Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

This article is a follow up to the recent post, "Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits." Here we will describe the technical reasons that vocal warm up exercises are so critical to any singer or actor’s routine. Between these two blog posts, you’ll gain a broader understanding of why you’re warming up, why instructors and directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process.  

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Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

The importance of vocal warm ups tends to be assumed and glossed over, as though we all know why these exercises are so critical to any singer or actors routine. This article breaks down the non-technical reasons for warming up, while the technical details can be found in a second article, The Technical Benefits of Vocal Warm Ups. Between these two blog posts, youll gain a broader understanding of why youre warming up, why instructors an directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process. 

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Ways to keep your show fresh, mid-run

Ways to keep your show fresh, mid-run

Congratulations! You’ve survived the first few chaotic weeks of your show. Small issues with timing, costume changes, setting props and traffic patterns have been worked out. It feels good! It also feels…..like a monotonous routine. This is the point at which a show is in danger of falling flat and losing spontaneity, if actors don’t proactively take steps to keep their performances fresh. Here are a few strategies to keep your edge: Go back to the text. Don’t let your familiarity with your speaking and singing parts get in the way of the reason why you’re saying them. Go back to the message your character is trying to get across. Nothing is ever casual in musical theatre, and the playwright is highlighting this part for a reason. What do you want? How are you going to get it? Focus on that desire.

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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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