Acting One

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/18/2007
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Used to teach beginning acting on more campuses than any other text,Acting Onecovers the basic elements of realistic acting in twenty-eight lessons all based on experiential exercises. The text covers basic skills such as talking, listening, tactical interplay, physicalizing, building scenes, and making good choices.

Table of Contents

Acting One
Preparation For Acting
Preparing to Act Relaxation
Exercise 1-1 Relaxation
Exercise 1-2 Spine Lengthening
Exercise 1-3 BAM-POW, Dance, Sing
A Playful Attitude
What Is Acting? Exercise 2-1 Pledge Your Allegiance to a Flag
The Actor's Approach
Goal and Obstacle Fundamental Principle
Exercise 3-1 Reaching
Exercise 3-2 Reaching for Goals
Exercise 3-3 Overcoming an Obstacle
Exercise 3-4 Doing vs. Being
Exercise 3-5 Resonating
Exercise 3-6 Resonating (A Continuation)
Exercise 3-7 Goals
Acting with the "Other" The Other
Exercise 4-1 Making Your Partner Smile
Interactive Dynamics
Exercise 4-2 Vulnerability
Exercise 4-3 Discovery
The Character
Exercise 4-4 Using Tactics
Exercise 4-5 One Two Three Four Five Six Seven
Exercise 4-6 Inventing the Other
Beginning to Act Contentless Scene
Exercise 5-1 Contentless Scene I
Exercise 5-2 Intensifying
Exercise 5-3 Varying Locale or Action
Exercise 5-4 Contentless Scene II
Tactics Punishment and Reward
Playing Tactics
Exercise 6-1 Frighten Your Partner
Exercise 6-2 Building Intensity
Exercise 6-3 Try to Make Your Partner Cry
Exercise 6-4 Movement and Contact
Exercise 6-5 Encourage Your Partner
Alternating Tactics
Exercise 6-6 Mixing Tactics
The Middle Ranges
Exercise 6-7 Eliminating the Extremes
Expectations Expecting Victory
Exercise 7-1 Playing Bored
Positive Goals
Exercise 7-2 Enthusiasm
Exercise 7-3 Try the Impossible
Eye Contact
Exercise 7-4 Tactics and Expectations
GOTE A Basic Method
"Get Your Character's GOTE"
Exercise 8-1 The GOTEsheet
The Actor's Task
Preparing a Role Finding Your Role
Finding Your "Character"
Editing a Scene
Memorization Methods
Cues: Action Cues and Line Cues
Studying the Part
Exercise 9-1 The Gentleman Caller I
Rehearsing Rehearsals
Undirected Rehearsals
Rehearsal Alternatives
Exercise 10-1 The Gentleman Caller II
Staging the Scene Stage Directions
Creating the Locale
Movement and Stage Business
Interesting Positions
Reaching the Audience
Exercise 11-1 Setting the Stage
Choices The Need for Choices
Good Choices
Exercise 12-1 Bold Choices
Performing Stage Fright
Classroom Performance
Play for Results--In the Other Character!
Evaluation and Improvement Helpful Criticism
Exercise 14-1 Scene Presentation
The Actor's Instrument
The Actor's Voice Breathing
Exercise 15-1 Breathing from the Abdomen
Phonation: Making Sounds
Exercise 15-2 Sounding
Exercise 15-3 Exploring Resonance
Exercise 15-4 Exploring Your Pitch Range
A Stageworthy Voice
Exercise 15-5 Speaking with Resonance
Stage Speech Good Diction
Speech Sounds
Exercise 16-1 Vowels
Exercise 16-2 Repeating Syllables
Exercise 16-3 Consonants
Exercise 16-4 Speeches
Using Your Voice Liberation
Exercise 17-1 Rude Chants
Exercise 17-2 Rude Cheering
Exercise 17-3 Fancy Talk
Exercise 17-4 Address a Group
Exercise 17-5 Adding Purpose
The Actor's Body Agility
Exercise 18-1 Fast Warm-Up
Exercise 18-2 Improving Alignment
Exercise 18-3 Sixteen Walks
Exercise 18-4 Walk and Talk
Sitting and Standing
Exercise 18-5 Walk, Talk, Sit
Velocity: Accelerating, Decelerating, and Constant
Exercise 18-6 Acceleration/Deceleration
Exercise 18-7 Contraposto
Exercise 18-8 Contraction/Extension
The Dynamics of Effort
Exercise 18-9 Distinct Movements
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