Drawing on the history and development of Musical Theatre, this engaging workbook provides a comprehensive overview of the nuts and bolts of the discipline. Introducing students to the basics of the theory and history of musical theatre, it covers all four elements of any Musical Theatre course: dance, music, acting and performing. Acting as a guide through the entire process of preparing material for performance, this essential companion presents a number of stimulating exercises, questions, activities and topics for discussion to aid personal and professional development.
This clear, comprehensive workbook is an ideal core text for Musical Theatre students of all levels. Packed with help, ideas and guidance for teaching, it will also appeal to directors and instructors.
David Henson is currently Head of Studies in Performance, Composition and Performing Arts at London College of Music, University of West London, UK. Throughout his career, in addition to his performing and directing career, he has been at the cutting edge of the development of the performing arts in education and has been responsible for the assessment of performance holding the post of Chief Examiner in Music, Theatre Studies and Drama with leading vocational and academic examination boards. Kenneth Pickering is founder/director of the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education in London, UK and is Honorary Professor of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, UK. He was Chief Examiner for Musical Theatre for 3 major examining bodies and is the author of Studying Modern Drama, Theatre Studies and Key Concepts in Drama and Performance.
Introduction.- PART I: UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF .- 1. The Loneliness of the Actor/Singer in Training .- 2. Caring for the 'Self' .- PART II: UNDERSTANDING PERFORMANCE.- 3. Beginning the Process .- 4. Words, Words, Words...and Music .- PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE MUSICAL .- 5. The Anatomy of the Musical .- 6. The Origins and Development of Musical Theatre .- Glossary of Studio Terms .- Geographical Tour of a Vocal Score .- Bibliography .- Index.