Saturday, June 11, 2016

Being in a show

     When your in a show there can be a lot of responsibilities. You have to know your lines, your choreography, and your blocking. But I'm going to make it easy and break down what each of these things are. But overall Acting is just pretending to be somebody. You can learn everything you need to know about your role or whatever you are but if you don't believe yourself the audience won't believe you either.

     Lines are what you memorize to play the part of someone. For example I had to learn the lines of a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast. You have to believe you are that person and sometimes it all comes down to the night of the show nd once the light hits you your there. If you have stage fright think of being in a show as not being who you are. If you mess up it's the character not you and play it off as if you were the character. Stage fright is just your brain telling you that it's you on the stage not your character. Sometimes if you believe in your character so much you forget everything that is going on in your life and you just remember your character as you and that's what Acting tome is all about.

    Choreography  is dancing is a big word. In a dance you get choreography and you have to memorize it to be the best ability that you can do to perform the dance as if you were the character.
Blocking is when you are reading your lines nd you have to move around or do something related to the character. For example when I was in Your a Good Man Charlie Brown I had to say "What I think you need most of all Charlie Brown is to come right out and admit all the things that are wrong with you." And while I said that I had to stand up and walk over to the person who was playing Charlie Brown.

     Acting or being in a show is all about how seriously you take being in the show. If you love acting like me, you will be amazing and if you aren't that good now don't worry we all get better. I was not always as good at singing as I am now but in good time I got help , I go to a voice studio and I sing all the time. If you really want to do something do it because you never know when an opportunity will come and you never know when the greatest opportunity of your life will come along. That's all for now have fun acting or whatever you love to do and remember to Act Out!

Friday, June 10, 2016

True Friends

     Today I'm going to be talking about who your real friends are and who they aren't. I'll tell you what the signs are that you need to know who you need to be careful around and who you can trust. Here are some tips 1) Never use social media when your in a fight, if you are having problems with anyone you should NEVER talk about someone online, it never goes away and someone will always have the memory or they can take a picture of everything and show someone and that can never go away! 2) Don't share secrets or talk about someone who they think can trust you. Those were some very important tips.
     You can see how a friend is a true friend or not by seeing how they take small secrets and see how they take that you will know if they are true or not by seeing how they act around you maybe if there is something your sad about see how they handle trying to make you feel better. It's all just a matter of judgment if they are true friends they will be there for you even if your mad at each other. Sometimes you find out the hard way if you have a true friend by a fight or if you have a very bad conversation however you find out if your friends a true friend it matters, TRUST ME!!
     In the end trust your instincts their almost always right. If something feels wrong about your friendship tell the person you should talk about what's going on. If you need to do something to feel comfortable around them do it! You need to definitely tell them ,bottling up feelings can ruin a friendship! I the end always be truthful and never tell any secrets if you want to be long friends you always need to be there for your friend! Well that's enough for today be truthful and don't forget to Act Out!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Boston Field Trip (bus ride edition)

     On Thursday the 2nd of June our team in Hiawatha 7th grade went to Boston. Although a lot fun things happened outside of the school bus, I would like to recognize what happened on our bus. On our bus we had Ms. Saraffi and Dr. Fiero as our chaperones/teachers.
     On our bus on the way Boston everyone was tired and no one was fully awake so i decided to open my pixie sticks about half way. By the time me and Angelina had eaten about 5 each we made it to the rest stop. After all the adults left the bus, everyone asked for a pixie stick and everyone got one but than everyone was very energetic after that. Than we were about an hour from Boston everyone was starting to talk and me and Angelina were watching YouTube when it started getting very loud. So I was wondering what was happening and we all started to eat snacks and a lot of junk food. By the time we reached Boston we all were very hungry because the sugar wasn't enough to fill our hunger.
     Fast forward to after the field trip. We were all very hyper still and everyone was very loud and the back of the bus where joe was sitting was extremely loud. They were basically screaming. I started watching youtube and all of sudden they were getting louder and than I turned around and they were playing heads up. I soon joined in and than Ms.Saraffi came back and sat with Dr.Fiero and than Ms. Saraffi started to play too! She told us to quiet down too though. After all this fun of course I was not hyper enough and I ate the rest of the pixie sticks all at once.
     This was a sum up of our Boston Field Trip Bus ride. Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading and remember to Act Out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Story Time

     Welcome back to Acting Out. Today I would like to adress kind of a story time of 3 stories that when you need a laugh you can go to. So without further ado, here they are. I will menshion who they were with and what happened in a time line kind of way. Here they are.

