Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters / Edition 1

Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters / Edition 1

by David F. Ostwald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195145402

ISBN-13: 9780195145403

Pub. Date: 07/07/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195145403
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
897,949
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: Believability: The Territory and the Tools
1. The Divine Marriage: Combining Believable Acting with Expressive Singing
2. To Become or Not to Become: Using Yourself to Create a Believable Character
3. Playing in the Moment: Using Improvisation to Be Believable
4. Judgements and Trust: Improving Your Concentration
PART II: Creating Your Character
5. Neither Right nor Wrong: Making Believable Character Choices
6. Your Character's Universe: Analyzing the Dramatic Structure of Music-Theatre Pieces
7. Your Character's World: Fashioning a Theme Statement
8. Your Character's Heart's Desire: Fashioning Super-Objectives
9. Motivating Your Character's Actions: Fashioning Objectives and Acting Beats
10. Your Character's Inner Voice: Fashioning Subtext
PART III: Preparing for Performances
11. Being Believable in Any Role on Any Stage: Heightening
12. Getting the Part: Auditioning
13. Getting Good: Rehearsing
14. Delivering a Believable Character: Performing

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