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A FEW HELPFUL STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU MEMORIZE YOUR LINES
These hints are taken from an actors' website: http://redbirdstudio.com/AWOL/ memorize.html
The following remarks are taken from past AWOL Q&A pages, with a few changes and additions. Hope you ﬁnd them useful.
From alan t: suggestion for learning lines: read play straight through. dont listen to anyone else's version (you are developing your own artistic interpretation) Get to know your character very well, his/hers attitudes etc. Spend time looking at the scenes, situations , conﬂicts etc. Understand and visualise the play, and where your char ﬁts into the global scope of the play. (if you do fudge the lines, improvising could be a lot easier)
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Now start the line learning, whether you record and listen, write and read aloud. In summary: Read through Analyse your character Visualise the play and where your character ﬁts into this ﬁnally: learn the lines. regards, al From Emily: I have a tip for memorizing. I ﬁnd that writing down the lines while I repeat them out loud helps a lot. If I just say them out loud or type them on the computer, the words don't really stick. Doing those two things helps me out the most-and, of course, not putting off learning my script until the last minute. This is a very helpful site, keep it up! :) From Julie: I record my lines and those of the other people and then play them back to myself over and over again, which I say my lines along with. I also make another recording with just the other peoples lines in, and the appropriate sized gaps in into which I speak my lines. I use this second one when I am comfortable that I know the lines. Despite having a really bad memory I have found that this worked really well, though a long commute helped (in the car so I didn't seem mad). I believe that there is now an iphone app called Line learner that works in a similar way though I haven't tried it yet as I am between plays. From CJ: Tip for memorizing: What has always worked for me is to read each scene aloud. . . everyone's lines as well as mine. . . 7 times in a row. This activates three areas of the brain:
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. . 7 times in a row.. But for visually simulated people I would suggest the following.html everyone's lines as well as mine. and vomit bad. now think of a stage shaped like a world. . that is hearing is their primary input sense. And then it starts to rain on you and then sun and wind. Let's take a very well known play by a well known playwright. it is marked Exits/Entrances and you get caught in it spinning round quicker and quicker until you vomit. etc. Close your eyes and visualize it. From Stuart : I must say that all of the above ideas are great. Walk about saying the line with the image in your head for about 30 secs to a minute.All the world's a stage. and motor (saying the lines). .. auditory (hearing your own voice). When the show approaches I also read the entire play aloud once every day to retain my lines and the ﬂow of the story. OK. Here's mine.They have their exits and their entrances. . All the world's a stage.. which inevitably happens. .LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. if you blank in one area. rain. feel wind. which also assists in memorization. A beneﬁt of knowing the entire play and not just your lines is that you can keep the story moving if you or a colleague blanks on a line. As someone who's been earning a living as a jobbing actor. His acts being seven ages.. really feel it. And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances. Walk about. OK. but make it really vivid. think of something like a men V women football game. think of a big revolving door. Try to think of the line in visual terms. . If you forget what the printed word looked like. there are two others to pick up the slack. OK let's take the ﬁrst line. with lumps and bumps to represent the mountains. At ﬁrst the infant.And all the men and women merely players: OK. and snow on your skin. 2 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . Then forget about the line.com/AWOL/memorize. some people are auditory. other physical and are better learning their lines using blocking etc. painted to represent the continents and the oceans. There is actually no deﬁnitive way to learn lines. I know that I am very visually stimulated..... move to the next. you remember what it sounds like or your mouth remembers how it should move. say the line and think the imagery for 30 secs then move on . let's look at the ﬁrst few lines. This activates three areas of the brain: visual (reading). the men are running about dressed as knights in armor and are sweating and being very slow. As You Like It . And one man in his time plays many parts.Shakespeare Jaques has a very famous monologue. host and comedian for many years now I ﬁnd that each pro has there own technique for line learnin g some as described above.. In essence you ﬁle the scene away into three different compartments in your brain so that. the women are dressed like witches and some are ﬂying about on broomsticks hitting the ball.
practice does indeed make perfect. highly talented exponents of their craft they still have to trick their brains into memorising words. Also. This way you can memorise lines and help yourself fall asleep. They are just actors like you. Like anything the more you do something the stronger you neural pathways for that activity become and the better you get at it. the bottom line is your parents were right. Depp and their Hollywood friends all spend time with their noses stuck in a script and then turning their heads skyward with their eyes closed as they mumble under their breath.wikihow. you get bored and will soon fall asleep. bizarre and surreal environment. Then. Keep saying it in your mind and if you can.html spinning round quicker and quicker until you vomit. and very personal. After repeating the same lines over and over again.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. say the line and think the imagery for 30 secs then move on The key to this is make each image vivid. Sally forth and win awards! From Max: Tip for memorizing lines easily: when you are in bed and can't sleep. it's silent at night. try to link visuals of lines that are next to each other. yes. extreme. Walk about. but the images you come up with should be so vivid you will only need to do this a few times and it'll become second nature to do it. think of your lines and try to memorise them. albeit very well paid. so for our example above The world (ﬁll in the imagery) is a pitch. This has worked for me so i hope it works for you too! 3 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 .http://www. Brad. for the game being played (ﬁll in the imagery) and you are trying to get in to see it but the revolving door is making you sick.com/Build-a-MemoryPalace) and this is a very established technique that memory champs worldwide use to memorise long numbers. research has shown that people usually concnetrate better in silence so unless you sleep in the day. enabling you to concentrate better. but try to do it in a weird. Does this seem long winded? The answer is that it is supposed to be. when you recite the lines think of the visuals. instead of counting sheep. The key to it is not only to think it but to make it as real in your mind as one of those dream that when you wake up is still with you on the bus to work/school/theatre. say it out loud without emotion (too much emotion makes you stay awake). decks of cards and passages in minutes. So if a character is called Sam. I know people who have their own "memory palace" (Google it or try . wayout. and vomit bad. think of a friend called Sam and attribute it to them. Angelina. There is no magic answer.com/AWOL/memorize.
