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Gwenora Chung

"I'm simply not made for the glare of the spotlight." mwip

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a character in “Blackbox Manor”, as played by Miss Nomer

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{ "If you are afraid of looking foolish, please show yourself out." }

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Name
Gwenora Lin Chung

Nicknames
Gwen, Nora

Age
Eighteen [18]

Sexual Orientation
Pansexual

Tech/Musical & Role
Tech --Student Director

Returnee/New
Returnee [This is her 4th and final year]



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Strengths
Optimization - There is a reason that Nora, out of all the applicants, stood out for this year's student director. She has a gift for making other people look good, though occasionally at her own expense. It's not that she brings out the best in people, that's far from the truth in some cases, but that she has an eye for detail that allows her to frame things to let others shine.
Jack of All Trades, Master of None - As a general rule, Gwenora is pretty good at picking things up, but always seems to hit blocks when it comes to mastering something. Afterwards, she usually just moves on. This means that she has many minor skills, but has nothing in which she is an expert. Her versatility is both a benefit to her, in situations that require adaptability, and a flaw, when a focused skill set is necessary.
Quick Mind - Gwenora is able to think on her feet, a valuable skill in live theatre. Her mind is quick, perhaps by necessity due to a family of fast talkers and loud voices, and she is more than capable of putting her fast mental reflexes to use in practical settings.

Weaknesses
Bossy - Gwenora is often easy to get along with, but that does not mean she doesn't have her flaws. The girl is prone to becoming somewhat bossy when she is under pressure, thinking that it is easier to get things done if control is organized. As a director, this means she might become too harsh on her actors when she begins to feel stressed. It's something she's been trying to work on, with minimal success.
Self Deprecating - As has been previously stated, the young woman knows how to make others shine. However, she seems incapable of doing this herself, and is known for frequently mocking herself, muttering self-aimed insults under her breath when she messes something up, etc. She's better at focusing on others, and dwelling on her own person can make her become slightly negative.
Stage Fright - Her first year, Nora was one of those rare newbies who managed to snag a starring role. She was supposed to be the titular character of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and all of the rehearsals went well. That is, until the night of the main production, where she froze up and forgot everything. An understudy [who is know a famous young actress] had to take her spot. She hasn't acted in front of anyone since.

Fears
Performing In Front Of Others || Ruining a Show || Large Dogs || Snakes




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Personality
{ Charismatic, Extroverted, Anxious, Self-Deprecating, Clever, Bossy }
Generally speaking, Nora is a people-person. She'd have to be, in order to direct both the acting and the production sides of the show. A director who others cannot relate to or respect can be difficult to work with, after all. Admittedly, she is generally much more pleasant when she isn't stressed out, but all in all the young woman would be considered charismatic in her ability to lead others. Perhaps it is her experience in jumping from one group to another which allows her to better understand what is needed of each group, or simply the fact that she is able to make people seem as best as they can be. As a general rule, others often like those who make them feel better about themselves, or who can set them up to shine, and Nora certainly fits into that skillset. An extrovert, Nora is happy to speak with people and willing to initiate conversations, allowing her to forge many friendships [and the occasional rivalry] throughout her years at this camp. When it comes down to it, even with her anxiousness Nora is someone who many of the campers are capable of respecting as a person and as a director. Her typical positivity and the focus she places on others, as well has her competency, assure this.

Of course, one can speak of how successful she is when not nervous all they please, but it doesn't change the fact that Nora is prone towards anxiety when put under pressure. In situations of responsibility, she'll often start out strong, but as the deadline approaches she begins to panic a bit, perhaps overestimating the seriousness of problems and their ability to be fixed. She will become stressed out, something that the girl needs to work on if she wants to be successful later in life, and begins to second guess herself about some things. In these situations, Nora will try her best not to hurt those around her due to it, instead internalizing the anxiety and only increasing the self-deprecating aspect of her. Nora is the sort of person who frequently mutters insults to themselves, labeling their own person as stupid, foolish, useless, etc. She will occasionally channel this into her humor, and it is likely due to this that many people don't realize just how hard on herself the girl truly is --it comes across as though she is simply joking around, after all. The fact of the matter is that she is prone to excessive self blame when things go wrong, and doesn't accept credit when she manages to make things go right, instead thanking others and calling it dumb luck on her part. In normal situations, this is minimized in the occasional joke or stray comment, but under pressure it becomes much worse. Last year, during college applications time, she went days on very little sleep because she had to make sure everything was okay, so certain that she had screwed something up. It can become really bad. Perhaps the Camp Director gave her this job partially so she could learn to ease up a little bit before starting off at university this Autumn.

