Monkeying Around at The Red Room, May 2017

The Story of the Monkey King

On May 20, at the Red Room, we had a performance. The name of the play was “The Monkey King.” I was one of the monkeys. My sister and many others were also there. The Monkey King was played by Max.
The story happens in ancient China, thousands and thousands of years ago. There was darkness and chaos. Then, the earth, the moon and the sky were created. On one of the mountains, there was a pregnant stone. One day, it split open and gave birth to a monkey. This monkey made friends with all the animals. Later, the other monkeys made him their king.
It was much fun!

By Petru Luca


Monkeying Around at The Red Room

On a Friday night, as my dad was checking his Facebook, he found some info about “The Monkey King,” a Red Room play for kids under nine. When he told Petru (my brother) about this, he was quite excited. I sighed quietly, because I love everything about drama and plays—but I am twelve, so I couldn’t be part of this show.

Two weeks later, things began for real. We went to the Red Room for Petru to practice. There we met Max, a smart kid, always in high spirits. There was also Victor, a shy boy, Adam, his father, Esther and Minka, Rachel, and also Cindy and Sharon. I thought that this whole play thing was pretty childish (that’s because I was really jealous, of course) … until Ruth, the author of the script and the director, asked me to join in. This made me feel fantastic! Then, during the next rehearsals, I was really into it. I shared some of my ideas with the class. I tried my best to memorize the lines. It was fun!

Finally, after much work, performance day came. I was nervous. Then, I thought that I shouldn’t be that stiff! After all, this was for fun and we wanted to make the kids coming to see us really enjoy themselves. And then the play started! Alas, it also ended much too quickly! We got much applause and people kept on saying: “I totally loved it!” At the very end, Ruth had a surprise for us—tiny little crowns! She put them on our heads and crowned us as princes and princesses!

This is, dear readers, my short account of those wonderful days. Now the curtain must fall, and so this is

of my text.

By Alexandra Luca

The Word from R4

The Monkey King at Stage Time and Juice XXIII (May 20, 2017)

Six kids, aged 6 – 12 plus two fathers plus two adults with performing experience joined forces to depict the opening scenes of the epic legend: The Journey to the West.
With words, our expressive bodies, music and a few found objects, we presented a rendition of the origin of The Monkey King from the ancient Chinese tale.

The children creatively used their bodies and voices in expressive interpretive dance to depict Chaos (before the Earth was formed), then the planets and, finally, the Immortal Stone from which the Stone Monkey was born. Then the players transformed into the animals who greeted the Stone Monkey and then again into the monkeys who eventually became the subjects of the Handsome Monkey King.

Full album can be viewed here:
Stage Time & Juice 23:Monkeys and Mischief

According to legend, as the monkeys played in a stream, they wondered where the water came from. They followed the stream to a waterfall. We used a length of pale blue fabric, leading it out across and around the playing area. The fathers held one end up high to create the image of a waterfall while the children ducked under: playing in the “water”.
Most of the spoken words came from our Narrators but the children had key lines that gave the performance life and moved the story along.

Our music sources were recordings of traditional Chinese bamboo flute and guzheng, contemporary Japanese sound-collage and the Big Band (1940’s American Swing) classic “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

The young lad who took the title role, wrote the following reflection on his experience:

It was mind boggling to mEEE just dancing around and actually be King and do this amazing stuff! My favorite parts are jumping in and out from the waterfall and when they say “Long live our great king!”. It was fun in many ways! The top three of my favorite things in this Monkey King production are: 1. Muffins, 2. Rehearsals, 3. Having fun doing everything. I like Ms. Ruth shows us how to do teamwork, we had a good team. I learned how to remember lines and do the theatrics. I also learned how to move around projecting my voice. I love to share my ideas with everybody, too. Of course, I love to do this again, because there were cupcakes and muffins, AND because I can participate in the performance. I like to perform, and I want to do another performance in the next one. ~ Max

Two additional performing Juicers wrote about their experiences. You can read them here…”

And, finally, a drawing by Juicer Charlotte Jade

And that’s the eNews for May 2017
from the Red Room, the culture of listening and sharing.

Hello from the sound crew of the Monkey King!

The Word from R4, May 2017

The Word from R4

Chimes at Midnight 042017

May 8, at the recording studio at ICRT FM100 the recording of the R4 adaptation of the Richard Connell short story: A Most Dangerous Game was completed. Adapted for radio drama by Ignatz Ratzkywatzky, read by R4 regulars Paul Batt (playing three roles) and Pat Woods (narrating and reading the main character), directed by Ruth Giordano and mastered by Liu Ping. It will soon be available for listening “On Demand” on the ICRT-FM100 website.

May 6, as part of the day-long event “Spectacular Atrophy”, R4 presented an original piece named “1984: A Sound Collage” utilizing sound clips of new music, old music, forest fire and war drums interspersed with excerpts from George Orwell’s novel read (live) aloud by (8) voice actors.

From Ruth Giordano

R4 News March 2017

STJ March Hare Rehearsal

Writing on 03/01/2017, R4 is currently preparing two separate presentations:
A MAD TEA PARTY and CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

A MAD TEA PARTY is adapted from Alice in Wonderland Chapter 7 of the same name. We’re preparing to present at the March 18th Stage Time and Juice. The cast includes several children who played in our “Aesop’s and Other Tales” at the January ST&J: Brooke, Rachel, and Sabrina!