And. HERES THE CATCH. type up the scenes you are in and reduce the font size to the smallest readable size for you. Then read the next line outloud. The technique that works for me the best is PRACTICING. we go a bit farther. and this seems the best site. Since I have quite a daily commute. Even play it while you go to sleep. then you have to close your eyes.Pete From Jannie: Here is a huge tip for people who want to learn to memorize lines.html From Pete: On memorizing lines: Type out everyline you say in order. we have several read throughs before we start rehearsal. but just seeing less paper everytime you go to memorize will help. Sometimes I will even use scissors and tape to put the scenes in columns two to a page. repeat the ﬁrst line you said and then say the second line. What are they going to talk to me about? Are they trying to hurt me? Should I act scared.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. it's easier to know where each line goes. you can read your cues and say your lines out loud. Then. (ex. What you need to do is have your lines out infront of you so that you can see them clearly. when you read over the script and practice on stage. just long enough and thick enough to cover your lines. also. I have another tip for when you need to run lines. Once everyone has a sense of their character. we record our read through and make CDs (or tapes) of it. at work (if you can) or at home. Take the ﬁrst scene of the play and read through it a couple times. I can take advantage of all that time by learning my lines. I've looked everywhere for tips on memorizing lines. From Ann: This is actually a few tips for memorizing lines. By now you will have learned much about your character. Then. write a hint on the Post-it and cover it with another.com/AWOL/memorize. after a while all of the lines will just start naturally ﬂowing out of your mouth. In our plays at the community theater. If you need to read the line. Just play the tape or CD in the car. not your cues. If you ﬁnd you need frequent reminders on a line. Then type out everything anybody else says about you. Instead of reading each line monotone and whispering your own. Its less daunting with huge scripts especially. but have no one around to help you. From Kate: Hi. I'm on stage the whole play and with everyone else changing. Then you can get a hint. I memorize whats going to happen in that scene. or angry?) This helps me a lot since each character comes and talks to me for a different reason. and maybe some of it will seem in through osmosis! It really helps me to get my cue lines in the voice and character they will be in for the performance. and then make a copy. then close your eyes and repeat it without looking. It may sound weird. Finally. Then you read your ﬁrst line outloud. 4 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . I'm 13 and have 175 lines in this play thats really dramatic. After you are done. take Post-It Notes and cut them into strips. then your whole line if you still don't remember. Break legs . Several people have already mentioned making a tape recording. Condense the scenes onto as few pages as possible. just lift the non-sticky side of the Post-it.
Order. Entry. E. I don't know what I would do without them! From Justyn: I like your site and you have many good ideas. and so on. then your fellow actor is left on tenterhooks: "When is he going to say the name? *Is* he going to say the name tonight. (Or. Class. E.g. such has been my experience. and waiting. you can cover more and more each day! Post-it notes are also good for writing blocking notes. and another. Columbus sailed the ocean blue. once I memorize a couple lines. However. but it has always really helped me out. Getting them in the right order can be important: sometimes because someone's action depends on a cue.if you're already looking at the book. recite the lines. I had a 96 line monologue that frightened me.html This can be a little time consuming. there is almost always some spot in a script where understanding why something is said doesn't help me to remember the lines correctly. Count Every Blockhead Acquiring My 5 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . then add another. It took me a while to understand that the best way to getting your lines down was to understand the whys and wherefores of the lines rather than just trying to memorize them by rote. even though you know them). driving. I use a basic form of memorization: one line at a time.com/AWOL/memorize. Species King Paul Called Out For Gus and Sam Remembering the six stages of fertilization (in order): Contact. and reminders.: Remembering the division of the animal kingdom (in order): Kingdom. and you don't deliver it in a consistent manner." Nonsense phrases: Form a sentence from the initial letters of the words you are trying to memorize. . .LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. If you don't say/sing it in the proper order. restart of Meiosis. Family. Genus. Usually the problem comes with something like a series of names." "Thirty days hath September . From Orrin: Well.: "In fourteen hundred and ninety-two. Activation of cell. at least. your eyes just jump to the lines.g. or will he substitute some other name (Like he did last Tuesday!). character notes. Another thing this is good for is when you have only part of the play memorized. and Amphimixis. I also. Blocks to polyspermy. the scansion falls apart. I got it down. I totally agree with everything you and your participants have said about memorization. Leave any lines you are still u sure of uncovered. So slow going and constant repatition throughout the day is how I have become a successful actor." So here are a couple of tricks that I have found useful to keep things in the proper order: MNEMONICS: This is a memory system developed by the Greek scholars and orators to help remember long passages and speeches. This can be broken into methods: Rhyme: Rhythm helps lock down a sequence. You can keep your lines covered so you aren't reading them even though you know them (something I often do . If the cue is one of the names in your speech. but line by line. as I'm walking. twelve years in theater. AS an actor. Hopefully. Phylum.
