Around the World in 80 Days: Performers' vocal interpretation of character (accent, volume, pitch, timing, pace, intonation, phrasing, emotional range, delivery of lines)

Around the World in 80 Days: Performers’ vocal interpretation of character (accent, volume, pitch, timing, pace, intonation, phrasing, emotional range, delivery of lines)

Character-Specific Vocal Interpretation

  • Phileas Fogg, the main character, should embody a British gentleman’s calm, measured speech: low pitched, formal accent, steady pacing, and deliberate timing to reflect his calculated nature.
  • Contrastingly, Passepartout can employ a light, often comedic French accent. His pitch might vary more, being higher when excited or worried. His pacing could be quicker, especially in exciting scenes.
  • Aouda, a rescued Indian princess, might speak with a subtle Indian accent. Her volume would be softer, and her pitch higher but controlled. Emotional range is crucial for her character transitions.
  • Detective Fix, determined and zealous, would likely have a strong, assertive voice, with good use of volumes and varying pitches to depict his emotions. His speech could be assertive most of the time but hastened when he is trying to arrest Fogg.

Vital Points in Vocal Interpretation

  • The vocal interpretation must reflect the period and nationality of the characters for authenticity and credibility.
  • Emotional range is key for each character. Fogg’s relative stoicism, Passepartout’s comedic approach, and Aouda’s fear, relief, acceptance, and love must be subtly communicated through vocal expressions.
  • Pauses, pace, and intonation significantly alter the delivery of lines. Strategic pauses can build suspense, quickened pace can signal excitement, and a rise or drop in intonation can denote a question or realization.

Vocal Delivery and Consistency

  • Vocal delivery should be adjusted to the situation: Moments of tension, relief, adventure, and contemplation require considered changes in volume, pitch, pace, and phrasing.
  • Consistency in character voices throughout the play is key. For example, sudden shifts in Fogg’s or Passepartout’s accent could break audience immersion.
  • Practicing effective breath control is vital to ensure lines are delivered coherently and to portray various emotional states.

Emphasis and Background

  • Emphasising key words or phrases can underline certain characteristics or emotions, adding depth to character portrayals.
  • Consider background noises or dialogues as part of the vocal landscape. These contribute to creating the multicultural and adventurous ambient of the story.