Capstone #5 – Answering Inquiry Question

I started this project off with a different topic. That topic was Broadway Casting. Since we had to come up with a main question (inquiry question) I had a different question than I do now. My first inquiry question was (What is the process that a casting director goes through to find the best person possible for a specific part?) I had to make a new question since now I have a different topic. My second question turned out to be (When someone goes to an audition, how do they prepare for it?) That question took a lot of time to answer because everyone has their own way of preparing for an audition. After doing a lot of research about it I found out the most common things people do for an audition and the most suggested things that you should do for an audition. In my research, one of the most common things to do to prepare for an audition that you may already know is warm up your voice. This is an overall warm up but everyone has there own way of warming up their voice. Also, I found in a lot of articles that exercising helps because you are warming up your body. That’s only some of my research about preparing for auditions.

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Graphic Novels

This year in class we studied Graphic Novels, and we also made some of our own Graphic Novels. A teacher named Mr. DeBerry came in every week and taught us all about Graphic Novels. We started off with reading Graphic Novels with our partners and acknowledging all of the details of a Graphic Novel. After reading a few Graphic Novels and taking notes on them, we got to start making our own. We started off with an idea, just like every author does. That idea turned into a story and after we had our story, we got to make a draft. Once our draft was done, we started making the more improved version. When I was writing the story, I came up with more things as I went along. Also, I didn’t include some things that were on my draft. While writing it, I felt like I didn’t even need a lot of dialogue and writing because there were so many drawings that basically made up the story. At the end, I came up with a name for my story, Skyler Rosenberg and The Big Hit. 

Also, during the process of this, I noticed a few things about myself as a reader. When I read a Graphic Novel, I read it a lot faster than a Novel and also I really had to pay attention to the pictures to understand what is happening in the book. What I also noticed about myself as a writer is that I didn’t put as much thought into the writing as I would have if I wrote a Novel. After reading Graphic Novels, and making one too, I learned so much about writing in general.

This is my Graphic Novel:

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If you want to see all of my classmates Graphic Novels check out my teachers blog http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/cboyer/

Capstone #3 – Site Visit

Part of the project is going to a place that is related to your topic. I went to a place called Ellen’s Stardust Diner. You may know this place because it is a very popular restaurant in New York City. This relates to my topic because the waiters there who aren’t having the greatest luck with their acting career perform their so they can one day be on Broadway.

My waitress really helped because she had been working there for a while and she knew a lot of things about the restaurant and how it has progressed over time. She told me that in the past two years, twenty seven of their waiters have made it to Broadway. Since that was the goal for the waiters to one day be on Broadway, I think that that is pretty impressive. Going to the restaurant was really fun and a great learning experience.
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Ellis Island Field Trip

Today my entire grade went to Ellis Island for a field trip. We went on a ferry to get to Ellis Island so I thought that that was very fun. When we got there we got to wander around the museum for a while and learn about the immigrants coming through Ellis Island. After that we got to go on a tour with a guide that explained everything that happened when people came but in a short story version. Then, we saw a documentary about people coming off the boat and also part of the audio tracks were people who came on a boat to Ellis Island when they were younger. I thought that the documentary was very interesting because it was actual people who went through this this process and this experience.

Also, at Ellis Island you may know that there is a huge wall of names of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, and my great grandfather passed through Ellis Island and I got to see his name and I thought that that was pretty awesome. Overall, I think that I have learned a lot from going to Ellis Island and that it was a really cool, and interesting trip.

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The immigrants would pass by the Statue Of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island.

Capstone #2 – Having my Interview

Over the weekend I had my interview for Capstone. Like I had said before I interviewed my aunt’s mother. Her name is Jessica Walter. When I interviewed her I didn’t have many questions but while she was talking, she basically covered everything that I needed to know about how to be prepared for an audition. During the interview I didn’t use some of my questions because I didn’t think that I needed them. Also, Jessica’s husband was there and he has been on Broadway too. It was like a double interview and I got so many quotes from them and a lot of information. After the interview she gave me one of her old head shots, and one of her knew ones. Head shots are the pictures that producers and directors use when someone auditions. She explained to me what the difference was. Older head shots were usually black and white. Not because it’s old, just because that was the style, and knew head shots are very colorful. Also, people tend to half smile in new ones. Overall, I found the interview very helpful and especially from someone that has been through all of this before.

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This is one of Jessica Walter’s head shots

Capstone #1 – Thinking About my Interview

Since I am researching Broadway Casting for my Capstone, I was thinking about who I should interview. I knew that it should definitely be someone who has experience with auditioning for Broadway and being on a Broadway show. I thought if I knew anyone that had that experience.  I realized that my aunt’s mother has been on Broadway and has been through this experience before. She would be a great resource for me during this project. The next thing I had to do was come up with as many interesting questions as I can. I started off with referring my main inquiry question for the project but making it so she could answer it in her own words. Then I began later on coming up with more complex questions, for example “Have you ever been an understudy, and if you have, how many times?” I think that during the interview it will be interesting to learn what kind of plays that she likes to perform.

