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Improvisation Starters Revised and Expanded Edition: More Than 1,000 Improvisation Scenarios for the Theater and Classroom

Improvisation Starters Revised and Expanded Edition: More Than 1,000 Improvisation Scenarios for the Theater and Classroom

by Philip Bernardi

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Fill Your Performance with Spontaneity and Energy

Improvisation is an essential and invaluable technique for the actor's repertoire: It asks you to think beyond a script—and its memorized lines, movements, and facial expressions—to deliver a performance filled with honesty, insight, nuance, and verisimilitude.

Improvisation Starters Revised and Expanded provides more than 1,000 brand-new scene scenarios that will help you:

   • Depict conflict by focusing on differing beliefs, motivations, and needs
   • Use contrasts to show the clash of personalities and emotions
   • Creatively incorporate props and specific lines of dialogue within an improvised scene
   • Explore character relationships with various locations
   • Take on the role of inanimate objects and animals
From the classroom to the community theater group—and even in business, language, and technology classes—improvisation is the perfect tool for thinking critically, communicating clearly, building self-confidence, and developing interpersonal skills. With this revised edition of Improvisation Starters, you'll bring new vitality to the stage or set—and have fun in the process!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440347542
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,127,397
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Using Character Conflicts 3

School Days 5

Two Players 5

Three Players 12

All in a Day's Work 15

Two Players 15

Three Players 23

Love Is in the Air 26

Two Players 26

Three Players 33

Family Matters 36

Two Players 36

Three Players 43

Out and About 46

Two Players 46

Three Players 53

2 Using Contrasts 57

Two Players 58

Three Players 72

3 Using Obstacles in Solo Improvisations 78

4 Using Lines of Dialogue 97

Single Lines 99

Two Players 99

Three Players 102

Opening and Closing Lines for Two Players 104

5 Changing Locations 113

6 Using Props 122

7 Unreal Improvisations 128

Inanimate Objects 129

Two Players 129

Three Players 134

Animals 136

Two Players 136

Three Players 145

8 Historically Speaking 150

9 Using Improvisation in Non-Theater Classes 156

Business Education 157

Communications 158

English 159

Family and Consumer Science 159

Fine Art 160

Health and Physical Education 161

Mathematics 161

Music 162

Science 163

Social Studies 163

Technology Education 164

World Languages 165

Index 166

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