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Acting Essentials : Or, Just Say Your Lines Like You Mean Them and Don't Bump Into the Scenery

Acting Essentials : Or, Just Say Your Lines Like You Mean Them and Don't Bump Into the Scenery - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0767422512

Cover of Acting Essentials : Or, Just Say Your Lines Like You Mean Them and Don
ISBN13: 978-0767422512
ISBN10: 0767422511
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2002
International: No

List price: $73.00

Acting Essentials : Or, Just Say Your Lines Like You Mean Them and Don't Bump Into the Scenery - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0767422512

Alex Golson

ISBN13: 978-0767422512
ISBN10: 0767422511
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

This brief beginning acting text is a practical handbook that uses humor and clear, well-grounded exercises to make the complexities of acting simple and straightforward.

Features :

  • Accessible. This short text uses a light tone to communicate the basics of acting simply and concisely. Where appropriate, humorous illustrations underscore the points made in the text.
  • Affordable. At just under $20, no other introductory acting text offers so much (more than 100 exercises) for so little. As Robert Cohen noted in his review, Acting Essentials "is a valuable text underpinning to any hands-on beginning acting class."
  • Adaptable. Brief, inexpensive, and full of exercises, Acting Essentials fits any number of approaches. It can be used alone, assigned outside of class, or used in tandem with a book of scenes or instructors' favorite exercises.

Author Bio

Golson, Alex : Orange Coast College

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Exercises
Introduction
Less Is More
Keep It Simple
Where Did the Subtitle Come From?

1. Getting Ready to Act: or I'm Not Going to Have to Pretend I'm a Tree, Am I?

And What Is It I'm Supposed to Do With My Hands?
I Said, What Am I Supposed to Do with My Hands?
Sensory, Physical, and Vocal Awareness
Waking Up Your Imagination, Memory, and Five Senses
Let's Get Physical
Let's Get Vocal

2. Things You Should Know about Acting So It Doesn't Look Like You Don't Know What You Are Doing

Actor Ethics, Etiquette, and Traditions
Staying Alive and in the Moment
Connecting
Stage Fright
Memorization
Things You Can Do To Become a Better Actor
Acting Tools (The Tions)

3. Getting Yourself Going and Your Creative Juices Flowing

Improvisation: Working without a Net
Open Scenes

4. Exploring the Script and Scene

Goals
Images
Physical and Environmental Influences and Awareness
Relationships

5. Character, Emotion, and the Rehearsal Process

Character Work
Emotions
Rehearsal Techniques That Work

6. Now Add the Audience

Get Yourself Ready
The Last 2-3 Minutes
Your Relationship with the Audience

7. Tips, More Advice, Secrets, Things That Work, Strange Things Actors Do, and a Few Final Words

A List of Tips
A Few Final Words about Learning to Act