By Janet Hrezo, The Brevard Center
If you’ve been at the Brevard Center on any recent Wednesday afternoon, you may have heard some silly songs echoing through the hallway. Don’t worry. It’s just the Drama Club rehearsing for their next performance.
Each semester they “go live” before an audience of students and staff and are currently trying out some new improvisations as well as beginning work on a new play by actor and resident playwright, Daniel Eakin.
Warm up exercises are a standard way for actors to begin rehearsals and, this week, student co-leader of the club, David Kates, put the actors to work by organizing a game of “Catch”. This was not, however, the same game we might have played as children. Each actor was required to imagine an object to throw and then communicate through mime what is was by describing such things as its shape, weight and size, and function non-verbally. This object was tossed to another actor whose goal was to catch it “truthfully” by miming its same attributes. This actor then reshaped the object and tossed it on.
One of the actors described the game as “something for kids to play” and that’s only half right. A child’s game teaches us many things such as using imagination, being cooperative and following rules but, for actors, a game can also become a way to practice skills such as communicating non-verbally and attending to non-verbal cues.
The Drama Club promises some surprises in their next show. They’re challenging themselves by trying out some new and more difficult games but will include some old favorites too. As always, they’re looking forward to the audience getting into the act. David, Daniel, Ben Kesselhaut, Ashley Titone, Brian King and Moultrie Woodall hope to see you there.