Tuesday, July 10, 2012

acting schools nyc: Mikado articulation exercise

Students of our acting classes NYC know that an actor's voice is one of her most essential tools. It must be well-maintained and cared for, through vocal and articulation exercises like we use in our classes. Ideally, the actor should warm up their voice and articulation, as a daily discipline, as well as before rehearsals and performances. This will help you begin to use good articulation as a matter of habit.
Here is a fun vocal articulation exercise written by W.S. Gilbert for the song "I am Proud" from the comic opera The Mikado.
To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock
from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block.
Memorize some good articulation exercises so you are prepared to warm up and work your articulation throughout the day.

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