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alicetheatremagazine | 17th Sep 2006 | 戲劇教案 | (1097 Reads)

Voice and Sound

Age Group:
Junior Secondary Level

Source:
Alice Theatre Laboratory (2005) English Drama at Junior Secondary Level

Objective:
To introduce the vocal improvement exercises for young actors

Voice work requires vigilance and a ceaseless desire to explore yourself and your physical make-up. It also takes courage.   -- Patsy Rodenburg

Breathing

  1. Each student stands in their own space.
  2. Take a deep breath and relax. 
  3. Breathe by the diaphragm (pit of the stomach) instead of the movement of the ribs.
  4. Practise all the vocal sounds one by one.
  5. Project their voice from a distance to the back of the room.

Walking Breath

  1. Breathe out all the air in their lungs.
  2. Take a breath. As they breathe out, let them walk in any directions. Remind them to watch out for other people and change direction if they have to.
  3. Keep them walking until they reach the end of the breath. Stop and take another breath before they continue walking in a new direction. 
  4. The breath should be gentle and easy. 
  5.  Keep the view far. Imagine the walls aren't there.

Diction

  1. Breathe by the diaphragm (pit of the stomach) instead of the movement of the ribs.
  2. Practise all the vocal sounds one by one.
  3. Instruct how mouth and tongue become familiar with the special features of each sound.
  4. Work on tongue twisters.

Energy 1-10 

  1. Everyone in a big circle, squatting down.
  2. Students count from 1 to 10 all together and move up with energy level increasing.
  3. 1 is hardly audible, 10 is as loud as possible, everyone standing straight, hands reaching out high.
  4. Stress the importance of watching each other, ensuring all at the same energy level. 
  5. Make sure that the increase in energy is nicely gradual.