Acting the Song Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre

ISBN-10: 1581155050
ISBN-13: 9781581155051
Edition: 2008
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Description: Don’t just stand there and sing! Add an extra dimension toeveryrole * Step-by-steps for integrating acting skills into musical roles * Sections for beginners, intermediate, and advanced performers * Exercises, teaching suggestions,  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Don’t just stand there and sing! Add an extra dimension toeveryrole * Step-by-steps for integrating acting skills into musical roles * Sections for beginners, intermediate, and advanced performers * Exercises, teaching suggestions, worksheets--great for acting courses Don’t settle for being just a singer!Acting the Songreveals the secrets to integrating singing and acting skills for musical theater. Actors, singers, directors, teachers, and students will find time-tested advice, exercises, and interactive worksheets for all skill levels. The book is organized into three progressive sections: first, a discussion of the elements of musical theater; next, a group of effective classroom workshops and exercises; and finally, how to take those new performing skills into the world of professional auditions and performances. Chapters cover vocal and physical warm-ups, body movement, finding subtext, creating a character, song structure, interpreting text of music and lyrics, risks and spontaneity, memorization, collaboration, keeping a performance fresh, and much more. Everyone involved in musical theater needs this dynamic, one-of-a-kind resource that will help singers add drama and dimension to their roles.

The Elements
Expressive Singing
Musical Theatre Style
Singing Terminology
Vocal Warm-ups
Suggested Reading
Actor Neutral
Protection and Imbalance
Physical Warm-ups
Power and Energy
Gesture and Movement
Suggested Reading
Permission to Play
Given Circumstances
The World of the Musical
Acting Terminology
Suggested Reading
The Classroom
Workshop One: Beginning
Choosing Material
Preparing the Song
Integrating Body and Voice
Finding an Emotional Connection
Acting the Song
The Acting Questions
The Impetus to Sing
Suggested Reading
Workshop Two: Intermediate
Interpreting Text
The Third Acting Question
More Integration
The Action Score
The Tactic Score
Working from the Want
Workshop Three: Advanced
Transitioning from Self to Character
The Fourth Acting Question
Imagination and the Actor's Contribution
The Moment Before in Context
Character Arc
Advanced Integration
Dance Readiness
Risks and Spontaneity
Collaborating with Other Performers
Master Class
Some Basics of Diagnosis
Identifying and Addressing Performance Issues
Practical Use
Before the Student Enters the Room
Once the Student Is In the Room
After the Student Leaves the Room
The Callback
No Callback
Suggested Reading
A Collaborative Process
The Big Picture
Preparation for Rehearsal
During Rehearsal
The Final Weeks of Rehearsal
Suggested Reading
Strangers in the Room
Physical Care and Stamina
Collaboration, Continued
Understudies, Replacements, and Standbys
Consistency and Keeping it Fresh
Living on Stage
Contributors' Biographies
Authors' Biographies

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