Category Archives: Drama

creativity using dramatic arts

Need to Find a New Identity, Eh?

Trip to England
Watson and Holmes certainly had accents.

By Anna Rose Meeds

Today, my optimism and energy seemed drained away by some invisible force.  For some odd reason, every artistic idea flopped that I contemplated doing for this blog.  How was I suppose to write about creativity when all I wanted was to get through the day in one piece?

Thus, I decided to take on a new identity for a short time.  This evening, my friend invited me to a tea party.  Instead of sneaking away and hiding behind a novel, I will attend and chat with others.  However, every sentence that I say will be in a different voice or accent.

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Support Local Arts

Greater TunaBy Anna Rose Meeds
One of the best ways to add a bit of creativity into your life is by attending an artistic event.  Whether you visit a sculpture museum, attend a ballet, listen to an orchestra, or watch a musical, there is much to be gained from supporting art.

On Wednesday, I went to see the two-man play Greater Tuna at my university.  Scathingly hilarious, satire filled this entire show which kept the audience laughing and engaged with the story.  Even better, the two actors did a brilliant job of playing 20 characters.  Some of the costume changes were less than 15 seconds, but they both remained believable and amusing.  Everything from a harried housewife to an enthusiastic Baptist preacher to a dog-killing old woman to a sweet little boy appeared on the stage.  By the end of the show, you have met many types of caricatures of people from a small town.

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Reciting a Dramatic Monologue

By Anna Rose Meeds

Sometimes, I long to escape from my life and become another person.  This is one of the reasons that acting on stage gives me a thrill of freedom.  Actors and actresses learn to transform their own personalities into a new persona with the use of imagination and character study.  When the spotlight hits me, I transform into someone from another world.

However, unless you are cast in a show, theater is not a consistent form of self-expression and creativity.  Luckily, reciting dramatic monologues from plays, movies, or books can give you a similar feeling.

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A Short Burst of Dance

Do you need more cardio in your life but dread the sight of a treadmill?  If this describes you, then know that you’re not alone.  I too am tired of running on the treadmill and doing sit-ups.  So for this weekend’s short art burst, I’m daring you to dance for your workout.

dance quote

Now, you may be thinking to yourself “But I’ve never taken lessons!” That’s okay – I’m not a trained dancer by any stretch of the imagination.  To me, dancing is simply moving your body to some sort of rhythm.  It doesn’t have to be some crazy Dancing with the Stars routine; it can be as simple as stepping side toside and snapping your fingers.  It’s a wonderful way to express yourself.

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