Purpose behind the scene – teaching children how to overcome stage fear and express themselves to others
Research -How to overcome fear?
1. Stay away from negativity and bring on the positivity
2. Change your body language and image
3. Don’t accept failure and get rid of the negative voices in your head
4. Be prepared .
5. For tough times, when all else fails: Create a greatlist
6. Stop comparing yourself.
7. Celebrate your uniqueness.
8. Accept your weaknesses.
Scene #6 Director’s Note 🙂
Black box theatre.
(Curtains closed. The two narrators are on stage.)
A: Now we would like to introduce the fourth object.
B: Why don’t you have a look at it now?
A: I hope it stays in the cage, though. I don’t know why, but it always tries to run away when we approach.
B: Alrighty. We’ve talked too much. So here it comes. Ta-da!
( Curtains open. However, there is nothing on stage. Embarrassed, the two narrators enter the stage again. )
-> Unexpected entrance – the audience will expect fear’s entry and take it for granted that the actor will appear from either wing as usual, however, its disappearance breaks the expectation and allude to the actor’s characteristic – FEAR
A: Uh-oh, Wait a second. I think it has escaped from the cage.
B: Again? It always goes like this. What is wrong with it?
A: Could you help us out and find where it is ?
B: It will be here somewhere…I guess. If not, we have to check (emphasizes) ‘The Laboratory’.
A: You don’t know where our secret laboratory is? Don’t worry. (claps twice, The 3 emotions – joy, sadness, anger – appear)
These things and we will kindly guide you through the way.
B: Stand in a line!
(The narrators lead the procession while 3 characters are mixed in a group of children, displaying their personality.)
-> Taking the audience into a physical journey: As my scene is in the middle of the show, my major concern was the likelihood of the audience losing their concentration, thus, I’ve decide to awake them by taking them into a physical journey.
(Ms.Mor’s suggestion – As it might be chaotic to move all 52 children at the same time, 5 people excluding Jenny should be responsible for guiding 10 kids to the main stage. Particularly, the Anger can accompany Ms.Mor and be aggressive to Ms.Mor)
Entrance to the auditorium
(The door is closed)
A: Shhhh!! It might run away if you make noises.
B: Therefore, if you spot it don’t yell. Just raise your hand. Got ya?
-> I do expect that our young audience will get excited as they move to the other place, therefore, the narrators’ role is to make them calm down by reminding them to remain quite. The warning is persuasive since the narrators are telling them not to make noises to prevent FEAR from running off.
(Enter the main theatre)
Lighting: Lights on.
Music: bland music.
Set: A/C off. 4 big pillars. Audience and actors on the same level.
A: (whispers) If you see it, please raise your hand and point it!
(The fear is hiding somewhere in the auditorium.)
Audience: There it is!
( Fear runs away. Sunhee’s suggestion – The narrator and the audience chase it.)
A: Got ya! Thank you. Now let us sit down and examine it, shall we?
(The audience sits.)
B: Come one, boy. Introduce yourself to these experts!
(Fear runs away from the stage and hesitates to come out. Irene’s suggestion – It is peaking the audience behind the pillar.)
A: Hmmm… (facing the audience) Hey you guys, What do you think he feels now?
(if the children don’t respond, try to encourage them by asking : ” does it feel sad? does it look happy?” )
B: Yeah..i also think It has lost its confidence… How can it feel brave and confident?
(The audience responses)
A: We’re gonna invite 3 people here to talk to it and cheer it up. Anyone wants to volunteer?
(invites 2-3 children to the main stage)
B: Now here we have 3 brave experts. I believe that you all can teach it how to be confident. Could you? Go and tell it how to be confident.
(The fear slowly yet hesitatingly comes to the front to listen to children’s advices)
-> The main purpose of this sub-scene is to make the audience to help FEAR overcome stage fear or anthrophobia. Through suggesting helpful ways to overcome phobias, children can get an opportunity to ponder upon the ways to conquer fear and gain confidence.
(If nobody volunteers say – Maybe you can tell it you don’t have to be scared of us, tell it that you want to be a friend, tell ‘you’re special and precious’,etc..)
A: Great! Now it seems it is gaining confident. Go back to your seat, please.
(3 children are sent back to their seat)
Lastly, How ’bout asking whether it feels confident now ?
B: Oh, why don’t we do it all together? It will cheer it up more. On the count of 3, let’s ask ‘are you confident?’ to this thing.
A: Ready? 3, 2, 1 !
Audience : are you confident?
(The fear doesn’t respond.)
B: We will have to try once more, but Much Louder! Ready?
–>This encourages the audience’s vocal involvement.
A: 3, 2, 1
Audience: are you confident?
(The fear nods and dances. Scene ends)