Acting Skills

Acting Skills

by Stephanie Turnbull
     
 

Learn the art of marvelous miming

Find out how to create believable characters

Improve your acting with improvisation

Transform yourself with clever costumes and amazing makeup

Discover what goes into a great performance

Acting Skills shows you how to get started on a wide range of performance projects. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and

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Overview

Learn the art of marvelous miming

Find out how to create believable characters

Improve your acting with improvisation

Transform yourself with clever costumes and amazing makeup

Discover what goes into a great performance

Acting Skills shows you how to get started on a wide range of performance projects. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and includes advice, information, and clear step-by-step instructions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
From mime to makeup, this dramatic volume of the "Super Skills" series focuses on theatrical skills, though not all are for thespians—theater is a collaborative art. Starting with basics for hopeful actors, Trumbull offers tips on warming up for rehearsal, practicing mime, and thinking about characters that an actor might play; kids are encouraged to practice Stanislavski's approach to realistic acting (using experiences of your own to imagine a character). Improvisation with original scenes can be useful—ten possible scenarios are listed to help beginners get underway; who knows—youthful entertainers could become modern Commedia dell'Arte players. Skills of actual performing are harder to describe, but readers are treated to a color photo of English actors rehearsing at the Globe Theater. The rest of the skills apply more to costume and set design, making props and masks, and some techniques of stage makeup. Creating special effects or choreographing stage fights would hardly be required of professional actors, though talent in any of these areas could be useful in amateur theatrics. Kids get a quick briefing on stage directions (oriented to the actors), but only one paragraph about the director. Can young dreamers make it in the theater? Turnbull recommends joining school and neighborhood drama groups, reading lots of plays, and attending theater performances, though realistically, studying at a good drama school or university will be necessary. Other attractive careers in theater might include being a puppeteer, camera-operator, scene, costume or lighting designer, TV presenter or voice-over artist. Teachers may find this book useful for plans involving plays and their production, creative thinking, and teamwork. A glossary and a list of websites for young actors will help aspiring thespians on their way. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599207971
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
Super Skills Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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