9780205270040

Introduction to Acting

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205270040

  • ISBN10:

    0205270042

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-10-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

For any one who has ever dreamed of making it big on stageE on TVE in the moviesE a clear, straightforward, uncluttered approach to beginning acting.This important work includes thorough coverage of the different philosophies of acting and how they can be used to the best advantage, how to prepare a role and analyze a character, how to move on stage, what to expect at an audition, how to avoid or overcome stage fright, and much more. Over fifty scenes and monologues add depth of meaning to the concepts covered and provide you with meaningful practice opportunities. The specific challenges of TV and radio acting are also covered in two chapters. Throughout this wonderful book are quotes, anecdotes, and personal reflections from dozens of actresses and actors to accentuate the activities and lessons. This new edition also includes more improvisation exercises and more scenes and monologues.Beginning-level actors.A Longwood Professional Book.

Table of Contents

Preface vii(2)
List of Scenes
ix
Chapter 1 An Overview: Some Questions Answered
1(19)
Why Act?
2(1)
Is There an Ideal Actor?
3(6)
Can Actors Be Classified?
9(6)
What Should the Actor Know?
15(2)
What Is the "Illusion of the First Time"?
17(2)
Questions and Exercises
19(1)
Chapter 2 Early Acting and Acting Theories
20(28)
The First Actors
21(1)
What the Ancients Tell Us
21(3)
The Decline of the Theatre
24(1)
The Commedia dell' Arte
25(4)
Shakespeare and His Actors
29(4)
The Seventeenth Century
33(2)
David Garrick: An Actor Speaks
35(3)
The Great Debate--Emotion vs. Reason
38(4)
Short Notes on the Heritage of Some Notable Actors
42(4)
More Actors and Actresses
46(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
47(1)
Chapter 3 Stanislavski and Beyond
48(17)
The "Method"
51(3)
After Stanislavski
54(4)
The Director and Freedom for the Actor
58(2)
Short Notes on the Heritage of Some Notable Actors
60(2)
More Actors and Actresses
62(2)
Suggestions for Further Reading
64(1)
Chapter 4 The Body and Stage Movement
65(33)
Holly Harbinger
How the Body Is Organized
67(6)
Tension and Relaxation
73(2)
The Body in Action
75(5)
Warming Up
80(17)
Suggestions for Further Reading
97(1)
Chapter 5 Voice and the Actor
98(26)
One Voice or Many?
99(2)
Factors of a Good Stage Voice
101(1)
Vocal Production
102(8)
Projection
110(1)
Getting the Most from the Dialogue
111(7)
Vocal Exercises
118(4)
Suggestions for Further Reading
122(2)
Chapter 6 Getting Around on the Stage
124(28)
The Stage and Stage Areas
125(2)
Stage Positions and the Actor
127(1)
Stage Movement and the Audience
127(10)
Using Movement
137(4)
Specialized Stage Problems
141(7)
Listening
148(2)
Exercises
150(2)
Chapter 7 Using Improvisation
152(11)
Improvisations for Larger Groups
153(2)
Improvisations for One Actor
155(2)
Improvisations for Two or More Actors
157(4)
Last-Line Improvisations
161(2)
Chapter 8 Combating Stage Fright
163(10)
What Is Stage Fright?
164(1)
Some Suggested Causes
164(3)
Do Experienced Actors Have Stage Fright?
167(2)
What Can Be Done about It?
169(3)
Suggestions for Further Reading
172(1)
Chapter 9 Auditioning and Preparing a Role
173(71)
The Audition Process
173(5)
Basic Steps in Developing a Role
178(14)
Finding One's Own Approach
192(3)
Exercises
195(1)
Ambiguous Dialogue
195(9)
Suggestions for Further Reading
204(1)
Monologues
205(11)
Scenes
216(28)
Chapter 10 Putting the Role Onstage
244(55)
Rehearsal Guidelines
245(2)
The Three Vs of Good Acting
247(4)
Concentration
251(2)
Getting into the Role
253(3)
Judging the Actor's Work
256(4)
Scenes
260(39)
Chapter 11 Style and Other Problems
299(40)
Comedy and Farce
300(4)
Tragedy
304(2)
Period Plays in General
306(1)
Shakespearean Plays
307(5)
Sustained Speeches
312(3)
Central Staging
315(6)
Suggestions for Further Reading
321(2)
Scenes
323(16)
Chapter 12 Acting for the Camera
339(18)
Shooting the Television Drama
340(1)
Television and the Theatre
341(1)
Television Acting
342(7)
Subtlety and Intimacy
349(4)
Action and Reaction
353(2)
Reviewing the Rules
355(1)
Exercises
355(1)
Suggestion for Further Reading
356(1)
A Glossary of Theatre Terms 357(10)
Index 367

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