Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 222.  Tuesday, 6 April 1993.
From:           Steve Urkowitz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 05 Apr 93 23:44:12 EDT
Subject: 4.0220  Q: *R&J* for Pre-College Students
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0220  Q: *R&J* for Pre-College Students
Doing Romeo and Juliet---Let 'er rip!  The one practical suggestion that made a
big difference at the actual performances of Shakespearean and other early
texts I've worked on has to do with a vocal warm-up in the performing space.
Taken from Cis Berry: gather the players in the center of the auditorium, and
have them talk through their speeches at a "normal" speaking voice, gradually
moving back towards the outer limits of the space.  When out there at the
edges, have them try saying a juicy phrase, one by one, pitching the sound to
people opposite.  Then let each person come up with a different phrase to toss
back and forth.  They'll get to feel the acoustics of the auditorium as they
move around in it; this works better than just setting their volume from
inside a procenium.  And it loosens them up, concentrating attention on
communication.  (Oh, I didn't say, the phrases chosen are taken from each
person's role.  Our favorite when doing Heywood's Four Ps was "Thou whoreson
noddy," echoing around the plaza in front of the Administration building.)
                                               Break a leg,
                                               Steve Urkowitz Surcc@CUNYVM

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