your script will 6 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . principal. E. Within a very short time. is King George. you will ﬁnd it almost impossible to correct. the actors would gather around the prompter. Here is another aide memoire: PostIt notes Yes. One of the problems with memorisation occurs when you *think* you've memorized the speech. but it was a rehearsal prompter (or was it the Stage Manager?) who taught me this. calling the actor's name. who would go through the script. the prompter puts a sticky note in his copy of the script at the place where the error occurred. missed. Rachel or George to come her?" For this list of names.g. using the visual images to keep them in order. etc. wrong word. Visualisation: The mind records images better than words. I see a man beating a drum or 'tom-tom'. Michigan. restart of Meiosis. ends in "le" not "pal".LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. Let us say the line is. E.: How to spell principal when talking about a school administrator by referring to him/her as your pal. Emily. Padraig.html Activation of cell.com/AWOL/memorize. The rule or belief. Emily Dickinson sits on the steps reading her poems.: The names of the Great Lakes by using "HOMES" (Huron. In ﬂowering plants. Ontario. and passing the sticky note to the actor to put in his script. As an example. e. the prompter/friend is following along in the script.g. [Tom] Walking up the lawn. [Emily] Rachel from the Bible is in the porch carrying water. (The small ones. The trick here is feedback. [Padraig]. At the end of the rehearsal. ----//---That for mnemonics. I had a play where I recited a list of names. but you've actually learned it incorrectly. Being Irish.g. 2"x1. I pass a man in Irish costume working the lawn with a rake. Gimmicks: Word games or tricks to help you remember. You can have a friend help you with this. the male reproductive structures are the stamen. I visualized myself coming into my house and meeting people who would represent each name: At the gate in the fence. Count Every Blockhead Acquiring My Amphibians Acronyms: Make a word using the ﬁrst letter from each word that needs to be remembered. and Superior). as you are saying your lines.5" are best for this) Ideally. "Do you think I want every Tom. So. giving the page and line where the error occurred. I then usually ﬁnd the need for the imaages fades away fairly rapidly as the order of the words gets locked down by repetition. Erie. So hook the words to an image. and Amphimixis. they will have time to make a note of the type of error it was. And inside the front door. After I've run through the list a few times. This works only when the list is fairly short and when the order of the words can't be shifted. his name is Pat which gives Pat-rake. Transposition. those little sticky squares of paper can be a great assistance. If this doesn't get nipped in the bud quickly. When you get a line wrong.
Memorizing a script. Answer the following questions: What is the purpose of your character being in each scene? What are the intentions of your character from moment to moment in the scene? What does your character want? As you start answering these questions. Greetings and Salutations! I would just like to tell you that I ﬁnd what you put of so far to beof a great use to me. I would appreciate that and look forward to it. Attain an understanding of what your character contributes to each scene. scene by scene. Read each scene many times. especially if you have a large part with lots of lines. (Subtext refers to a character's true intentions which underlay the words spoken by the character. ----//---A good site. As you deepen your understanding of the subtext. you will start to uncover the subtext of your character's lines. and I hope that my contribution helps other thespians. One way to make memorizing easier is to memorize it in small bits instead of trying to do it all at once. your script will tell you which lines you must put extra work in. you know you have work to do. Response: Hi Jon. can be pretty overwhelming at ﬁrst. The big advantage here is enabling you to focus on what needs to be ﬁxed.) Understanding the subtext will help make it much easier to memorize the actual lines because you will understand why your character is saying the words he is saying.html passing the sticky note to the actor to put in his script. Memorizing is a skill that can be improved with practice. Within a very short time. Thanks for your time. I hope it continues. You might even try substituting the real lines with improvised lines based on the subtext to further your understanding of how the lines are used to reveal the subtext. If there is a stack of sticky notes on that one speech in scene X. you will ﬁnd it easier to remember your lines. I would also like to see the part about memorizing your lines. then memorizing lines is a bit of a problem. 7 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 .. Cheers From: Jon. A photographic memory is nice to have. but since most people lack that particular gift. Analyze the script. You probably have more experience than me so anything would be extreamly helpful.com/AWOL/memorize.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio..
