Saturday, June 7, 2014

Project Perform Post 24

Hello everyone!!

It really makes me sad to say this, but this is my last blog post :(

The year is ending, which means my project is done. But before I get all sentimental on you, let me answer some required questions for my teacher:

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?

  • Personally, I liked 20 Time. I had quite a few discrepancies with the idea and the process of it, but I liked my project and I love what I accomplished through 20 Time.
2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
  • I think that students should have more time to think of what their project will be. A year is a long time to work on a project, and if people are rushed to pick something, they're going to be less invested in what they're doing. I also think the idea of acceptance should be reinforced. I feel like some people's projects weren't supported as much as others, and it's hurtful to have people's passions ranked by importance. Isn't everyone's project special if it means something to them? I would hope that in the future, everyone gets equal amount of appreciation and support. 
3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?
  • I don't think the idea of doing a speech at the end of the year should be changed. It's nice to hear everyone explain their projects and what they learned from them. And it's always good to have students practice public speaking, because it's a valuable skill.
4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.
  • If this question is implying that entire schools should be doing 20 Time, I disagree. I feel that as a teacher, being invested in 90 projects is already a lot. The fact that less people are doing it makes it more special for both the students, and the teacher.
5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
  • Do not think of this project as a grade. I repeat, DO NOT think of this project as a grade. To thoroughly enjoy this project, you need to think of it as something that will improve your life, not your GPA. I think 20 Time is all about personal discovery, and you won't discover anything if you're worried about the grade.
Also, in case you were wondering, today was the TEDx event at my school, and it was a blast. In case any of you were watching/on twitter, I live-tweeted the heck out of that event. But it was good fun, and I'm glad I got to see and support all my friends.

Okay, and now, time to get sentimental. This project was revolutionary for me. I discovered a lot about myself, and I accomplished some incredible things. I graciously want to thank anyone who has ever read this blog. I know my project isn't the most interesting or cool, but it means the world to me, and I hope you enjoyed my journey as much as I did.

And now, I would like to share with you my final product: my speech. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFfyPXVa6co

Thanks again for reading, it's been a pleasure to share my passion with you.

-Alexandra


Monday, May 26, 2014

Project Perform Post 23

Hello!!

I don't really have much to update you on, but I just wanted to share that I am presenting my project tomorrow! It's crazy to think that the whole year has flown by and that I'm now summarizing my project for my class.

My whole presentation is on fear and how to overcome them. My teacher is videotaping it, so I will definitely post the video on here for my next post.

Also, I just wanted to thank anyone reading my posts (I don't think anyone does read them, but hey, thanks anyway). I know my project isn't the most interesting, but it really means a lot to me and I'm really proud of everything I have accomplished.

I'll be back in two weeks with *cries* my last post.

Thanks for reading!

-Alexandra

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Project Perform Post 22

Hello!!

So, I wanted to share something very exciting that happened to me recently. I checked my email last week and I found a new response. This one was a very special response though. Jeremy Stolle from The Phantom of the Opera got my letter and took it upon himself to interview the entire cast with my questions!!! I most definitely squealed when I saw this. I really wish I could share it with you all, but I can't :( I shall treasure this video forever though.

Also, I've developed my entireTEDx talk. I just need to find time to make my slideshow and practice my speech. 

In relation to the TEDx event, I was also appointed in charge of social media. So if you have a twitter, please follow for updates at @TEDxGPSHS (I think).

That's all I've got for now, thanks for reading! 

-Alexandra 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Project Perform Post 21

hello!! 

Wow so much has happened since I've blogged!! 

First, I got a letter from Wicked! And not just from anyone, but from the actor who plays the Wizard!! I'm so excited about it. Here's a glimpse at the letter:



Also, I went to New York! This past week was spring break and my family went to NYC. While we were there, we saw Aladdin. The show was AMAZING and if you have the chance to see it you totally should. This trip was a really big deal for me because it was my first time going to New York City and Aladdin was my first ever broadway show!! It was so fun and I hope to go back soon. 

Anyway, I'm just working on my presentation for this project for right now. I'll keep you posted!

Thanks for reading!
-Alexandra

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Project Perform Post 20

Hello everyone!!

I just wanted to share that I have officially finished writing all of my letters! I'm very excited about it. So let me just recap my project for you:

185 is the number of days it's been since my first blog post
20 is the number of blog posts I've written
19 is the number of shows I have written letters to
4 is the number of responses I've received

I'm so happy with the progress of this project. Sure, I would've loved to received more responses but I'm just glad I got any at all.

Since I've finished all of my letters, I guess you're wondering what's left for me to blog about. Well, I don't think I've mentioned this, but my teacher got my school approved to host a TEDx event. If you don't know what TEDx is, it's an event where people speak about events/projects they've done and what they've learned from them. So at the end of the year, when we all have to present our projects for a grade, 15 (I think) students are going to get chosen to speak at the TEDx event, which is super cool. I really really want to speak at it, and I've already started working on my speech.

Also, I've been thinking about how much support I've gotten for this project. I have over 700 pageviews and 11 comments (which probably doesn't sound like a lot, but still!) and I'm so grateful that other people besides me find my project interesting. I talk a lot about how much I love theatre and how I want to pursue it, but I realized that none of you have ever heard me sing. So, I thought I'd share this video with you.


Here's me singing Once More I Can See from Wonderland, which I sang at our fall concert for choir and in Europe. Please excuse the hair, it's for choir *cringe*

Thanks for reading!

-Alexandra

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Project Perform Post 19

Hello everyone!!

It's been a little while since I've blogged, mostly because I didn't have to write a blog post last week, which is good considering how busy I was! Last weekend my choir competed at a show choir competition in Norwell, Indiana. In addition to competing with my choir, I also had the privilege of competing as a soloist. Out of the six soloists my choir director sent to compete, I was the only sophomore. I sang Back to Before from Ragtime, and if I had a video to show you I would post one but I don't think anyone recorded it. The only reason I share this with you is because this project has really pushed me to put myself out there, which has really paid off. I don't know if I shared this, but I also had the honor of singing solos on our Europe trip. I had the opportunity to have an individual solo in our show choir performance; I sang Once More I Can See from Wonderland. So, I guess I could say that a lot of the opportunities I've had this year have rooted from this project. 

Speaking of my project, I got a letter from Newsies on Thursday night! This was a little weird because I didn't put my address in the letter, which means they went out of their way to contact me at home! Here's what it said:


I mean I don't know about you but I was too distracted by the P.S. of that letter to focus on anything else. You heard it hear folks, I might be getting a response from Corey Cott (if I do get a response, I will find a way to blog through my tears of joy). Also, I don't think I'm going to resend my letters to Newsies, it's not worth it.

Last week I wrote 3 letters!! I know, I'm surprised too. I wrote letters to the casts of Once, Phantom of the Opera and Pippin. So, fingers crossed I hear something back. 

Well that's all I have for this week, thanks for reading! 

-Alexandra

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Project Perform Post 18

Hi!!

So I wasn't going to blog until Sunday, but I have to share what just happened! I just got the nicest response from a swing at Motown and I'm just so happy about it. Here is what he said:


I am overjoyed with how personable and helpful this guy was! I literally can't stop smiling.

Well, that's all I have to blog about for this weekend. I've been working on a research paper for English and therefore have not done any work on my project. :( However, I have decided that I will have all letters written and sent out by the end of March. I hope to stick to that deadline.

Thanks for reading!

-Alexandra