Voice Workshop for Production Cast
July 21, 2016 at 3:02 PM
When performing Shakespeare, whose language can be esoteric to a modern audience, it is imperative for the actors to use all the tools in their arsenal to convey the meaning of the text. To enhance their expertise in these skills, the cast of the upcoming College drama production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ were privileged to receive a workshop from a renowned voice and theatre coach.
Donald Woodburn is a lecturer of voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and also a voice trainer for Fox Sports News in Sydney. With an extensive background as an actor, director and in broadcasting, Mr Woodburn shared his knowledge and experience with the cast during a week of all-day rehearsals.
Using innovative instruction and techniques, he gave sage advice on how the students can use their voice and bodies to full effect on stage. As they rehearsed their scenes, he provided tips on everything from interaction between characters, engaging the audience, posture and intonation, to volume, inflection and bringing the rhythm of the writing into their performance. The session really challenged the students to assess the way they use their voice and bodies to best portray their characters.
The production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ runs from August 10-12 at 7pm in Elliot Hall. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/aug/a-midsummer-nights-dream#/buy-tickets