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Break a Leg! : The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft

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ISBN13:

9780761122081

ISBN10:
0761122087
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Workman Pub Co

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Summary

A complete drama course for kids in a book. BREAK A LEG! teaches budding thespians everything they need to know about stagecraft and the production of performances, in home or out. Illustrated throughout with informative how-to and candid shots of young working actors, BREAK A LEG! is as comprehensive as it is high-spirited. There are sections on body preparation, including warm-ups, stretches, and breathing exercises. Theater games, improv, miming, and other fun ways to develop technique. Important acting skills, such as voice projection, crying on command, learning accents, and staging falls and fights without getting hurt. The performance: analyzing scripts, building a character, what to expect from rehearsals, and overcoming stagefright. A backstage look at blocking, lighting, and other technical aspects of theater production. And for the fun of costumes and make-up, a 16-page color insert. In addition, it covers legends and lore (Why is Macbeth cursed? Why do we say "break a leg"?) and offers dozens of must-see movie recommendations. Plus, for the ambitious, talented, and just plain curious, there's advice on how to make a career of it all, with tips on agents and auditions and getting jobs in theater, film, TV, and radio.

Author Biography

Lise Friedman, a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, writes frequently about the performing arts for various publications and is the author of First Lessons in Ballet. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, just a short cab ride from the Great White Way

Table of Contents

Foreword x
Julia Stiles
Introduction All the World's a Stage xii
Body Basics
1(8)
Turning Your Instrument
Body Warm-ups
Stretches
Speak Up!
9(18)
Voice Warm-ups
Tongue Twisters
Better Breathing
Voice Coaches
Projection
Stage Whispers
Wacky Accents
Theater Games and Improvisation
27(8)
Name Game
Memory Walking Game
Freezing Game
Sense & Confidence Boosters
Structured & Unstructured Improvs
Partnered Mirroring
Getting Physical
35(36)
Miming
Clowning
Juggling
Stand-up Comedy
Stage Combat
Falling
Fainting
Stunts
Tap Dancing
Musical Theater
Fake Kissing
Death Scenes
Character Building
71(20)
Character Journal
Building an Observation Bank
Quirks & Tics
Finding Your Motivation
Sense Memory
Method Acting
Body Language
Faking Tears
Monologues, Dialogues & Ensemble Scenes
Reading Between the Lines
91(26)
Analyzing & Marking a Script
Tragedies & Comedies
Avant-garde Theater
Rehearsals
Blocking
Entrances & Exits
Finding Your Mark
Memorizing Lines
Stage Fright
Direction
Etiquette
Roles
Casting
Pulling It All Together
117(18)
The Greenroom
Gaffes
Hamming & Upstaging
Curtain Calls
Encores
Flops
Ovations
Shakespeare
Slang
Backstage Pass
135(40)
Stage Managers
Set Designs
Props
Lighting
Stage Lingo
Kinds of Theaters
Dolby Sound
Special Effects
Costuming
Makeup
Masks
Screen Test
175(14)
Panning, Zooming, Montage & Other Techniques
Gesture & Delivery
Screenplays
Close-up, Over-the-Shoulder & Other Shots
Buzz Tracks, Fades, Jump Cuts
Television
Making a Living
189(20)
Headshots
Agents
Casting Directors
Auditioning
Casting
Commercials
Voice-overs
Print Work
Industrials
Unions
Appendixes 209
Read On!
Web Sites
Credits
Monologues, Dialogues & Ensemble Scenes


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