Voice and the Young Actor

A workbook and DVD

Author: Rena Cook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472538293

Category: Drama

Page: 224

View: 7004

There are thousands of students enrolled in school drama classes and yet very often young actors cannot be heard, are culturally encouraged to trail off at the ends of sentences, and habitually use only the lowest pitches of the voice. Drama teachers, frequently ask, "How can I get my students to speak up, to be clear, to articulate?" Voice and the Young Actor is written for the school actor, is inviting in format, language and illustration and offers clear and inspiring instructions. A DVD features 85 mins and 28 filmed voice workshop exercises with the author and two students. These students log their reflections in the book on what they have learned throughout their training and there is space for the reader to do the same. A workbook in format, Voice and the Young Actor provides simple, interactive vocal exercises and shows young performers how to take voice work into acting.
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Acting for Singers

Creating Believable Singing Characters

Author: David F. Ostwald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199881839

Category: Music

Page: 264

View: 1163

Written to meet the needs of thousands of students and pre-professional singers participating in production workshops and classes in opera and musical theater, Acting for Singers leads singing performers step by step from the studio or classroom through audition and rehearsals to a successful performance. Using a clear, systematic, positive approach, this practical guide explains how to analyze a script or libretto, shows how to develop a character building on material in the score, and gives the singing performer the tools to act believably. More than just a "how-to" acting book, however, Acting for Singers also addresses the problems of concentration, trust, projection, communication, and the self-doubt that often afflicts singers pursuing the goal of believable performance. Part I establishes the basic principles of acting and singing together, and teaches the reader how to improvise as a key tool to explore and develop characters. Part II teaches the singer how to analyze theatrical work for rehearsing and performing. Using concrete examples from Carmen and West Side Story, and imaginative exercises following each chapter, this text teaches all singers how to be effective singing actors.
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Theatre Games for Young Performers

Improvisations & Exercises for Developing Acting Skills

Author: Maria C. Novelly

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing

ISBN: 9780916260316

Category: Games

Page: 147

View: 4972

The basics of pantomime, improvisation, voice control, monologues and dialogues presented in game formats with exercises and work sheets.
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Finding Your Voice

A Step-by-step Guide for Actors

Author: Barbara Houseman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780878301676

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

View: 4303

Finding your voice can be used as a resource by actors at all levels, form students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.
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The Voice Exercise Book

A Guide to Healthy and Effective Voice Use

Author: Jeannette Nelson

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848426542


Page: 192

View: 4166

The Head of Voice at the National Theatre shares the voice exercises she uses with many of Britain's leading actors.
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Body and Voice

Somatic Re-education

Author: Marina Gilman

Publisher: Plural Publishing

ISBN: 1597566616

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 5335

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The Actor’s Workbook

A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing and Devising + Video

Author: Alex Clifton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472523261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 8975

The Actor's Workbook is an essential workbook for actors, actors in training and teachers of acting and drama. The workbook and video provide a clear, step-by-step guide to learning techniques in acting. The book presents a system of exercises which will develop core acting skills, offers techniques for developing an authored role and models for devising new work. These techniques are based on the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski and his recent theatrical descendants including Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov and others. The exercises in the book are outlined in a student-centred approach, offering not only in-class exercises, but also pre-class exercises, educational frameworks, teaching-tips, suggested texts through which to apply the work, follow-up exercises and suggestions for further reading in each chapter. Enabling and guiding the actor's sustainable, communicable, believable transformation into an imagined reality, this workbook is filled with powerful and precise acting tools, each underpinned by a rigorous and well-explained philosophy of practice. The Actor's Workbook includes video of the author teaching the exercises, with professional actors demonstrating the techniques to be learned.
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Theatre Games and Beyond

A Creative Approach for Performers

Author: Amiel Schotz

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: 9781566080392

Category: Games

Page: 151

View: 5914

Theatre Games And Beyond is a Meriwether Publishing publication.
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A Spectrum of Voices

