The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting

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9780028641539: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting

You’re no idiot, of course.  You’ve got tons of talent, but when it comes to bringing it centerstage you feel like you’re just winging it. You love the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd, but you’re not sure how to follow your dream.

Don’t overreact! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Acting will help you hone your thespian skills and step into the limelight! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get:

--Auditioning etiquette and tips on making a strong impression.

--Rehearsal rigor—from read-throughs and blocking to taking stage directions and dealing with backstage gossip.

--Tips on balancing theatrics and other obligations like school, work, and your family.

--Tons more reasons why acting is important—from how it affects your everyday life to how it could help you get a scholarship or a promotion.

 

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About the Author:

PAUL BALDWIN, a writer, acted at North Texas State University, in community theater, and for 15 years as a professional.  During his professional career, he played such roles as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, King Arthur in Camelot, and the title role in Sweeny Todd.


JOHN MALONE has written or ghost-written nearly 50 books, including Predicting the Future: From Jules Verne to Bill Gates and The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating, both under his own name.  He acted in numerous productions while attending Phillips Academy, Andover, and Harvard College.

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Book Description Alpha, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. THE ACTING BUG. 1. Lifelong Susceptibility. Mommy, They Want Me to Be in a Play. You Can Still Play Baseball. College Theatrics. A Community Theater. 2. Proud Parents. My Daughter Is the Angel Gabriel. No, He's the Front End of the Horse. She's Always Been So Shy. They Actually Did It! 3. A High School Schedule. Homework and Rehearsals. Mom, Will You Run Lines for Me? When's the Track Meet? 4. College Triumphs. Extracurricular Strengths. Making Your Mark on Campus. Gaining Poise for the Future. Just for the Fun of It. 5. A Place in Your Community. The Hospital Fund-Raiser. A Small Theater Company. Another Dimension to Life. If You Really Think I Could Do It. II. SKILLS OF THE THEATER. 6. Natural Gifts. What a Fine Voice. She Moves So Well. All Singing, All Dancing. A Sense of Timing. The Art of Self-Discipline. 7. Lessons Can't Hurt. Hold That High Note. I Didn't Know You Could Tap Dance. The Acting Class. You Can Juggle, Too? 8. Learning on Your Own. A Library Full of Plays. We Have to See That! Watching Movies a Different Way. The People on the Bus. 9. Experience Counts. Small Parts Matter. Stretching Yourself. I Hate This Part, But Okay, I'll Do Props. 10. Looks Aren't Everything. All Kinds of Characters. Acting as Though You're Beautiful. Making the Most of Yourself. Beauty Fades. III. OH, THOSE AUDITIONS. 11. Picture and Resume. Truth in Advertising. Picture Perfect? Neatness Impresses. 12. Know What They're Looking For. You're Not That Small for Sixteen. It's a Comedy, Not a Tragedy. Can I Read the Play First? Cold Reading Terrors. 13. I Feel a Song Coming On. Are You Really Cher? Or Billy Joel? Ave Maria in River City. At Home with Your Range. One Too Many Quests. Oldies but Goodies. 14. Dressing the Part? Dressed to KillYour Chances. A Slob Is a Slob Is a Slob. Neat, Clean, and Natural. Exceptions to the Rule. 15. Audition Etiquette. Attitude No-Nos. It's Rough on the Director, Too. Competitors Are Also Colleagues. Thank You for Seeing Me. 16. The Waiting Game. Why Haven't They Called? A Small but Important Role. Too Tall, Too Short. Coping with Rejection. You've Got the Lead! IV. REHEARSAL RIGORS. 17. Scheduling Nightmares. The Long and the Short of It. More Car-Pooling. Conflicting Responsibilities. 18. The Early Stages. The Reason for Read-Throughs. Blocking Is Traffic Control. Memorizing Your Lines. Legitimate Questions. I'll Never Get This Right. 19. Cast Dynamics. Who's My Friend? He's Just Awful. Star Trips. Backstage Gossip. 20. Taking Direction. You're Part of a Larger Picture. When to Argue. Notes, Notes, and More Notes. Good Directors and Bad Directors. 21. Making Progress. Getting Off Book. Louder, Please. Picking Up the Pace. Ham on Wry. The Giving Actor. V. WE OPEN NEXT THURSDAY. 22. Creative Costuming. Fitting Stitches. Can You Provide Your Own? I Look Like the Goodyear Blimp. Early Requirements. Clues to Character. 23. Tech and Techies. Be Kind to Techies. Where's My Sword? The Light and the Dark of It. Obstacle Courses. What's That Chair Doing There? 24. Dress Rehearsals. Run-Through Frustrations. Makeup Crises. The Tech Run-Through. Curtain Call Confusion. Just Run It. 25. Opening Night. I Feel Sick. Curtain Up! Accepting Compliments. 26. The Run of the Play. Good Reviews/Bad Reviews. Dressing Room Decorum. Warming Up. Good. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028641531

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