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GREAT SPEAKERS NEWSLETTER - May 1, 2015
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Your Speaking Voice, Teen Acting Class and Exercises to Ease Tension

I am truly honored to be able to present A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY WITH THE VERY BEST.

MASTER CLASS with DEVON ALLEN

THE VOICE: A WORKSHOP FOR SPEAKERS AND ACTORS
Sunday evenings, May 24, 31, June 7, 2015
From 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.        Fee: $180.00**

This workshop is limited to 14 participants

Barbara Kite's Studio, 2538 NE Broadway St. Suite C, Portland OR

This three-session intensive workshop gives the participant a strong foundation in connected breath. Learn how to bring your voice to a full, rich, supported sound using internal and external vocal strengthening and relaxation techniques.

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For additional information or questions please email Devon Allen or call her at 503-223-9119.
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SCENE STUDY CLASS FOR TEENS
with instructors Louanne Moldovan & Lorraine Bahr

(two exceptional acting coaches with extensive experience in all levels of the profession.)

SCENE STUDY FOR TEENS
Saturdays, May 16  –  June 20, 2015
3:30PM  –  5:30PM
6 -Week Session    $200.00*
Maximum class size: 10 students
  Ages 13 – 18

Prerequisite:  Ability to have fun!

Barbara Kite's Studio, 2538 NE Broadway St.  Suite C, Portland OR

This six-week series of classes will focus on developing students’ acting technique through group and individual exercises, improvisation, games and partner scene work.  Scene Study classes are essential to an actor’s ability to both continually improve technique and to perform to a director’s specification.

Contact Louanne by EMAIL or (503) 702-4455 to reserve* a place or for more information about the class. Receive a $20 discount if you make a referral and that person signs up for the class as well. 

LEARN MORE about the classes and LOUANNE & LORRAINE.

*A $50 deposit needed to save a place
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REDUCING TENSION FOR ACTORS AND SPEAKERS

You are about to go on stage (to speak or act) AND might feel tension in your neck and shoulders - and this may cause you to appear hunched. It may also cause a tightening in your larynx - producing the breathless quivering or shaky voice associated with nervousness. Tension is also tiring and consequently it may have a detrimental effect on your overall performance. First of all you need to find a quiet place, where you can be alone for a minute or two. You can also do the exercises in a back room or backstage, where the audience can't see you.

METHOD FOR EASING TENSION
Excerpted from How to Reduce Tension Minutes Before Your Presentation or Speech by Rana Sinha, June 19, 2007

There are a few simple exercises that can help to eliminate the tension that you are likely to feel just before your presentation. Most likely you feel tension in your neck and shoulders - and this may cause you to appear hunched. It may also cause a tightening in your larynx - producing the breathless quivering or shaky voice associated with nervousness. Tension is also tiring and consequently it may have a detrimental effect on your overall performance. First of all you need to find a quiet place, where you can be alone for a minute or two. You can also do the exercises in a back room or backstage, where the audience can't see you.

EXERCISES FOR REDUCING TENSION IN NECK AND SHOULDERS

To ease stress in the neck place your cupped hands at the base of your skull and press your head firmly back into them, holding the push for about 10 seconds before releasing and repeating. During this exercise keep your elbows back and try closing your eyes.

EXERCISES FOR REDUCING TENSION IN LOWER BACK

A good way to relieve stress in the lower back is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and reach for the sky. Point your fingers straight up as you stretch your arms above your head and keep stretching them as you feel the pressure on your back ease. Keeping you feet firmly on the ground, push your pelvis forward gently and hold yourself in this position for just a few seconds before gently relaxing back to your start position. Then you can move your hands and your hips sideways a few times. This exercise helps to ease the muscles in the neck, back and hamstrings.

BREATHING EXERCISE

The technique of alternate nostril breathing aims to balance our entire autonomic nervous system by breathing alternately through the right nostril.

First clear your nostrils by breathing in and out quickly several times in a row. Next, use the thumb to close your right nostril and your ring finger to close your left nostril alternately. Begin by inhaling through both nostrils. Then breathe out through one nostril, while blocking the other, and then switch and breathe in through the other nostril. After three complete breaths, exhale without switching sides, and do three more breaths.

After this you will surely be in a better frame of mind to go and give your best. Enjoy your presentation.

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BARBARA KITE STUDIO IS AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL

2538 NE BROADWAY STREET, SUITE C
(AVAILABLE FOR CLASSES, REHEARSALS, MEETINGS)

I know it can be difficult to find a place to hold a meeting, class or rehearsal and I would like to help by making my new space available to rent.  The studio is 750 Sq. Ft. on the second floor but the building has an elevator so it is accessible to all. If you are interested please CONTACT me for availability and rates.

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Now we will move on to tension release exercises for the jaw, face and tongue.

GYMNASTICS FOR THE LIPS, TONGUE & JAW
Excerpt from The Tongue, The Rudder for Sound and Reducing Tension for Speaking and Singing by Audrey Hunt Copyright 2011

The following exercises only take 3-5 minutes and do a world of good. You may feel really silly doing these exercises and you may choose to go through them when no one else is around. But remember when you are at a live performance, backstage, these very exercises are most likely taking place as you take your seat.

1. The Lips - You have most likely giggled at the adorable baby making the sound of an airplane. You are now that adorable baby. Inhale to get a full breath and imitate that airplane by making the sound of " brrrrrrrrrrrr " using the lips. Make it last as long as possible. This is a magnificent warm up for the lips. The lips form the words.

2. The Tongue - Take a deep breath and trill the tongue, holding the trill as long as you can. Repeat several times. Then trill from a low to a high sound, as if you were singing a scale. Try to hold the trill throughout the scale ascending and descending. The correct position for the tongue is to rest on the floor of the mouth with the tip touching the lower front teeth.

3. The Jaw - With the lips slightly apart, simulate a gentle and subtle chewing motion. Next, with the lips closed, hum a few pitches while moving the jaw up and down in a gentle chewing motion. The key here is to be sure you use a very gentle and relaxed motion.

Years of bad habits, including bad posture may require more, but gentler exercise. Never force any of the above exercises. Do not force your voice in any way.

http://vocalcoach.hubpages.com/hub/The-Importance-of-The-Tongue-in-Singing


This is my 5-10 minute tension - relief program:
Locate the tense areas in the back of the neck and self massage ( or better yet get a hand from someone else.) Make sure to include the base of the skull.

  1. Sitting or standing - Squeeze the shoulders tightly as you raise them up toward the head...hold for the count of 5 then let then drop and relax. Repeat several times.
  2. Do a couple of neck rolls, slowly, to the left, then to the right. If you experience dizziness, you are going too fast.
  3. Laying down on the floor, or a firm surface like a mattress or sofa, bend the knees so the feet are flat on the floor. Arms are resting on the floor with palms up. Close your eyes and take several deep breathes from the diaphragmatic area. Inhale deeply and quickly, filling the lungs and belly with air - exhale very very slow using a hissing sound like a flat tire.
  4. Drink a big glass of room temperature water (ice or cold will restrict the vocal cords.)

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