Next Step Rehearsal Assistant, Vanessa Spica, directed the acting workshops of the day in which the campers had an opportunity to break down their pieces into basic terms. A wonderful exercise that helps actors understand their music is to have them read their music as a monologue. This is an excellent way to encourage a performer to really analyze the text and understand what the overall message is and how the words would be said in a simpler context outside of a song.
Another way to do this is to focus on the actor's physicality. To do this, Vanessa prompted the campers to consider if the message would still get through to the audience if the performer was on mute. Tactics such as these allow the campers to really embrace their role and to understand the depth of which acting plays in musical theater. As important as singing and dancing are to a performance, the acting is just as vital to successfully telling a story.