Acting for Singers Creating Believable Singing Characters

ISBN-10: 0195145402
ISBN-13: 9780195145403
Edition: 2005
Authors: David F. Ostwald
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/7/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 9.29" wide x 6.42" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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 performers 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.

Introduction
Believability: The Territory and the Tools
The Divine Marriage: Combining Believable Acting with Expressive Singing
Being Believable as Your Character
Acting Actions
Acting Feelings
Acting Technically; Acting Intutively
Grounding Your Acting in Hardwired Human Behavior
Singing and Acting Together-Believably
Jumping Your Internal Hurdles
Summary
Exercises
To Become or Not to Become: Using Yourself to Create a Believable Character
Entering Your Character's Reality-The Magical If
Describing Your Character's Reality
Making Your Character's Given Circumstances Your Own
Using the Magical If to Explore Carmen as Gypsy
Using the Magical If to Explore Tony as Leader of a Street Gang
Sharing Your Character's World
Putting It Together
Summary
Exercises
Playing in the Moment: Using Improvisation to Be Believable
How Improvising Helps You to Act Believably
Setting Up Successful Improvisational Situations
Setting Up Successful Singing Improvisations
Beginning an Improvisation
Helpful Tips
Discussing the Improvisation
Handling Possible Fears about Improvising
Summary
Exercises
Ideas for Improvisations
Judgments and Trust: Improving Your Concentration
Introduction
Improving Your Concentration by Increasing Your Ability to Trust
Improving Your Concentration by Putting Judgments in Perspective
Improving Your Concentration by Intensifying Your Engagement
Maintaining Your Concentration in Demanding Vocal Passages
Recovering Your Concentration
Summary
Exercises
Creating Your Character
Neither "Right" nor "Wrong": Making Effective Interpretive Choices
Freeing Yourself to Make Interpretive Choices
Recognizing When Your Character Choices Will Work Well
Interpreting the Music to Help Make Effective Character Choices
Summary
Exercises
Your Character's Universe: Analyzing the Dramatic Structure of Music-Theater Pieces
The Music-Theater Master Plan
The Four Dramatic Building Blocks
Developing the Action in the Stock Dramatic Structure
Developing the Action in a Typical Plot
The Music as an Emotional and Dramatic Voice
Summary
Exercises
Your Character's World: Fashioning a Theme Statement
Defining the Theme
Defining the Qualities of the Most Useful Theme Statements
Fashioning a Theme Statement
Fashioning a Theme Statement Using Research
Troubleshooting
Summary
Exercises
Your Character's Heart's Desire: Fashioning Super-objectives
Defining a Super-objective
The Qualities of the Most Useful Super-objectives
Fashioning a Super-objective
Why a Single Super-objective is the Most Helpful
Troubleshooting
Summary
Exercises
Motivating Your Character's Actions: Fashioning Objectives and Acting Beats
Defining Objectives and Acting Beats
Defining the Qualities of the Most Useful Objectives
Fashioning Objectives for Operas and Musicals
Fashioning Objectives for Songs, Art Songs, and Lieder
Using Objectives to Strengthen a Role or Scene
Fashioning Acting Beats
Using Acting Beats to Motivate Repeated Text
Summary
Exercises
Your Character's Inner Voice: Fashioning Subtext and an Internal Dialogue
Defining Subtext
Considering the Score as a Source of Subtext
Fashioning Subtext
Fashioning Internal Thoughts for Music Without Words
Integrating an Internal Dialogue into Your Dramatic Analysis of Operas and Musicals
Integrating an Internal Dialogue into Your Dramatic Analysis of Art Songs, Lieder, and Songs
Troubleshooting
Summary
Exercises
Preparing for Performances
Being Believable in Any Role on Any Stage: Heightening
Defining Heightening
Heightening Your Feelings and Gestures by Energizing Your Body and Breath
Heightening Your Gestures for Period Pieces
Heightening Your Gestures for Melodramas and Farces
Using Heightening to Support Hyper-melodramatic and Hyper-farcial Roles
Troubleshooting
Summary
Exercises
Getting the Part: Auditioning
Introduction
Preparing to Audition
Doing Auditions
Solving Auditioning Problems
How to Improve
A Final Note
Summary
Exercises
Getting Good: Rehearsing
Introduction
Preparing to Rehearse
The Rehearsal Process
Troubleshooting
Summary
A Rehearsal Checklist
Exercises
Delivering a Believable Character: Performing
Preparing to Perform
Preparing to Enter
Entering
Performing Operas and Musicals
Performing Art Songs, Lieder, and Songs
Troubleshooting
Summary
Exercises
Appendices
Ten Maxims of Believable Singing Acting
How to Analyze and Prepare Vocal Material from a Dramatic Viewpoint: An Overview
A Short Glossary of Stage Terms
How to Research Period Practices in Movement, Manners, and Gesture
Notes on the Exercises for Teachers and Directors
Index

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