While she might second guess herself when under pressure, Nora really is a bright young woman. She has a quick mind, which was sharpened by a family of equally sharp minds and far sharper tongues than she has. Even when doubting herself, she is quick to act about things, forcing herself to go with her instinct even when her mind screams at her not to, if necessary to save something. She's always been the girl who does best at impromptu writing assignments and using one's resources to think on the fly. Her ability to cleverly piece things together in order to fix what nearly fell apart is one of her greatest assets as a director, which is the career she hopes to pursue in the future. Though she might not always trust it herself, Nora has good instincts and a flexible mind. While her crisis mode may frazzle her emotions, it rarely ruins her instincts and resourcefulness. If anything, stress occasionally makes her mind clearer, though her whole body may feel on fire with nervousness.

She's still just as capable of being infuriating as anyone else, of course. Perhaps the biggest things those who know her have picked at is how stress can turn the typically cheerful, accommodating girl into someone who is admittedly bossy. Her friends know this, she knows this, basically everyone knows she can get this way at times. It is certainly on her list of things to work on. When deadlines and circumstances put a crunch on whatever she is currently doing, the young woman starts to forget that she is able to rely on others, and begins to become a little too overbearing. This happens on group projects, productions, etc. When it comes to productions, it means she starts to overwork herself, and become somewhat harsher on the actors and heads of production. She's always harsher on herself than anyone else, but it is hard to remember that when she has asked a person to re-run a part of a scene fifteen times because it still isn't write, or has lost her temper with an actor who has yet to remember their lines.




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Likes
Live Theatre || Musicals || Broadway || Comic Books [Favorites Are: Ms Marvel, Batwoman, The Flash, & The Green Arrow] || Sparklers || Fireworks || Summertime || The Beach || Drama Geeks || Blackbox Manor || Long Bicycle Rides || Sidewalk Games [Like Jumping over cracks, counting the steps per block, etc] || The Night Sky || Chinese Calligraphy || Directing || Festivals || Renaissance Faires || Fashion || Bad Puns || Cats || Sour Candies [Especially Gummy Worms] || Brick Walls || Bonfires || Smores || Hayrides || Cabins || Soft Denim || Dimples {"People with dimples slay me every time." } || Doctor Who, Sherlock, and The Three Musketeers || Curiosity || Ginger Ale

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When Pollution Prevents One From Seeing The Stars || Empty Subway Cars || Large Dogs || Snakes || Performing In Front of Others || Time Crunches || Working Under Pressure || Peanut Butter [She's Allergic] || The Cabin Beds {"My back aches every morning."} || Hostilities over Casting || Her Own Mistakes || Viral Videos || The Flag Wars {"Love/Hate relationship. It's thrilling to steal someone else's flag, but devastating and nerve wracking to lose your own."} || Relationship-obsessed people || Michael Crichton || Cardboard Cutouts of People || Whole Grain Pasta || Dr Pepper || Cell Phone Addicts




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Doesn't need to be very long, just give us an idea of why they are who they are.





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Played By:
Miss Nomer

Dialogue Color:
#5874A3

Face Claim:
Alexa Chung

So begins...

