Friday, July 9, 2010

Nice End to the Week.

It's a huge relief to have the first draft done now so I won't need to worry about it! Today, we had a guest speaker again for the morning session of class! Today's speaker was Samy Harmoush, a Political Science major that is currently working with Macy' as an assistant ... someone who chooses which clothes to buy for next season. He talked to us today not so much about the Presidents, but about one of his own theses he had in college: a speech about marketing, youth, and false needs. It was a very different type of presentation than I had expected, and it was actually very interesting. The fact that he passed out cookies, balloons and gumballs only helped make his presentation more fun.

Well, it took a lot of work, but I'm done with the rough draft now! I only need to worry about the final draft now, and I'm done with all of the work! (except for assorted readings). It was a great knowing that I'm on the track to finishing in good time, without procrastinating.

Tonight, we went to go see the Phantom of the Opera! It was really good! Even though our seats were at the back of the theater, the construction made it easy to see everything that was going on, and the acoustics were awesome also. The music was phenomenal, and the acting was really good also! I loved the set design, with innovative parts such as an actual chandelier that moves, and lots of really unexpected pyrotechnics and other tricks! Thanks to Mr. Ramsey, Mrs. Kronenberg, Mrs. Ishmael, Don and everyone else who helped make this trip possible!

1 comment:

  1. Winston,

    It had to make you feel good to get that draft completed. This is a challenging course and I can only imagine the stress on you all. Of course, we wouldn't want to add to that stress by telling you all that we expect the four of you to get the four highest marks in the class. That would be unfair to add to the already heavy load on your collective shoulders.

    We don't have many opportunities to see professional stage shows so it's usually fin when we do. Most shows don't amplify the actors' voices so the acoustics of the room have to be good enough so those in the back--like you--can hear as well as those up front. The same goes for the sight lines. It's really an art form all into itself to design these theaters where they can accomplish these two requirements.

    As you can imagine, with the extreme cost to put on one of these shows, they want to put as many butts into the theater as they can charging them all a small fortune for the privilege of seeing a Broadway play. If they could do it, they'd double the capacity of these theaters but once the word got out that the customers couldn't see or hear the show, people would stop coming. Finding that number of seats they can put in where they can keep the viewers and the accountants happy at the same time is what makes or breaks a production.