Back in the ancient days when tiny little distracting wearable boom mikes weren’t in existence, we were taught to project to the back row. I wasn’t in drama, but I sang in choruses for years, and whether we were singing as a group or in a solo, the goal was that person in the farthest corner of the auditorium. I know the drama students were taught the same, because no matter where I sat for a school play, I could hear them.
Last night, my daughter and I went to a high school production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Of the entire cast, only one, Lucy, had the power behind her voice to fill the room, and it wasn’t that big a theater. Most of the others had those silly little booms along their jawlines, and at least one of them regularly blasted hers into the overdrive zone - it was not a pleasant sound.
So, any of you who did the chorus/drama thing in school more recently than the 60s or 70s, what are they teaching? Has technology replaced technique?