KOKOMO, Ind. – Lauren Soblotne is ready to dive into an exciting senior year at Indiana University Kokomo. And she's already kicked it off by "acting out" with her friends.
As a student minoring in creative arts and concentrating her studies on theatre, Soblotne recently attended a theatre workshop where she enjoyed learning new techniques about developing characters – physically and emotionally. Of course, she also enjoyed reconnecting with some classmates.
"It was the most fun I'd had in months," Soblotne said, adding that she is particularly looking forward to her theater capstone class, which will help her complete her minor. "I've been very involved in the theatre department since I started at IU Kokomo, so getting a minor in theatre just seemed like a great opportunity for me."
Joann Kaiser, lecturer in communication arts, organized the workshop and was encouraged by the attendance and enthusiasm of the students.
"The theatre workshops provide advanced skills that aren't always included in the acting classes," she said. "It's nice to see some of the students break out of their shell and restore some confidence."
The workshop focused on the concepts of the Rasabox and viewpoints. The Rasabox exercise explores eight emotional states (rasas), and the goal is to develop the emotional, vocal, and movement abilities of performers while expressing the emotion through movement and voice. The eight emotions are love/happiness, comic/impudence, sadness/pity, anger/rage, vigor, fear/guilt/shame, disgust, surprise/excitement, and tranquility/peace. The viewpoints technique focuses on improvisation.
As the theatre department continues to grow, Kaiser hopes to provide more of these workshops throughout the year. Kaiser is grateful for the support of the drama department.
"Everyone has been very helpful, and we are very appreciative."
In the late fall, Kaiser plans a one-act play produced by the students in the theatre capstone class, based on the novel "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.
Information regarding auditions will be available the first week of classes.
In addition, the improvisation group, SumAntics hopes to perform throughout the year, and Kaiser, once again, plans to take students to visit the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., during spring break. To round out the year, a Maymester class will be offered in which the students will write one collective script using published sources, and then perform the script for the final exam.
For more information on the theatre department and activities, contact Kaiser at email@example.com or (765) 455-9558.
Story written by Mary Olk, a senior majoring in communication arts at IU Kokomo.
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