Prominent American Voice Teachers Discuss the Teaching of Singing

Author: Elizabeth L. Blades

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538107015

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 5668

Blades combines insight from great teachers of the past and present to voice students at all levels. A quick-and-handy reference for the studio teacher, this book also serves as a text for vocal pedagogy courses and as a supplement for physiology and vocal mechanics, teachers and student of singing, music educators, and musical theater performers.
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Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation

A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness

Author: Leda Scearce

Publisher: Plural Publishing

ISBN: 1944883231

Category: Music

Page: 444

View: 2999

Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness provides speech-language pathologists and singing teachers with the tools to lay the foundation for working with singers who have voice injuries. Singing voice rehabilitation is a hybrid profession that represents a very specific amalgam of voice pedagogy, voice pathology, and voice science. Becoming a singing voice rehabilitation specialist requires in-depth training and thorough preparation across these fields. This text presents a conceptual and practical basis for interacting with singers in an effective and supportive way, identifying factors to address, structuring singing voice rehabilitation sessions, and ensuring that singers are getting adequate exercise while allowing their injuries to heal, as well as resources and materials to provide to singers to optimize the outcome of their rehabilitation. Each chapter exposes readers to important concepts of singing voice rehabilitation and the elements that need to be addressed in the singing voice rehabilitation process, which include medical factors, emotional factors, vocal hygiene, vocal pacing, and vocal coordination and conditioning. This text contains information for developing exercises and interventions to target specific vocal problems and guidance in customizing vocal exercises based on injury, singing style, skill level, professional level, and the particular vocal demands of each singer. Key features include: * Rehabilitation and therapy exercises * Clinical case studies to illustrate real-life examples and practical application While the intended audience for this book is speech-language pathologists and teachers of singing who are accomplished performers, experienced pedagogues, and clinically and scientifically well-informed, there is information herein that will be of value to all singers, physicians interested in learning more about the behavioral side of singing voice rehabilitation, nonsinging speech-language pathologists, or anyone seeking knowledge about singing health, including music educators, music therapists, conductors, vocal coaches, worship leaders, or music directors. Disclaimer: Please note that ancillary content (such documents, audio, and video) may not be included as published in the original print version of this book.
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Staging Musicals for Young Performers

How to Produce a Show in 36 Sessions Or Less

Author: Maria C. Novelly,Adele Firth

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: 9781566080996

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

View: 2178

Staging Musicals For Young Performers is a Meriwether Publishing publication.
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Year of the Mad King

The Lear Diaries

Author: Antony Sher

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848426719


Page: 208

View: 2136

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries, is Antony Sher's account of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles: King Lear. His honest, illuminating and witty commentary provides an intimate, first-hand look at the development of his Lear and the production as a whole. Also included are a selection of his paintings and sketches, many reproduced in full color.
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Movement for Actors (Second Edition)

Author: Nicole Potter,Barbara Adrian,Mary Fleischer

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621535436

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

View: 7005

In this updated rich resource for actors, renowned movement teachers and directors reveal the physical skills needed for the stage and the screen. Readers will gain remarkable insights into the physical skills and techniques used in a wide variety of performance styles through ready-to-use exercises and approaches. Included in this new edition are chapters covering: Stage combat Yoga for actors Martial arts Body-mind centering Authentic movement Bartenieff fundamentals Grotowski-based movement Those who want to pursue serious training will be able to consult the appendix for listings of the best teachers and schools in the country. This inspiring collection is a must-read for all actors, directors, and teachers of theater looking for stimulation and new approaches. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
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Singing in Czech

A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire

Author: Timothy Cheek

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810888785

Category: Music

Page: 430

View: 6115

Timothy Cheek’s Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, with its accompanying audio, builds on the original pioneering work of 2001 that set “a new and very welcome high standard for teaching lyric diction,” according to Notes: The Journal of the Music Library Association.
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101 Winning Monologues for Young Performers

Author: Mark Weston

Publisher: Baker's Plays

ISBN: 9780874402629

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 2428

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Games for Actors and Non-Actors

Author: Augusto Boal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134498519

Category: Games

Page: 336

View: 3165

Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike! This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes: two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company a revised introduction and translator's preface a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition new reflections on Forum Theatre.
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Teaching Drama to Little Ones

