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Final Reflection: A Wonderful Experience

Written by: Lydia Amezcua Ramirez

Where to start off…first of all this class gave me an insight on all the creative things that the University provides which we must take advantage of while we can because our time there is short. This semester proved that point. We never know how long we have with something, it is up to us to not take it for granted and take every opportunity given to us while it’s there. I feel this way about this class. I am glad I ended up taking a class I never took before because of all of the amazing events I was able to experience. That was something I could not have done on my own, but now I may thanks to this class.

Even though our in class person time was cut short this spring semester of 2020, that did not stop the learning nor viewing the events in an alternative manner. Thanks to Digital Theatre Plus, the online viewings were still made possible. Even though it was not the same experience as an in person production, it still continued the entertaining as the other events.

Productions through Krannert

A moment of captivating happiness as the Butterfly Lovers got their happy ending

“The Butterfly Lovers” was the first production that the FAA 110 class introduced us to. I was really glad it involved butterflies in the title because butterflies are so captivating to me, which got me more excited for the performance rather than viewing it as mandatory. What I loved about this production was the acting through ballet, the performers could not speak with their mouths so the only other alternative was through dance. I really believe they did an excellent job in conveying their message to the audience because after all, everyone stood up for a standing ovation !

The beginning of the performance where the dancers showed us various rhythms using their bodies

“Step Afrika!: Drumfolk” was the second performance that we viewed through the Krannert Art Center. Originally I thought this performance was going to be mostly drum playing, but it meant much more than that. This performance gave me an insight on a culture’s traditional ways of expressing themselves. It brought to life the horrors of the past but at the same time the kindled spirits of those who are warriors. It was truly a wonderful and impactful experience that I would recommend for others to view if they ever have the chance.

Somi along with some of the performers of that night

“SOMI” was the third production that I got to view in person. What I liked about this performance was the fact that the main singer, Somi, had an amazing and diverse range of voice pitches to share with the audience. I’m pretty sure that everyone was amazed with her work. Personally, I really looked up to her given the fact that she always took the time to have the rest of her performers recognized, asking the audience to clap for them whenever they had an individual part to play or whenever they played with her. That showed her humbleness, which I really admired.

Reading about the author herself before the performance had begun

“Anna Deavere Smith” was the fourth In person production I was able to watch. This was a new type of experience for me because I had never gone to see a comedian/storyteller before so I did not know what to expect. Anna Deavere Smith had a unique form of storytelling that was new to me, but it was well vocalized given that the audience kept laughing at the jokes that she would incorporate in her stories.

The beginning scene of the production, filled with dances

“The Cabaret” was the fifth and last in person production I was able to view. This performance also included a historical event but it was told in events leading up to it, through different people. This production was more musical/entertainment like, which I really enjoyed to see. To me, the characters really drew in my attention because of how different everyone was and how they viewed life back then in Berlin, Germany.

Productions through Digital Theatre +

The women in the film afraid as the disadvantage of being a woman is showcased

The Container” was the 6th production I viewed, but the first one through an online database, because of in person classes being suspended. What I enjoyed about this production was shedding to light the gruesome realities of the world. The actors took on the role of what refugees seeking refuge go through because of the opportunities they are denied of. A tragedy, but this Is real life for many people, which we often don’t think about.

Taking on the role of an insect by crawling on the ground.

“Metamorphosis” was a production that I never imagined seeing. So many aspects of this play made it unique, the costuming, the storytelling, the set, but most importantly it was the storyline. The life of an ordinary salesman is turned upside down as he transforms into an insect out of nowhere. When I first heard the title I associated it with growth and butterflies, when I viewed the film it was nothing like metamorphosis for the better of an individual. It was more like a metamorphosis for the family and how to continue going about life.

Macbeth taking the role of a King

The final production was a Shakespeare one but one of my choice. I chose to view “Macbeth” because I have heard about it in high-school but never got to read about it. The only thing I knew I was going to be in store for was confusing language. After reading an overview of the film I was able to go along with the storyline and conclude that Shakespeare productions are filled with tragedies and drama but at the same time creativity.

Concluding Thoughts

Overall, all of the productions were all entertaining and had a unique storyline behind it as well as the way the performance was delivered. Being in this class was an amazing experience and what makes it well liked are the teachers behind it. I am grateful that I had amazing, helpful, and encouraging teachers, Dr. Collins and Dr. Robinson, that really helped me through the class and explore messages within the productions.

Final Thoughts on FAA110

By: Veronica Y Gonzalez
Foellinger Great Hall
Colwell Playhouse
Colwell Playhouse Audience

I never thought that I would find a class as fun and enlightening as this one. I had taken a theater class my freshman year and absolutely hated it to the point where my love for theater had plummeted. This class helped resurrect it and brought it to twice the intensity. I got to feel the excitement of looking forward to the day of the shows. I realized I love the whole experience of being in a performing center. I got to see the beauty of the building itself, the passion the performers have, the shared emotions in the audience, and I got to learn more about different cultures as well!

