Acting 104 – Assignment 1.0: More Nursery Rhymes

This exercise is similar to one that we sometimes do in some other classes, but the focus is on emotion, and there’s a wider selection of rhymes to choose from.

Choose any two of the rhymes below and memorize them. Practice saying them “informationally” first, as if you’re telling what happened, then practice saying them with a variety of different emotions. Try not to change the words when your emotion changes, but feel free to add words at the beginning to get you in the mood and lead you in.

Here’s an example:

Little boy blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow,
The cow’s in the corn.
But where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He’s under a haystack,
Fast asleep.

It’s raining, it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring. 
He went to bed, and bumped his head, 
and couldn’t get up in the morning.

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master, one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

One, two, three, four, five
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.

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