Choosing a topic for Capstone

This week we started to talk about ideas for capstone. Capstone is a project related to what our interests and passions are. I started to think about what I love to do and what my interests are. I knew that I liked gymnastics, so that was an option, but then I started to think about other things that I am passionate about. I have just started an acting program and I also love to see Broadway shows, so I thought that Broadway was the perfect topic for me. I knew that I couldn’t just do Broadway and I had to narrow it down to something about Broadway. My friend Leila had a great idea and it was Broadway Casting. I loved that idea because it wasn’t such a small topic or a huge topic. Also, I already knew the perfect person to interview that would answer all of my questions about Broadway casting.

After we came up with a topic we had to think of a inquiry question that would help our research go even further. The day before we got huge pieces of paper and wrote our topic in the middle, then we got a pack of post its and wrote down all of the questions that we could think of. When I had to think of an inquiry question, I checked off all of the questions that I thought were reasonable and turned them into one question. I turned them into one question by using transitions in between each question. I think that that strategy really worked for me. When I was done I came up with a question that I thought was good, here it is. “What are the skills that you need to have to get a part and are the qualities different for particular shows.” I showed my teacher and she thought it was good but she also thought that when I did my research it would turn out to be in list form. So, I came to a different question that is open ended, “What is the process that a casting director goes through to find the best person possible for a specific part?” I think that my second one is way better than the first question and I am very excited to research about it.

 

Nerdy Derby

Today in class we did an activity that was called Nerdy Derby. The activity was when we got to make our own little cars and race them. I did mine with my best friend Samantha and we made ours very pretty. We called it the Color Convertible because we covered it in rainbow order pom poms. While making the car we had to learn how to construct a car and make the wheels be stable. To put the wheels on we had to use these things called axes which were almost little skinny straws and you hot clued then to the bottom of your car. We needed them because the wheels wouldn’t be able to move without them because you had to stick them on. After everyone had made their cars and designed them, we got to race the cars. Ours was very fast and I am guessing it was fast because it didn’t have much weight on it. Except it made me think because we raced a car that had a million heavy things on it and that car beat us. I was wondering if maybe we did need a little bit of weight. We didn’t add anything though because we loved how ours looked and if their was a beauty contest, ours would totally win. (In my opinion)

So B. It

With my partner in class we are reading the book So B. It. This book is by Sarah Weeks, and it is a social issue. In this book the main character Heidi faces many problems. Our teacher gave us these questions to answer about our book.

  • Think of one character and a challenge or difficulty she faces.
  • How does this affect how this character interacts with the world?
  • How does it affect how the character thinks or behaves when she is alone?

Heidi is a twelve year old girl that has a mother who is disabled. The mother cannot do anything for herself. So, I think that in a sort of way Heidi never got the childhood a normal child would have. She and her next door neighbor Bernie are very close. Bernie and Heidi share the responsibility of her mother. The problem with Bernie though is that she had agoraphobia. She can’t go outside so that means that Heidi does all of her shopping and things like that. Another challenge she faces is her mother has a twenty six word vocabulary and she has one word that the mother only knows what it means. That word is soof. It haunts Heidi every night and every day to know whats it means. She keeps bothering her mother to ask her what it means but her mother never answers the question. So, Heidi goes on a journey to find out what soof means.

These problems that she has really effect the way she acts to the world around her. Since her mother is disabled and Bernie has agoraphobia she has always been very caring and understanding of her mother. I think that if I ever had a mother who was like that, I would be nice in front of her but get very frustrated at times. Like I said before she didn’t exactly have the perfect childhood. She was always cleaning up after her mother and doing everything for her. She never got to be a kid. Also, she is a very brave twelve year old. When I said that she is going on a journey to find out what the word soof means I meant that she is going a long away to Liberty, New York. She is going their because she found some pictures of what she thought was her mom at a disabled home in Liberty. She knew that maybe if they had her name in the files, the owner would know her and what the word soof means.

That shows how because of this problem, it made her a very independent person. These difficulties also affect the way her actions are when she is alone. When she is alone she doesn’t get very frustrated or upset because she has learned and taught herself to keep control of her emotions. Except sometimes she does get frustrated. I think that Heidi has the right to get frustrated because most of her life revolves around her mother and her mother’s disability. Heidi never got to do something for just herself. Although, Heidi is a great person and especially daughter to her mother because of her mother’s disability.