Exercise: Whisper and shout

Exercise: Whisper and Shout

The next train offers college students the chance to discover other ways of approaching and performing a scene in pairs, utilizing two completely different quantity ranges: whispering and shouting solely. It challenges college students to behave exterior of their consolation zone, use secure vocal projection methods, and analyze a personality’s traces.

Word: You can provide academics whose school rooms are near yours advance discover that you’re doing this train along with your college students – it could possibly get noisy! Additionally, remember that when you have college students with sensory points who could discover this train overwhelming – you could wish to give them a quiet place to do the evaluation within the E immediate and excuse them from the rehearsal course of.

Supplies wanted:

  • A replica of a brief pair scene for every scholar (similar to a bit of “The Large Lie” ten two)
  • A pencil for every scholar (to take notes on the script paper)
  • Water
  • Elective: a whistle or noisemaker to get college students’ consideration between repeat prompts, in case all of them shout on the similar time


1. Start with a vocal warm-up. Attempt one of many warm-up workout routines present in our article Enjoyable rep warm-ups to get everybody prepared.

2. Divide college students into pairs.

3. Give every pair a brief scene to investigate and rehearse. College students will act out the identical character within the scene for the entire class.

4. Through the lesson, every pair will analyze and rehearse the scene in six other ways (the prompts are described beneath). Between fast rehearsals, choose a pair of scholars to current the scene in entrance of the remainder of the category utilizing the immediate they’re at present engaged on.

Relying on how a lot time you have got at school, it is seemingly that not each scholar will be capable to carry out each model of the scene. Nevertheless, if your college students and their strengths/weaknesses nicely, choose performer college students who will probably be challenged by the prompts (for instance, select a quieter scholar to shout and an outgoing or talkative scholar to whisper).

Encourage college students to drink loads of water all through the method.

5. Repeat and current (on the e book) the six prompts within the following order:

  • The 2 characters whisper (whereas ensuring the viewers hears them).
  • The 2 characters shout (whereas defending their voices).
  • Character A shouts all his traces; Character B whispers all his traces.
  • Reverse the shouts/whispers (character B shouts; character A whispers).
  • Analyze line by line: characters can ONLY whisper or shout. Select what you assume is most applicable for every line. Mark it in your script with a W for whispering or an S for shouting.
  • Reverse the screams/whispers of immediate E.

6. After every fast run, talk about:

  • What was your first impression of the presentation?
  • What labored nicely?
  • What did not work so nicely?
  • After immediate E: Which traces, if any, would you have got modified from a whisper to a shout or vice versa? For what?

7. In spite of everything prompts have been accomplished, talk about:

  • How do you are feeling about your voice? (Make them drink extra water at this level.)
  • Which immediate labored greatest total? For what?
  • Identify one thing enjoyable or memorable that occurred throughout immediately’s performances.
  • What was the toughest half about solely with the ability to whisper or scream?
  • How can this train assist you grow to be a greater actor?

8. College students will full and submit an exit slip (hyperlink beneath).

Further Sources:

Click here for a free exit voucher.

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, author and stage fighter from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.

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