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT is an adaptation of a screenplay of the same name. The R4 ReadAloud has been dedicated (for the months of March and April) to reading it aloud. We’re planning a party to share our reading in late April, just in time for William Shakespeare’s birthday.

Ruth Giordano

10 March 2017 故事分享之夜 三月份 Round Table Read – Aloud

Red Room Radio Redux (R4) invites you to …
紅房新廣播劇團邀請您…

紅房大聲說: 小氣財神
時間: 8 pm – 10 pm
日期: 2017.3.10
地點: 紅房國際村 (空總創新基地)
入場費: 費用:隨喜

ReadAloud
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Date: March 10. 2017

This month’s theme is Shakespeare On Love.
We’ll also be reading a script compiled from scenes from Shakespeare’s history plays: “Chimes at Midnight” the story of Jack Falstaff.

Venue: Red Room International Village TAF

No microphones, no special effects.

9 February 2017, R4 Round Table Read – Aloud 故事分享之夜

R4 Round Table Read – Aloud 故事分享之夜
Thursday, February 9 at 8 PM – 10 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/876334709174720/

Red Room Radio Redux (R4) invites you to …
紅房新廣播劇團邀請您…

紅房大聲說: 小氣財神
時間: 8 pm – 10 pm
日期: 2017.2.9
地點: 紅房國際村 (空總創新基地)
入場費: 費用:隨喜

ReadAloud
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Date: February 9. 2017
Venue: Red Room International https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxjn5npo7xcwwhs/AABBhtYk7u8Dq2B6rcovM9WVa?dl=0 TAF
Your Patronage: Pay-by-Value

No microphones, no special effects.

12 January 2017, Round Table Read Aloud January

ReadAloud
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Date: January 12. 2017
Venue: Red Room International Village, TAF
Your Patronage: Pay-by-Value*

*PAY-by-VALUE
*費用:隨喜。

來賓可從活動中所感受到的無形價值及個人方便隨喜給予主辦單位鼓勵金。
The “Pay-by-Value” system allows attendees the option to award money based on the value they received and their financial ability.
In a nutshell, you pay according to what you feel you have received.

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All languages and all levels of experience are welcome.
任何語言、主題都非常歡迎。
No microphones, no special effects. No competition. Guaranteed moral support.
我們不用麥克風、不做特效、不彼此競爭! 只有彼此支持鼓勵!
“There is a certain satisfaction in voicing written words. We lift them off the page and let them out into the air. At the Red Room village we have created a space-within-the-space and we meet there to listen and to be heard.” -Ruth, Director R4

文字有了聲音,從紙張活躍到空氣中,真的太有趣了。我們在紅房國際村裡創造了一個小空間,在這裡大家彼此相聚,一起聆聽、一起開口說。
-Ruth, 紅房新廣播劇團團長

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16 December 2016, Round Table ReadAloud

Red Room Radio Redux (R4) invites you to …
Round Table Read – Aloud : December 故事分享之夜 十二月份

 

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紅房大聲說
時間: 8 pm – 10 pm
日期: 2016.12.16
地點: 紅房國際村 (空總創新基地)
入場費: 費用:隨喜*

ReadAloud
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Date: December 16. 2016
Venue: Red Room International Village, TAF
Your Patronage: Pay-by-Value*

*PAY-by-VALUE
*費用:隨喜。

來賓可從活動中所感受到的無形價值及個人方便隨喜給予主辦單位鼓勵金。
The “Pay-by-Value” system allows attendees the option to award money based on the value they received and their financial ability.
In a nutshell, you pay according to what you feel you have received.

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All languages and all levels of experience are welcome.
任何語言、主題都非常歡迎。
No microphones, no special effects. No competition. Guaranteed moral support.
我們不用麥克風、不做特效、不彼此競爭! 只有彼此支持鼓勵!
“There is a certain satisfaction in voicing written words. We lift them off the page and let them out into the air. At the Red Room village we have created a space-within-the-space and we meet there to listen and to be heard.” -Ruth, Director R4

文字有了聲音,從紙張活躍到空氣中,真的太有趣了。我們在紅房國際村裡創造了一個小空間,在這裡大家彼此相聚,一起聆聽、一起開口說。
-Ruth, 紅房新廣播劇團團長

Learn more –詳情請見:
Redroomtaipei.com > Events > Red Room Radio Redux
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21 October 2016, R4 presents Three by Poe

r4-3bypoe-program-101716-1Three by Poe
Presented by Red Room Radio Redux
Friday, October 21 2016
From 8 PM – 11 PM
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 8:00

Stories by the master of mystery and the macabre,
Edgar Allan Poe, will be read aloud and accompanied by sound effects generated live using ordinary household items.
Musical background will further enhance the experience.

THE BLACK CAT, read by Paul Batt
THE TELL-TALE HEART, read by Whitney Sahar
and Poe’s most famous narrative poem THE RAVEN, read by Thomas Bellmore and featuring a special guest artist, Mr. Charles Haines to illustrate the poem as it is being read.

Bar open before, after and at intermission
Your Patronage: 300 NT
Tickets: available at the door OR through ACCUPASS
This performance will be in English.

Red Room at the TAF LIBRARY 2F
# 177, Sec.1, Jianguo S. Rd, Taipei
空軍總部「圖書館」2樓 台北市大安區建國南路一段177號
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