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"I am your accompanist. You do not know me. I am the guy who sits behind the upright in the unflattering fluorescent light of the dance studio, a bottle of water on the floor, a half-eaten Power Bar on the bench, and your audition in my hands." Award-winning New York theatre composer and pianist Andrew Gerle pulls no punches in this irreverent, fly-on-the-wall guide to everything you've never been taught about auditioning for musical theatre. From the unique perspective of the pianist's bench, he demystifies the audition process, from how to put together your book and speak to an accompanist to the healthiest and savviest ways to approach the audition marketplace and your career. By better understanding the dynamics of professional auditions, you will learn to present yourself in the strongest, most castable way while remaining true to your own special voice - the one that, in the end, will get you the job.
Performance hints and vocal and physical exercises for playing a variety of scenes from modern and classical theater.
This title is an historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performing for British television drama. By examining changing acting styles from distinct eras of television production - studio realism and location realism - it makes a unique contribution to both television and performance studies, unpacking the various determinants that have combined to influence how performers work in the medium. Comparing the original versions of The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89) and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77) with their respective modern-day re-makes, the book unpacks the developments that have resulted from the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location production. Textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production. -- .
A collection of contemporary Canadian monologues for women, intended for auditions, study or general interest and addressing themes of Adolescence, Body, Childhood Memories, Identity, Mothers, and Passion.
"A monologue must give voice to those who have been silenced.
The speaker must urgently need to speak, to proclaim, to persuade,
to incite, to inspire, to agitate, to fabricate, to contaminate or
whitewash, to justify; the speaker needs approval, or absolution,
or acclaim, or worship, or laughter or sympathy. The monologue can
only happen if the speaker has an audience. The monologue is
ultimately the electric interaction between the audience and the
From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book offers dozens of games to serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration for all actors - and those teaching or directing them.This must-have companion is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the actor's process:Self provides methods to deepen relaxation, sharpen focus, boost energy, expand imagination and enable a company of actors to work collaboratively. Character suggests strategies to aid the process of transformation, encouraging actors to explore characteristics that are distinct from their own. And Text offers exercises to unlock the words, allowing free and imaginative work within the structure of a script, without losing specificityThe games range from solo explorations which can be performed alone, to ideas for pairs and group work - making them suitable for a wide variety of scenarios and requirements. Overall, the book will serve as an essential foundation for every actor's creativity, helping improve preparation, rehearsal and performance.'A mass of invaluable ideas for all ages and all types of actors, amateur or professional. It's hard to imagine anyone involved in theatre who wouldn't find it useful.' Richard Eyre, from his Foreword
Master director, teacher, and theorist, Jerzy Grotowski's work extended well beyond the conventional limits of performance. Now revised and reissued, this book combines: an overview of Grotowski's life and the distinct phases of his work an analysis of his key ideas a consideration of his role as director of the renowned Polish Laboratory Theatre a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to the principles underlying Grotowski's working methods. As a first step towards critical understanding, and an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.
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