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acting for beginners

vocab and techniques used in beginning acting

what is a leading role? the main character in a play.
emotional or subjective acting when actors play their part in such a way that they will actually weep, suffer, or struggle emotionally in front of an audience
technical or objective acting a performance based on acting technique.
protagonist who must solve the problem that arises in a dramatic performance, or be defeated in the conflict.
antagonist a villain/ bad guy, the person who opposes the protagonist.
supporting role the opposite of the main role. side kicks and side characters.
straight role a role in which an actor and the character they are playing are similar in looks, personality,etc...
character parts roles in which actors portray traits that differs from their own, to produce a desired character.
characterization putting together all facet of a persons character to bring to life and interest into that character.
Primary source the observations of a persons posture, movement, habits, voice inflection, and mannerisms, to bring life to a character.
secondary source books and other material that help in devoloping characterization.
body language communication that uses gestures, postures, and facial expressions instead of words.
mater gesture a DISTINCTIVE action that is repeated and serves as a clue to a characters personality, such as a peculiar laugh or walk.
inflection modulation, variety in pitch
subtext the meaning "between the lines" that an actor must draw from the script.
substitution the use, by an actor, of a personal experience to relate with the experience of a character within a play
improvisation the impromptu portrayal of a character or scene without any rehersal or preparation.
parapharasing restating word that are not your own, into your own.
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