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Overview

All The Words on Stage is a pronunciation dictionary of Shakespearean theatre vocabulary. A comprehensive glossary includes character names, place names, and all unfamiliar words, as well as words whose pronunciation is affected by the iambic pentameter line. A respelling system and phonetic transcriptions make this guide accessible to an audience ranging from high-school students to academic specialists. All The Words on Stage also includes a chapter on verse scansion and an appendix detailing language usage specific to each play.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575252148
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Career Development Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 820,192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Scheeder is founder and director of the Classical Studio, an advanced training program in the Department of Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed plays on, off, off-off Broadway, and at regional theaters in the US and Canada. He has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Folger Theatre Group. He also directs both dance and performance.

Shane Ann Younts teaches Techniques of Voice and Text classes in the Graduate Acting Department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, specializing in the texts of Shakespeare. She also teaches and coaches actors for theater, film, and television at her Manhattan studio. She has served as Voice Consultant for Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions including The Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater and The Pearl Theatre. She previously taught at The Public Theater's Summer Shakespeare Lab, The Juilliard School (Drama Division), The American Academy of dramatic Arts, and NYU (Undergraduate Drama) in the Classical Studio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    A must-have for actors of Shakespeare!

    This book is an amazing resource for actors at all levels who perform Shakespeare. It's easy to use and comprehensive. Along with the invaluable pronunciation dictionary it includes an extremely helpful section on scanning and notes on each of the plays. It will give you an extra boost of confidence when you walk into any Shakespeare audition or rehearsal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    YES YES YES

    So wonderful, extremely helpful, easy to use and a must have in my toolbox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    'All the Words on Stage' is a much needed resource book for every theater company, actor, student-actor, and reader of Shakespeare's plays. Not only is the book organized in a user-friendly way but it is crammed with information - the pronunciation of every word but also a chapter on scanning the lines, a Latin section, and a short paragraph about each of the plays. Surfing the net I found the book's website and it was extremely informative. It is WWW.ALLTHEWORDSONSTAGE.COM. For anyone who wants some information about the book before purchasing it, this is a terrific way to investigate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2004

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    All the Words on Stage should be in every class room and theater in America (and Canada and England). The attention to detail is extraordinary. Not only is the basic pronunciation of each word given but also the pronunciations that are possible depending on how the line is scanned! The chapter on Scanning and the Afterthoughts at the end of the book are also excellent. Strongly recommended for students, actors and everyone who reads Shakespeare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    What an amazing dictionary. No longer do we have to trip over the words in Shakespeare's plays. Every word you look for is listed in an easy to find format. The way the words are spelled out is so clear that you don't even need the Guide to Pronunciations. I've looked at another book on pronuciations in Shakespeare's plays but it was not complete and the way it was put together was confusing. 'All the Words on Stage' is set up with a straight alphabetical listing just like a regular dictionary. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read or act Shakespeare!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    I have been searching for a book like this for years but nothing existed until the authors researched and wrote 'All the Words on Stage'! It is so thorough - every word you need is here. The only other pronunciation books I've seen are incomplete (don't include all of the plays) or one of them just has the character names. This book is so accessible and can be used in any productions from professional theater to community theater. It will get Shakespeare off of the dusty library shelves and on to the stage. I think the point of a production of Shakespeare is for it to be clear enough that the audience understands the extraordinary language. This book will go a long way towards making that happen. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Shakespeare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    For years, actors, directors, and dramaturges have struggled with a variety of materials for guidance on the pronunciation of Shakespeare's names, along with a multitude of other resources that helped with the pronunciation of obscure words appearing in his plays. Now Shane Ann Younts and Louis Scheeder, who work in the rehearsal studio with this text every day, have put everything - names plus unfamiliar words - into one easy-to-carry book, with phonetic pronunciations that are so easy to read that they can be instantly applied. This is a groundbreaking work for everyone involved in the rehearsal process of Shakespeare's plays. Every Shakespeare actor or student should own a copy, and no rehearsal table should lack one or three copies for easy reference during every stage of the rehearsal process! Thank-you for creating a terrific tool to assist us in this day-to-day process of moving the words off the page in order to bring them to life on the stage. Bravo!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    A valuable addition to any actor's collection!