Gwenora Chung's Story

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Character Portrait: Natalia Wright Character Portrait: Christian Jace Keller Character Portrait: Oliver Barlow Character Portrait: Kylie Clifford Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe
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time: 8:30pm
date: July 10th
weather: Clear Skies, Breezy
current event: Bi-weekly Bonfire

Often times, students will be up practicing and hanging out right until curfew, which is 11pm at this camp. However, twice a week they all come together for the bi-weekly bonfire, in which the campers hang out, roast hot dogs, kabobs, and marshmallows, and often times perform. It functions like a mini talent show of sorts, as students get up to sing or perform skits. There is often a few games of improv going, and in general everyone has fun. Attendance is mandatory, although some of the more tired or less extroverted students will often hide away in the back of the circle's rings, or sneak back to their cabin to occupy their time with something else.

Currently, the campers are eating and playing around with one another, the performances and improv games having not yet begun. As their camp is distanced from cities, the stars are clear to those who look up, dazzling against the night sky. It's a rather picturesque setting, really.

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After the student director of the camp play gets up and gives a quick briefing on where they are at, Nora begins to rise. They started working on the musical about two weeks ago now, having done casting rather immediately after the beginning of camp. This means that actors should be memorizing their lines, the sets have been at least designed, but certainly have begun to be built, etc. She needs only to say this and sit back down: easy enough. The young woman hops up in front of the campfire, which sets an orange halo of light around her, just as it does everyone who stands before it, and smiles. "I'm happy to say that we are pretty much on track as far as the musical goes. Parts have been cast, actors are memorizing their lines, my production heads are already getting to work. Actually, tomorrow, I want my actors to help with building the set for an hour before we start on practice --it'll help things move along a lot faster, and will familiarize them with it. Want to make sure that it won't be hastily done, and have it fall out from beneath us, right?" In fact, that very thing had happened during last year's production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. The actress playing Philia broke her leg as a result, it had been a royal disaster.

Thinking about it made Nora nervous. She tried to dismiss the thought. "That's about it. Erm. Good work so far," she adds, before going back into the group to take a seat beside Pepper and Chris. Unintentionally, it seemed that those working on the musical all sat on one side, while the cast of the play were on the other. The two had plenty of friendships, even some relationships, binding them, but once the work began, the groups tended to start forking off. It happened every year.

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"That was awful, Nora, darling. Never be a motivational speaker. So lacking," Mason, known to Nora as Pepper, remarks teasingly. He glances at her, but his attention is primarily focused on the hotdog that he has spent the last ten minutes roasting over the fire. It looks done, maybe. He doesn't want to take the chance of eating raw meat and then missing out on rehearsal due to food poisoning, though. Two years ago a lead had done that --it's how Mason, originally an understudy, had managed to land one of the primary roles of that year's musical. He did not intend to let another understudy be so lucky in regards to his part.

Nora just sticks her tongue out at him. She may tend to be over anxious and hard on herself about these sorts of things, but she's known Mason for too long to allow him to be the source of any insecurity on her part. His mocking is constant, and leads one to develop thick skin. She would know, having grown up next door to him. He was the nuisance brother she never had. The young woman turns her attention to Chris, smiling. "Chris, wouldn't tonight be a grand time for a late night walk?" she asks, voice low. Of course Chris will know precisely what Nora is implying: the best time to strike at other cabins, and try to steal their flags, is of course early on, before they've grown protective. Not a single flag has been stolen yet, that she's aware. Nora, who loves taking the flags of others but panics at the idea of losing her own, intends to be the first to steal one.

Mason, too, knows what Nora is talking about. Last year, his cabin and hers had teamed up to steal the flags of other cabins, only to have a sudden death sort of back and forth match the final week of camp. His cabin had won, and he intends to keep the victorious streak going, even if it has more to do with him and less to do with the entire cabin. "Be sure you don't accidentally wander into the wrong cabin on your way back, then. It is rather dark," he comments to them. Translation: Don't expect to try and steal my flag.

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Character Portrait: Oliver Barlow Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Scottie McCloud Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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Scott sat down beside the fire and was handed a stick and a few marshmallows by a fellow camper. He thanked them as they scurried away. His eyes then proceeded to look up at the student director, who gave the same speech at every bonfire occasion. With an eye roll, he saw that Nora had rose up from her seated position, which almost caused him to smile a little bit. His eyes were locked on her especially when she started to talk about the musical and how it was going.

