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Acting Skills

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Rachel DeMayo

on 20 April 2016

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Transcript of Acting Skills

Acting Skills

Gesture
Make your performance visually interesting.
The types of gestures you use; aggressive, authoritative, nervous, exaggerated, will send messages to the audience about your character's performance, mood, and situation.
Stance
The way you hold your posture on stage will portray your character’s age, personality and mood. You character’s stance may change according to the situation they are in.
Facial Expressions
Show the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the character you are portraying.
Make them larger than life so that audience can see what you are doing, especially if they are a long way back.
Voice
Hold an audience’s attention by making yourself interesting to listen to.
Speak slower and louder than normal using pauses, emphasis and variety in tone, pitch, rhythm and volume.
You need a stage voice which is clean for the audience.
The audience is always looking at you, even when you are not speaking. You are not on the radio, so
show how your character is reacting to what others are saying and doing through the use of body language and facial expressions.
Reacting

The audience will get a sense of your relationship with other characters by how close you are standing to them and the direction you are facing.
In your scene, decide who should be dominating the space. Hovering by the door for example, may show that you can’t wait to leave.
Movement

Motivation
Research the text to identify your character’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Understanding your character’s motivation will help you give a believable and realistic performance.
Levels
The height of an actor’s head as determined by his or her body position will help indicate status.
One character may be on a higher piece of staging or platform, or it may simply be that one character is standing and another is sitting. It is usually easier to play the dominant, more powerful character if they are on a higher level.
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