Acting Class Activities
Terms in this set (2)
Meisner Read Thru Rehearsal
1. Sit facing your scene partner.( If you are in an ensemble scene, sit in an arrangement so that you can easily look into your partner's eyes)
2. With script in hand, look at your lines.
3. Remember as much of your lines as you can.
4. Look into your partner's eyes and say the line.
(Remember to REALLY look at them. Are they reacting to what you are saying? Listening to you?)
5. Let your eye contact remain on your partner after you have said as much of the line as you can remember. If you aren't finished with your line, look back at your script and repeat #2-#5. If you are finished then keep eye contact with partner and allow them to do #2-#5.
6. Continue in this fashion until you are down with the scene.
How do you feel after doing this? Do you feel more connected to your partner?
Character Circle Walk
1. The class forms a circle.
2. A volunteer starts to walk around the inside of the circle. They make one lap around the circle in "actor neutral" (they walk as themselves)
3. At the 2nd lap around the circle they begin to repeat their characters name and take on the physicality of the character. *Do this as many times as you need to to REALLY feel as if you are taking on the character.
4. Once you have fully become the character walk to someone in the circle and give them your character.
5. The new student will them walk around the circle once mimicking the character they have just been given.
6. The new student will then do steps #1-#5
This exercise has two great benefits. 1. It allows you to transform from yourself into the physical embodiment of your character. It is great for those "on deck" moments when you are doing auditions or showings. 2. It allows you to see someone else imitate your idea of your character. Does what they are doing look how you imagined? Is there something you should adjust to make your intensions clear.
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