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Final Reflections: A Class That I’ll Never Forget

By Elena Grantcharski

I am extremely grateful that I was able to be in this class. I was able to reunite with my love for the arts in full force. It was amazing to have a performance to look forward to every single week and I am going to continue going to performances at Krannert more often because I have realized how healing it is to experience art and how much it has helped me deal with stress this semester. I was disappointed that I was not able to enjoy this class to its full capacity due to COVID-19…I was really looking forward to the remaining performances. However, I am still extremely happy with the experiences I took from the first half of the semester and I also really enjoyed the Digital performances and I am also happy that I now know that a website like that exists so I can enjoy more performances online this summer if I want to.

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Reflections on a Semester from Home

By: Aki Akhauri


            This semester was very rough. For the first half, when we were having in-person meetings and recording shows, I was too anxious to go out and interview people for my packages and VOSOTs. Because of that, I wasn’t able to get a lot of my assignments in on time. I was going to work with Professor Collins on that, but pretty much immediately after we decided that, classes got moved online, so we weren’t able to do it.

            I don’t feel like I accomplished anything in this class, but I’m sure I would have if we’d had more time. I did finish my news updates though.


This semester has been a lot different for me as a journalist outside of this class. First of all, I can’t do my job as a photojournalist for the Daily Illini or the Illio Yearbook anymore because I’m with my family and they don’t live anywhere near the University. I would really like to do my job (which practicing social distancing) but I don’t have a say in the matter.

I’ve been working on a short documentary about the impact of coronavirus while I’m here. I’m planning to use part of it for my documentary production class. When I first got to Florida in mid-March, my dad agreed to drive me around town so I could get some b-roll of what it looked like outside. At that point, people were being a lot more cautious than they are now. There were hardly any cars on the road that day. I think they’ve gotten more used to it now. The streets are never that empty anymore.

Since my parents live near Orlando, we decided to drive through the Disney area. We kept to the public roads. We found that it was pretty empty except for the people just driving through the area, even though Disney hadn’t been officially closed yet. I got some b-roll of the relatively empty place. We drove up to Disney Springs, where there are a bunch of shops, to see if that was open, but a Disney employee told us we were trespassing so we had to leave. I would have argued the point but it was obvious my dad was scared, so I didn’t.

Other than this documentary, I’ve been doing a few other multimedia-related things, but they’re not related to journalism. I don’t feel like a very good or active journalist right now. I wish I was doing more to cover the coronavirus.


As a student, having to complete my classes at home has been more of an inconvenience than a serious problem for me. I’ve done online classes before, so it’s not like that part is anything new. One problem I have with the classes is that some of my professors have never taught online before and have no idea how to do it, so I end up having to study everything on my own anyway. I’m used to this too, though.

Another problem I’ve had is that I can’t interrupt a lecture to ask questions anymore. I can do that in my class that meets through Zoom, but I can’t do it in my class that’s taught through audio powerpoints. The powerpoint class is the one I usually ask a lot of questions in. I can email the professor my questions and she’ll respond, but it’s not the same. I end up talking myself out of a lot of questions.

I was also worried about whether I’d get to go back to my apartment at all before I had to pack up and move somewhere else. Thankfully, I got accepted into the grad program at UIUC, so I get to live there for another year. It’s sad that I’ll never be able to see most of my friends again, though. I was prepared for that, being a senior and all, but I wasn’t prepared for it to happen before May.


            As a citizen, the pandemic has been mostly annoying. It’s annoying because people don’t follow the guidelines, which is just making the pandemic worse. Would it kill them to not go to the beach for a few months? A lot of us want some sense of normalcy back, but we can wait.

We drove through downtown a few days ago just to get a change of scenery. We didn’t get out anywhere. We just drove. When we got downtown, we saw a bunch of people not wearing any Personal Protective Equipment or even practicing social distancing. I was really annoyed by that.

I went to Target yesterday because my insurance only allows me to pick up my medication from CVS, and the CVS in this area is inside a Target. There were a lot of people there not wearing any kind of face covering. I know masks are hard to find, but something is better than nothing. My dad, my brother and I wear handkerchiefs over our faces because we don’t have masks. My mom wears her thinner scarves.

I know some people can’t wear masks for medical or sensory reasons, but I doubt it’s this many people.

I want to be able to go back to my apartment in Illinois, but I won’t be allowed to until things get better, and I hope things will get better by June or July, but I can’t tell. I spend a lot of time window shopping online for things I want to decorate my apartment with when I’m able to go back, like I did the month before I moved into the place. I’ve also been sewing a lot of decorations. I did a lot of sewing just to keep my hands busy during online classes. It turns out a lot of other people are also taking up sewing now though, since I can hardly find anything in the craft section of Walmart anymore.

One good thing about having to stay home all the time is that my family is spending less money. Of course, we still do online shopping like we did before, but we used to go to the shops whenever we felt like it. We didn’t always buy things, and we never bought anything expensive on a whim, but the little things add up eventually.


            Technology has made quarantine a lot easier to deal with. I don’t know what I’d do to keep myself occupied without my laptop or my phone. There’s only so many books I can read and walks I can take. I do spend time with my family, which they are happy about, but I can’t handle the amount of social interaction everyone else seems to be having with theirs, even on my best days, so I couldn’t spend all that time playing board games or anything like that. Sometimes I spend hours at a time writing in my quarantine journal. I’d have a lot less to write about if it was just me and my family.

