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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Musical Theatre

A Workbook for Further Study

ISBN 9781137605696
Publication Date February 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Building on the success of the first Musical Theatre workbook, this text develops students' skills in acting, dancing and singing, preparing them for entry into the profession. Filled with imaginative practical and theoretical exercises, it enables readers to structure their time and hone their skills in order to achieve their full potential.

Drawing on the work of leading choreographers, directors and writers, this book reveals the anatomy of musical theatre and offers inspiration, challenges and companionship along the path to success in performance.

Kenneth Pickering is Honorary Professor of Drama at the University of Kent, UK. He was previously Professor of Theatre at Gonzaga University, USA, and Chief Examiner for Musical Theatre at the London College of Music, Trinity College London and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is the author of five successful stage musicals and several books on musical theatre, drama and performance. He is a consultant to Rockschool, the Council for Dance Education and Training and Stage Coach Theatre Arts.

David Henson is Head of Subject in Music Performance, Composition and Performing Arts at the London College of Music, University of West London, UK. He has worked as Director and Musical Director on numerous contemporary musical theatre productions and has developed several qualifications and courses in musical theatre, acting, theatre production and voice. He is currently External Examiner for the BA Dance (Musical Theatre) course at London Studio Centre.

PART I: WAYS OF WORKINGIntroduction: Using this book
1. The World of Musical Theatre
2. Creating a Reflective JournalPART II: UNDERSTANDING MUSICAL THEATRE Using part two
3. The making of a musical
4. Making the musical your own
PART III: PREPARING FOR PERFORMANCE Using part three
5. Deciding the condition of our tools
6. Sharpening our physical and vocal tools
7. Sharpening our mental tools: energy, curiosity and imagination
8. Exploring the context of a song and the creation of a dramatic a role
9. Talking with choreographers
PART IV: CRITICAL THINKING IN MUSICAL THEATRE
Using part four
10. Rehearsal, performance and reflection
11. Writing a review
Index of Topics and Bibliography.

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