This thesis chronicles my research, preparation, and rehearsal process as an actor to create the role of Lydia Wickham in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. In this thesis, it is my intent to record my passage as an actor and Master of Fine Arts Acting candidate as I synthesized the training I received throughout my time at Regent University in creating the role of Lydia Wickham. The first three chapters were written before the first day of the rehearsal process in preparation, and the thesis as a whole documents my journey, from the first read through of the script to the final performance and reflections on the process and growth I experienced throughout. The first chapter will encapsulate the historical research and contextual information I gathered in preparation for developing a full character. The second chapter will study the play and character from a textual analysis perspective. The third chapter will illustrate the process of creating the character of Lydia using techniques learned in this program. The fourth chapter will record my testimony of the discoveries and noteworthy observations in the rehearsal and performance processes. In the final chapter, I will contemplate and acknowledge my successes, failures, insights, and discoveries throughout the process as well as critical responses. I will also discuss my journey of faith throughout this process as well as how it will continue to inform my work professionally. The appendices will contain free associative writing, character breakdown, Lugering barre records, performance schedules, promotional materials, and production photos.
|Advisor:||Hill-Kirkland, Michael, Harrell, Eric|
|Department:||School of Communication & the Arts|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 82/10(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Fine arts, Performing Arts|
|Keywords:||Miss Bennet, Prejudice, Pride, Lydia Wickham, Performance process, Acting|
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