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GETTING COMFY WITH THE STAGE - Part 3

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

My students in my stage presence class are pretty supremely awesome. I keep throwing crazy things at them and they're really going for it and giving it a shot. Here is today's brainstorm.



Part 3 - 100% Comimitment to Choices

Today's question was, "What makes an actor believable?"

  • Tone of voice
  • Appropriate emotion to the scene
  • Facial expression
  • Natural speaking (not just repeating lines)
  • Body language
  • Leave themselves room for improvisation
  • Staying in character

I then asked, "What makes Johnny Depp believable in 'Pirates of the Caribbean'? Or Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'?"
  • The way they walk (body language)
  • You really believe this is happening to them
  • They give 100%

After this brief brainstorm (and a short discussion of the awesomness of Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman), we played the "Yes and No Game" where we had to converse only using the words "yes" and "no" while still being clear about the content of the conversation.


This seemed to be a little bit trickier than Zoom Schwartz and Prince of Paris for the students. I'll admit, this game isn't the best introduction to theatre improv since it's usually a good idea to start with the very basic concepts of improv first. That being said, I was mightily impressed by some of the students' willingness to jump in the deep end, even if they hopped right back out.



Tomorrow and Friday, our schedule is a little different - I'll be teaching the same class both days since half my students will be going to a different elective tomorrow and the other half on Friday. It's a long complicated story, but in short.... I have lesson plans for 5 days, but only 4 days to do them in. Alas. My plan is to do a brief brainstorm, one game and then the short final project thingie. We'll see how that goes. Tomorrow's post will include that brainstorm and probably a summary of the projects. I'll do the same Friday even though the question will be the same - mayhaps the answers will be different!




Stay tuned for tomorrow's entry, Getting Comfy with the Stage - Part 4!

Categories: Stage Presence, Aware, Genuine

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