A couple of the participants at the workshop have kindly written to me with some feedback on the workshop. What is really lovely about these two letters, is that they come from the least experienced, and the most experienced members of the group:
“All I really want to say is thank you! Your enthusiasm and passion for the area was infectious and inspiring. I had no idea what to expect for the workshop when I walked in. I was so impressed with the amount of info covered – the biology, theory, research, a huge range of vocal exercises, and then to integrate this so well with performance, authenticity, playfulness and mindfulness on stage. So much to cover yet it flowed really well and was interesting and useful throughout. Thank you so much for your time.”
“I would just like to say thank you for your two days work with The Hills Players. I can see that some people are really using the skills that you taught at the Workshops while we are rehearsing. We have been having warm up sessions before rehearsal each night and will try to keep this going. I have previously done various types of workshops, having been involved in theatre for 30 years, but I found it very helpful and informative. Of course it’s very hard to break the habits of a lifetime, but I will endeavour to do so and work on my voice as much as possible. Thank you once again for sharing your skills with us.”
I still can’t get over how generous and brave this group was, to invite me to work with them for two full days on their voices. They have been performing in the One-Act Play Festivals around the State for some years, as well as producing their own local productions in their community.
I am so looking forward to seeing them in action when I get back from the States.
I’ve just remembered! I recorded the Mini-Mini-vocal warm up on my Blackberry, must see if it worked and post it up here! Don’t go away…
Duh! I’ve put it up already – see the previous post! The sooner I get away for a holiday, the better!
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OK! Now that the excitement of mounting a full scale production for Thunder’s Mouth Theatre is all over, everybody has been paid their share of the profits – and there was a profit, thanks to our steaming fund-raising campaign and my finely-tuned budgeting, the time has come to prepare for the new year, and the good news is: The Being in Voice Acting Class is Back.
Bookings are now open, and I suggest you don’t mess about because I have decided that I will only work with six (6) people at a time. So, the first season is 6 classes, 3 hours each, for six participants. This means we can train as an ensemble, create scenes as well as work on monologues, and also get individual attention. It will be challenging for all concerned, myself included, and I CAN”T WAIT!
Did I say I’m excited? Or did you guess…
Who wants to come and play with me? Full details at the Being in Voice website. Pass on the good news.
I’ve just removed the password protection on the handouts, and video demos. Having thought about it long and hard while I was away, I have decided that I would much rather everyone had access to these, and that people actually made use of them.
Of course, you will get much more from the exercises if you do them under supervision, with a teacher or trainer whom you trust.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat about any of the exercises, or to enquire about matters to do with actor training, or voice coaching.
Today, we bade farewell to Sandra, wishing her joy and luck and much good humming and ah-ing in her new adventure in Sydney.
Our final class before the Easter break, and there was a beautiful energy in the sounds that flowed through the room as we explored (h)ah-mm-ah, (h) ah-nnn-ah and (h)ah-ng-ah on the floor and through our stretches as we worked our way back to standing, and sharing with full awareness.
It was very clear, I think to all of us, just where the focus should be when we return on Sunday 30th, with some new class members, and that is keeping the great sounding body we discover in the warm up and taking that body into the text (and archetype) work. After all, that is why we warm up. So, more connections await discovery, there will be bridges built and steps taken into the unknown.
Have a great Easter – see you Sunday week! Oh, unless I see you next Saturday at the Magdalena Easter Gathering.
Last week, I had so much to say that I waited till I had time to say it, and of course that never happened!
This week, I’ve made up a short movie from some of our work for you to view. It is to let you see for yourselves some of the teaching points:
In the Balance exercise (core mechanics) you can see how waiting to say “heels, knees, knees heels” actually lets you slip into holding the position, rather than flowing through it. Experiment with this during the week, and see if you can iron this out.
In the spine workout, I think we need to really work through the various possibilities for movement more clearly, so that we take the movement from the extreme of the arched back to the extreme of the raised head and butt, fluidly, while allowing the sound to flow through the body.
I’ve included extracts of the clips taken by Sandra of the Roy Hart exercise, Cello – Viola – Violin just to remind you what a beautiful sound you made together this morning. We didn’t capture the cellos on film, but the violas and violins are stunning.
Well done All !