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What a theatre major REALLY needs in his/her dorm room


Replies to: What a theatre major REALLY needs in his/her dorm room

  • IanJosephIanJoseph Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    My D used a recorder when preparing a monologue that used a foreign accent. She recorded family friends who were from the country and so could listren to their accent while preparing the monologue. This helped her get the accent right.
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    When my D was in Urinetown, the recorder was mandatory. They had to record their sessions with the musical director to learn the music. Also, when she is working through lines, and has no one to do them with her, she records the other actors' lines.
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,341 Senior Member
    Certainly, a recorder is necessary and commonly used for learning the music for a show. My question was really addressing the need for straight plays. Interesting that your D learns her lines that way with a recorder. I've never known anyone to do that, but I guess whatever works!
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    When my son was in "Lion in Winter" at a community theatre (playing Prince John, with big painted-on zits), the cast recorded a read-though of the script and distributed copies of the recording to everybody to use to learn their lines.
  • AngieAAngieA Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    D is an MT major and a voice recorder is a must for recording voice lessons. D also uses it to practice monologue material, learn lines and vocal warm ups.
  • fishbowlfreshmanfishbowlfreshman Registered User Posts: 827 Member
    A handheld recorder can be a good tool for self-diagnosis and correction of problems with your speaking voice. Say your voice & speech teacher keeps pointing out habitual deficiencies with some of your back vowels and you're having a hard time 'getting it' - a common problem. It can be good to actually hear it yourself. You never really know exactly what you sound like otherwise.
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    My D does a lot of Shakespeare, and where she does it, they are sticklers for perfection. They want it exactly as written, and, as fishbowl says, they are perfectionists for how the words are stated. True Shakespeare fanatics want the words said a certain way. The tape recorder really helps, especially for that type of play.
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,341 Senior Member
    Chrissy, thanks for replying. I didn't doubt you, it's just that I have never known any actors who have used a recorder for that type of work. My D went to an arts h/s, four years of Tisch, and has worked at Stratford, Steppenwolf, and is now working in the UK. We have family members and friends who have been stage actors for decades back to when my grandparents were still alive so it's just something that's new to me! I've always said that it's good to learn something new everyday. :)
  • travis_j_ctravis_j_c Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I would definately say headshots! You never know what auditions may come up or when they may come in handy.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    The only acting students I know of who use a recorder to learn lines are kids who struggle with some reading issues; hearing the lines (they read them into the recorder and then listen) is easier for them to *get* than it is through the written word. That said, my D attended a well known arts hs and took four years of both Lessac and Linklater approaches to speech/voice as well as training in a number of dialects, and no one every recommended a recorder. But as fish said, I could see where it might be of use in identifying problems and working on them. (MTs definitely need voice recorders.)
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    My D has a mind like a steel trap and memorization never has been a problem. She is always the first off book. She just likes to hear things sometimes because then she has the "experience." She isn't just "reciting" her lines to learn them. But the main time she needed the recorder was for music, like I said, when it was required to have.
  • APOLAPOL Registered User Posts: 1,781 Senior Member
    The personal steamer-DD really appreciates it! Also-BRITA filter/Container for fresh clear water.
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    We just started using a Brita filter at home... those things are great!
  • ccsmomccsmom Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    A portable drying rack so the jeans don't become too short in those industrial dryers!
  • HatsukoiHatsukoi Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    I am bumping this from the old years from 3 ago--

    I am curious what kind of recording device a theatre major should own. Should it be via computer (laptop), external recording device, or something on an iPod Touch/iPad?

    I understand an external recording device is probably the best choice, but I am curious what you other students use. o:
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