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May 18th, 2005
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Matthew has just asked about thespy warm ups in a post. And I was thinking, for my own sake (and maybe for his, if he decides warm ups arn't the spawn of the devil) that it'd be good to have some written down somewhere. There's nothing like that blank "I can't think of anything" feeling when someone actually asks you to talk about something you ought to know!

So either comment so I can build up a useful and helpful LJ post, or point me at a book and tell me to stop wasting your time :-)

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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
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Singing 1, 1-2-1, 1-2-3-2-1 up and down the scales
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From:lisekit
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Also A-E-I-O-U up and down scales, or just on one note.
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
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Playing zip-zap-boing
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
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Penguin racing!
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
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Potacatapetel / Copper Plated Kettle
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 18th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Popocatepetl (http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/ north_america/mexico/popocatepetl.html) :-)
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
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Going round saying any of your lines from the play
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From:lisekit
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Or anyone else's lines.
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
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Going round all saying the same famous line, in charactor.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)

warmup games

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that's that one where someone goes , in character, "I said a boom chica boom" and the cast copies him, "I said a boom chica raca chica raca chica boom" (likewise), "oh yeah", (see above), "uh huh", (as before), "one more time" (etc) "(insert character name here) style"...and it then passes to the person named. all very very silly. not sure how typical it is either.
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
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Rubber Chicken
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From:satanicsocks
Date:May 18th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
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similar is Hitting Targets

instead of right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, you have four targets in front of you (vertically) and you hit the top one four times, the next one four times, so forth, then three, then two, then one. When you're finished you can shout anything, we usually do the name of the show, or something topical :)
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From:atreic
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
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Pretending to chew a huge ball of gum.
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
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Old MacDonald Had A Farm, but with a twist.
You've not lived until you've figured out the right noises for 'bookshelves', 'existential angst' and 'handcream', all while keeping the tune.

I also like 'I'm Not A Pheasant Plucker...' but some people just cannot do it and get sniffy. ;-)
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From:satanicsocks
Date:May 18th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
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We often (to my despair) play Tag as a warmup.

Also there are improv specific warmups that we do like What's In The Box?, Seven Second Character and similar -- humanpingpongball.com has quite a few.
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From:conquest151
Date:May 18th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Breathing. In for 4, hold for 8, out for 8, hold for 4. Or really any variation of numbers...
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From:leonato
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
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This should be done on each person's "natural note", never on middle C (no man can get lip buzz that high!).

The trick is to find the natural note, which is the one where your lips and nose buzz most easily. Get people to hum on this note, count to ten on it, and then speak at that pitch. It should be the proper pitch for good projection.

It's a great exercise for getting quiet people to speak louder.
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