Feb 22, , Whether it is theatre, dance, fashion or music, every society puts its best foot forward. While we only get to see the end product, there are many who work only behind the stage and are equally important for a play and the society. A street play done by one of the DU colleges A stage play is always headed by a director who is a third-year student While the entire society comes together to prepare for a street play, the making of a stage production is more personal and limited to the seniors.
Anish, from Sri Venkateshwara College , tells us, "Since this is the first time we are doing our stage production, we chose three directors for the play. Instead of adapting any play, we decided to write one on our own. After the topic is selected, we have our head script writer who combines all the ideas provided by the team into the script, which gives an outline of the play.
The selected actors are given the freedom to take the story forward. The director helps the actors improvise the scenes. All those who continue working with the society, start looking for a topic. All the seniors choose their topics, and then discuss why it should be taken up.
Once the topic is selected, the seniors then start researching on it, which continues for the next two months, before the new session starts. When we come back for the new session and select freshers for the society, we share the research with them for their inputs as well," says Rishika Mody, president of Lady Shri Ram 's dramatics society.
Prerak Sharma, president of Shades, Keshav Mahavidyalaya 's theatre society, adds, "We have a discussion that takes place within the 32 members of the society. Sab milke apne topics decide karte hain. Then we discuss about the things we can talk about in our plays. Then, in the next 45 days, we discuss the topics that each team member presents and we discuss their research work before finalizing one topic.
When the audience looks at them, they understand what we are trying to say. The team looks after the lights, props, makeup and costumes for any play. Krishna from Hindu College adds, "Sounds and lights are the most important technical aspects of a stage play. We take sounds and lights very seriously, and assign people accordingly to these posts who manage the lights for a play. Set design, what we see on stage on the day of the performance, is one of the most important parts as it has to complement the story of the play.
Also, the colour of the set should complement the colour of the costumes. Makeup, again, is one such thing which helps the audience to see what we want them to see. The beauty of makeup comes across when the same person plays the role of a year-old and a year-old in the same play.
Like last year, we did a play called 'The Shit Hole'. In that play, the toilet seat became our element. So your props also become characters. During this time, each member tries to find and bring everything interesting about the finalized topic. Whether it is the statements, the quotes used in media and the advertisements, the theatre societies try to find everything that would help them in explaining their point.
The next step after this is scene making. That is the time you get to see the potential in everyone, in terms of writing, direction and acting.
By the end of scene making, we usually find that everybody has the potential to write, direct and act," says Krishna Sharma, president of Ibtida, Hindu College. Anish Bhat, president of Anubhuti, Sri Venkateswara College, adds, "We jot down all the important points of the topic.
We begin our research again on all the points so that the topic stays in our mind. We start with finalizing each and every scene on paper. There are specific people who write the scenes and we also include freshers who can write.
When one scene gets completed, we execute it. The final call is taken by the third year students, and then there are a few people who are more inclined towards direction. So the entire society depends on them for that. And it is later that they are taught writing, directing and acting, like other members.
We have a music director for the play who tells us if the music is going with the theme or not. Everyone in the team jams and we make songs during our jamming sessions. The music director helps in putting everything together," explains Rishika. Lakshita Arora, president of Kshitij, Gargi College's street play society, adds, "In my initial two years, we had a senior with a music background who would help us in creating music for the plays. But when you start rehearsing for the play, the music comes naturally because you know the kind of music you want for your play.
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