Theatre Game of the Week #21

Vocal warmups are a tried and true theatrical tradition. I was at rehearsal yesterday and we were discussing them. What warmups you prefer can vary on what country you're from and what teachers you've had. They may seem a bit boring but they are a must needed item. Each of these listed below work various parts of the mouth, tongue, and palette. I was born with a cleft palette,(meaning that I'm missing part of my soft palette). I use different parts of my mouth to make the same sounds as other people do. Warming up is essential for me and I use these with all my students. ESL students will find them fun if you work them into a circle and say them together.

Red Leather, Yellow Leather

Girl Gargoyle, Guy Gargoyle

Unique New York

I am not the Pheasant Plucker, I am the Pheasant Plucker's son, and I am only Plucking Pheasants until the Pheasant Plucker comes.

Choose Orange Shoes

Toy Boat

She Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shore

Admist the Mists and Coldest Frosts

Betty Bought a Bit of Butter

Miss, Mix, Miss!

I always pair my vocal warmups with physical stretching to loosen me up as a performer. Spending just ten minutes warming up before each practice can greatly improve your performance. Those were some of my favorite warmups. What are some of yours?



  • Gwell
    05 March 2013

    Les chaussettes de l'archi-duchesse, sont-elles sèches ou archi-sèches ? a French one ;-)

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