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Publisher: Betterway Books
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 1992
About the Book:
These 900 improvisation starters can
be applied to many theatre situations including character conflicts,
solo improvisations, physical positions and much more.
Most beginning actors assume that rehearsing a play or scene
involves taking home the script, memorizing lines, and rehearsing
scenes over and over until everything — timing, movement, facial
expression — is perfect. But that's only partially correct. One
missing element in that approach is improvisation, an invaluable
technique that can be used in acting classes and in rehearsals for school, amateur and professional productions.
Most teachers and directors realize the value of improvisation as
a regular part of their classes or rehearsals, but many find it
difficult to come up with fresh ideas on a daily basis. The 900
improvisation ideas in this book Improvisation Starters should
provide enough material to last for years. Helpful for many theatre
situations, it includes character conflicts, solo improvisations,
physical positions, lines of dialogue and reactions to environment.
Focusing in on this invaluable technique, the book is a fine resource
for both acting classes and rehearsals.
The author Philip Bernardi
also has included a section suggesting a variety of
improvisations for the production of Romeo and Juliet.
What people say:
author, himself an acting teacher and play director, believes that
the key to great acting lies in the successful mastery of the art of
improvisation, which brings the intensity and spontaneity that marks
a truly memorable performance. He encourages actors to work without
scripts during some rehearsals and offers 900 improvisational
situations designed to stimulate development of character conflicts
and the use of obstacles, the environment, and simple props. It
should serve as an excellent teaching tool in drama classes."
— Library Journal
About the Author:
Philip Bernardi has been a
high school acting teacher and director for more than twenty years.
A published playwright with a master's degree in Theater Arts, he
lives in Waldwick, New Jersey.