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    Cabaret Classroom

    The point—as Sutton Foster and Nora York promote it to their students—is that cabaret is a venue where the voice is only a part of the entertainment equation.

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    Acting Rock Songs

    Sheri Sanders has figured something out about the relationship of rock musicals to rock music that she claims few others guiding rock-musical aspirants these days have wised up to.

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    Opening Pandora's Voice Box

    Dialect coach Carla Meyer's the one James Cameron hired in 2006 to fill an extremely particular assignment on what's now the biggest-grossing movie of all time, "Avatar."

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    The Air of Songs

    Sara Louise Lazarus had been building a strong résumé as a singing actor while being prevailed upon for coaching by colleagues impressed with her work.

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    Diva Development

    If you saw Donizetti's La Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera this season, you witnessed Carrie-Ann Matheson being hauled from the prompter's box during the fracas that ends the first act.

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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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    You Could Drive a Truck Through It

    Nashville-based voice coach Brett Manning is one of the most recognized names in vocal instruction. Manning has also created the only CD instruction course dealing solely with vibrato.

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    Developing Dialects

    The ability to speak convincingly in different dialects is an important part of an actor's tool kit. No matter how well you connect emotionally with a role, a false or inappropriate accent can diminish the final result.

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    Voice 10, Acting…10

    The ability to suspend disbelief has always been the operagoer's stock-in-trade. You have to be able to squint just right to imagine that the 40-something soprano who could best you at arm wrestling is a callow, put-upon waif.

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    Ear Training With Bruce Arnold

    The ability to accurately hear and analyze music is one of the hallmarks of a great musician. Most music students develop it through ear training. But traditional methods can leave them frustrated when they try to apply the concepts they've learned to actual music.