"Dude, your marshmallows are burning." Someone whispered to him as he shushed them and continued one listening to Nora. Scott applauded when Nora was done speaking, hell even gave her a standing ovation but he realized he was the only one standing, he immediately sat back down and heard a few campers laugh here and there. His eyes flashed over towards Mason, who was talking to Chris and Nora then back at his already burnt marshmallows. "I tried to tell ya', man." The camper said while getting up and leaving Scott's side.

While continuously sitting there, he wondered who flag was going to get taken first. He also wondered where his cabin mate, Oliver was. Scott shook his head then stood up and made a small trek over to Nora, Chris and Mason. "Hello there, my fellow camp mates." He greeted them while wrapping his arms around them all. "Tonight is a great night, huh? Question, what are you guys for the mini talent show?" Scott asked them then turned towards Mason. "Are you going to do what you do every year and bore us to death?" He mockingly yawned, leaned back and fell off of the log, laughing while standing back up.

"Of course, I am dancing since I got some serious moves. Plus, dancing is what I love to do." Scott did a few dance moves to show off his skills then sits back down with them. He was usually known as the jokester of the group and he knew that Mason wasn't going to take his joke seriously, given their long history with one another.

Scott felt good being back at camp since he loved the laid back atmosphere that it had about it - Except when Nora be barking orders at them during rehearsal but hey, she liked it then he loved it. His eyes wondered around the bonfire one more time, searching for his cabin mate again. His eyes averted to Chris and Nora as he leaned in towards them. "Well, ladies, I must be off to practice my moves for the show. Ta-ta, for now." With that being said, Scott jumped up off the log and went back to his cabin to change outfits and also practice his dance moves.

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Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Charlie Jin Q. J. Character Portrait: Scottie McCloud Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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Chris reached over and rubbed Nora's shoulder comfortingly. "You did great," she soothed. "Stop being so nervous. Here, eat." She grabbed a handful of marshmallows from a bag lying nearby and grabbed Nora's hand, pushing the marshmallows into her palm.

She glanced around at the rest of the group, people sitting around, laughing and eating. This was possibly the best part of Blackbox Manor, the campfires were a great time for everyone to kick back and relax. Everyone, that is, except for Nora and Chris, who would of course try to make it off early to steal another pair's flag.

As if reading Chris's mind, Nora turned to her. "Chris, wouldn't tonight be a grand time for a late night walk?" she commented, and Chris could hardly help the huge grin that sprang to her face. "Hell yes, you betcha." At Pepper's comment, Chris pursed her lips thoughtfully. "Gee whiz, Pepper, what a thought. If we lost our way," and here she leaned closer, lowering her voice, "I would leave a trail of marshmallows for the insects and birds to find, you know?" She thought back to one year when a group had been having midnight snacks in their rooms, which inevitably led to creepy crawlies of all sorts looking around for food.

Before she could get up, though, Scott came over, and Chris eyed him thoughtfully, wondering if they should attempt to steal his flag. Scott could be pretty overprotective of what he deemed to be his stuff. "That's mean. Every year I see you repeat the same dance moves," she accused. "Don't think I don't see you reusing your moves."

Once he'd left, Chris turned to Nora. "Whose do you want to take first? I'm thinking the purple is a lovely shade this year."





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Charlie sat quietly on a log in a group comprised mostly of that year's understudies, watching the flames leap up and crackle, sending sparks whirling up into the night sky. The understudies were around his age, and most of them were laughing and joking around, having already made friends amongst themselves. Charlie thought he could survive.

"Jin, you're not getting enough sugar. Look at you, all skin and bones. Eat something." Some crackers and chocolate was shoved into his hand, and Charlie looked up with a faint smile. "Thanks," he murmured, nibbling at the biscuits gingerly.

