Author Archives: trayhammond

Hello, Goodbye

Hello everyone! You may or may not be able to guess from the title, but this will be my last blog post this semester. Therefore, this post will be somewhat of a look ahead.

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Fiddler is well underway, and I’m very excited to continue to be a part of a cast that has never failed to amaze me each and every day. I’ve done extensive research on the play, specifically on my character, Tevye, and feel that I have a good understanding of what T. Will would like to see in me, individually, and in our performances, which will occur on February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I’m looking forward to hopefully performing “Sabbath Prayer” at the Hanukkah dinner this Tuesday, so the community can get excited about the show early on. I’m also looking forward to finding my Tevye. Being a popular show, there have been many others before me, whether that was on screen or on stage, and I want to be able to create a Tevye unique to me. I’ve been testing different character choices in rehearsal and find that I am getting closer and closer to my goal. I can’t wait for February to come!

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I will be presenting my monologue from A Soldier’s Fugue and possibly a PowerPoint on Acting As A Business on Thursday. This process has been really interesting because I am refraining from preparing too much, an issue T. Will repeatedly reminds me of. My monologue from Molly Sweeney was too rehearsed, and my energy suggested more of the vibe of a musical. From that experience, though, I have been working to make this scene more natural. Here’s a link to the script. My monologue goes from page 54-59 if you’re interested in reading it.

Well, that’s all for me! I hope you’ve enjoyed my blogs!

Thank you,

Tray Hammond ’18

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)

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Miracle of Miracles / If I Were A Rich Man – Tray

Hello everyone!

I’ve been under the weather this week, so, unfortunately, I can’t record the monologue just yet, but there’s something big happening very soon! If you couldn’t guess from the title, auditions for Fiddler on the Roof start on Tuesday (Monday consists of introductory activities)! I began taking voice lessons at the beginning of the semester in preparation with T. Rebecca Field, who is a great teacher! Continue reading

Fly Me To The Moon – Tray

Hey! Long time, no see! I missed a week of school with my fly-in programs at both Pomona and Williams (which were both amazing!), and have been working to get caught up on my work. Let’s get to it!

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I have spent this past week finishing Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, along with a book review and a presentation to the Acting Workshop class (presentation on 10/25). Continue reading

Nikita – Tray

If you can’t tell, I like using song titles to title my blog posts, and this week, I feel like Elton John is appropriate because we’re going to talk about love. Over the course of my seemingly never-ending search for the perfect monologue, I have found that most have something to do with the ever-so-confusing concept that is love. Continue reading

I Feel Good (I Knew That I Would) – Tray

This past week has been filled with good news, both inside and outside of my project. Within my project, I have found a few monologues that I would like to hone in on. I am currently looking through Great Monologues for Young Actors and Outstanding Stage Monologs and Scenes from the ’90s. This coming week, I will be delving deeper into–pardon my French–“‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” and “Dead or Alive”.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading