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Facilitator of Tafaria Brown’s Senior Project
Melanie Bappert auditioned for the role of Annie when she was 10 years old. This was the introduction for her love for theatre. Since then she has been involved in several plays. After High school, she decided to take a different route, go to med school, and become a nurse. However, she still is very passionate about theatre, and plans to being involve once again in the near future. February 22, 2017 I took the time to interview Melanie on some of her experiences she got while being involved in theatre. Since my whole project revolves around writing a play, I asked Melanie if she has ever written a play. “Yes, I have! I tend to always get unique ideas and in my spare time, sometimes I write out quick little scenes or short plays. The longest play I wrote was around 30 minutes and it was a tragic love story.” “What was the play called?” I asked. “Mid Knight,” Melanie responded. This led me to ask her how long it took her to write the play. The play ended up taking her a month to write. However, she says she would like to revise it and add some new blocking and more characters in the plot. I asked Melanie if she would ever turn playwriting into a serious career. Her response was “I don’t think I’m experienced enough for that, but I don’t know maybe I am, and I’m just being really hard on my work.” I followed up with another question “What was acting in your first play?” “It was so much fun, I still remember how much fun Annie was and that was decades ago ha-ha.” In my play, Be Careful Who You Let Inside I find it always frustrating trying to make sure every character has motives, and something to do while they are on stage, so I asked how do I make sure all actors are active during a scene? “Well, sometimes you just got to block it and if something looks odd then you have to take initiative,” said Melanie. “How Important is the audience when it comes to writing a play”, I asked. “The audience is crucial! Think of the audience as your boss,” Melanie responded. I always found working onstage and acting was more enjoyable then being backstage so I was curious on what Melanie’s preference is. Melanie said, “It really just depends on the show, but for the most part I love acting! I don’t think I will work backstage ever again.” I followed up and asked her why she felt as that, and she said, “I’m just not as passionate as I am towards being a techie compared to being an actor.” Until this very day, I am positive all I really want to do in life is act. Therefore, I asked Melanie is she thought that acting was a reliable career. “I think it just boils down to how committed you are, you can’t’ half-ass acting and expect to get anywhere, you have to really want it!” Since I am going to college soon, I really want to explore my options and educate myself on the type of degree I want. “What’s your opinion on majoring in theatre?” Melanie said, “Like I stated in the last question, you have to really want it! If you only plan on doing theatre as a hobby, my advice is to explore other majors.” I randomly asked her opinion on Shakespeare, her response was, “ha-ha he’s THE playwright of all time, in my opinion.” I asked her what her favorite play by him was, and she said, “The Twelfth Night.” The entire interview with Melanie was very interesting, and I gathered a lot of insight and advice from someone who has written a play before. My last question for her was, “Have you developed any skills from being involved in theatre?” Her response was, “Of course, not only did I learn how to act, write, and build. I also learned so many values and lessons that I reflect and use everyday.”