    One: So when I was little I would go to a private school. On the way to the mall after school with my older sister Jenna and my friend Molly Nelligan, we saw an old lady kind of just sitting alone waiting for the bus. So we go into the mall and we spend a good hour or two in the mall. When we com out we getin the car get all situated and my sister starts the car and we drove to where you wait for the CDTA buses and we were waiting behind one and all of a sudden the same old lady is in line to get on the bus. Reminding you this was one to two hours later!
     So we're laughing and my sister turns around and asks whats so funny when I see his lady who looks about 80 years old sees me and Molly who are 6 or 7 at the time and my sister who is about 23 years old and looked very young at the time in the car and she literally started coming towards the car. I yelled she was coming to Jenna and she was frantically trying to lock the doors and roll up the windows at the same time but she didn't roll the windows up quick enough. So this lady reached her hand into my car window and tried to grab me and I unbuckled and moved over closer to Molly and my sister rolled up the window a couple secconds after.
      Than the wierdest part of this was she want to the middle of the road once we drove away on the wrong side of the rode because of the stupid CDTA bus and she starts, wait for it. READING!!! In the middle of the road. I have never seen something or encountered something like that to this day. Me and Molly still remember this day. Anyway thanks for reading and as always remember to Act Out!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stage Face

     Hi, today I want to bring up a topic I get asked suprisingly alot. I get asked about, "how do you do all those facial expressions?" My answer is normally "oh, that's my stage face." Alot of people I work with when acting call their facial expressions their stage face. It's basically their "game face" that athleets "put on" before a game. To an actor or actress its them "putting on" their "stage face" before a show.

     When I go on stage my face is completley blank. You have to feel the emotions as if they were real. If you really like someone you have to really like them. I don't mean like them in "real life" but, you have to like their character because that is who you are portraying. You ahve to let yourself feel those emotions as if you really were that character falling for the other person.

     When you "put on" your stage face it is the best feeling in the whole world. Nothing outside matters. No one can be mean or be nice. I know why don't I want someone to be nice. Right? I like that no ones opinion matters and it's the show. We all have to be our character and in reality noting can hurt the character because in most cases it's not real. I love acting and I almost never want to take my game face off. Thats it for now stay awesome and remember to Act Out!

Friday, April 29, 2016

My Day At Sefcu

     Welcome back to Acting Out. Today I would like to talk about my day at Sefcu. The Red Cross hosted a military family's children's week during our spring break. I took Parker to see some of the things The Red Cross does for it's military families. We learned about our money and how to save, spend, share, and grow our money. Here are some activities we did on Monday.

     We had the Apple store come to Sefcu and they gave us iPads for the day which we could use to take pictures and videos of what we were doing. Then they would come back at the end of the day to show us how to make the those into a movie.  After apple left we got Sefcu ID's which they said worked. (but they didn't) Than we learned that the Sefcu website was named FRED and it isn't even an abbreviation. After the ID's we saw the loading dock and where the important files were at Sefcu. Than We saw the gyms and then the tour guide and I (who was Parker's Aunt's friend) had a friendly sit ups competition, in the gyms....I won. After that we took some time to eat a snack and than we went to the Sefcu Vault.

     We got a inside look of the Sefcu Vault and what it does. We even saw hpe members get in. We also got shown a coin counter that deposits into your bank account. After that it was time for Lunch! We had lunch with all of the employees who served or are currently serving our country. After we ate lunch we walked around the track and than I was chased by my cousin and I ran...not the best idea. After the track we went to the Sefcu conference room and we got to  play some money games. Then it was time for Apple to come back and we made our videos. Thank you so much for reading and remember to Act out!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Singing Tips

     Singing is the best thing that has happened to me. I love singing and I will never stop. Singing is the best thing and can teach a child a lot about time,rhythm and patterns. You also could be born with a perfect ear and could be an amazing singer as well.