    While working on Shakespeare, I often find myself wondering how much the sense of the text is being sacrificed because of my uncertainties with pronunciations. 'All the Words on Stage' has helped me tremendously in making sense of Shakespeare's text. I think every actor should have this book. Hooray! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    'If you want to speak the speech... buy this book!'

    With all the thousands of books about Shakespeare's plots, characters, and themes, finally there is the one that has been missing from the collection. All The Words On Stage gives you the key to go inside the pronunciation and therefore the poetry of the Bard. From sonnets to soliloquys, this book gives you all the tools to 'speak the speech' the way Shakespeare intended. If you are an actor auditioning for Shakespeare or performing on stage, this book is a must have. If you are just a fan of Shakespeare, this book will guide you and open your ears to the sounds and rhythms of the greatest playwright.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    I stumbled upon this book because I was just cast in a production of Midsummer Night's Dream and thought it would come in handy. Boy, has it ever! I've used it to look up EVERY word I was unsure of...and there were MANY! I'm embarrassed at how many words in Shakespeare I've mispronounced both in class and in productions in the past (and nobody told me about it!). This book is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    UNCANNY! Shakespeare made easy...

    I couldn't have asked for a more concise and easy to use tool for all ages. The book is complete with the pronunciations for not only the innumerable amount of questionable words in Shakespeare, but it also has a summary of how language was used in each of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a complete Latin section for all of those impossible to pronounce phrases. This will prevent all the disagreements and arguments that are caused as a result of differing opinions on Shakespeare's pronunciation. It levels out the playing field of Sir William for a price that won't hurt your pockets, in a size that won't hurt your back, and a format that won't hurt your brain. Well worth the investment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    the authors make it easy!

    Talk about demystification! This is a very easy-to-read, exhaustively researched and clearly written guide for actors, students (of all ages) and anyone arguing about Shakespeare around the dinner table. The authors have filled a real need for Shakespeare fans by writing this book. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    If you are an actor, you MUST own this book!

    This book is comprehensive, easy to use, and necessary for any actor who does Shakespeare. I am hard pressed for a more useful book to help the actor transfer Shakespearean text from the page to the stage. Buy this book-you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    As a student, facing the formidable task of acting Shakespeare, I believe this book is indispendable! Ms. Younts and Mr. Scheeder have taken on an ovewhelming challenge, and created a book that should be required on every actor's bookshelf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    As a acting student, who is often given the challenge of performing Shakespeare, I can say that this book is SIMPLY INDISPENSABLE. Ms. Younts and Mr. Scheeder have taken on an absolutely monumental task, and created a book that every student of acting should be required to own. If you don't own it....BUY IT!!! You will be glad that you did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves shakespeare

    Without this guide I would be lost when speaking Shakespeare. It is a key which unlcoks Shakespeare's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    A Wonderful Book for Anyone Interested in Shakespeare

    What a wonderful blessing this book is for all of us.It is so simply laid out and so easily understandable that anyone is capable of using this book from the actor to the audience to the person who simply likes to read Shakespeare.This book takes away a fear that american actors have about not being able to perform Shakspeare. I find this book to be flawless and it should belong in everyone's home library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    INDISPENSABLE

    This book is an indispensable guide for anyone directing, performing or studying Shakespeare. Written by two master teachers, it has been painstakingly researched and designed with great care. I wish I'd had access to this terrific tool years ago. - N.K., professional actor/director in theatre and film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Bringing Shakespeare alive...

    This book allows me to glide over the Bard's Prose with an 'ffortless tongue. Whilst I feel more meaning from the words, when I knowth how to speakst correctly. I think its a great tool for any actor to get at the truth that lies within the text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare

    What an extraordinary book. We've been waiting a long time for a pronunciation dictionary with all of the words in Shakespeare. The years of research that must have gone in to this boggles the mind. Students, actors, directors, and everyone who loves Shakespeare will want a copy of this book.

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