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 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR OF ACTING TRAINING

You have experience of acting in school or pre-university courses? Here is advice for a college or university acting course. Or for an acting school.

 This 'ACTING 101' course plan aims at achievable results for a wide range of students.

KEY PAGES

 Welcome page to Acting Site
 

 FIRST STEPS TO PROFESSIONAL ACTING TRAINING

 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR ACTING TRAINING

 ONSTAGE - techniques for onstage acting

 BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS - REHEARSAL AND PREPARATION
 

A

 ADVICE FROM ALAN BECK - FIRST STEPS TO PROFESSIONAL ACTING TRAINING
 Agents, resumes and other information
  AMERICAN PLAYS - Dialect (and American plays)
  'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR ACTING TRAINING
 'ACCIDENTS' ONSTAGE - Suppose you drop something or your costume gets undone or a drink is spilt.
 
 
 
 
 

B

 Do not choose a 'boxed-in' character
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

C

  CRITIQUES - You have to seek critiques - from teacher and from fellow students and from audiences...............
 CASTING - 'NATURAL CASTING' - ONLY CHOOSE ROLES THAT ARE NEAR TO YOU (age and gender).
 CHARACTER - Do not choose a 'boxed-in' character
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

D

 Dialect (and American plays)
 Directing component in an acting course
 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES - Terms and conditions for this web site.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

E

 Jones, Ellis, Teach Yourself Acting, 1998, London: Teach Yourself Books.
 LADDER OF EMOTIONS - you must reveal the full process of your character's emotions
 Entrance - Exit - find your justification
 Excerpt acting - Work with excerpts from plays - and especially with those scenes which give you the most intense material.
 ENTRANCE - THE MOMENT BEFORE (= the moment before you arrive on stage)
 
 
 
 
 

 

F

 FEET - no wandering!
 FILL IN - IMPROVISE A BIT WITH THE SCRIPT IN PERFORMANCE TO AVOID UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR OF ACTING TRAINING

You have experience of acting in school or pre-university courses? Here is advice for a college or university acting course. Or for an acting school.

 This 'ACTING 101' course plan aims at achievable results for a wide range of students.

 

 

G

 WARNING - GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOW IN REHEARSAL AND THE PERFORMANCE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

H

 HANDS - No UHMs - UNNECESSARY HAND MOVEMENTS
 Do not hold anything in your hands for long.
 Never - never - put your hands to your face
 Hair must be kept away from the face.
 
 
 
 
 
 

I

 FILL IN - IMPROVISE A BIT WITH THE SCRIPT IN PERFORMANCE TO AVOID UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

J

 Find your justification for each moment on stage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

K

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

L

 LADDER OF EMOTIONS - you must reveal the full process of your character's emotions
 Web sites for acting courses in London
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

M

 THE MOMENT BEFORE (= the moment before you arrive on stage)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

N

 'NATURAL CASTING' - ONLY CHOOSE ROLES THAT ARE NEAR TO YOU (age and gender).
 Never perform behind a table or a chair or a bag (at your feet) (excerpt acting)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

O

 OBJECTIONS I HAVE HEARD OVER THE YEARS FROM WANNABE ACTING STUDENTS
 OBJECTION 1 = ' BUT I DID NOT GET CAST IN THE AUDITIONS'
 OBJECTION 2 = 'But I cannot travel to rehearsals'.
 OBJECTION 3 = 'But I do not like Director A or Actor B'. I can't work with them.
 OBJECTION 4 = 'I'm afraid that people will think that my performance is rubbish'.
 OBJECTION 5 = 'This university (or college or school) thing does not work for me. I've got to become an actor NOW'.
 OBJECTION 6 = 'I can't get to see stage performances'
 OBJECTION 7 = 'I can't get on with Shakespeare'.
 
 
 
 ONSTAGE
 Never perform behind a table or a chair or a bag (at your feet) (excerpt acting)
 ONSTAGE - techniques for onstage acting
  OPEN POSTURE - so we can see your body - torso (excerpt acting)
 Get your character's individual rhythm
 Stop-And-Start acting on stage
 Hair must be kept away from the face.
 WARNING - GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOW IN REHEARSAL AND THE PERFORMANCE
 'ACCIDENTS' ONSTAGE - Suppose you drop something or your costume gets undone or a drink is spilt.
 
 
 
 

P

 POSTURE - OPEN POSTURE - so we can see your body - torso (excerpt acting)
 PREPARATION - BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS - REHEARSAL AND PREPARATION
 PREPARATION - THE MOMENT BEFORE (= the moment before you arrive on stage)
 PLAYS - Challenging material
 PLAYS - WHAT NOT TO CHOOSE - SOME PLAYS THAT 'DESKILL' YOU
 
 
 
 
 

Q

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

R

 REHEARSAL - BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS - REHEARSAL AND PREPARATION
 Suggested reading list for 'Acting 101'
 Do your research! Find out more about the play and the cultural context.
 Get your character's individual rhythm
 REHEARSAL - LEAVE YOUR TROUBLES OUTSIDE!
REHEARSAL - Challenging material
 REHEARSAL - WARNING - GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOW IN REHEARSAL AND THE PERFORMANCE
 
 
 

 

S

 Speech problems - here is the 'voice doctor'
 Stop-And-Start acting on stage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

T

 LEAVE YOUR TROUBLES OUTSIDE!
 'YOU TOLD ME I CAN'T ACT, SO I HATE YOU'
 TEACHER - WARNING - GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOW IN REHEARSAL AND THE PERFORMANCE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

U

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

V

 VOICE
 Dialect (and American plays)
 Speech problems - here is the 'voice doctor'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

W

 Web sites for acting courses in London
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

X

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Y

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Z

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR OF ACTING TRAINING

You have experience of acting in school or pre-university courses? Here is advice for a college or university acting course. Or for an acting school.

 This 'ACTING 101' course plan aims at achievable results for a wide range of students.

KEY PAGES

 Welcome page to Acting Site
 

 ADVICE FROM ALAN BECK - FIRST STEPS TO PROFESSIONAL ACTING TRAINING

 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR ACTING TRAINING

 ONSTAGE - techniques for onstage acting

 BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS - REHEARSAL AND PREPARATION
 

 

 

 

 

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