Warm-ups?!

Do you warm up your cast before the show/rehearsals?


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LightinGal

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Does anyone have any advice for vocal warm-ups.
im SMing. its not a musical, but we really need them to warm up their voices.
also.
what kind of warm ups do you do before the show.
i have a few. but this cast is older and "too-cool" to do a pre show shake down.
also, what kind of stuff do you do after rehearsals or shows.
i have been to some theatres where after an intense rehearsal they will do breathing exercises.
but once again. this cast is too-cool for that!.
which makes me mad. cause i have all this stuff i wanted to do with them but they look at me like im an idiot when i try to do it!
grr...

and finally. what kind of pep-talk do you give them on opening night?

any help would be great!
i plan on using alot of this kind of stuff on my next show!
THANKS!
 

ccfan213

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haha warm ups? i assume you r talking about actors, ours dont really warm up (that i know of) i am usually doing my own warm up before a show aka changing mic batteries, picking preshow music, eating pizza...
pep talks, the SMs and directors tell the stage crew and cast how hard they worked to prep for the show and how wonderful they will be, stuff like that i think, again... i miss this cause of my battery changing and pizza eating. as far as crew pep talks, once evereone's on their headset, "good luck, dont screw up"
 

Peter

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Our cast usualy does something in the chorus room (aka: changing room) before the show starts. It doesnt last more then 5 mins and we know the show is about to start when they go in there. (that's the time we run arround fixing everything they have been messing up (props etc...) before the show). I am not sure what they do in there, the last time a tech tried to go in there during that time he was never seen again. (ok, well, he was seen again, but was traumatized for life by the yelling at he got by the director).

There is another thread arround about crew pep talks that might be worth looking up!
 

LightinGal

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haha...ya, i ment the actors.
in some theatres ive been to they do stuff like the hokey pokey.
its really more to get everyone energized and pumped up for the show.
and it really works when you do it. thats why i really want to find something to do with my cast!
and i generally do like to get the crew in on it too. since its a small show and we only have board ops and a few backstage people. its easier and it brings everyone together.
i went to one theatre and they have everyone stand in a circle, hold hands and for about a minute, they take their time, and make eye contact with everyone. it makes everyone feel appreciated. and when done. they all take one huge breath in and one huge breath out. its a nice relaxer and brings everyone closer. thats for after rehearsals though.
::sigh::...i love theatre people.... :wink:
 

SketchyCroftPpl

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Ha ha wow memories ... but yes I know one ... its called ziga mamma ... its really hard to do or even type in something like this but if you look it up your might be able to find something, I'll see if I can download it somewhere and then send it to you, its alot of fun though especially if you start bouncing around.

~Nick
 

tenor_singer

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I have them play some form of improv game talking quietly and then in time building to a louder voice. Some improv games I play:

The morphing prop (which is invisible and they have to pantomime it "morphing" into whatever they do a tiny skit about).

The prop circle where they take an every-day prop, like a feather duster, and act out a skit using the feather duster as an item that it really isn't. For example... one student can take it and act like he is doing a live guitar performance using the duster as his guitar. He can than pass it on to somebody else who uses it as something else.

The one word at a time story. You sit in a circle and I start you with a word like "Once". Then working around the circle you add a word, repeating what was said before you. It is good for memory and improv skills.

There are some vowel/consonant drills that you can do where you have them inflect their voices on different vowel sounds. You have probably seen movies where actors do this behind the normal scene... the movie I am thinking of is... I can't think of its title... it is the one where Tim Allen gets slapped at work and he works out to beat up the bully who slapped him. His ex-wife's boyfriend in the play is an actor who consistently goes around performing various vocal exercises. Either way your troupe sounds like a bunch of fire sirens... lol.

Hope this helps.

Tenor.
 
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The only theatre shows I've worked with extensively were musicals. The actors would rewrite the words to popular song so that it was about the show. They would add a little bit every rehearsal and when opening night came the song was finsished and was the warm-up routine.

