A Journey Through The Creative Arts

A Journey Through The Creative Arts

My name is Molly Ellis and I am 19 years of age. I have chosen to study on this programme as it contains fields in drama and performance that I am interested in. One of the reasons why I have chosen to study on this course is because the course doesn't only solely focus on the art of acting , the coursework also concentrates on the creation of making performances. I believe that it's important for an actor to be flexible and have knowledge in all performance areas in order to deeply understand the industry. For me personally I aspire to be an actress who can make a difference by taking part in drama performances. I would like to look into new pathways such as teaching drama and directing . I think that I would be more suited to teaching drama. Storytelling is very powerful and it can leave people feeling a range and selection of emotions.I would like to be a part of performances which have a good impact on society. My goal after graduation is to also have the ability to teach or direct powerful productions. Throughout the duration of the course it would mean a lot to me to discover more about my qualities and skills as a performer.

For years I have enjoyed listening to a variety of music and my favourite music decade is the 1980s. Celine Dion is my all time favourite singer because she has such a strong powerful voice and Titanic is one of my favourite films. I enjoy listening to Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift because the song lyrics and performances produced by  those artists are amazing! 

One of favourite college acting experiences was playing Alice in The Addams Family musical . She was an astonishing character to play as her full personality changed in one dramatic scene. When I was in A Midsummer Nights Dream it inspired me to be inquisitive regarding acting, studying and reading Shakespeare's work.I enjoyed taking part in college plays musicals and dance shows at a local dance and drama group . Ballet taught me about flexibility and dance training and Tap taught me about rhythm. For a few years I attended private singing lessons and a choir. My favourite memory about being in the choir was performing The Lion King Melody , where we came first place with the choir at Directions Theatre Arts at Chesterfield Theatre Festival! I have really enjoyed my Musical Theatre training so far , but now I am ready to keep continuing with my acting on this course because acting has always been my passion.

In my spare time this summer I have written my own stories. I enjoy writing, I wrote two LGBTQ romantic fiction pieces called Twisted Hearts, Before We Knew and Fight For What You Believe In. One of my short  pieces of writing was based in Sheffield. I absolutely loved creating the story characters and I surprised myself seeing how I can write with detailed descriptions. Writing and organising a piece of writing is a good skill to have for studying a university course. At home I like to read books and research theatre. 

I am inspired by many great people who are involved in the acting industry. I admire Millie Bobby Brown because her work is always original and she has a lot of clarity in her emotions and actions. Helena Bonham Carter is another actress that inspires me because she isn't afraid to express herself and she puts everything into her work.

My favourite show is a musical called Dear Evan Hansen. I have had the chance to see the show in London and I have also read the book. I would recommend reading the book before watching the show because it's truly magical watching the aspects of the book come alive from page to stage. I would like to discuss the film version of Dear Evan Hansen. I am going to refer back to my admiration in storytelling again as the production is built upon morals and values. It's based on mental health in my opinion it teaches viewers to be their true authentic self. My interpretation of the storyline is, going along with something that isn't true isn't the best thing to do. As the story reveals the events and circumstances in each scene, the audience is able to develop their own perspective on the events but it all links back to the powerful message within the production.

The acting was detailed and well demonstrated in both the film and stage musical. The character Evan implied actions in their acting. I spotted some parts of physicallity in the characters acting, for example when the actor is displaying feeling overwhelmed with anxiety his posture changes or the actor will look to the floor avoiding eye contact. That showed me as an audience member that Evan was struggling and I believe that in my opinion the actor could have possibly portrayed this by using observation techniques or method acting techniques. The character Zoe was an interesting character to watch as it seemed to me that she clearly portrayed her character hiding behind and masking her emotions as the given circumstances of losing her brother were intense for her, leaving her with many questions. I could tell that she was maybe masking some of her emotions and feeling distressed because of her mixed emotions and body language she was using in the film.

As I am reflecting on my interpretation of the amazing acting in this film I am delighted to be studying acting and performance. Watching the film was not only informing me and reminding me of the importance of mental health awareness it was also teaching me lessons and some of the humorous factors in the film uplifted me. I am looking forward to being a part of this course and meeting new people. I am excited to continue with my journey through the creative arts! 

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