Introduction to Acting

ISBN-10: 0205270042
ISBN-13: 9780205270040
Edition: 4th 1998 (Revised)
List price: $252.60
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Description: For any one who has ever dreamed of making it big on stageÉ on TVÉ in the moviesÉ a clear, straightforward, uncluttered approach to beginning acting. This important work includes thorough coverage of the different philosophies of acting and how they  More...

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List price: $252.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

For any one who has ever dreamed of making it big on stageÉ on TVÉ in the moviesÉ a clear, straightforward, uncluttered approach to beginning acting. This important work includes thorough coverage of the different philosophies of acting and how they can be used to the best advantage, how to prepare a role and analyze a character, how to move on stage, what to expect at an audition, how to avoid or overcome stage fright, and much more. Over fifty scenes and monologues add depth of meaning to the concepts covered and provide you with meaningful practice opportunities. The specific challenges of TV and radio acting are also covered in two chapters. Throughout this wonderful book are quotes, anecdotes, and personal reflections from dozens of actresses and actors to accentuate the activities and lessons. This new edition also includes more improvisation exercises and more scenes and monologues.Beginning-level actors.A Longwood Professional Book.

Further Reading
An Overview: Some Questions Answered
Why Act?
Is There an Ideal Actor?
Can Actors Be Classified?
What Should the Actor Know?
What is the Illusion of the First Time?
Questions and Exercises
Early Acting and Acting Theories
The First Actors
What the Ancients Tell Us
The Decline of the Theatre
The Commedia dell'Arte
Shakespeare and His Actors
The Seventeenth Century
David Garrick: An Actor Speaks
The Great DebateEmotion vs. Reason
Short Notes on the Heritage of Some Notable Actors
More Actors and Actresses
Stanislavski and Beyond
The Method
After Stanislavski
The Director and Freedom for the Actor
Short Notes on the Heritage of Some Notable Actors
More Actors and Actresses
The Body and Stage Movement
How the Body Is Organized
Tension and Relaxation
The Body in Action
Warming Up
Voice and the Actor
One Voice or Many?
Factors of a Good Stage Voice
Vocal Production
Projection
Getting the Most from the Dialogue
Vocal Exercises
Getting Around on the Stage
The Stage and Stage Areas
Stage Positions and the Actor
Stage Movement and the Audience
Using Movement
Specialized Stage Problems
Listening
Exercises
Using Improvisation
Improvisations for Larger Groups
Improvisations for One Actor
Improvisations for Two or More Actors
Last-Line Improvisations
Combating Stage Fright
What Is Stage Fright?
Some Suggested Causes
Do Experienced Actors Have Stage Fright?
What Can Be Done About It?
Auditioning and Preparing a Role
The Audition Process
Basic Steps in Developing a Role
Finding Ones Own Approach
Exercises
Ambiguous Dialogue
Monologues
Scenes
Putting the Role Onstage
Rehearsal Guidelines
The Three Vs of Good Acting
Concentration
Getting into the Role
Judging the Actor's Work
Scenes
Style and Other Problems
Comedy and Farce
Tragedy
Period Plays in General
Shakespearean Plays
Sustained Speeches
Central Staging
Scenes
Acting for the Camera
Shooting the Television Drama
Television and the Theatre
Television Acting
Subtlety and Intimacy
Acton and Reaction
Reviewing the Rules
Exercises
A Glossary of Theatre Terms
Index

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