Assignment 3 – Acting 101: Nursery Rhyme exercise

  • This week’s assignment is to memorize one of the nursery rhymes below.
  • You probably already know them, but treat it like a regular memorization exercise anyway.
  • Whichever one you choose, practice it till you can say it at normal speed – then as a “slow-through” (about 50% slower than you’d normally say it) – then as a speed through (about 200% faster than you’d normally say it.
  • Then practice saying it “conversationally” as if you were answering a question, i.e., “What’s up with Humpty Dumpty, bro?” or “I haven’t seen Jill for a while. What’s goin’ on with her?”  
  • When doing this, don’t change the words of the nursery rhyme, but you can add words at the beginning or end, such as, “Mary? Oh, yeah, here’s what happened…” (then finish by saying the nursery rhyme)
  • For an example of what I mean, listen to the attached audio file below:

Choose any one of these three:

Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow.
Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play to see the lamb at school.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown, and
Jill came tumbling after.

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