Acting Characters: 16 Simple Steps From Rehearsal to by Paul Elsam

By Paul Elsam

This a basic, no-nonsense advisor to gaining knowledge of, making plans and appearing extra fair and reasonable characters on level. It describes sixteen simply steps designed to simplify Stanislavski's teachings, with functional workouts to enhance strategy. The booklet considers key parts of conversation and the features of human habit, and exhibits how one can harness those habit kinds to sharpen talents and expertise by using physique, voice and speech. a personality Profile Sheet is helping you propose your personality as you increase your study. Boxed sections introduce new theories and ideas at a transparent, introductory point.

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How do you do, Baron! 49 01ACharacters 1/2/06 11:45 am Page 50 acting characters OLGA [Enters from dining-room] And here’s Natasha. How are you, dear! ] NATASHA Happy Name Day to Irina! I feel awfully shy, there’s so many people here. OLGA It’s just our friends. [Alarmed, in an undertone] You’re wearing a green sash! My dear, you shouldn’t! NATASHA Is it bad luck? OLGA No, it simply doesn’t match ... and it looks odd. NATASHA [In a tearful voice] Really? But it isn’t really green, it’s more – neutral.

Just standing still demands some muscle tension. Frequently, though, we use muscles without any such necessary reason. As a result of some psychological stimulus, we become ‘tense’. One stereotype of a very tense person is a regimental sergeantmajor in the army. In charge of a gang of undisciplined young conscripts, he must knock them into shape in time for inspection by a senior officer. At stake is the reputation both of the regiment, and of the sergeant-major as a disciplinarian. He stands ramrod-straight in front of his new charges.

Sees IRINA] Dear Irina Sergeyevna, congratulations! [Kisses her firmly] You’ve so many guests, I’m really embarrassed ... How do you do, Baron! 49 01ACharacters 1/2/06 11:45 am Page 50 acting characters OLGA [Enters from dining-room] And here’s Natasha. How are you, dear! ] NATASHA Happy Name Day to Irina! I feel awfully shy, there’s so many people here. OLGA It’s just our friends. [Alarmed, in an undertone] You’re wearing a green sash! My dear, you shouldn’t! NATASHA Is it bad luck? OLGA No, it simply doesn’t match ...

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