These Girls at It Again

Wow! I saw today for the first time these girls perform my new script.

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Yes. Lexi and Yzzy. These are the two whose performance at Short & Sweet Penang 2015 swept 5 awards with their poignant rendition of a mother and daughter in “Words to Say at the End of the World.”

Well, they are at it again. One more time. They are preparing for the Southeast Asia Forensics Competition which is coming up in two weeks.

Today, they performed my new script entitled “Me, Myself, & the Bridge of Sighs” in our high school assembly.

Yes, I teared up. Partly because they’re chemistry is something you don’t often see. The push and shove, the familiarity and intensity – just perfect. I also teared up because this is the last script where they will be performing together. It’s like I’ve found my own Tracy and Hepburn – magic happens when they are around. And I’m going to miss them. Lexi will be heading off to study medicine in Australia and Yzzy will be going into film studies in the UK.  Yes, talent overflowing.

It’s such a blessing to see a script of mine come so much alive because of so much talent. I actually wasn’t sure if it was a good script, but they confirmed, with their performance, that it was.

Watch out, competition. Yzzy and Lexi are back one more time. You’ll be happy to see what they are going to do.

Practice Reading for Author Event

I’m excited to be doing a reading from my newest book, A Love Story for a Nation, at the Penang Performing Arts Centre’s 4th Anniversary Open Day this coming Sunday afternoon. There will be a myriad of free performances ranging from drama, to poetry, to music, and book readings. I picked out the passage I want to read, a poignant and exciting passage from rather early in the book. Last evening I rehearsed for the first time, but it  was over the 10 minute limit.

Today, in my speech and forensics class, I asked my students if they would indulge me a little and allow me to do my dramatic reading for them. They eagerly agreed and were willing to give me feedback.

This actually fits in well with where we are heading in the class. We will soon be starting oral interpretations, where each person will have to choose a novel and dramatically read a portion of it only using their voice, without any other body movements. That is the requirement for oral interpretation. They don’t want it to turn into drama.

I, however, am not bound by any forensics rules, so I will certainly take advantage of my drama background and try to make my passage as gripping and alive as I possibly can. I will be using all kinds of movements and motions to better tell the story in hopes that some people may want to purchase it afterwards.

So I performed for my students and they enjoyed it a lot. They also gave me some tangible feedback which will help the audience better understand the passage that I am reading. Tomorrow I’ll share the passage on my blog so you can tell me what you think of it. Also, I’ll be sharing some pictures and experiences from Open Day later next week.

I look forward to it!

Three Duets, Two Solos needed. That’s it!

The forensics coach at my school approached me today. She said that she only needs three duets and two solo acting scripts for her kids to work on.

No pressure.

Starting last year, the team asked me to write them scripts which they could perform at their forensics competition in February. Last year, one performance of my script won a gold medal and a different performance of a different script won bronze.

No pressure.

So now they want me to write more.

I’m thrilled, actually. I love being able to write for something that has an immediate impact. Writing for a need and a particular performance is one of the more gratifying writing outputs, so I’m happy to help.

But, no pressure.

I have to come up with a bunch of scripts – and fast.

Okay, so I have 10 days to write a bunch of scripts. I’ve had less time before. Last year, I wrote one full script during a couple hour teacher-parent conference. Whenever there was a lull in the meetings, I hit the keyboard and by the end of the session, it was done. (It’s the one that won a bronze.)

So this is very do-able. I just now have to do it.

Actually, I already have a bunch of ideas. Two weeks ago I had one of those epiphany moments and within a matter of 40 minutes or so, I had five or six tangible ideas for short plays or duets. Now I just need to sit down and write them. This blog post could be considered stalling, and it wouldn’t be wrong. I tend to like to wait for the last minute. There’s something freeing about not having time to dilly-dally.

Anyways, I feel fortunate to be in the position to have a creative use for my writing. Not everyone can claim that, so I’m going to push ahead and see what I can create.

I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Two Scripts – Two Medals at the SEA Forensics Competition

Last fall, my frantic colleague came to me to ask a favor: would I be really to write a dramatic duet for two of my young actors who also perform on the school’s forensic team. I highlighted this in my post called Speed Publishing – where within a span of 24 hours I had written, edited, and published this script called “GeneRations.” (Speed Publishing Here)

About a week later, my frantic colleague returned to me and asked if I could write ANOTHER one and have it published because a different pair of my actors also couldn’t find a suitable duet script for the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2015 which was held last week in Kuala Lumpur. Once again, I was delighted to help. I found a suitable topic and within a day had the script “Words to Say at the End of the World” published.

My work was finished, but since the time that I wrote the scripts, these two pairs of actors, along with their forensics coach, have been working furiously on them.

Well, we just got the results. The performance of “Words Do Say at the End of the World” won the gold medal and “GeneRations” won bronze. Don’t get me wrong, ALL the credit go to these amazing young actors whom I am very proud of. But I am delighted that they found my scripts to be the right amount of substance and creativity which enabled them to show off their talents – and they sure did.

So if you are looking for a couple duet scripts which have been used to win awards, you can check them out on the link below. You will note that they were published under the pseudonym – WR Charles – the name I use for publishing short dramas.

Please check them out and I’d be delighted to hear your feedback.

Gold Medal at 2015 SEA Forensic Competition: Script Here

Bronze Medal at 2015 SEA Forensic Competition: Script Here