He wasn't really one to make fast friends with anyone anytime soon, but Charlie thought he could get used to this.

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Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Scottie McCloud Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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Mason raises an eyebrow at Chris's threat of bugs in his cabin, but his expression spreads into an amused smile. He had to admit, it is an excellent threat. No one wants the insect infestation that the orange cabin had been subjected to a few years ago. He doesn't recall who had been in the cabin at the time, because all that really mattered was how funny it was to see them running out of the cabin, which had apparently become a buffet to cockroaches and ants, as if fleeing death itself. Nora is grinning at Chris's implication of messing with Mason's cabin, as she has always loved the various tricks inevitably brought out by the Flag Wars. This camp may be intended for theatre, but the campers certainly have talents for mischief, stealth, and the like. At least, the ones in cabins worth mentioning do, for those are the ones whose flags are the most valuable, pride wise. Besides, she's still dead set on beating out Pepper and his cabin mate after having lost to his cabin during last year's flag war. It had been a sore point for days, falling behind during that final death-match of a weekend. "That sounds delightful. I may have to go on a midnight stroll of my own, then. Perhaps stargazing on a roof?" Two years ago, a cabin crept into another cabin and stolen their luggage, only to spread their clothing out on the roof of the canteen. It was relatively harmless, and all of the clothing had remained wet and cold on the roof until the campers finally found them a few hours later.

Nora smiles up at Scottie when he approaches them with a greeting, though she makes a little squeaking noise when he hugs them all that once, because it squishes her between Mason and Chris, robbing the air from her lungs. Scottie does occasionally have overzealous hugs, though perhaps mainly when he manages to wrap his arms around more than one person a time, as he has just done. "Hello, Scottie. How is our Prez doing? Getting into the role of skirtchaser yet?" she responds cheerily. At his question about the talent show, the girl's smile becomes slightly more lopsided. She shrugs, "I could always boss people around for my talent. Wouldn't that be fun?" The mocking is thick in her words, though it is pointed entirely towards herself. She always dislikes herself after losing her cool on people during rehearsals, and yet seems incapable, as of yet, of fixing the problem. Chalk it up to nerves, for that is undoubtedly the primary source.

Mason's reaction is a sort of smile similar to his response to Chris's threat of bugs in his cabin. "Perfection waits for no one, twinkletoes. I agree --you ought to update your dance arsenal," of course, he actually gets along well with Scottie, in a friendly rivalry sort of way. Both are very prideful individuals, and they have competed over roles in the past. Nora waves farewell to Scottie as he leaves, but is quick to betray him, it seems, as she smiles at Chris's proposal.

"I've heard tell purple is the new red," she answers, as red had been the color of the first flag stolen last year.

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Character Portrait: Christian Jace Keller Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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CJ paused in his active circling around the camp fire, attempting to find an ideal food for him. The student director began to give a speech, and he popped down in a seat near him, slightly bumping the person next to him, but for the most part solely turning his attention to the speaker. He prepared to stand back up, when he saw Nora rise. At this, Cj positioned himself to be comfortable, anticipating a long speech from the young woman.

But he was wrong. She spoke only for a few seconds, in short and awkward sentences. Absorbing what she was saying, he thought of his progress so far with the play. It was good, more or less. He'd figured out many of the light shows and scene change set ups, but not everything. It was okay, he had time. As Nora finished, he joined in the applause, giving her a soft cat call and chuckling, standing back up. Cj saw her return to he seat near Mason, and decided he would make his way over there, however first and foremost, he was looking for food.

Spotting a bag of mini marshmallows, he moved closer to the fire, took them, then made his way back to the outside.

Tossing one in the air, he surprised himself by catching it in his mouth. He continued to do so as he made his way over to Mason, and out of the corner of his eye, he noticed Nora getting up with Chris. On a quick instinct, he tossed a few marshmallows, watching them bounce off Nora's face as she moved away.

Cj continued his way to Mason, shooting him a wide grin before tossing up, and successfully catching 6 marshmallows in his mouth.

"What's going on?"