It's year two of our newly state-acclaimed school drama class, and this time of year means One Act Competition. Our director is certain we're going to State this year, so much so he already has it and a victory show by the 'GHSA State Champions' on our class calendar.
The show is, much as the title suggests, Pocahontas.
No talking trees or raccoons or hummingbirds allowed. He's condemned them. This is a serious show about racial tensions.
I wouldn't know that, I've never seen the Disney movie.
But, I assume some of you have. Which is where this comes in.
As I am one of the only constant male actors (though we had a surplus after last year's success), I have been selected to try my hand at becoming:
John Ratcliff. The villain.
And if I don't get it right, well, no show for me.
I need to be assertive and loud (not a usual thing for me). I need to be dastardly. Greedy. Egotistic. Pompous. Rude. Lazy. And downright despicable.
I need to release my inner insane actor that I keep bottled up.
Now, all I know about Ratcliff is from Google. I have yet to find a decent character analysis.
I picked up most of it from the lyrics.
I've been armed with two lyric sheets and a CD with the movie songs on it, the songs from the stage version, and then the instrumentals.
What I'm asking you guys for is tips.
Tips on how to do Ratcliff well.
I don't want to overdo the shouting and all...
How did he act apart from the songs in the movie?
I'm going to need you guys for this if I want to maintain my role.
I'm just a little worried. I think I can make it, though.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Testing Associate