Musical Theatre: A Workbook

Musical Theatre: A Workbook


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Drawing on the history and development of Musical Theatre, this engaging workbook provides a comprehensive overview of the nuts and bolts of the discipline. Introducing students to the basics of the theory and history of musical theatre, it covers all four elements of any Musical Theatre course: dance, music, acting and performing. Acting as a guide through the entire process of preparing material for performance, this essential companion presents a number of stimulating exercises, questions, activities and topics for discussion to aid personal and professional development.

This clear, comprehensive workbook is an ideal core text for Musical Theatre students of all levels. Packed with help, ideas and guidance for teaching, it will also appeal to directors and instructors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137331625
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Henson is currently Head of Studies in Performance, Composition and Performing Arts at London College of Music, University of West London, UK. Throughout his career, in addition to his performing and directing career, he has been at the cutting edge of the development of the performing arts in education and has been responsible for the assessment of performance holding the post of Chief Examiner in Music, Theatre Studies and Drama with leading vocational and academic examination boards.

Kenneth Pickering is founder/director of the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education in London, UK and is Honorary Professor of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, UK. He was Chief Examiner for Musical Theatre for 3 major examining bodies and is the author of Studying Modern Drama, Theatre Studies and Key Concepts in Drama and Performance.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- PART I: UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF .- 1. The Loneliness of the Actor/Singer in Training .- 2. Caring for the 'Self' .- PART II: UNDERSTANDING PERFORMANCE.- 3. Beginning the Process .- 4. Words, Words, Words...and Music .- PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE MUSICAL .- 5. The Anatomy of the Musical .- 6. The Origins and Development of Musical Theatre .- Glossary of Studio Terms .- Geographical Tour of a Vocal Score .- Bibliography .- Index.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Full of exercises and self-prompts for the beginner, this is an excellent and highly accessible orientation to the world of studying Musical Theatre' – Joe Deer, Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, Wright State University, USA

'This comprehensive and entertaining book provides a springboard into practical work and study. Many books tell you what to do, but this one helps you understand why.' – Kim Ismay, Chair of the New Era Academy, UK

'This book makes the learning process so much easier to grasp, while maintaining a structural rigor that is required for our art.' ? Kevin Landis, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Program Director, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

'Full of useful advice and information, at its core Musical Theatre: A Workbook provides a well-structured approach to achieving mastery of essential skills for the discipline and art-form of musical theatre. It includes creating a warm-up, developing a method of acting through song, and selecting appropriate portfolio material. Recommended for all students of the performing arts.' – David Carey, Voice Tutor, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, UK

'This is the only book of its kind out there. It is equally valuable as a starting point for students entering Musical Theatre training and an invaluable resource for teachers of Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre: A Workbook provides a theoretical overview and practical hands-on tools for daily practice and development. Henson and Pickering touch on just about every aspect that the singer must consider, from choosing material and building a portfolio, to daily exercises, to caring for the voice and body, all the way to developing an understanding of Musical Theatre in a broader context. This book investigates it all, and does so in a clear and accessible way. But above all, the strength of this unique workbook and training system is that it allows the fluid and flexibility for the student to truly become their own artist. Students will walk away from this training not only with a broader understanding of the Musical Theatre and a strengthened skill set, but the empowerment to make their own creative and artistic choices.' – Laura Wayth, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Actor Training Program, San Francisco State University, USA

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