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What is Musical Theatre?

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Musical Theatre is a fusion of both music and drama. Musical Theatre derived from a group called the Florentine Camerata, this group was a group of men who decided that they wanted to combine two arts forms, in order to create the art of music. Basically they wanted to tell a story through music. This was influenced by Greek Theatre, which we are also studying. I have been studying musical theatre throughout this term and have gained a wide selection of skills, even though there is still a lot to learn I feel that if I was to walk away today I would have gained a wider knowledge of musical theatre that I already had. When studying musical theatre there are a number of skills which are essential these include; Vocal Skills - Which are obviously a key element to Musical Theatre, this doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a fantastic singer. I have learnt that everyone can sing, maybe not as well as a someone like Mariah Carey, but with the right commitment, focus and training, anything is possible. Posture is important; in order to get the best of your voice, also breathing correctly enhances your projection and quality of sound. Opening you mouth to produce a clear sound. Using diction, so that an audience can understand you. Acting skills - Also another important skill, being able to express oneself through there body language and expression, helps to create the story in which the music is telling. ...read more.


Another way in which I find effective to mentally warm up is to use mental imagery. Also by using relaxation methods such as deep heavy breathing helps me to release all negative energy inside of me. This all helps one to focus and move on with the classes. It also reduces stage fright. Focus is also a part of mental preparation. So to focus effectively you must mentally prepare yourself. Focus is needed whilst being directed. As its not only one thing you're concentrated on it's both the music, the vocals and also the movement. I believe that it is important that we advance on these performance disciplines, in order to excel in this part of Performing Arts. I must admit I have found it hard to take direction all the time. There are tendencies to loose concentration. Which again comes down to focus, if I were focused effectively this might not have happened. I think that learning a song and having it choreographed, helps one to appreciate just how hard it is. When you see a musical, you often take the show for granted, it's not until you actually perform one yourself, that you realise just how much effort and concentration has to be put into the whole piece. Also co-ordination is needed to put the moves together and still sing to the best of your ability. In musical theatre you shouldn't let anything hold you back, put everything into it. ...read more.


Being confident about what you are doing, forget about those around you to a certain extent. I have learnt that improving my strengths makes my weaknesses smaller. Another very important ingredient to musical theatre is ensemble work. Working as a group, bring together the life of a piece of movement. And focus within the group is important. If someone is not concentrating, that is when things start to go wrong. Having said all of this, I don't believe that I could walk of to the west end now and be a part of a massive show. There is a lot of learning still to be done, and I believe that one of my weaknesses is staying focused. Sometimes if the songs we are singing is something which I don't enjoy, then I tend to loose interest, this is a big let down. It is significant that I stay focused, even if I don't enjoy what I'm doing. This is unprofessional, and I feel to improve on this I must effectively, mentally prepare myself. I shouldn't hold back if I don't enjoy what I'm doing. I should focus on the positive things in the song, and not the fact that I don't like it. B y telling myself that, it all a part of performing arts, and knowing that this is what I love, I believe I can stay focused and work well throughout this course. BTEC Performing Arts 07 October 2004 Musical Theatre: What is Musical Theatre? Jemma Murphy ...read more.

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