com/AWOL/memorize. "John. First. Three minutes into it they cut me off. and as I stood there on stage. Try not to use any inﬂection at all. mentally berating myself for not getting the lines down. bit by bit. you will be able to present a more in-depth performance. until someone said "Ok John. until I heard a voice vrom the directors pit. Talking soft enough so you can hear the recording. I'm playing Sylvio in "A Servant of two masters. and have heard that one of the directors is truly anal about getting every word just right. Read the lines of each scene into the tape recorder. I stood frozen for a minute. you should ﬁnd memorizing lines a lot easier and faster. monotone voice. I walked in to a room with nine directors staring at me. not just yours. If you combine this tape recorder system with subtext analysis. but record your lines in a whisper which is loud enough to hear. All the lines."But I don't ever want to go through that hell again. As you start to remember your lines. what are you going to do for us?" I was visibly shaking. I realized that I did not know the ﬁrst line. try to speak them with the recording. 8 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . Record the other characters' lines in a normal speaking volume. and went on my ﬁrst audition last weekend. but noticeably softer than the other characters' lines." it said. and probably cut my own head off later. look like an idiot. and kicked ass (if I do say so myself). I would like you to teach me some little trick so I can memorize whole plays instantly and effortlessly. I stood there for a minute. so I improvized. if you forget a line you can more easly ad lib. I knew the shape of the scene and remembered the beats. armed with a monolouge from Brontasorous by Lanford Wilson. It was for the spring season here at Brooklyn College. "I want you to read for me tomorrow.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio." I couldn't believe it! Then other directors started asking me!So I came back the next day. I had done the thing off-book for the ﬁrst time a half hour before the audition. From: John I've been acting for about a year now. Second. and I knew I was dead. Third. As you hear your lines. Another thing you can do to memorize lines is to use a tape recorder. My problem has always been memorizing lines. Play the recorded scene over and over. I would be truly grateful for this :) Sincerely. if another actor skips some lines or jumps a few pages. and I realized that if I didn't make a move soon I would panic. (yes. throwing in real lines here and there when they came to me. If you are uncertain. and about 200 people were auditioning throughout the day. say them louder and louder until you are speaking louder than the recording. simply get quieter again so you can hear the recording. So I winged it. Say the lines in a ﬂat." and Eddie in "Fool for Love.html Attaining a full understanding of the subtext has other advantages. this sort of thing happens all the time) you can get back on track with less noticeable stumbling about. I got two roles.
I love plays.." Understanding the "gist" and form of the scenes before you try memorizing each and every word of the dialog is a tremendous help to memorizing the actual words. the subtext. Record the scenes in which you have lines. you have already discovered two of the most important "tricks" to memorizing lines.5: Develop a photographic memory Good luck to you. except record your lines in a loud whisper. or between classes or whatever. Let me know. what are the tricks. Record your lines and the other characters' lines in the correct sequence. during the course of a performance. thank you for taking my question. jump ahead a few pages of text or just plain go blank. Question: Memorizing lines. One of those little. From: Travarrow Hello. the ﬂow.html John ps. like in a car commuting. often times without the audience knowing there was a mistake made. This is the best acting page I've sen on the web. Try not to use any voice inﬂection when recording. The memorization part justastounds me. I wrestle with the thought of getting invlved or just enjoy watchingand stop agonizing over the want to do it. Here is a little trick that will help you memorize whole plays instantly and effortlessly. This system works well if you spend a lot of alone time.) In addition to that.. I am currently thinking oftaking parts in short plays at my church. you or another performer skip or mix up some lines. Oh alright. Congratulation.com/AWOL/memorize. (Use your browser's "ﬁnd" command to search the AWOL Q&A page for "memorize". Actually. the methods?Thank you in advance!! Response: Hi Travarrow. How do actors do it.. handheld recorders work well. Good job! Response: Hi John. See my response to "John" re: memorizing. Trial by ﬁre. Understanding the gist and form can also help a lot if. you can use a tape recorder to assist. (Which really happens . and other such things will help you quickly ad lib and get back on track. everything aboutthem.even to professionals!) Knowing what the scene is about. Be as monotone as possible.. "I knew the shape of the scene and remembered the beats. 9 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 .LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. Trick # 22.
