Warm Ups Just as a carpenter has a hammer and saw, the actor has their tools, and that

is their body and voice. I cannot stress the VITAL importance of proper physical and vocal warm ups. If the tool fails the actor, usually that means the actor is out of work! e!in any theater session with at least twenty minutes of warm ups, thirty is recommended. PHYSICAL WARM UPS ". Head rolls: #tand up ri!ht, feet shoulder width apart and !ently roll the head in a circle. $% &%T collapse the neck in the back, keep the head in controlled circle. 'oll left to ri!ht five times then reverse the direction. (. Shoulder and arm circles: #tand up ri!ht, feet shoulder width apart and roll the shoulders in a circle, back to front for five times and then reverse front to back. Then brin! the arms parallel to the floor and swin! in circles. e!in with small circles and !radually increase the circumference until the arms have made a complete circle. ). Arm Flex: #tand up ri!ht, feet shoulder width apart and e*tend the arms parallel to the !round. Turn the hands upwards so the fin!ers point toward the ceilin! and the hands form a ninety de!ree an!le to the wrist. +le* the fin!ers toward the body so there is obvious tension and hold the arms perfectly parallel for two to three minutes. $% &%T #T%, '-AT.I&/! After the time limit is up, drop the arms and shake out the arms and shoulders. 0. $o general stretching for the le!s1 nothin! special here. Thi!hs, hamstrin!s, ankles etc. 2. Face: 3#4uinch3 the face to!ether, like a sour face, and hold. Then 3open3 the face, open the eyes and mouth as wide as they can !o. 'epeat three or four times. &e*t, place the ton!ue tip on the inside of one cheek and make thirty to forty circles with the ton!ue. 5ove to the other side and repeat, then lastly, circle the ton!ue around the front of the mouth. 6. "Puppet": #tand upri!ht, feet shoulder width apart and ima!ine that a strin! has been drawn out of the top of your head and is pullin! you up towards the ceilin!. $o not rise up on the toes or anythin!, 7ust keep the feelin! of bein! pulled and supported by the strin!, like a puppet. Then, the strin! is cut. $rop forward at the waist and let your arms and head dan!le loosely. #hake the shoulders and head !ently to rela* and han! there for a minute or so. Then, very slowly, raise back up 1 one back vertebra at a time 1 so that the head is the last part of the body to strai!hten up.

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