On Friday the 15th of February the Year 10 Theatre Ensemble took part in a 2-day theatre intensive where we (students) learnt the basics of Suzuki Method Theatre Training. Suzuki theatre training focuses on the physical aspect of acting because, as an actor the body is one of the main expressional tools. Throughout the two days we learnt about Ancient Japanese culture and how it related to theatre practices and daily life. The Year 10s took part in various training methods such as walks, stances, stomps and shakuhachi, vocal exercises and warm ups.
Suzuki training teaches us the importance of using the body to its full potential and how using your energy to its fullest capacity enables the actor to be taught about the significance of becoming grounded, focused and committed to the art of acting. The basis of all of the exercises the Year 10s took part in was to learn how to engage the Hara or most commonly known as the centre. It is believed in Japan that this is where the spirit and energy resides in a person. Throughout the 2-day intensive the ensemble learnt how crucial it was to engage your centre and use your energy efficiently.
Another main lesson the Year 10 theatre cohort learnt along the intensive journey was the crucial element of team work and how important it is to encourage each other and work as a team to complete the physically demanding challenges that were presented. The ensemble quickly learnt that determination and focus between the whole group guarantees success and helps everyone continue on strong even when the going gets tough.
After two days, the theatre ensemble became very close and formed a strong professional bond created out of the physically demanding intensive and having serious fun throughout the weekend. I think it's safe to say that the Year 10's learnt a large amount of valuable lessons full of determination, cooperation and persistence and how important all of these things are to succeed in any life situation.
...article written by Genivieve Wert, Year 10