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Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre

Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre

by Allison Bergman, Tracey Moore
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ISBN-13: 9781581155051
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 953,321
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracey Moore is an actress and singer who appeared in the national Broadway tours of Camelot and Ragtime, as well as many other productions. The former head of voice and movement at Florida International University, she lives in New York City.

Allison Bergman, a director, dramaturg, writer, and educator, is a former artistic director of Broadway on Sunset and the cofounder of the West Coast Musical Theater Conference. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
The Elements
Overview     1
Voice     3
Expressive Singing
Musical Theatre Style
Singing Terminology
Vocal Warm-ups
Suggested Reading
Body     15
Actor Neutral
Protection and Imbalance
Physical Warm-ups
Power and Energy
Gesture and Movement
Suggested Reading
Acting     28
Permission to Play
Given Circumstances
The World of the Musical
Acting Terminology
Suggested Reading
The Classroom
Overview     41
Workshop One: Beginning     46
Choosing Material
Preparing the Song
Integrating Body and Voice
Finding an Emotional Connection
Acting the Song
The Acting Questions
The Impetus to Sing
Suggested Reading
Workshop Two: Intermediate     85
Interpreting Text
The Third Acting Question
More Integration
The Action Score
The Tactic Score
Working from the Want
Workshop Three: Advanced     141
Transitioning from Self to Character
The Fourth Acting Question
Imagination and the Actor's Contribution
The Moment Before in Context
Character Arc
Advanced Integration
Dance Readiness
Risks and Spontaneity
Collaborating with Other Performers
Master Class     187
Some Basics of Diagnosis
Identifying and Addressing Performance Issues     187
Practical Use
Overview     207
Audition     210
Before the Student Enters the Room
Once the Student Is In the Room
After the Student Leaves the Room
The Callback
No Callback
Suggested Reading
Rehearsal     248
A Collaborative Process
The Big Picture
Preparation for Rehearsal
During Rehearsal
The Final Weeks of Rehearsal
Suggested Reading
Performance     279
Strangers in the Room
Physical Care and Stamina
Collaboration, Continued
Understudies, Replacements, and Standbys
Consistency and Keeping it Fresh
Living on Stage
Conclusion     291
Permissions     292
Contributors' Biographies     295
Authors' Biographies     299     301
Index     302

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