Acting and Play Production: A Manual for Classes, Dramatic Clubs, and Little Theatres

Acting and Play Production: A Manual for Classes, Dramatic Clubs, and Little Theatres

Acting and Play Production: A Manual for Classes, Dramatic Clubs, and Little Theatres

Acting and Play Production: A Manual for Classes, Dramatic Clubs, and Little Theatres

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The aim of this book is to supply a working manual for classes in play-production. It attempts, therefore, to include the essential material of use to both the director and the actor. The word manual in the subtitle is descriptive of the method. Instead of writing essays about play-production, we have attempted to stick to specific recommendations. The book therefore begins the subject much as it is thought a class should begin, with exteriors and with technique, studying first bodily movements, pantomime, gesture; and then the voice, its development and mastery. From technique, one passes to the study of the character, first in the individual, and then in relation to other characters. Thus the class arrives at the study of the play with a certain amount of technical skill, and skill in impersonation, and in observation of character types.

In the chapter on the play, the book tries to include lists of plays and books of plays which classes in drama will find useful, and . . .

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