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NCA acting class starts
« on: May 21, 2008, 08:17:05 PM »
NCA acting class starts

Rawalpindi: Changing your emotions at the snap of a finger can be learnt only through your imaginary perceptions, as to how you perceive the environment, change your emotions upon interaction with people and react in different situations.

These were some of the tips given by experts at the Theatre Department of National College of Arts (NCA) while conducting a beginner's acting class here Tuesday.

Usman Khalid Butt, a faculty member at NCA's Theatre Department, and Tulin Khalid Azeem started the class by first relaxing the newcomers who seemed quite nervous in the beginning. But as the class progressed, they seemed at ease and followed the instructions given by their trainers.

Without the provision of any backdrop, sound effects, and spotlights as well as no audience to judge them, the beginners started with learning how to relax, warm up and throw their voices, and did some exercises for tongue twisting. They learnt to perceive an imaginary environment with a make-believe character and act according to the situation that was given by their teacher. Some acted very well while some needed practice, but on the whole, the class was conducted in a professional way and not like our conventional theatre dramas.

The students were given masks to put on and were required to transform instantly into the character, deliver the dialogues and act in line with the situation the character had plunged in. Happy, bored, surprised, suspicious, shy, jealous, sad, and lost were some of the emotions that were emitted by the students quite accurately. One could instantly identify their sentiments by just watching them.

Claire Pamment, Head Theatre Department, NCA said that it's just the beginning of the class and with the passage of time, those who get enrolled with our programme would obviously groom. "Right from rolling your eyeballs to the turn of your finger changes the emotions and body language. To act, you have to feel the character, situation and the emotions that one generates," she said.

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