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An approach to the repertoire of Broadway song from the standpoint of the actor — how to ACT a song, not just sing it. Starts with the idea that if you can SPEAK you can SING. Approaches songs as musical monologues, seeking new techniques of expression, relaxation and freedom. Students from all levels of musical experience are welcome.
Students will be assigned at least two contrasting solo pieces suitable to their level of skill, but with an eye toward challenge and growth. If desired, these pieces can be fine-tuned for use at auditions. They will also team up for duets, occasionally with scenes attached. Though not strictly speaking a class in vocal technique, it will address fundamental vocal fears, phobias and bad habits. Students will learn a series of warm-up methods and as a group will sharpen sight-reading skills, be exposed to varied kinds of theatrical music, and indulge in the sheer pleasure of singing together by tackling group numbers.
Instructor: Tom Shelton
Shelton has taught acting in SCR’s Young Conservatory, at St. Margaret’s School, the Pasadena Playhouse and Westridge School in Pasadena, where he was member of the faculty for six years. At Occidental College he co-taught a class called The Singing Actor and was a co-founder of the Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop. Tom studied acting at Occidental College, HB Studios in New York and SCR’s Professional Conservatory. He has been an audition accompanist, singing coach and musical director, most recently of The Threepenny Opera at Mt. San Antonio College.
for more information call (714) 708-5510.