     When singing you have to remember 5 specific things. 1. Posture, you have to keep posture to make sure you can sing to your best ability. 2. Alignment, you have to be perfectly stacked to make sure your vocal chords can bring the perfect pitch. 3. Diction, you need to pronounce the words properly and correctly to make sure the audience can hear you and understand the words. 4. Vocal Placing, This is very technical you have to think higher than you are actually singing so you don't go off pitch. and last but certainty not least, 5. Expressions, you need facial expressions or else there's no feel to the music, you need these 5 things when singing.

     These are 5 amazing helpful tips for singing. I use these everyday and I love singing. When you've sung since you were 3 you have to use these. I love these tips and I use them everyday, I love them so much, Thanks for reading and remember to , Act Out!

Monday, April 11, 2016


Debuts, I love you.
A writing piece by Nicaya Rios

Yesterday was an emotional day. It was the last kids show on the debuts stage. The building is getting bulldozed on July 1, 2016. They didn't give Jason much warning, and Jason didn't give us much warning. Someone bought the building, and is tearing it down. Jason had been renting the space. It may have been a filthy barely standing building, but it had become home. The musty smell, the cramped backstage, the small but powerful lights… They all became home. Even though it is only been 2 years, it's been the best 2 years of my life. I found out before opening night. Performing was difficult, especially on that Sunday. Yesterday. Jason had us all signed the door between the male and female changing rooms. My message said "Jason said not to cry, but that deed has been done." We all cried before the shows. I am so grateful for Debuts because it's where I made some of my most important, brilliant relationships. I can't thank Jason enough. Elizabeth was one of the people I met. She is a small diva, but I love her anyway. We wrote "Nicaya and Elizabeth, best friends since debuts" on the wall inside of a huge heart. The end of the performance was really emotional during the bows because it would be the last few minutes of the last show on the stage. During bows, I teared up. We were all so sad because at this location, we all met. Morgan 🎶, Cassidy, Ashley⭐️🌟💫✨, Caroline, Pheberss, Liz, the list goes on and on. This is where we made so many memories. It's where we had our ups and downs. It's where we all fell in love with theater. Well at least me. It's where we all grew as people and actors. It's we spread out wings, and took off. Debuts is the best place in the world. Everyone is given the chance, and it's such a happy community. Nobody judges to you. Everyone loves everyone. Sure, we have her ups and downs but at the end of it all we are family. Family is always there for each other. Family never stepped down when help is needed. Family is family. It's been so hard not to cry while writing this, but I did it. I love you, Debuts. Even if the location changes and the company still stays, I will miss the constant cramptness (if that's a word), The running around, and the family. New people will come, and old people will go. But I will never forget the people that made me who I am today, and the people that have changed my life forever. I will miss you debuts. Even though you aren't going anywhere, it will be different. But it will be good. Goodbye, Debuts. I love you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Acting with flaws

     Being in a musical is hard work. I am in snoopy the musical right now as Lucy Van Pelt and I have rehersal from 12-6 on weekends and from 6-9 on week days. I would like to talk about the hard work you have to do to be prepared for a show. 

     When a cast member is sick you have to be prepared to go on anyway. As of right now Charlie Brown and Snoopy are out sick and the show is Friday!!! I have many scenes with these characters but as an actress or actor you have to be prepared to go on anyway. You als have to be responsible and learn all your lines and dances before the off book date. An off book date is the day when you can't have a script on stage anymore and you have to in your last resort say "line" if you forget. 

     Being a part of a production means that you all have to work together. If you don't like someone you have to suck it up because they got a part they deserve for what the director can see and they might not like you either but in order to be the most responsible and mature you have to suck it up and catlike nothing is going on. As I have learned from being in shows my directors sometimes say leave the drama at home. This basically means be mature and whatever is going on outside of the theater doesn't matter until you Walt out of the door. 

     This is hosi look at being in shows, I hope you have learned something. Always be kind to your cast mates and friends. Never be rude for the director will probably not want to cast you again. With that said have an amazing day and remember to act out!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

FMS Mask

     Mask is a club you audition to join. In mask you are signing up to be in a show. Last year I was in Mulan and I was the ancestor Zhang. This year the show is Peter Pan and I'm Nibs a Lost Boy. The best part of being in a show is being a part of the work that goes on backstage and throughout the show. Helping others through rehearsal and through memorization of lines and songs.