looking at the script betweeneach time. From: Akiva My name is Akiva. Each time you listen to the recording. Pull the paper down the page. Read the scene carefully. until eventually you are talking loud enough so you cannot hear your whispered. trying to remember them.) You can also use another person to feed you your cue lines and assist you when you are stuck on your lines. then hand your partner the script and havehim read every line but yours. Eventually. and try and get your lines right. When you play the recording back. but hiding your line. listen carefully to your lines and to your cue lines. just stop talking and listen to the whispered lines. Pull the sheet of paper down the page revealing your line to check for accuracy. I'm only a 19 yr old without a lot of experience (5 roles)but you left out the easiest way i know of to learn lines. continue saying them with the recording. Do this in short blocks of text. but speak louder and louder. say your lines softly along with the recording. You will play this recording about a gazillion times. Happy memorizing From: Emily Hi. Persevere andyou will ﬁnd that your lines will end up coming naturally to you. It's best to paraphrase and puzzle the lines out instead of letting them jumping in too quickly to "help" you. onceyou have done this all you need to do is tape yourself saying the lines. recorded lines. When you are feeling somewhat conﬁdent about a small block of text. cover the lines with a sheet of paper. revealing a cue line. Run em withsomeone. 10 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . focus on your lines. Repeat the process as often as you need to get your lines down well. then rewind to the place you got stuck and continue. Of course. you will have not only memorized your lines.html inﬂection when recording. Read your cue lines and your lines. Be as monotone as possible. not all at once. I would like to suggest trying to say your lines in front of a mirror.but your friends and family will always help. Do not become too dependent on them feeding you your lines too quickly when you get stuck. As you become more and more familiar with the lines.you can hear how you sound and playing it continously will make thelines stick in your head. Then do the scene 3 or 4 times in a row as quickly as u can w/olooking at the script once.com/AWOL/memorize. then say your line outloud. Here is another suggestion if you have noone else but yourself available. This way you can practice your expressions as well as your lines. Do thisseveral times until you have the words down. If you get stuck. Ihope this is of help. but also try to remember your cue lines. but you will have memorized your cue lines as well (and knowing "when" to say your lines is as important as knowing "what" to say. Read the cue line. Memorising your lines is a hard part ofacting .LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio.
. Some playwrights to a lot of subtext. and pray they can dig you out. If you cannot give your cue without hesitation you may not recognize it fast enough when it comes around. and if you are really blank.com/AWOL/memorize. learning lines is a personal thing. that way when it ﬁnally come around. Lines that just plain stick out. Try it! Believe me it will save you a lot ofbrain pain. One other thing. I liked very much your page on memorizing lines. For long Monologues it helps to learn them in short overlapping pieces. My tip is to read the play over and over and 11 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . the overlapping bits will serve as glue. From: SOdonn The most simple but effective method I have used and continue to use tomemorize my lines is by using ﬂashcards. but memorizing lines has always come easy to me. Obviously you should try as best as possible. even though they should be looking somewhere else) but also look for"landmarks" to help you get back on track if you drift off (or get too much into character and forget that you are an actor with lines to say).html From: Fenn. You can use these to keep on track. and be "present" on stage (because you can be sure there issomeone in the audience spending their time looking right at you.no joke! Besides they're areportable and they don't require batteries.Yeah.then go on. do not say oops. entrances. or (in performance) "Line". or monologues before your next cue. instead of no cues you have nothing but cues.Mix well with a normal line running. Have someone read you your lines one at a time. some do a lot of images. In this case you may even have several lines. Also it helps to line up your next cue AND your next line in your head Just after you say your last line (before a dry stretch). The audience will never know a thing. I haven't been inthat many plays. and more just before your next cue.. For very small parts. Also. Good Luck! . The Cosmic Breath: Stay Cool. a few things to add. In a this way you can look at the long passage as a bunch of short bits where you are giving your own cues. On not remembering your lines: Keep character. I'm not a famous actor or anything. they even work with you when yourpartner's not around to practice. and should ﬁnd 3 or so a page.) From: someone who cares Hi. Landmarks are lines you Just Can't Miss. Do what your character would do. give a Meaningful Look to someone on stage with you. you won't have to go searching for it at the last minute. Since with a long monologue you will likely have lines that are very simular. and actually. and you give them your cue. Take a calm deep simple breath. and all on a simular thought. and very few lines. make a big bright Technicolor picture in your head. such as Laugh lines.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. It also helps to do reverse read throughs to work on cues. some people do better with images (a picture for each word / line / passage / scene) than with subtext.
I'm not a famous actor or anything. I am currently memorizing the role of Charles in BlitheSpirit. don't freak and start to whine! Just take it slowly. I haven't been inthat many plays.) From: Roger My memorization trick is simple. what happens in each scene. but it's more effective than anything else i'vetried. sometimes i'll start out ﬁne and thenloose bits and pieces. and i feel much better prepared after reading your page. i'm going off to college next yearas a theater major. but if you read it enough you will learn to apreciate yourcharacter more and you will also get new ideas on how to act out thedifferent scenes.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. From: Gary One trick I have used to memorize quickly. saying all you have memorized. understanding what the character's situation will help you improv (if had to)! And if you can't get it . For example. Just read the script a few times and try to just memorize the scenes. learn the last two lines. i've found with long monologues. just repeat them until you coudn't possiblyfeel like a bigger idiot. i had a suggestion on memorizing lines. therefore it was easy to make anassociation to remind me of the next line. My tip is to read the play over and over and over again. scene by scene.com/AWOL/memorize. dry as a bone". so memorizing from the end to the beginning helps me a lot. "To the Unseen". it takes longer this way. I then respond with a toast. I use either a key word in my previous line.html Hi. or a word in mycue line to tie the lines together. From: Jackie Hey! Remembering lines were never a problem for me. or the subject of the textchanges abruptly. one line at a time! Jackie. Eventually you will be able to remember your lines. From: kristen ﬁrst off. then stickthose two sections together. The association doesn't even have to makesense. i really appreciate this page. as my "wife" drinks amartini. and actually. it takes the stress level down a notch as you proceed through the piece. Some are not so easy. What I do is try to ﬁgure out why the character is saying what their saying! What I also do is ﬁnd out some background on the character.andthen learn the whole thing backwards. say. and then learn the two lines before that. I know this is boring ifthe play sucks. One of my cue lines is: "Lovely.especially shakespeare. is to try to associate key wordsbetween lines. it helps to paraphrase everything -EVERYTHING. but it canreally help if the text is not conversational. but memorizing lines has always come easy to me. A "bone" is "unseen". 12 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . Another trick is to try to memorize certain movements and it will trigger your memory as to what you are to say. Then go over your lines.
