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The Trip that Goes Great: A Reflection on the Circa 21 Trip


Recently, Lancer Productions offered a trip to go to the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse last Thursday. It was quite a trip with a showing of The Play that Goes Wrong, as well as access to many informative and fun workshops before a dinner.


Workshops


After leaving the school around 7:45 A.M. and arriving at the dinner theatre, everyone in our group began excitedly discussing all of the different workshops they could do. Some people were ecstatic to participate in a workshop involving stunts and walking around the set of the play being performed. Others wanted to visit the magic workshop and learn some new tricks. The two workshops that caught my attention were the Improv and Filmmaking 101 workshops. After some greetings and introductions to the workshops, I and a couple of others decided to head to the Filmmaking workshop, but we got sent somewhere else since the workshop was completely full. So, we set our sights on the Improv workshop and took our seats. While there, the teacher taught us about staying in the world we make and being consistent with any information we’ve presented to the audience.


The teacher was very nice and gave us all participation stickers. The class really helped me and others really understand what it takes to be a great improv master. Next, the group went to the filmmaking class, which proved to be a really fun experience. For the workshop, we got to learn how to “shoot” a scene from the new movie Spider-Man: No Way Home—namely the one where Doctor Strange tells the kids to “Scooby-Doo this [stuff].” What made the whole experience even better was how it was done. For you see, dear viewer, I was chosen as the “director” of the whole shebang. Okay, well, it’s not like I really directed, but I did come up with the blocking and told actors what to do and how they should act. Honestly, it was a very fun workshop, and the teacher knew what he was doing, which made the whole day even better.


The Play that Goes Wrong


However, the day wasn’t over after only two workshops; We still had a show to watch, and what a show it was. The show itself is a meta-comedy about a play that, well, goes wrong. Actors forget their lines, and the set around them breaks down. The show is filled with strong personalities that really help elevate the comedy. Each time something bad happens, it really hooks you in by making you think, how are they going to deal with this? A standout moment is when two characters try to hold up photos and different parts of the set in a twister of motion, hoping to God nothing falls… and then, the phone rings, and they need to answer it. It’s moments like these that help to truly make every moment in the show a gut-buster. I highly recommend seeing the play as it’s available from now to March 12th.


Overall, the whole experience was a great way to bond with each other, and honestly, it helped me learn a lot. It was fun to shoot a scene from No Way Home, and it was really nice to have an experience like that, where I could get an idea of what it’s like to be behind the camera. I really enjoyed the trip and will be sure to go on other trips that LP provides.


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