     For the memorization, we are given a date to be "off book". Being off book is when you basically are fully memorized on all your lines if you have any which all people are given at least one group line most of the time or are in a big group dance. Lines are what is the script. The script is the whole play or musical put together in one book that everyone learns and sees what the show is about and what the scenes are and what scenes they are in.

     Also when memorizing you have to memorize the songs. For everyone memorizing is different. I know I memorize my lines as we rehears and my songs I memorize in a day just because I want to know what they are and I listen to them so much that I eventually listen to the mo many times that I memorize them. The memorization process is different for everyone but for me I know my songs and my lines are what I need to work on.

     Overall Mask is an amazing process and if you don't want to be seen that be in Tech and Stage crew. This is for anyone who is interested in acting. I loved singing but one of my best friends had the worst stage fright ever and once she went on stage for the first time in a show her stage fright diapered. That is all for now but just remember to Act on and...Act Out!

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Day at The Soup Kitchen

     On Tuesday the 26th me and about 20 other students went and volunteered for the Albany Soup Kitchen. We were assigned jobs and I was assigned a server. Before we started our jobs we learned what we had to do for our jobs. As a server the #1 thing we learned was smile! The best thing you can do is smile and when you see someone smile back and say thank you it feels amazing to know you were helping someone who needed it!

     As a server you had to first greet the new person(s) and ask them what they would like to drink. If they wanted a cold beverage you would take their cup and give it to a lady who would pour the drinks. If they wanted a hot beverage you would take their cups get them water, if they asked and get them a special cup for hot drinks. Than you would ask them if they would like a salad. After you got them a salad or not you would ask them what they would like to eat, tell them the options and get them their meal. You would have to look out for drink refills and ask if they would like seconds, thirds were not allowed. 

     Overall I loved that expiriance! It was my favorite school trip ever! I loved the experience and I would do it over again in a heartbeat! This is an amazing thing to do and knowing you helping out others is the best feeling ever. I loved seeing the smiles on people's faces when they would leave knowing that they would be happy as they left with a great memory of kids actually caring and helping out. The most amazing thing is that kids wanted to go and my teacher Mrs.Fanning had to turn kids away. It makes me happy that kids my age actually care and I will never forget this trip!

Friday, January 22, 2016


     Hi there, today I will be talking about tests! I like tests they give you a chance to show that you do pay attention and that you do the work. Tests aren't hard if your prepared. If your not prepared than tests will be much harder and it can greatly affect your grade. Here's a great study source for core subjects!
   Today in class we took our first ever Mid Terms! I can remember staying up so ;ate just to study for the test and it turns out the test was very easy for me! The questions were hard but I knew exactly what to do. I remember being so scared and nervous and I remember trying to concentrate but I remember being finished 20 minutes before the first part was over and 10 minutes before the second part was over, and yes I did double check my answers.
     Some tips I wanted to share when taking a test are, 1)Don't talk when you get into High School and Middle School even some Elementary Schools talking gets you and automatic 0 or F. 2) Don't chew gum, you may think it helps you but it can really affect someone who is trying to concentrate and they could loose focus and get a bad grade. 3)Study for at least 30 minutes a night the week of the test. 4)Try your hardest to revise and check your answers just to make sure you didn't miss anything. Those were my tips and some of my thoughts on Test taking. I hope this helped you and I hope you understand more about how I feel about tests. That's it for now and remember to, Act Out!

Friday, January 8, 2016


     In language arts we are creating PSA's. A PSA is a public service announcement. It shows a scenario based on one thing out of your slogan. Our slogan took a lot of thinking but finally we came up with, "Eat Great! Don't Wait." A PSA has to be exactly 30 seconds longer no more, no less. We were put in groups based on a writing assignment. 
 I was put in the Healthy Eating Group with Casey,Kylie ,Caitlyn. Our group was surrounding the fact of waiting. Our slogan was Eat Great! Don't Wait. So we thought of the Idea of waiting.The scenario has to do with one thing of the Slogan it can't be showing what to do or not to do. 
   When it was our filming day we had to get everything done in one day we had to shoot 6 scenes! We had to get permission from the school nurse to use the wheelchair. We also had to ask the secretary in the front of the building to go outside.I had just learned what a PSA was and this project was so much fun!