Singing in Musical Theater: The Training of Singers and Actors

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What does it take to be a musical theatre performer? What kind of training is required to do eight shows a weekacting, dancing, and singing in a wide variety of vocal styles? This insider's look into the unique demands of musical theatre performance establishes connecting links between voice training for the singer and drama school training for the actor. By reading these revealing interviews, performers in every area of theatre can: — Discover what it takes to go from a first lesson to a solid professional ...

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Overview

What does it take to be a musical theatre performer? What kind of training is required to do eight shows a weekacting, dancing, and singing in a wide variety of vocal styles? This insider's look into the unique demands of musical theatre performance establishes connecting links between voice training for the singer and drama school training for the actor. By reading these revealing interviews, performers in every area of theatre can: — Discover what it takes to go from a first lesson to a solid professional technique Consider the requirements for singers in musical theatre today, how they have changed, and where they are going — See how different teachers approach six aspects of voice training: alignment, breathing, range resonance, articulation, and connection Understand the interconnectedness of musical theatre and theatre voice. A foreword by leading Australian actor Angela Punch McGregor personalizes the connective links among trainings as she describes her preparation for Sunset Boulevard. A must-read for anyone who is serious about voice and the theatre.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581154825
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,422,936
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.10 (d)

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Joan Melton is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice training for the actor. She is one of the few voice professionals in the world with a firm grasp of both theatre voice and singing training. A Master Teacher of the Fitzmaurice approach to theatre voice training, she lectures internationally and has taught at leading drama and music centers in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. She initiated and developed the Voice/Movement program (1996-2006) for the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton, and is a published author and composer with performance credits in theatre, opera, television, and voiceover. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Melton holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The author, with Kenneth Tom, PhD, of the groundbreaking book, One Voice: Integrating Singing Technique and Theatre Voice Training (Heinemann), Melton is currently based in NYC.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Interviews, United States     1
Elisabeth Howard     3
Wendy LeBorgne     11
Joan Lader     27
Jeannette LoVetri     37
Mary Saunders-Barton     55
Neil Semer     65
Interviews, United Kingdom     73
Mary Hammond     75
Penni Harvey-Piper     81
Gillyanne Kayes     93
Interviews, Australia     109
Lisa Ryan-McLaughlin     111
Jason Barry-Smith     121
Debbie Phyland     131
Jean Callaghan     143
Pat Wilson     153
Amanda Colliver     167
Liz Pascoe     181
Observations and Conclusions     191
Cultural Perspectives     191
Comparative Approaches to Training     197
Practical Applications     203
Appendix     217
About the Author     218
Index     219
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