. Because she's watched the movie about a billion times.html From: Marcus I am an actor in Britain. But the suggestion of starting to the back and memorizing to the beginning was new to me and I will deﬁnitely try that. I also read over and over again and put my lines on a tape recorder. although I'm not too crazy about the ".. and then trying to remember what the shape of the text on the page looks like.com/AWOL/memorize. so that when i start rehearsals I am scrolling down the page in my mind to ﬁnd the sentences I want. where lines are.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. Example Mom talking to daughter on drugs: How old is the mom.... From: Lorraine Hi! I LOVE your website!! Thanks for all the wonderful information! I memorize lines by ﬁnding out who my character really is and who I AM directing my lines to." part.Why?. My friend didn't believe that this really worked. I found that memorizing lines was the most dreadful thing imaginable.. It sounds silly but it actually works. was her mom or dad on drugs. From: Melissa I have to agree with .Try it out! 13 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . what the page looks like. Memorize it peice by peice. From: SANDO When I ﬁrst started acting... almost as if I am looking at a photograph of the page. From: robert read the script every night before you go to bed.think of the whole audiance as a bunch of idiots.. The next day when I had to read the lines just came to me. and you ﬁnd yourself anticipating the next one. I do this by continually looking and reading through a section of dialogue. who she really is and how she really feels to memorize my lines then I know exactly why I saying these things and exactly to whom I AM talking to. and have found that visualising scripts in the mind helps.. Hi robert. Oh yeah and if your performing on stage think of the whole audiance as a bunch of idiots and that your much more intelligent than they are and your trying to teach them something new.. After a while the lines just begin to sound familiar. Thanks for all the suggestions and information.. However. until I pointed out to her that she was able to quote entire scenes from The Princess Bride. The way I overcame it was to use the mini-recorder method and continuously play it over and over as I slept. if it works for you. I ﬁnd that the best way to memorize lines is just to read the whole thing over and over and over again.. Thanks for the tips. did she do drugs as a kid? why? how old is the daughter? is she the only child? I really get to know my character.
From: Adele Memorising lines came quite naturally to me but I do have a tip. As soon as you've lost your character you've had it. my memorization technique came to me when I went to rehersals of the play. As I drove down the road. and take a postcard (or whatever) Cover up your line. and stay in character! 3) type out your lines. Do that with all the scenes.html From: Noelle i have never had trouble memorizing lines! here are my little tricks-1) Carry your script around with you. If you do 14 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . But this last script was a bit tricky. The other character. the most important part is not getting the line EXACTLY right. and it was not my turn to be on. Anyway. or in your head or whatever. A good use of time when you're not performing. I would quietly sit in my group. Do this a load of times then stand up and act the part you were just looking at. it is making sure that you get the right information out. get on your computer and type your lines. When trying to learn the lines inagine what you'll be doing on stage at that moment. was always replying to MY lines. and she was always bringing up new topics. the more you know about your character. then I would bring up a totally new topic and say a paragraph about it. then uncover the card. and i hope they will help you too! From: Kristen Hey. she would reply then I would bring up YET ANOTHER topic and say a paragraph on it.making it harder. rather than the actual words the expression the actor says it in. and never replied to anything. the more likely you will be able to know how they will respond. I ﬁnd it hard to learn lines with other people. and try to think of what the cues to those lines are these things have always helped me. or move it down and check for accuracy. I ﬁnd other people who don't act monotone it. I read the lines of other characters into a tape recorder and left the tape running with the microphone off while I read my character's lines. Whilst on stage however hard it is try not to go off your character and think about that ﬁt lad who just asked you out. look at it! 2) get into character. I had to play Evelyn (the mom) in Independance. This is because I get my cue.com/AWOL/memorize.I usually have no problem memorizing lines. From: Mike I learned lines as I commuted. Then when I played the tape back I had the dialogue and silence for my character's lines. say your line under your breath. read what the line before it is.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. then read through. whenever you get a chance. remember. I could paly the tape and imput my lines at the cue.
