Performance Proposal

List of Materials Needed:

Paper mâché paste, strips of paper, cardboard, acrylic paint, color coordinated clothing, fishing line, phones to film

Timeline:

On Monday November 18th we will review our proposals, distribute and copy our zines, and begin working on our final project. On Tuesday November 19th we will work on our costumes and props for our performance. By Thursday the 21st, all our props and costumes will be completed, and we will begin our rehearsal of the performance. When the performance is edited to our liking, we will film it due to the fact that Paige will be out of town on the day of the final performance. On Monday November 25th we will have our dress rehearsal and clean up our space. On the 26th we will present our final product to our classmates. We are going to make a conscious effort to document every step of this process. We understand that not everyone will be able to work at the same times everyday, but we are planning on making final rehearsals absolutely mandatory. This is only so everyone feels like they have an equal role in the final production

List of Jobs for the Group:

Everyone is responsible for making their own mask and costume. Lila is in charge of documenting the process of the production with photographs. Paige is in charge of editing the video portion of the production. Hudson and Nelly are in charge of directing the production and making sure the acting directly correlates to the script. They are in charge of making sure that every element of the script is included in the performance. Dan is in charge of making sure that everyone sticks to the timeline and stays on task. He is responsible for checking in and making sure that everyone is putting solid time and effort into creating their masks. Everyone is expected to give their undivided attention and effort towards making the performance cohesive and successful. Everyone is expected to attend the mandatory rehearsals. 

Script of the Performance:

The performance will start with Dan lying face up in the grass. The other four performers will be hiding in surrounding locations (such as behind trees and other structures). Dan will feel the earth around him and show extreme confusion regarding where he is. Dan will close his eyes again. Someone will push the swing in a discreate, unnoticeable way in order to produce the creaking noise of the chains. Dan will get up and walk over to the carousel as if in a trance. We want to produce the effect that he is being attracted to the carousel as if it is a magnet. When he finally gets to the carousel, Dan will fall to the ground huffing and puffing. Dan will emphasis breathing very loudly for a couple minutes so it is obvious to the audience. This will produce suspense and create anticipation. Dan will start fooling around and tapping the carousel out of boredom. We want there to be a sense of carelessness and lack of purpose to his actions. Eventually Dan will stand up and start to spin the carousel faster and faster. Dan stands back and looks completely mesmerized by the whizzing colors. When the carousel stops Dan turns away, pretending to already be distracted by something else. Suddenly the four creatures (Hudson, Nelly, Lila and Paige) begin to move very slowly out of hiding. We want to give the effect that they are waking up from a long nap and stretching out their limbs. Meanwhile, Dan has turned around and noticed their movement. He is blinking his eyes feverously. The creatures move very gracefully and with extreme purpose and intent. Dan closes his eyes for a long period of time. While Dan’s eyes are closed, the creatures drift past him so that they are out of his line of sight. When Dan open’s his eyes the creatures have “disappeared”. The creatures begin to chatter and giggle causing Dan to look behind him. He turns fully around and sees the four creatures running and leaping playfully in the distance. Dan keeps blinking furiously as if he is trying to erase the scene from his head. Dan grasps his head in extreme pain to show that he has been overtaken by a very painful headache. He falls limply to the earth in despair. Dan closes his eyes. In the far distance the creatures continuously giggle and dance. Some of the dances are individual while others are interactive with each other. All interactions between the creatures are very inquisitive and playful. The creatures continue to distance themselves from the scene resulting in their chatter becoming fainter and fainter to the audience. They keep moving until they are out of sight to the audience. Dan drifts off to sleep and the scene closes very peacefully and quiet.

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