By Zoey Lopez
Cougar News Blog
Drama students have been improving their acting skills with some drama improv at Cactus Canyon. They have been using props, acting on the spot, going up in front of the class, and acting out scenes and monologues. Paige Reesor, the drama teacher, uses games from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyways” and turns them into acting exercises to help students get better.
“Scenes from a hat” is an exercise Ms. Reesor uses. It’s where the class writes down different scenarios on a piece of paper, and Ms. Reesor puts them in a hat. She draws one piece of paper and chooses a student to act it out. It is one of the class’ favorites because they are able to contribute all of their ideas.
“I do enjoy acting in front of the class because it helps me get better,” says Angel Meeks.
When the students first get in class, each day Ms. Reesor calls out an emotion and everyone must do it right on the spot. For example, if Ms. Reesor yelled out the word “sad” everyone in the class would have to act sad. She also does props which is a little bit harder to do. The point of the exercise is to take the prop and do anything creative with it. “If a student is good enough,” the class will be able to guess what he or she is acting.
Most students get nervous and scared to get up in front of the class and show their true selves, but others go and take risks. They think its OK to be goofy and Ms. Reesor encourages her students to be loud and energetic. The scripts don’t let them act like themselves because they are just reading a part that’s given to them. When the students are doing improv they have to get their mind going and think outside the box to get their classmates to laugh at them.
“I learn how to act, but most of all I learn how to be myself,” says Kara O’connor.
Most kids chose drama for the fun but others chose it to be more outgoing. There are millions of exercises they do.
“I try to demonstrate as a teacher…what it means to be energetic and loud,” said Ms. Reesor. “I let them know its OK to be goofy in my class.”