Physical and vocal warm up exercises for musical theatre

Physical and vocal warm up exercises for musical theatre

Every performer needs a solid warm up routine that they can use before rehearsals, shows, class, or practice sessions. As musical theatre performers, our unique field requires dance, acting and singing, engaging our entire body and voice at once. The following sequence will touch on every part of your body from head to toe, keeping in mind that your voice and mind are also body parts that need warming up. 

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Quick fixes for beginning acting mistakes

Quick fixes for beginning acting mistakes

Beginning actors are bound to make mistakes, it's perfectly natural. Here are a few of the most common beginning acting mistakes, things to keep an eye out for, and how to fix them if you find yourself falling prey to these errors. Don't forget the audience. The lights are bright, there is a vast black space in front of you, and you can't see anyone. But they can see you! Just because you're not saying lines doesn't mean the audience can't see you. Remember to speak not only to your scene partner but to the audience, cheat out (hold your body posture at angles where both scene partners and audience members can see your face clearly), and stay in character the entire time you're onstage.

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Book review: "Acting the Song" by Tracey Moore with Allison Bergman

Book review: "Acting the Song" by Tracey Moore with Allison Bergman

About the book: published in 2012, this book is very current and makes an excellent, up-to-date guide on singing as storytelling. 

About the authors: the authors make a great pair, one being primarily an actor and the other primarily a director and writer, 

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Book review: "Acting Songs" by David Brunetti

Book review: "Acting Songs" by David Brunetti

About the book: Published in 2006, "Acting Songs" is still current enough to be a guide for making your music come alive in musical theater, cabaret, auditions or other performance settings. Although short, just 95 pages, the length is one of the things I like best about it, making it approachable, easy to read with very little jargon, and can be finished quickly for those looking for immediate, actionable take-aways. 

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