Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Daysby John Basil, Stephanie Gunning
Pub. Date: 09/28/2006
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Applause Books). Thousands of young people set their sights on becoming professional actors each year, hoping to get a foot in the door with a solid resume built in high school, college, and local theatre company productions. But competition for parts is fierce, and no list of credits is complete without competency in the classical works of Shakespeare. Will Power… See more details below
(Applause Books). Thousands of young people set their sights on becoming professional actors each year, hoping to get a foot in the door with a solid resume built in high school, college, and local theatre company productions. But competition for parts is fierce, and no list of credits is complete without competency in the classical works of Shakespeare. Will Power guides both professional actors and aspirants through a lively 21-day rehearsal process leading up to the day of an actual audition or performance. Actors need never again be confused about where to begin or how to follow through when developing a Shakespearean role. Clear stepping stones have been laid out before them-by Shakespeare himself. Even seasoned actors, familiar with verse, are fascinated when they learn about the acting clues and stage directions embedded in the original First Folio text of Shakespeare's work, in the form of particular punctuation, capitalized letters, and spelling. Putting actors on their feet in dynamic and fun rehearsals, this practical guide helps them develop the 7 Cs of acting: commitment, concentration, conditioning, control, confidence, courage, and clarity while also demystifying how to perform these these magnificently crafted plays.
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'Being a trained method actress, and someone who has performed several of Shakespeare's characters, I was excited that John Basil was able to explain clearly how to combine emotional preparation with Shakespeare's heightened poetic language. His Phase 4 of the rehearsal process includes four separate chapters on elements of the Stanislavski approach: given circumstances, basic human needs, 'doings,' and PASTO (preparation, attack, struggle, turning point, and outcome). I love the examples he's chosen from the plays, and appreciate that there are as many female as male roles among them. In a nutshell, this is a remarkably helpful book.'
The title gave me clear understanding of what was behind the cover. Expectations delivered. I always wanted to learn and this made it easy for me.s
Finally, this long needed book is published! As a spectator of quite a few Shakespeare pieces I wish all actors in those pieces had read this fabulous book. And I truly hope that they will take advantage of it immediately. Not only does the book give you lots of practical advice on how to gain a deep understanding of Shakespeare's texts, but it also shows you how to use non-verbal cues to effectively communicate this meaning to the audience. This allows the actors to bring onto the stage their maximum potential, and it results in a performace that is well accomplished and even more authentic. Will Power is definitely a must-read.
I found this book a great tool for understanding Shakespeare! It made learning it really easy.