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Luke Ferrell is a New Jersey based theatre teaching artist and stage director and an undergraduate theatre arts, history, and education student at Rutger University. He has extensive experience in teaching students ages 6-18 in the areas of acting, musical theater, and technical theatre. Luke has directed several productions both at his university and in community theatre and educational theatre programs. His unique approach to stage direction includes a collaborative process of crafting in which the actor engages in a variety of exercises to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world of the character in the context of the actor's own experience and truth. Luke primarily aligns his instruction and coaching with the American Stanislavski System of acting but sees the value in drawing on a variety of acting methodologies to best cater to the most effective and truthful portrayal of the work.

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class plan

Musicool Theater

February

Week 1

Body

Intro: Develop and practice a readiness ritual as a means to ground the actor, demonstrate actor neutral as a starting place for any moment, discuss the importance of body and movement for the actor

Content: Practice proper breathing and the avoidance of cooling breaths, discuss breath in the context of the character, understand the role that the face plays in singing and acting, discuss the 360 degree actor and practice spatial awareness, demonstrate the different postures and stances of the actor and its connection to vulnerability

Closing: Exercise purposeful moment and gesture through an exercise, and apply meaningful moment to the student’s selected song

Students should bring their song from last class. New students should bring a musical theatre song of their choosing.

Week 2

Voice

Intro: Use the continuum model for expressive singing and dynamics, execute vocal warm ups and discuss the importance of warming up the voice, implement proper singing posture and technique

Content: Discuss the use of microphones and the difference between musical theatre and pop singing, discuss vocal range, evaluate “types” and stereotypes in theatre

Closing: Apply basic vocal technique and posture to the student’s selected song

Students should bring their song from last class. New students should bring a musical theatre song of their choosing.

Week 3

Music

Intro: Discuss music genres and musical theatre forms, share favorite music and artists and evaluate what makes music appealing, activate prior knowledge of music theory

Content: Learn how to read musical notation and important indications to the actor noted in sheet music and how to implement these ornaments, evaluate examples of sheet music for musical theatre classics

Closing: Look at the sheet music for student

Students should bring their song from last class. New students should bring a musical theatre song of their choosing.

Week 4

Movement for the Actor and Dance Technique

Intro: Determine the role of dance in a musical, watch quality examples of musical theatre dance and analyze their purpose in the context of the show, stretch and prepare the body for dance

Content: Learn a short combination to a classic musical theatre piece and analyze the different movements as a means of storytelling

Closing: Reflect on the three components of musical theatre: acting, dance, and voice and discuss how the three are employed in storytelling

Students should come dressed in comfortable clothing and sneakers (or jazz shoes).

Using The Class Plan

Please Note: Both Age Groups (if applicable) will follow the same class plan structure and content. The content delivery will  be tailored to the age group.