Break a Leg!: The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft

Break a Leg!: The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft

by Lise Friedman, Mary Dowdle
     
 

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A complete drama course for kids in a book. BREAK A LEG! teaches budding thespians everything they need to know about stagecraft and the production of performances, in home or out.

Illustrated throughout with informative how-to and candid shots of young working actors, BREAK A LEG! is as comprehensive as it is high-spirited. There are sections on body

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A complete drama course for kids in a book. BREAK A LEG! teaches budding thespians everything they need to know about stagecraft and the production of performances, in home or out.

Illustrated throughout with informative how-to and candid shots of young working actors, BREAK A LEG! is as comprehensive as it is high-spirited. There are sections on body preparation, including warm-ups, stretches, and breathing exercises. Theater games, improv, miming, and other fun ways to develop technique. Important acting skills, such as voice projection, crying on command, learning accents, and staging falls and fights without getting hurt. Theperformance: analyzing scripts, building a character, what to expect from rehearsals, and overcoming stagefright. A backstage look at blocking, lighting, and other technical aspects of theater production. And for the fun of costumes and make-up, a 16-page color insert. In addition, it covers legends and lore (Why is Macbeth cursed? Why do we say "break a leg"?) and offers dozens of must-see movie recommendations. Plus, for the ambitious, talented, and just plain curious, there's advice on how to make a career of it all, with tips on agents and auditions and getting jobs in theater, film, TV, and radio.

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Children's Literature
Lise Friedman, a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, offers suggestions to help young people break into show business. The book begins with a Foreword by Julia Stiles, certain to inspire any young person familiar with popular teen faces on the big screen. Several chapters focus on tips and techniques to aid young actors in preparation for a performance; voice warm-ups and breathing exercises are contained in the chapter titled "Speak Up," and help with miming, clowning, stand-up comedy, stunts, and fake kissing appears in "Getting Physical." Another chapter, "Backstage Pass," describes behind-the-scenes roles in the theatre, from managing, set design, and props to costuming, makeup, and masks. Practical advice regarding auditions, headshots, and getting an agent provides readers with connections that many would likely not be privy to. Photographs of young performers learning the trade grace the pages and provide a kid-friendly, motivating feel to the book; there are kids out there who are pursuing their dreams. Faces of the most well-known actors and actresses in the business make appearances throughout, providing inspiration for those who wish to make it big. The appendix includes several examples of monologues, dialogues, and ensemble scenes designed for younger performers. This book is highly readable and useful in and out of the drama classroom. 2002, Workman Publishing,
— Wendy Glenn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761125907
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Lisa Friedman is currently the dance writer for Microsoft's New York Sidewalk. A former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she also served as founding editor of the award-winning quarterly Dance Ink and author of First Lessons in Ballet and an adjunct professor at New York University. She is also a contributing editor at Elleand a journalist who writes about the performing arts for various publications. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, just a short cab ride from the Great White Way!

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