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The Singing and Acting Handbook - Games and Exercises for the Performer

Thomas De Mallet Burgess & Nicholas Skilbeck Price: $39.95

"Singing and Acting has something for everyone the book represents a collection of great advice on all aspects of performance" ~ Anne B. Wilson, Speech and Drama

This book is an unique resource which directly addresses all performers who sing and act, whether in opera, musical theatre or music-theatre

By looking beyond the separate acts of singing and acting the performer builds up a greater awareness of how the two interrelate to form a single powerful expression

Using games, exercises and discussion, The Singing and Acting Handbook takes a stimulating approach to the demands made upon today's performers, and will equip both the experienced professional and the student to take full advantage of rehearsal and performance

With advice on approaches to learning music, interpreting scores, and building characters, it provides a long-awaited innovative resource for performers, directors, workshop leaders and teachers

Contents ...

Preface Acknowledgements

Part One: Introduction Chapter 1

  • Singing and Acting in Performance Introduction
  • Music and Drama
  • The Structure of Sung Theatre, The Past, the Present and the Challenge of Terminology
  • The Performer
  • The Fundamental Disciplines
  • Using the Exercises
  • The workshop Process
  • The Leader and the Workshop Process

    Part Two - The Exercises

    Chapter 2. The Fundamental Disciplines

  • Preparing the Ground, Relaxation
  • Exercise 1, Dissociation
  • Exercise 2, Visualisation
  • Exercises 3-4, Warming Up
  • Exercises 5-6, Energising
  • Exercises 7-14, Concentration
  • Exercises 15-23, Awareness
  • Exercises 24-39, Imagination and Spontaneity
  • Exercises 40-47

    Chapter 3. Rhythm, Pulse and Time Rhythm and Time

  • Exercise 48, Pulse
  • Exercises 49-60, Musical Structure
  • Exercises 61-64, Suspending a Moment
  • Exercises 65-68
  • Exercises 69, Using Rhythm and Pulse to Create Emotion

    Chapter 4. Music, Text and the Score Approaching the Score

  • Learning the Score, Interpreting the Score
  • Exercise 70, The Relationship Between Text and Music
  • Exercises 71-75, Exploring the Sound and Word Association
  • Exercises 76-79, Being Present
  • Exercises 80-86, Dialogue, Recitative and Heightened Text
  • Exercises 87-92

    Chapter 5. Character and Emotion Character

  • Music and Character
  • Exercises 93-99, Acting in Sung Theatre
  • Exercises 100-101, Gesture
  • Exercises 102-106, Eye Language and Focus
  • Exercises 107-108, Emotion
  • Exercises 109-119

    Chapter 6

    Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index of Games and Exercises by Title

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