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posted: 11/15/2003 at 6:43:28 PM ET
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I had a couple of questions and I hoped someone here could help me, since you're all such Gypsy authorities. Anyway, for my school's speech team, I'm doing an event called Dramatic Interpretation (DI). In DI, the actress (me) chooses a scene to perform, typically a scene between two people, and the actress plays both roles. This sounds amazingly confusing, but if you saw one you'd know what I mean. Anyway, I'm doing the scene in Gypsy right before Rose's turn; Rose's and Louise's big argument. So I had a competition today and I took 3rd place in DI (out of like 50 competitors) but on my critique sheets (the paper that the judge fills out that gives general comments and suggestion) one of my judges wrote that it would be to my benefit if I were to dig deeper into the underly emotion of Rose. The two questions she asked me to consider were as follows.

Why does Rose really do what she does? and
What does she think she has to gain?

Now, I have my own opinions on the answers to these questions, but I'm not really sure how to make it show in my performance. What are your opinions on the questions, and how do you think I could act it out professionally. Also, since i have not seen Bernadette in Gypsy, I'd appreciate any information you all could provide me on how she portrayed Rose during this scene. I'm not trying to copy her style, mind you, but I would like to get several different interpretations and compare them to my own. Thanks a bunch.


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posted: 11/15/2003 at 8:47:29 PM ET
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You're doing DI? How neat! Are you a debate student? When I was in High School I did Duo-Interp, and did pretty well with it, too. So don't worry, I know exactly what you're talking about.

As far as the scene before ROSE'S TURN, and the reason FOR ROSE'S TURN, I actually did a few sort-of analyses here on the boards. These are the threads:

I don't know how much they will help (they're critiques of ROSE'S TURN, but like I said, I think they can also be applied to the scene before that, between Rose and Louise.)

I'd re-write some of it here for you, but... frankly, I'm feeling lazy tonight. And I'm sure there are a great many people here on the boards who could also present their opinions. I know a few people here who have seen GYPSY more than once.

Q: Any funny incidents or accidents with Kristin (Chenoweth)?

Norbert Leo Butz: I have this Errol Flynn moment where I swing in on this rope. One night in San Francisco, I let go of the rope and the rest of the actors started cracking up. I turned around and the rope had literally tied around Kristin's head and got caught on her crown and was pulling her off stage. It was like watching Barbie get hung.
---------> interviews Norbert Leo Butz, of WICKED

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posted: 11/16/2003 at 3:39:15 AM ET
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Hey! Congrats on placing. I know it doesn't mean much but I'm proud of you! DI is so hard! I did the soda fountain scene from Our Town when I was in high school. I've been learning the same acting technique that Bernadette learned so I hope this information can be useful. You said that you had your own opinion about why Rose does what she does and that is great. Use that. The more specific you get about that character's past(and make it up if it isn't there for you) the more specific it will show up on stage. One of the biggest things that my acting coach stresses is that "Villians" don't think that they are "villians". They are doing what they think is right at the time. Rose especially doesn't see herself as doing wrong...she's just doing what she thinks is right for her girls. I love Bernadette's interpretation of Rose the most because she shows that. The others have just played her as an "overbearing selfish maniac" when Bernadette makes her an actual person. You should NEVER play a stereotype!!!!! Rose is a person with a past,a heart and a her own mind. Become Rose, and then find all the specific things that are going on when you are Louise. The more specific you get with each character the bigger the difference in them. So to sum up, BE SPECIFIC(in your mind) in every action that you take, and make each character a person. I hope this helped.

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