I forget what the show is called but the best song they did was for a musical that was a combination of old testament bible stories (no this wasn't christian school, but it was the musical that the drama teacher picked). They re-wrote "Bohemian Rhapsody" into "Hewbrewian Rhapsody". I'll see if I can get a copy of the lyrics from one of the guys if they still have it, it was a few years ago now :p

The pep talk I usually gave the crew involved a basic rundown of who to talk to when things went wrong, that things were going to go wrong and to have fun fixing them. A perfect show is boring and it's not like we were getting paid to do any of it.

For aftershow wind-down we went to a little coffee shop just down the road from the school. We fit a cast and crew of about 30 people into a shop meant to seat 10-12 :D It was really fun (If you're going to do this, phone the shop before hand so they have extra staff of hand, it's a nice thing to do)

Cheers!
Aaron
 

Too_Tall

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Well, our cast does do warm-ups. Most are improv games to energize up to. There is one that will warm up their voice though, It is called "Who Put the Penny in the Gum Slot" It is like a song/chant. It goeas as follows: "Who put the penny in the gum slot? penny and the gum go round, round, round, round. I get the gum and you get the wrapper cause i put the penny in the gum slot." That is the way it starts and then to warm up other vord one person will say a letter like "T" then everyone says "Tho Tut the Tenny in the Tum Tot? Tenny and the Tum go Tound, Tound, Tound, Tound. I get the Tum and you get the Trapper cause i Tut the Tenny in the Tum Tot." This continues until the main person thinks everyone is warmed up. you can use other constinates instead of "T", i just thought it was the easiest
 

avkid

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Peter, you are a techie,bug the chorus room!
 

SketchyCroftPpl

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ha ha nice ... we have something like that ... if we really wanted to all we have to do is turn up a mic and we can hear w/e is going on. The diff though is that normally the tech joins in the warm ups after we have to be there for the show and we sing along and bob and all that and make it distracting and all the traditions at my school besides techie love is the entire cast of crew and actors and music people.

~Nick
 

ccfan213

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haha i love listeninin to actors preshow with the PFL, stupid actors... they dont realize they are wearing mics...
 

Peter

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LoL I dont really care what they do. As long as it works for them. I have a hunch that the director is yelling at them or scaring them or something like that (she is notorious for making people run away from the play in tears). we do have a mic input running from the chorus room to the tech booth (not really sure why....(we also have one in the band room)) but we dont have any feed back to the chorus room in order to give them any idea if their part is comming up.
 

SketchyCroftPpl

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What we dedided to do is that we normally have speaker outputs in the theatre so that new ones can be hooked up on stage, but since we have other speakers that we use and work fine, we got really long cable like 100 ft and we run that back into the room where they all sit and wait for their parts, we then hook up mids on flys and hang them right above the stage so that we can listen to everything that is going on on stage and we output the mics into the back room w/o them going into the theatre at all. We also have a vid camera that we hook up in the booth and run the picture from it onto a TV in the back room where they wait so they have both good sound of whats going on on stage and a picture of it.

~Nick
 

ccfan213

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SuperCow said:
We always do that. we create an "Actor Mix" of what they say and just listen to them stabbing eachother in the back, bickering, and just being actors.

haha, ive never heard anything more true!
 

Lcook

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I don't warm up the actors myself (horrible at that kind of stuff...), but I do get one of my more experienced actors who knows what he/she is doing to lead one, while I take attendance and get my crew and the space ready. I doubt I would do it before every performance, but our director usually has some errand or another to run about the school. That leaves us with some dead time. And I hate wasted time. Lol.
 

Radman

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At school I am the only person able to get out of warm-ups, even people who may have wandered in to the theater are pulled in! I guess I must give off a pretty strong "no freaking way" vibe... It's fun to watch them though.
 

Capi

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I was an actor for a good while before I got smart and became a techie. Our director always warmed us up with stretches (kind of) to get us loose. We would rotate our heads, wrist, ankles, etc. For the musicals we would sing a couple of company songs from the show. For plays, we had a diff. director and he made us memorize "I am thy father's spirit. Doomed for a certain term to walk the night, and for the day confined to fast and fires, until the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away." From Hamlet. We had to say it very ar-tic-u-lated and sometimes he would make us say it with different emotions and things. I always enjoyed it.