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Analytical Aspects in Children’s Performance of Music from Memory

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Performance and piano pedagogy studies This case study deals with analytical and gestural aspects of children’s performance from memory. Three pianists, all aged ten, studied a piece they had neither played nor heard...
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...Age recommendation: 9+ This archive recording was captured on 9th May, 2017. A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online...
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...Age recommendation: 9+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 22nd January, 2015. It's a dark and stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet...
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...Brains are sizzling in the seventh grade...The first day of seventh grade is probably the worst day of Duncan Dougal's life. He knows that things are really bad when he finds an alien's hand in a Dumpster and then gets plugged into an alien...
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...A fiercely funny and surprisingly timely new play by new playwright Stephen Karam. They may go to the same school, but misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met and their teachers and peers just don’t take them seriously – until...

No, I don’t have marbles in my mouth

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] Articulation, consonants!! Articulation, consonants!! This is the battle cry of all directors. In your most connected moments of acting, you hear shouted from the back row, “I can’t hear you!” “I...
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...In a rundown house in Philadelphia live two orphan brothers: the reclusive, frightened Philip and the violent pickpocket thief, Treat. Into this savage and ferociously funny world enters Harold, a shadowy underworld figure of power...

Sample warm-ups

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] Vocal warm-ups are crucial in the life of an actor. They are not just a part of training that can be learned once then set aside, as in, ”Done that, check.” Voice work should be done every day...

Expressivity: tennis balls and more

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] We are now at a place in our vocal development where we need to start freeing up expressivity – releasing the voice to let it play. Expressivity is fully sounding the voice with all its qualities,...

If I weren’t breathing, I’d be dead

Rena Cook

Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations’ Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice and the Young Actor : A Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...[Image removed for copyright reasons] Breathing is both the easiest and hardest task for an actor to master. When I first introduce the concept of breath for speech, no matter the age group, I get a response something like this: “But...