t cut it – tell me WHY you are having the reactions you are having. I want to hear YOUR reactions to this performance.