12 Ready-To-Go Lesson Plans for Kids Age 3-7

Author: Jessica McCuiston

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692605370


Page: 40

View: 1873

Do you find it difficult to find drama activities for preschool age children? Teaching theatre to very young children is a completely different experience than working with older kids. Their attention spans are shorter and they require games that are simple, short and active...but also provide them with the skills necessary to grow as an actor. Teaching Drama to Little Ones is packed with activities that do just that. It includes 12 lesson plans specifically designed for kids age 3-7 that you can implement today. It also includes guides on how to adapt a script and rehearse a show with this age group. Inside this book you'll find: 12 lessons plans packed with over 70 activities ideal for kids age 3-7 Each lesson contains a Warm-Up, Focus, Voice, Movement and Imagination activity Simple reflection questions after every lesson A guide to creating a script for little ones A guide to auditioning, rehearsing and performance tips for little ones An appendix with lyrics of simple songs for classroom use Below are just a few of the topics covered in the lessons: Getting to Know You. Students will feel comfortable in a new environment, realizing that theatre class is a place where they can make new friends while learning how to sing, dance, and act. Make Believe. Students will use their imaginations to be different characters and go on make believe adventures. Working with a Partner. Students will build trust and gain confidence by learning to work with a partner. Working as a Team. Students will realize that theater involves teamwork and everyone has a role with something important to contribute. Rhythm. Students will understand rhythm, be able to clap and follow a steady beat, and practice speeding up and slowing down their voices and movements. Energy. Students will explore how energy is necessary when performing and learn how to control and focus using that energy. Emotions. Students will explore how we use emotions to show the audience what we are feeling. Actions. Students will use movement to learn the basic concepts of blocking, choreography, and stage directions. Becoming a Character. Students will become familiar with the practice of pretending to be different characters. Using Your Voice. Students will understand why projection and diction are necessary while singing and acting. Acting Is Reacting. Students will understand that listening and reacting are just as important as speaking. Putting it Together. Students will learn how their newly developed acting skills fit together as they prepare for a final presentation or show.
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Raising Voices

Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes

Author: Judy Sima,Kevin Cordi

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781563089190

Category: Education

Page: 241

View: 8948

Anyone who wants to start a youth storytelling group or troupe will find a wealth of practical information and inspiration in this guide. Written by two veteran storytellers and storytelling group leaders, this book takes you step by step through the entire process of planning, starting, managing, and growing your storytelling group-even up through taking the show on the road. Complete instructions for teaching storytelling skills and performing are accompanied by dozens of reproducible activities and practical tips-from how to recruit members and how to adapt stories for telling to what to wear when performing, and fundraising ideas. Storytelling is a powerful teaching and learning tool. It increases literacy and language skills, builds creativity and imagination, instills confidence, encourages cooperation and collaboration-and it's great fun for everyone! Share the gift of storytelling with young people and watch them grow. Grades 4-12.
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What's the Story

Essays about art, theater and storytelling

Author: Anne Bogart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317703685

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 162

View: 9268

Anne Bogart is an award-winning theatre maker, and a best-selling writer of books about theatre, art, and cultural politics. In this her latest collection of essays she explores the story-telling impulse, and asks how she, as a ‘product of postmodernism’, can reconnect to the primal act of making meaning and telling stories. She also asks how theatre practitioners can think of themselves not as stagers of plays but ‘orchestrators of social interactions’ and participants in an on-going dialogue about the future. We dream. And then occasionally we attempt to share our dreams with others. In recounting our dreams we try to construct a narrative... We also make stories out of our daytime existence. The human brain is a narrative creating machine that takes whatever happens and imposes chronology, meaning, cause and effect... We choose. We can choose to relate to our circumstances with bitterness or with openness. The stories that we tell determine nothing less than personal destiny. (From the introduction) This compelling new book is characteristically made up of chapters with one-word titles: Spaciousness, Narrative, Heat, Limits, Error, Politics, Arrest, Empathy, Opposition, Collaboration and Sustenance. In addition to dipping into neuroscience, performance theory and sociology, Bogart also recounts vivid stories from her own life. But as neuroscience indicates, the event of remembering what happened is in fact the creation of something new.
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