Acting Skills for Life: Third Edition (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, Sep 1, 1999 - Performing Arts - 380 pages
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Of all the subjects taught in the school system, dramatic arts probably has the greatest potential to help students prepare for life.

The study of acting helps students develop personal and social skills: increased poise and confidence, better awareness of their physical and vocal selves, and an improved ability to think and react quickly. These talents can help in dealing with sometimes difficult real life situations.

The intention of Acting Skills for Life is to integrate personal growth and the process of creative drama with the more formal skills required for stage production.

This is a very practical book, full of suggestions for drama exercises and improvisations, developed over Cameron's thirty years of teaching drama, and includes helpful information for teachers working with students on stage productions.

  

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Contents

An Introduction to Acting
25
Overcoming Personal Obstacles in Acting
33
Relaxing the Actors Body
43
Voice and the Actor
71
Developing the Actors Voice
99
Voice and Text
119
The Actor Beginning Work
143
Working with the Five Senses
145
Psychology and Acting
287
Stimulating New Ideas in Acting
317
Stage Fighting
333
Comedy and Style
343
Todays Influences on Acting
361
Approaching Shakespeare
377
Shakespeare and the Actor
405
The Outside Eye The Actor as DirectorCoach
425

The Beginning Steps of Acting
169
Acting and Physicality
185
Dramatic Structure and Stage Blocking
209
Getting Into Character
237
Internal Approaches to Characterization
257
External Approaches to Characterization
271
How to Help the Actor with Problems in Acting
427
Advice for the Novice Director
443
Advice for Further Studies
463
Bibliography
475
Index
479
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Ron Cameron has adjudicated 2,000 theatre productions in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. Professor Emeritus at Sheridan Institute, he worked for 36 years to develop its prestigious Music Theatre Department and now works internationally as a communications consultant. He is also the author of Behind the Scenes and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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