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Comedian Larry the Cable guy is attributed with the American phrase Get-R-Done. I will let Larry explain it’s origin and what it means.
The last five weeks I have watch my daughter and her friends Get-R-Done with Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.
That is my daughter on the right in the first photo with her friend Jessica who is in the play with her. they are also president and vice-president of the high school theatre club.
The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity. –– Deepak Chopra
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I watched my daughter as she designed the costumes for the play. Some from scratch and then buying clothes at the local thrift store and then modifying them for the period. This all happened from just five weeks ago.
By the way the rest of the cast also was just as busy. they made this quite elaborate set. There was much more work in this project than their musical they did last year with 10 weeks of time.
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Now at the same time they are memorizing their lines. Now if you haven’t listed and read any Shakespeare, let me just say this is like learning a foreign language. It takes some time to not just say the words but understand what you are saying.
I did a quick recording of the play last night for my parents who couldn’t come for the play. Just listen to some of it and see all the set and costumes for yourself.
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I watched the passion of the students rise so much that tears would pour down their faces. They were frustrated when the lines just were difficult and not coming as easily as other material had in the past taken to memorize.
I watched when some of the cast would get it before others in the scene and get frustrated with the others who didn’t understand who they were talking to during some of their lines, which can happen on a first read of the language of Shakespeare from that time period.
Then I watch as the students would calm down and then take the time to work with each other and help each other understand a scene and how they worked to make the scene better together.
While these kids are trying to figure out their roles in society they were learning some of this from learning their roles in the play. They learned how blocking and purpose for their role was important. How they are acting even when they have no lines but are on stage.
How about you?
You have a lot on your plate for your work. Do you Get-R-Done? As Larry the Cable Guy’s says this is when you give it your all and give 110%.
Just like all these high school students realize they practiced over and over so when the audience was present they were being entertained. They wanted to perform at the level where the storyline moved the audience to laugh and cry.
Is all the stuff you are working on today behind those closed doors going to WOW the audience? Are you passionate as these students about their play.
Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. –– Ralph Marston