Also. say it DIFFERENTLY every time. If you do feel yourself slipping off into normal life stand there and think about what the character would be thinking about. some of the character's thoughts I have thought about have been quite strange.) If you are a: AUDITORY LEARNER: Record yourself saying the lines. I think that picturing the script in your head and reading from it is not a genuine way to act or learn lines either. and play it back several times a day. Once again. Now pay attention to your school work!!! :0) From: Kelly I've never had any trouble at all memorizing my lines.html it harder. Memorize the line. you will be more inclined to say the lines the way your character. when lines and monologues would normally be the furthest thing from your mind. scene. It's quite a funny thing to do.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. Thanks for the memorization tip. once you develop your character. That way you don't get into the habit of any one way and your acting is always fresh and truthful. not how to say it. and WHY the character is saying what he/she is saying.) Thanks. If your character says the word "No" several times in a row or in the monolog. Don't know? When your study for a test. do you recall how the teacher explained it to you? Do you remeber certain phrases that you read? Do you think back on how you all walked around pretending to be part of WWII? (I'm an auditory/visual learner. Whilst on stage however hard it is try not to go off your character and think about that ﬁt lad who just asked you out. you would have trouble focusing on the intentions of the character and the shape of the scene. Say the lines with as much variation as possible.com/AWOL/memorize. not you. From: samantha Hi I'm 15 have been in a youth theatre program for 2 years now and I ﬁnd that the best way to memorize lines (especially monologues) is to write them out in the middle of the day. Hi samantha. even if you know the lines. We will include it in our lesson.like during a boring class at school. Read the scene outloud with a friend or your scene partner several times with your script. would say the line. The thing that you must keep in mind are to learn it word for word THEN to characterize. LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? on the AWOL homepage. To actually memorize well. or whatever. BUT IT DOES WORK! Hope this helped AND I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From: Charlotte These are my thoughts on memorizing lines: I have found that your performance will be much more genuine and effective if you learn your lines by saying or listening to them with no inﬂection or feeling. That way. As soon as you've lost your character you've had it. (At least I do. ﬁnd out what type of learner you are. 15 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 .
but for me I always ﬁnd that if you have gone through your script enough. Do this until you've memorised the full passege. and also because they will help build memorization skills. If the director has assigned you speciﬁc blocking (movement). -------You may not be just a visual learner or just an auditory learner. PHYSICAL LEARNER: When you read through your lines. and an understanding of the character. From: Kate Hello! a lot of people get very freaked out at the thought of forgetting some of their lines during a play. VISUAL LEARNER: Read it with a friend. move your body in accordance to the words and emotions. Well. which should correspond nicely with the text.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. fellas)and recall the why the character was feeling like this.There is an acting theory set forth I believe by Stella Adler (sorry if I'm wrong) that the actual action of doing something can invoke the emotion. If you worked on your script enough you should at least know the outline of what is going on in your scene.html AUDITORY LEARNER: Record yourself saying the lines. and I'm sorry I wrote so darn much!!! P/S: This is a well developed and informational site. then repeat it to yourself a number of times. and how they'd express that in words. you can make yourself FEEL nervous or angry (this is acting. Repeat the ﬁrst and second sentences together from memory. Also.) Therefore. I know this wasn't a question. Put down the script and repeat it from short-term memory. I suggest that you do all three of these learning teqniques. most people are combinations. 2. Read the second sentence from the script. (Me for instance. Also. 4. Actually. 6. DO IT. and what is going to happen in the near future. characterization. I will continue to check back often!:) Thanks for your time! From: Charles Here's what I do to memorise a monologue quickly:1.e. recall the place in the script you speak. If you are the one creating the blocking. 3. the long paragraph on the left side is when Llloyd yells at Brooke. the rememberance of the line. and play it back several times a day. If you know your character well enough you can look at what is happening and react to it just as you think that your character would. good luck to you all in your acting aspirations. muscle memory.com/AWOL/memorize. 5. get up and move. Read the ﬁrst sentence aloud from your script. speaking with the recording as you learn the lines. but I just wanted to share what has worked for me with everyone else. Take note of their expressions when certain lines are said. i. Repeat it. read the lines outloud whenever you read them. and the emotion. From: Noisha 16 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . If you clench your ﬁsts and tighten your body. and you can usually remember somewhat what you are supposed to say. Visualize where it is in the script as you run lines. and know your character it's fairly easy to ad lib until you get back to a point that you know what you are supposed to say. so if you know all of this you can easily ad lib the parts that are blocked for you.
