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    Those Fabulous Phonemes

    So here was Jess Platt—who admits, "I'm not cheap"—assigned to make an Englishman and an Australian sound like geographically specific Middle Americans in "A Steady Rain."

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    Nodules No More

    Vocal nodules are probably the most serious problem a singer or actor can face. Proper training, practice, and lifestyle can help avoid them, but what if a performer already has nodules?

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    Speaking Shakespeare

    Goldberg isn't interested in simply getting Bard wannabes to speak the poetry and prose; he wants it to flow through the entire body.

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    Touring Tune-Up

    An actor getting ready for a major tour—or any long stage run—is like an athlete prepping for the playoffs. You must be in top physical and vocal shape if you're to have any hope of success.

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    The Truth in the Text

    Lester Shane made his stage debut as "the littlest Pepper of them all" in a Cleveland production of "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew," and he's been acting ever since.

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    Audition Tension

    Nancy Mayans thinks about what happens to the body as concern mounts. She worries that the result could be the actor's body tightening before an audition.

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    Acting Your 16 Bars

    Musical theater hopefuls sing their 16 carefully chosen bars at open calls. One after another, they belt their highest notes as loud as they can and then...nothing except a thank you.

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    Just Breathe

    "You can't control what people are going to think of your audition, but you can control everything else."

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    Top 10 Exercises for Your Vocal Health

    As a voice teacher, I've found certain exercises that work well for most singers and help get fast results. Unless noted, they can be used with any scale.

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    Fear of Singing

    "When working with new clients, I always begin by trying to ascertain what it is about their voices that they perceive as problematic or would like to improve."