Synopses & Reviews
The play's the thing -- and who hasn't imagined treading the boards, whether in a school or community production or even -- oh, dream of dreams! -- picking up stakes and moving to Hollywood or New York or Chicago to give it a go as a professional actor? Are actors born or made? How hard is it to get involved with summer -stock theater? Would acting lessons be fun for my children -- or me? Can stage fright be cured?
CIG to Acting is a fascinating, lighthearted look at the art and craft of acting that guides readers from the initial bite of the acting bug to honing skills, auditioning, rehearsals, all the way to opening night -- and possibly beyond.
-- How Not to be a stage mother or father when your child gets a role in the camp extravaganza
-- Balancing theatrics with school and other extracurricular activities
-- Why singing and voice lessons are so important, even for drama kings and queens
-- Audition etiquette -- no copping attitudes, please, and Always say "Thank you for seeing me".
-- Rehearsal rigors -- from read- throughs and blocking to taking direction gracefully and dealing with backstage gossip
-- Being creative with costumes and makeup
-- What about turning pro -- local opportunities or the Great White Way?
You’re no idiot, of course. You’ve got tons of talent, but when it comes to bringing it centerstage you feel like you’re just winging it. You love the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd, but you’re not sure how to follow your dream.
Don’t overreact! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Acting will help you hone your thespian skills and step into the limelight! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get:
--Auditioning etiquette and tips on making a strong impression.
--Rehearsal rigor—from read-throughs and blocking to taking stage directions and dealing with backstage gossip.
--Tips on balancing theatrics and other obligations like school, work, and your family.
--Tons more reasons why acting is important—from how it affects your everyday life to how it could help you get a scholarship or a promotion.
About the Author
PAUL BALDWIN, a writer, acted at North Texas State University, in community theater, and for 15 years as a professional. During his professional career, he played such roles as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, King Arthur in Camelot, and the title role in Sweeny Todd.
JOHN MALONE has written or ghost-written nearly 50 books, including Predicting the Future: From Jules Verne to Bill Gates and The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating, both under his own name. He acted in numerous productions while attending Phillips Academy, Andover, and Harvard College.