This class will introduce students to the speaker’s basic tasks: clear, full, free vocal and physical communication. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of exercises and techniques, focusing on building skills of articulation, phrasing, rhythm, tempo, concentration, spontaneity, imagination, physicalization, and interpretation.
Fundamental principles of speech will be presented through exercises and improvisations. Techniques for freeing and developing the Voice and Body will be integrated into class work and daily warm- ups. A process for vocal and analytical interpretation of various forms of literature (prose, poetry, drama) will be introduced. Extemporaneous presentations will be developed as well. Students will rehearse, perform and evaluate their work and that of their classmates as work progresses. Students will learn skills leading to a well planned oral presentation.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173