From caricature to character: an actor's approach to the role of Tess in Crazy For You

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Title: From caricature to character: an actor's approach to the role of Tess in Crazy For You
Author: Tafoya, Alicia
Abstract: This thesis fulfills the requirement for a Master of Fine Arts Degree capstone project . The nature of this task is to demonstrate the ability to audition for , be cast in , and perform in a significant role in a play or musical . This paper is a documentation of some of the necessary research and work involved in a special project of this nature . The document first looks at the lives of the authors and gives a brief overview of their contributions to the field . It asserts that , even though the Gershwin brothers had died before the creation of Crazy For You , their artistic voice was respected and utilized in the forming of this production . Therefore , I posit that the Gershwin brothers were posthumous collaborators on this project . I discuss Girl Crazy , the script on which Crazy For You is loosely based , pointing out some similarities and differences between the two productions . Next , this will address the Texas Tech University production , elaborating on technical and design elements as well as the director’s and actor’s approaches to the role of Tess . It also addresses how the choices made by the designers and the director helped to shape the character . The final chapter examines different acing choices and organizes them into five different categories : Tess’ function in the script , character traits found in the script , character traits inferred from the script , invented character traits , and character discoveries derived from the rehearsal process . This chapter further details how I developed Tess from the caricature provided in the text into the fully developed character in our production .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /17520
Date: 2006-08

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From caricature to character: an actor's approach to the role of Tess in Crazy For You. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /17520 .

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