Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered – Tray

Hello! My name is Tray, and this semester, I am pursuing an independent study in acting with the goal of attaining knowledge intrinsic to any actor so as to create a base upon which I can build my strengths in other fields. Secondly, I would like to create a portfolio that I can present to the school in some fashion at the end of the semester. With these two main goals in mind, my mentor, T. William Addis, created a syllabus for me:

“You will have 4 reading assignments. An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting will be your first two texts. The third and fourth will be your choice from an approved list. I will want to be sure that the books are giving you varied view points (Adler is building on Stanislavski and so we will want to move in a new direction). We will also look at books of various lengths so you don’t become overwhelmed.
  • For one of your texts, you will teach a 15 minute lesson in class. The Acting Workshop students will also be reading a book and teaching a lesson.
  • Acting wise, you will have three units:
    • Unit One: monologues. We will work together to select two contrasting monologues (dramatic/comedic). You will present both in class three times for critique and coaching. This unit will take place while the Acting Workshop students work on contentless scenes and American contemporary scenes. This will finish around October 13th.
    •  Unit Two: Classic Comedy. For this unit you will work with the rest of the class on classic comedic text.
    •  Unit Three: Chekhov. For this unit you will work with the rest of the class on a scene from Chekhov.
  •  For the first half of class, you will have significant release time to work on your own on the various projects but I will need to know where you are and what you are working on. Once you begin working on group scenes, you will need to attend the class.

This will give you a very thorough exposure to acting styles and help you develop your understanding and your skill level.”

In my first week, I have used my time to go to the library and look through our monologue books, about 10 in all, for any that I believe I can do well. Thus far, I have almost gone through two of them, within which I’ve selected about 5-10 monologues. Apart from monologues, I have taken some time to start reading Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, which I have found very interesting. A good portion of my time this week was also focused on the fall play, Big Love by Charles Mee. Our 15-person cast did not take long to open up on the first day, which made the next two days of auditions so much easier. A supportive crowd goes a long way. Within said auditions, students were asked to sing “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”, dance to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You”, and act a few different scenes from the play. In the end, I was given the role of Nikos, which I am very happy about and can’t wait to show the crowds on the nights of October 26-28, one of which will include Cappies critics (kinda nervous!).
Anyway, that’ll be all from me for now! Updates on my project to come!
Thank you!
Tray Hammond ’18

2 thoughts on “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered – Tray

  1. mikehyojan

    I am not sure if you meant to title “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” to describe your state of mind but it seems like it simply is a song title as you are excited about your project. I am looking forward to watching your play on October 26-28.


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