Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, and 5
SAAC Fine Arts is an arts festival held each year in a different place in Latin America. Its participants are found all over the continent, them deriving from the American school of the select country. For the third year in a row, I participated in the theatre aspect of it, the three learning outcomes that this activity provokes are #1 (Identify own strengths and develop areas of growth), #3 (demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience), and #5 (show the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively).
The piece we chose to perform is “One Thousand Paper Cranes,” a play that tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl in Japan that got affected by the Hiroshima Bombing. Throughout the performance, she travels to the spiritual world to meet her grandmother and prepare herself to die. In the play, I not only played “Mr. Araki,” an old man who was helping build fire lanes in Hiroshima, but I also directed it alongside Belen Quirce.
The first outcome that it reflects talks about identifying my strengths and developing areas of growth, and by not only performing but directing a piece, I got to see what part of theatre motivates me to explore my passion through the art. Through this experience, I also got to improve as an actor. Due to this being an ensemble piece, all of the actors had to be at the same level. Therefore I had to work hard to be a better actor and reach a higher level of performance.
The second outcome states that I demonstrated how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. As a director, I had to take on the decision making the role. This meant that I was the one making final casting decisions, creating a schedule, and blocking every movement that an actor had to make, when on stage.
The final learning outcome that this creative piece reflects is demonstrating the skills and recognizing the benefits of working collaboratively. Again, due to this being an ensemble piece and being the director, I had to work alongside a broad group of people to make sure that everyone shared their ideas and made the best out of this piece. I learned that even though one may be a leader, it is important to notice how the best work is produced when everybody’s involved.