Celebration! – Tray

Hello everyone! This week’s post will be focused on reflection. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since the school year began. Here’s a brief overview of what has been accomplished to date:

  • Read and presented on Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting
  • Performed a comedic monologue from Molly Sweeney in preparation for future auditions
  • Cast as Nikos in Big Love, which received high praises from the community and the Greater-Philadelphia Cappies
  • Became a performing member of the Elements Dance Ensemble
  • Performed “Don’t Touch My Hair” at the Arts Festival
  • Currently working on a dramatic monologue in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
  • Voice Lessons with T. Rebecca Field
  • Pending Independent Project Proposal for chance to act in Seattle with my aunt
  • Reading Constantin Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares
  • Cast as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (to be performed in February)


It’s interesting to see how originally I planned on a focused acting approach, but I’m really happy with the way it has panned out to be a broader performing arts independent. A comparison to my original syllabus, therefore, is a little skewed, but I believe that I can still finish everything. Here is what I have left to do:

  • Read and present on at least two more books, including An Actor Prepares
  • Present the monologue from Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
  • Participate in a group project with the Acting Workshop class
  • Memorize Fiddler on the Roof


It hasn’t all been perfect, though. College visits, applications, and general time management have proven to be obstacles during this process. However, constant check-ins with T. Margaret and blog posts have helped keep me on track. While my list of things left to do seems short, I need to account for the breaks that come into play, during which I would need to work on this in my own time. Therefore, I’ve created this general timeline for my break:

  1. 11/17 – Travel Day, Read An Actor Prepares
  2. 11/18 – Friends and Family
  3. 11/19 – Read An Actor Prepares, College Applications
  4. 11/20 – Group Scores for Fiddler, Memorize Monologue, College Applications
  5. 11/21 – College Applications
  6. 11/22 – Send College Applications
  7. 11/23 – Thanksgiving!
  8. 11/24 – Tevye Songs for Fiddler, Scholarship Applications
  9. 11/25 – Be Able to Perform Monologue, Scholarship Applications
  10. 11/26 – Friends and Family
  11. 11/27 – Travel Day, Read An Actor Prepares

To complete these tasks would allow me to focus my work after break on my presentations as well as on Fiddler. This would be especially helpful in relieving stress later on during exam week, so let’s hope my goal is realistic.

Anyway, that’s enough from me. Thanks for reading!

Tray Hammond ’18


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