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Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Try a little Tinder-ness

(combining Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness with the dating app)

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Preston’s Turns of Phrase

The Ottawan Empire

(the Canadian capital’s version of the Ottoman Empire)

Tips on How to Memorise Lines For Theatre Acting

Find yourself often forgetting your lines?

Well, this one’s for all you aspiring actors out there.

Today, I’ll be giving you some examples of how I go about learning my lines, which I hope might be of some help.

Preparing with the script

  • The first thing I would suggest is to read the whole script so that you understand the plot of the play.
  • Go over it again, and highlight your lines so you don’t have to look through all of the script to find them. Whilst doing so, pay close attention to and study the character you will be portraying (their personality, intentions, emotions, etc). Also, feel free to make notes, such as how loudly or softly to speak, to slow down or speed up, and so forth.
  • It may help to write down or circle your cues to speak.
  • With these steps, you will be able to make up something to say so the audience won’t notice, should you forget your lines during the show.

Learning the lines

  • Practice reading the lines out loud.
  • Practice with friends/family. Have them look at your script, and recite your lines to them. You can also ask the other person to read your script while you rehearse it to them. Ask them to highlight or circle parts that you skipped, or where you mixed up the words.
  • Break it up. Try to conquer small parts of your script at a time. It’s difficult to memorise all your lines at once. By taking small parts of your script, you can add lines one at a time until you have your script memorised. A good way to work through is to go scene by scene.

To sum up

  • As cliché as the old saying may sound, practice really does make perfect. By following the steps above, you are less likely to forget your speaking parts during a performance. That’s not to say that you will never forget your lines. But, as I said earlier in my post, if you do, you can then improvise.
  • Whilst it is good to work hard in order to memorise your lines, don’t over-stress and try to remember the whole script in just a couple of days. That’s just counter-productive. So, take a break. If you are tired from rehearsing, relax. It helps your brain work better.
  • Ultimately, everyone has their own preferred technique/s of how to learn their lines. Of course, you don’t have to follow my tips, but I just wanted to share with you my methods, from the bit of experience I have.

 

Break a leg!

 

– Preston Carbonaro

Book Quote

She couldn’t even decide on a form of address – ‘dear’ seemed dismissive and ‘dearest’ a lie.

– Excerpt from Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Words of the Day

throes” (noun) – Intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change; suffering

Example: We decided to have our dog put down because he was in the throes of incurable pain.

ignominious” (adjective) – Very embarrassing; disgraceful or shameful

Example: By getting drunk and dancing on table tops, Sarah displayed ignominious behavior at the party.

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Jurgen Flop

(Hint: Liverpool F.C. fans are going to hate me for this one…)

My Return to Acting, and Advice for People With Glossophobia

After several years taking on roles as an extra in both local and foreign productions, I felt I needed to get back to doing some actual acting. And so, after my successful audition, yesterday morning, I am super excited to announce that I’ll be playing one of the main characters in a local panto, later this year.

One of the reasons why I wanted to give acting (specifically theatre) another shot was to further challenge myself when it comes to my shyness. And what better way to do that than to do one of the things I am passionate about? By involving myself in such opportunities, I’ll meet new people, gain more experience, and perhaps make a couple of new friends along the way.

However, I am not here today just to tell you about my recent success.

I’m here to give you (especially the youngsters, out there) a piece of advice. Sometimes in life, you just need to go for it. I’ve started calling this “The Plunge Method”, where you literally take the plunge; face your fears and show them who’s boss! Got asked to speak in a meeting in front of your thirty-or-so colleagues, for example, or to give a presentation at school with all the other students present in the hall/classroom? Don’t turn it down! Instead, take the plunge, and accept the task. See this as an opportunity to get better, to overcome your shyness and nervousness, as a personal challenge! Think to yourself, ‘Am I really going to let a few people discourage me from going up there and speak/read out a couple of paragraphs? Just for a couple of minutes? Like hell!’. Messed up whilst reading one of your lines, perhaps? Who the heck cares? It’s not the end of the world. We all “fudge up”. So, forget it happened, and move on.

If it’s any consolation, to this day, I still tremble every time I need to speak in front of a number of people. However, I make an effort to put those negative thoughts, feelings, and fears, aside. I don’t let them get the better of me. And if it weren’t for my persistence and determination to face my fear of public speaking, I would’ve missed out on so many opportunities.

Remember to maintain a positive mindset. Always.

– Preston Carbonaro

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Leonardo DiCapri-Sun

(the result you get when you cross a renowned actor with one of my favourite drinks)

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

“Supercalifragilisticexpihalitosis”

(a combination of the famous song from Mary Poppins and bad breath)

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