An accessible and engaging second workbook on musical theatre, presenting students with the next steps for extending their skills in acting, dancing and singing. Filled with imaginative practical and theoretical exercises, this workbook reveals the anatomy of musical theatre and offers inspiration, challenges and companionship along the path to successful performance. In so doing, it enables students to structure their time and hone their abilities, so that they can achieve their full potential in what is seen as an exciting but intimidating field. Through this interactive approach, students are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning and development, by closely examining the acting, singing and choreographic demands of musical theatre.
This is an ideal text for undergraduate students on Musical Theatre degree programmes, and general Theatre and Performance programmes where optional modules on Musical Theatre are offered. In addition, this resource is well suited to students taking accredited and non-accredited Diploma courses in Musical Theatre.
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.