            I’m still able to finish my classes, and I can talk to some of my friends online, so it keeps things interesting. I’m lucky that I have no more group projects and the people I need to get in touch with mostly live in the same time zone. My brother, who studies TV and Radio Production, is not so lucky, and it sounds like a pain. His college also decided to shut down while he was home on break, and he’s not even allowed to go back to the dorms to pick up his textbooks.

We’ve also been talking to our extended family in India more, since it’s no less convenient than talking to people who live nearby. We have to do everything through Zoom nowadays and I don’t think I like it. I particularly don’t like that my bath was interrupted for the call two weeks in a row, and I didn’t know in advance that the call was even happening.

            At the very least, I can keep myself busy with schoolwork and my documentary. I wouldn’t be able to make my documentary without technology either.

            As a photographer, I’ve been taking some time to practice my nature and macro photography. It turns out my phone camera is better for that stuff than my DSLR is. My DSLR doesn’t have manual focus, so it’s harder to get clear close-up pictures. My phone doesn’t have manual focus either, but it doesn’t try to override me when I tap somewhere on the screen to tell it where to focus.

            I’ve photographed a lot of flowers, insects, and spider-webs. That’s really fun, but I don’t need to be quarantined to do it. I do it all the time, even when I’m walking home from class. It’s good to have time to practice though.


            When I first heard about the coronavirus, I didn’t think it would get as bad as it did. The last pandemic I remember was the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, and that hardly impacted my life at all. I was in India at the time, and no one I knew got H1N1. Schools and workplaces didn’t shut down. The 2010 Commonwealth Games went on in Delhi as planned. It was barely a blip on my radar. At first, that’s what I expected Coronavirus to be like.

            I didn’t understand how big of a deal it was until I found out the University was canceling in-person classes for the rest of the semester. My dad called me in a panic, and so I started panicking too. I wasn’t panicking about the virus, though. I was panicking because my plans for the rest of the semester had just gone out the window. My dad put it into words.


            I panicked about this off and on for a month. It was more of a low-grade panic than what ­­­­I felt when my dad first called me, but it was still there. I ended up having a huge fight with my dad. We didn’t talk for almost a week. We talked about the whole situation afterwards and I feel less anxious now.


            I think initially, I mostly thought of the pandemic as a regular citizen. Sure, it was newsworthy, but I didn’t think much about it because it wasn’t impacting my life yet. Now, I’m thinking about it equally from both perspectives. I want to be covering the virus and its impacts more because it’s important for everyone to know about it. People need information about the impact of the virus and where we are in the process of stopping the pandemic. I also wish the whole thing would end already so I could go back to my regular life.


            I can’t say what led to my success because I did not succeed.


            Critical thinking is important because it helps us come up with backup plans when our original plan didn’t work out. I wasn’t good at coming up with backup plans this semester. Critical thinking is also useful for solving a problem quickly, like if we are in the newsroom and the teleprompter isn’t working, and we decide quickly to use paper scripts instead.

            This is especially important in these times because we never know what will come next. We constantly have to change our plans and solve problems on the fly.


            Self-confidence is important because if you don’t have at least a little of it, you’ll end up like me and not get anything done. Self-confidence is good when you know your limits so you know when and how you have to do things to get the assignment done on time.


            I’ve learned that working in a team can be fun sometimes. Well, I learned that before this class, but it’s what I remember most about it.


THIS CLASS: I am most proud of how I was able to help out in the newsroom, whether it was writing or editing CNN VOs, teaching someone how to run playback, or running camera. I like helping.

THIS SEMESTER: I am proud of myself for being able to keep up with classes even though we have to do them remotely now. I know a lot of people are having trouble with that.

The Last Blog

By: Jeffery Berry

This semester has been very fun and intriguing. It was a pleasure to be apart of the Krannert center atmosphere over the last few months. When I first signed up for this class, I knew we were going to spend a lot of time at Krannert, but I didn’t know that I would be experiencing performances that were once in a lifetime.

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The End of The Semester

by: Darian Moore

Going into this class I did not really know what to expect, but I needed to meet my requirements for school, so I took it. Being a freshman I had never been to the Krannert Center or any events like the ones I attended. I did not expect to be so interested in this class. My eyes were opened to ways of life I had never thought about. Seeing the performances opened my eyes to everything that goes on behind a performance.

Although I was already very interested in Music I never expected to be interested in music in these forms. I was introduced to so many things and different medias of art I never put much thought in to. This class helped me expand my knowledge and learn new things which is something I love and have a high appreaciation for.

My Final Thoughts

A reflection on having spent a semester engaging in the arts and creativity

By: Aditya Kashyap

Throughout the semester, I have had the unique opportunity to be a part of some once-in-a-lifetime performances. As much as I love the arts, I still struggle to make time to see performances even though I participate in creative work. This class allowed me to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, and for that I am very thankful. Here are links to my experiences in this class and my thoughts on each of them.

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