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

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

by Lise Friedman, Mary Dowdle

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761122081
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.32(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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!

Table of Contents


i n t r o d u c t i o n

Chapter One

Tuning Your Instrument • Body Warm-ups • Stretches

Chapter Two

Voice Warm-ups • Tongue Twisters • Better Breathing • Voice Coaches • Projection • Stage Whispers • Wacky Accents

Chapter Three

Name Game • Memory Walking Game • Freezing Game • Sense & Confidence Boosters • Structured & Unstructured Improvs • Partnered Mirroring

Chapter Four

Miming • Clowning • Juggling • Stand-up Comedy • Stage Combat • Falling • Fainting • Stunts • Tap Dancing • Musical Theater • Fake Kissing • Death Scenes

Character Building 71
Reading Between the Lines 91
Pulling It All Together 117

Chapter Five

Character Journal • Building an Observation Bank • Quirks & Tics • Finding Your Motivation • Sense Memory • Method Acting • Body Language • Faking Tears •
Monologues, Dialogues & Ensemble Scenes

Chapter Six

Analyzing & Marking a Script • Tragedies & Comedies • Avant-garde Theater • Rehearsals • Blocking • Entrances & Exits • Finding Your Mark • Memorizing Lines • Stage Fright • Direction • Etiquette • Roles • Casting

Chapter Seven

The Greenroom • Gaffes • Hamming & Upstaging • Curtain Calls • Encores • Flops • Ovations • Shakespeare • Slang

Backstage Pass 135
Screen Test 175
Making a Living 189
Chapter Eight

Stage Managers • Set Designs • Props • Lighting • Stage Lingo • Kinds of Theaters • Dolby Sound • Special Effects • Costuming • Makeup • Masks

Chapter Nine


Panning, Zooming, Montage & Other Techniques • Gesture & Delivery • Screenplays • Close-up, Over-the-Shoulder & Other Shots • Buzz Tracks, Fades, Jump Cuts • Television

Chapter Ten

Headshots • Agents • Casting Directors • Auditioning • Casting • Commercials • Voice-overs • Print Work • Industrials • Unions Read On! • Web Sites • Credits • Monologues, Dialogues & Ensemble Scenes

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