Acting Magic is a comprehensive guidebook that takes the aspiring actor from beginning steps to a high level of performance excellence and repertory discipline. Based on the author’s career as a professional actress and her many years of teaching drama to children and adults, the book breaks down all the components of acting into simple and engaging chunks so that even the youngest student can digest and successfully apply them on the stage. Games, stories, exercises, illustrations, handouts, and teacher’s keys guide the actor to discover everything the pros know. The extensive glossary and in-depth history of theater completes the book as a perfect study and performance text for acting companies and colleges alike.
In addition to providing a firm foundation in the fundamentals of technique, Acting Magic also nurtures self-esteem, reinforces oral language skills, and inspires a real enthusiasm for classical literature. In a departure from modern Hollywood texts, the author shows the student how to re-capture the idealism and noble intention that artists of an earlier era conveyed with such grace, and which constituted the enduring magic of their artistry.