Does anyone have any tips for acting as puck from a midsummer nights dream?

Does anyone have any tips for acting as puck from a midsummer nights dream? Topic: Free tips on writing a song
June 26, 2019 / By Mattaniah
Question: I am reading one of puck's monologues for my audition. Does anyone have any tips? this the the monologue: Thou speak'st aright; I am that merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon and make him smile When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile, Neighing in likeness of a filly foal: And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab, And when she drinks, against her lips I bob And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale. The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale, Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, And 'tailor' cries, and falls into a cough; And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh, And waxen in their mirth and neeze and swear A merrier hour was never wasted there. (Act ii., Scene i.) also does anyone have tips for blocking this? thanks!
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Joab Joab | 4 days ago
Always start Shakespeare by scanning for meter. Is this in iambic pentameter? If so, notice how this differs from his speech when he is casting a spell (II-2,66). You are free to "act out" little bits of this in pantomime, if you wish, such as when the aunt falls down, and you may "neigh" in a horse's tone as well. But the real issue with acting Shakespeare( especially the lines in verse), is to find the hidden heartbeat written into the meter, and, without speaking in a sing-song style, transmit this heartbeat to the audience. *Make sure you understand every single word and phrase. *Understand your status in relation to who you are talking to and who you are talking about. *Do not attempt an English accent. * Speak clearly (twice as loud and half as fast as you think you should.) * What is the character's feeling as he speaks. Is he happy? Elated? Guilty? Guileless? * Have fun with this. it's a great monologue!
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Joab Originally Answered: Costume Ideas for Puck (Mid-summer Nights Dream-shakespeare)?
remember Puck is a very earthy and mischievous character. using a lot of browns and greens and rough textures wouldn't be a bad idea. You could attach leaves and twigs to his costume to make him even more of a natural character. For a specific you will just have a to look around. For any character just make sure you read the script a couple times, make notes of references the characters make and the social standing. For bottom and crew you can do peasants clothes but more colorful and fun, as they are the most comedic group. The lovers are young and a bit innocent so use light weight fabrics and pastels. The fairies are actually very fun, remember most of oberons references are to the earth so make sure Puck ties into him no matter what you choose, and Titanias references are to the moon and ocean so its best to use something flowey. Titania and Oberon are also extremely passionate so vibrant colors are awesome for them. OR you could go the opposite route on any of these. I just put in my two cents as this is one of my favorite plays.
Joab Originally Answered: Costume Ideas for Puck (Mid-summer Nights Dream-shakespeare)?
This answer depends on what time period your director has chosen to set the play in. This play is traditionally set in ancient Greece, but many directors choose to update it, possibly to Elizabethan times, or even a more modern period than that. So, if you don't know the answer to this, check with your director. Since Puck is a fairy (well, a sprite, I think), she doesn't necessarily have to wear exactly what people would in that time period, but it should still be derivative of it. For example, unlike the other female roles, Puck doesn't need to wear a dress. But, maybe a blouse that fits in with the specific time period, and shorts or something. Everything needs to be woodsy looking- green, leaves, cut up or dagged hems are good ideas.

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hey im also going to be in midsummer ngiths dream i think were doing it at the same place.... [ st.thomas high school?
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Gordon Originally Answered: I need advice on A Midsummer Nights Dream?
The play is only five acts. It's not long - as far as reading it goes: that should only take an afternoon. It's understanding and appreciating it that may take some time. (You may want to read some parts more than once.) It's the language and structure of Shakespearean texts that give people pause. But, remember: it's poetry and it was written that way for a variety of specific reasons. Poetry and verse was a popular style and Shakespeare uses the language to convey not just the plot, but also settings and emotions. I wouldn't recommend 'No Fear Shakespeare' - the use of modern language strips the play of its original intent, it even alters meanings sometimes. It is devoid of poetry. But, a site like Sparknotes may be a good idea - it is advisable that you read a synopsis of each Act (or scene) before you read the text. This way you have a plain idea of what action takes place and it will help you understand the overall story. Plus, those kind of guides may help you get an understanding of the themes and images. You should use a good annotated (with footnotes) copy of the play - I would say the Arden or Oxford editions are the best. The footnotes really offer great insight into the text - use them. They define words and give background information. Plus, the introductory material in those editions offers a lot (don't be overwhelmed - you don't have to read all the extra info in 6 days - you can browse and learn new things). When you read, read slowly. If you need to check definitions or notes - do so and then go back and reread the sentence or line with your new understanding intact. Try and see the play in your head - it is a script after all. Flesh out the characters and 'watch' them. This play is actually very, very funny - enjoy it. It's one of the only truly original pieces Shakespeare wrote. It has a fairytale feel to it and is meant to be light-hearted. You may also want to go on youtube and check for clips and/or rent a DVD of any of the countless versions. There is one recent version with Calista Flockhart, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci, and Kevin Kline (it's not too bad - the play-within-the-play at the end is funny). Don't only watch a film, of course - you will miss much. But it is neat to see variations. Seeing a performance (film, clips, etc) as you read it will only serve to strengthen your understanding of the play and maybe even your appreciation. Enjoy.
Gordon Originally Answered: I need advice on A Midsummer Nights Dream?
I don't remember exactly how long it is, but I would read a couple of acts a night. It may be a little overwhelming because of your time limit, but you have to remember, if you want to read the actual play you're going to have to read quite a bit every night.

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