Estill, Swickard, Sunday in the Park with George, Defining a Character, Voice, Voice Quality, Sondheim, Lapine, Thesis, Theatre, Musical Theatre, EVTS, Seurat
This thesis explores the use of the Estill Voice Model, in particular six voice qualities (Speech, Twang, Falsetto, Cry/Sob, Belt and Opera) and their permutations, to define character, character traits and emotions. Traits and emotions that specific voice qualities can influence are, but are not limited to, location, age, background, socioeconomic status, genre, intelligence, nationality, class, culture, gender, promiscuity, disposition, pain and revelations. In particular, this thesis explores the use of voice qualities to show specific human qualities of the character "George" from Sondheim and Lapine's "Sunday in the Park with George" and the people he imitates in his painting by letting the characters' given circumstances (textual and subtextual), the way other actors portray the characters and the director's and musical director's input inform the choices in voice quality. By using the specific technical aspects of the Estill Voice Training System and combining them with the limi
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Swickard, Michael, "Defining A Character Through Voice Quality: An Analysis Of The Character "george" In Sondheim And Lapine's Sunday In The Park With George Using The Estill Voice Model" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3371.