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THE 111 – Acting III:Voice & Speech

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Study of the basics of voice production and Standard American Speech; exercises and practice focusing on freeing the voice and developing good vocal habits. Spring. Prerequisite: THE 010 and Instructor permission.

Section Description: THE 111 Acting III: Voice and Speech: This course is designed to develop and enhance vocal and expressive skills for the actor. Course objectives include increasing awareness of the actor’s voice and body in theatrical performance; to optimally develop and utilize the voice through various forms of expression; and to broaden vocal versatility for creative character portrayal. Using the Lessac Kinesensic (Physical) Training method developed by Arthur Lessac, this holistic approach encompasses speaking text, notation that allows students to explore numerous vocal expressive opportunities, breath support, singing, and movement exercises. Students do not have to consider themselves singers to take this course. About the Instructor: Craig Wells also teaches THE 010, Introduction to Acting, THE 096 Improvisation Workshop, and THE 119 Performing Musical Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and Chess. Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway (original cast recording Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3), Closer Than Ever, Balancing Act (original cast recording). He also appeared in the national tours of Les Misérables and Pirates of Penzance. Regional Theatre: “King” in Big River (Syracuse Stage); Closer Than Ever (Arena Stage); “Max” in Lend Me a Tenor (Jupiter Theater); and “Sam” in Shenandoah (St. Louis MUNY). At St. Michael’s Playhouse, Craig played the “Man in Chair” in The Drowsy Chaperone, “Ernie Cusack” in Rumors, and “Agent Frank” in Unnecessary Farce. At UVM, he played “Coldwell B. Cladwell” in Urinetown, “Herr Schultz” in Cabaret, and directed A Grand Night for Singing and most recently, Stupid F*#king Bird.

CRN: 95036

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 7/16

Days Time Location
F 12:00 - 15:00 ROYALL TYLER THR 390

Instructor(s): Craig E. Wells

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017