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Inside the (Singing) Actor’s Studio—Grooming Smarter Actors

by Brian Manternach



Brian Manternach
Music theatre degree programs are often framed around building the requisite “triple-threat” skills that are viewed as crucial for success in the professional world: acting, dancing, and singing. Many students take on a performance identity based on their stronger skills, perhaps referring to themselves as dancers who sing or singers who act.

But which skill is most important? Authors Tracey Moore and Allison Bergman believe that, while singing and dancing are necessary skills for music theatre, acting is “by far” the most important element since, “musical theatre performers are, above all, actors.” Therefore, their book, Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre, provides a curriculum designed to help teachers, students, and “self-learners” thoroughly understand all that goes into singing a musical theatre song.

Recently released in its second edition, the book has been updated to better fit the ever-changing demands of the industry. In my conversati...
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