:) Hi Star.com/AWOL/memorize. On one side you write the other person's line and on the other side you write your line. You can memorize your lines all you want and do what ever tricks that work for you. We'll include it in the AWOL lesson. I ﬁnd myself in the orchestra .html From: Noisha I have a tip or two for people trying to memorize lines. Really get to know the character. this is just what works for me.but I know a great way of learning lines. attached with tape so you can ﬂip them up if you absolutely have to as a last resort. but there is always a chance that you can forger everything that you remember while on stage. If you know your character well enough it should be fairly easy to improvise until you get to a place that you what you're supposed to be doing. Number them so they don't get mixed up! Put a rubberband around them and bring them everywhere. just worry mostly about knowing you character. From: Star I memorize lines by using ﬂash cards. From: Chris I havn't actually been in any plays .as a musician rather than an actor. Thanks for the tip. and any trademarks. and your character. . the outline. Again. If you know these three! t! ! ! hings. LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? on the AWOL homepage. you should be able to talk from your characters point of view if need be. just go blank. One if you have a tape recorder you could record your own voice saying all the lines in the play except your own. slightly time cosuming and tedius but well worth it if you are tape recorder less. This is. know their emotions and the way that they talk. And that's all that matters. every day.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. I admit. the beats. leaving spaces where your lines would be and making sure the spaces are long enough to allow you to expierment with pausing and other things like repitition etc. People are always worrying about what they would do if they forgot their lines of stage. . That way you can test yourself on them all day. jogging . Due to eing in the orchestra. whatever. My approach is not to worry so much about burning the lines into my mind so as to prevent any mishaps. From: Kat I just wanted to give people some advice that has always worked for me. Most of the plays I've played in the orchestra for have had at least one cast. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on what to do. Then you can listen to it on your head phones while vacuming or what ever you do to occupy your time. on the bus. Of course you should also pay very close attention to the beats and outline of the scene. I had to attend every 17 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . Of course people will most likely think you've lost your mind considering your walking around with headphones on talking to yourself but IT HELPS YOU MEMORIZE YOUR LINES. Also you could try covering your lines with small pieces of paper. or what to do to prevent this from happening.
break it down. Hopefully this will help but. but I'm unsure of where to post me tip for memorization. :-) From: Jennifer I am involved in an acting program at my school. Save yourself a lot of stress & unproductive work by learning your lines over a reasonable time period. Use tip one and just play that one part over and over again until you've got it. The lines will not be there under stress. During these steps. after all. There are essentially 5 steps. and by the time last minute rehearsals came along. If there is! no other cast and you've read this far. Record to script(s) with you saying all of the lines in different accents. Once you use this method several times. then play in the the car when you would normally be listening to the radio. it should get easier and allow you to lower the 10 to a 5. sorry. and you get it memorized quickly. 2. I do solo roles where I play every character and here are some of my tips for memory. if not. Don't ﬂy by the seat of your pants unless being caught onstage with them around! your ankles doesn't phase you! From Creirwry Vye: Well. No memorizing the night before. I suggest not 18 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . please forgive me . write only the ﬁrst letter of each word. I know it sounds stupid. and especially opening night. I would ﬁnd myself repeating pretty much every single line of the entire play almost perfectly. only this time out loud. and will ﬁnd it much easier to remember them when te time comes. or performance. talk with your friends. So my suggestion is this. I even once picked a character and said his lines (quietly) along with him. For the last ten times. but I know it was effective. Due to eing in the orchestra. you will deﬁnitely be thinking more about what line comes next than about your character's objectives & actions. especially a short audition monologue. because to this day I can still remember the script to 'The Wizard of Oz'. make sure to keep looking at the script and not do anything from memory. However. your escalating stress levels can vaporize the lines you were so sure you had down pat (the same applies to song lyrics). I had to attend every rehearsal for each cast. and will also be able to prompt anybody who forgets. and read it to yourself 10 times. read it 10 more times. or morning before you perform. off-book rehearsal. Memorize a section per day. this 'tisn't a question.com/AWOL/memorize. try to attend as many of the OTHER casts rehearsals as possible (obviously on top of your own. And if they miraculously are. is to memorize your lines as early as possible & to keep them fresh for atleast a few weeks if possible. on a stage. The reason behind this is to put the characters into your mind subconiously when you sleep or when you are getting ready in the morning. 1. is not terribly time consuming. as well as actively learning your lines. just sit back and enjoy the show. put everything away and say it from memory. write/type it. you will be subconsciously learning your lines.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. when you are at an audition. I hope that these help!!! Jen From: Erin Regarding memorization: putting something in your short-term memory. Don't sit there trying to learn your lines while you are there. Read the script(s) right before you go to bed and right when you wake up. even getting the ones he screwed up. I helps to give you keys from other chacters. but it worked for me! 3. The next ten times you do this. Take your monologue/scene/etc. i've wasted your time). still saying it aloud. If you have a few days.html orchestra for have had at least one cast.i'm only 15. though. or in front of any kind of audience. which I played drums for 5 years ago. Then. All the time. Instead. Part of real preparation for an audition. The next ten times. The next day work on another section and then add them together. I never once realised that I was learning the lines.
com/AWOL/memorize. it should get easier and allow you to lower the 10 to a 5.html memory.LINE! LINE! WHAT'S MY LINE? http://redbirdstudio. I suggest not going under 5. since people who get cocky and think they don't need all the "hassle" almost always make mistakes. Once you use this method several times. You may also want to take a short break in-between the steps. For the last ten times. put everything away and say it from memory. miniscule or monsterous. This 'tis a good idea for any ! 19 of 19 23/02/2012 01:49 . and become disheartened and unsure of a technique which has worked well for them.
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