This mandatory Acting Technique class is an opportunity for Company/Broadway students to come together, working on skills applicable to both season's titles. Students broaden their abilities and are more prepared to meet future challenges on top of present ones.
Students in this class are not only mastering proper projection and enunciation, they are beginning to manipulate their voices, exploring accents and vocal technique that will make them sound more heroic, villainous or comedic.
Body movement becomes integral to performance. Students study how people can make snap judgements based on appearance and learn to take advantage of it. They may creep like a creature to frighten, stand tall and proud to intimidate or pull in to seem shy and sweet. They also begin to study how they can show audiences they are wrong to make these presumptions. The creeping creature or tall and imposing figures may be kind and the seemingly sweet character may be deceiving others. By this time we are really pushing performers out of their comfort zone to avoid them being type-cast and pigeon-holed in the future.
Rapunzel, a musical adaptation based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, is no love story. It’s a tale of friendship and family. It starts with a girl, traded at birth, and locked away in a tower. Her hair was so long it was the perfect place for the witch to hide her magic. Rapunzel didn’t know she was a princess until a group of thieves entered her tower and the Witch’s scheme was foiled. Wonderful characters make up this ensemble cast such as the royal family, Rapunzel’s woodland friends, and a band of hilarious thieves who aren’t very skilled at being criminals.