dimanche 19 août 2012

Thy name is stress

I am stressing out. Interview for the teaching artist job is tomorrow, and there's still a lot to do. The costume is pretty much done, the puppet too (a hedgehog), but  there are other crafty things left, and I haven't much practiced and I don't feel like I'm part of the costume and the puppet. I'm feeling like the craftswoman and not the actress. I still need to write my lines, embody my character. Ahhh!! I know that it'll all come if I play a bit, if I have fun, but there's the freaking scary ass interview tomorrow and I don't know how to play in these circumstances!
Breathing may be good. Remembering that I am, on the whole, well-prepared may help too. And also that this, ultimately, is for kids. Not for the adults who will be interviewing me tomorrow. Think of the kids. Play. Have fun. Play. Have fun. Play.
Breathe, relax, play, use funny voices, put on a clown nose. Write script that may not make it in the final thing. Have a giggle. Dance around.

samedi 4 août 2012

Costume and puppet month.

This is going to be a quick post to update you on what I'm doing... preparing a second interview for a teaching artist position with a theater in the Paris area for kids ages 3 to 5. For this interview, I need to prepare a character/costume + a puppet + a bag to put the puppet in (it comes out of the bag midway in the session to help with the telling of the story) + a magical object linked to my character - which initiates the story + some lines introducing my character and the puppet. Woo!! Lots of work for an interview. I'm hoping it'll work out. The character I have decided to explore is a gardener - her dress is a garden in itself, and her hat will have a bird's nest in it.She will be wearing rubber boots.
Here's a picture of the costume, the only thing that feels on its way to being complete.

I haven't quite decided on the puppet yet - I think it needs to be a slightly less refined character, to counterbalance all this prettiness! I was thinking of a porcupine, or maybe a worm, or something like that. I still need to attach a nest to my hat, and to find my magical object (I'm thinking that it may be a watering can), not to mention the making of the puppet and the bag. Still lots ahead, but I feel like I have some sense of direction. Interview is August 20th. 
Let me know what you think, and don't hesitate to share ideas, tips and pointers!