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Closed and quiet actors

  • 1.  Closed and quiet actors

    Posted 02-10-2020 09:04
    I have a group of 5th and 6th grade actors that are need to perform bigger and project more.  I have played movement games and voice projection games.  Our performance will be in a high school black box with no microphones.  They are playing a group of arrogant, cocky robotics team, but they come off weak and nervous.  Any suggestions?

  • 2.  RE: Closed and quiet actors

    Posted 02-10-2020 10:56
    This question comes up now and then, and one of the answers is usually that they're just not interested in acting.

    George F. Ledo
    Set designer

  • 3.  RE: Closed and quiet actors

    Posted 02-10-2020 20:29
    Thank you.  We ran a few scenes without speaking.  The kids were nervous, but they eventually opened up a bit.

  • 4.  RE: Closed and quiet actors

    Posted 02-10-2020 11:13
    This can be difficult. I wouldn't try to tackle both things at once. For the movement I would have them perform the entire piece without the addition of lines to their movements. They will need to be expressive with their faces and bodies in order for the story to move forward and to cue each other. For the projection I would take them outside to work in a large area; maybe something like a field. Talk to them beforehand about the challenges working in this type of environment will cause and that the additional white noise that will be in the environment that will require they project just to be able to hear their lines. After you finish (and I'd do this multiple times) discuss what was different about how they said the lines to ensure they would be able to hear each other and them have them apply that to working inside again.

    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ

  • 5.  RE: Closed and quiet actors

    Posted 02-11-2020 08:12
    Do you have a means to record them and play it back for them to see/hear? I find with my 5th and 6th grade if they see/hear what I keep telling them then they get it. Record them rehearsing then watch. Often times once they see and hear for themselves, they begin to correct it and listen to your direction more.

    Tina Tutt
    Middle School Theatre Teacher
    Middle School Theatre Director
    Battle Ground Academy
    Franklin, TN