Warming up before any rehearsal or performance is crucial. Sometimes it can feel like a tedious task, but it is so important and there are so many ways to make it fun! Try adding a tongue twister or two to your warmup. Tongue twisters are a great way to improve pronunciation of words and stretch and strengthen your muscles before working on monologues, scenes, or songs. Here are some of our favourites!
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Big Black Bug & Big Black Bear
A big black bug bit a big black bear,
made the big black bear bleed blood.
She Sells Seashells
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Toy boat (say this 10 times)
Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter–
that would make my batter better.”
So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.
Red Leather, Yellow Leather
Red leather, yellow leather (say this 10 times)
If two witches were watching two watches,
which witch would watch which watch?
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood
as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Proper Cup of Coffee
All I want is a proper cup of coffee,
made in a proper copper coffee pot.
You can believe it or not,
but I just want a cup of coffee,
in a proper coffee pot!
Tin coffee pots
or iron coffee pots
are of no use to me!
If I can’t have a proper cup of coffee
in a proper copper coffee pot,
I’ll have a cup of tea!
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
We hope that you try some of these out the next time you warmup and enjoy challenging your brain and your tongue!