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Title: Theatre Chapter 1: The Essentials


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Theatre Chapter 1 The Essentials
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Chapter 1 The Art of the Theatre
  • Theatre
  • a performing art that requires an actor
    performing some form of story or idea for a live
    audience. It is also the modern English term for
    a building or structure where performances are
    held.

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The Key Elements of Drama
  • According to Aristotle, a piece of theater should
    contain most or all of the following things (in
    order of importance)
  • Plot the story, whats being told, whats going
    on.
  • Character the people that hold your interest.

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The Key Elements of Drama
  • Diction (speech)
  • Music sets the mood or tone. This comes from
    actors voice, sound effects (door slamming,
    glass breaking)
  • Spectacle the gimmick or thing that drives us to
    go see something.

5
The Key Elements of Drama
  • Thought The central theme around a play. Can I
    sum this whole play up in one sentence? That is
    what this is.

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The Key Elements of Drama
  • Theatron TE-AT-RON
  • origin of the word Theater. Ancient Greek word
    that means seeing place. This word defined the
    area where the audience sat during the
    performance.
  • Dran
  • Ancient Greek verb meaning to take action or to
    do something. It is from this word we get drama.

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DRAMA!
  • Drama
  • A specific form of theater that tells a story.
    Most plays are dramas.
  • What is the essence of drama? If someone is
    dealing with drama in their life, they are
    experiencing conflict.
  • The essence of drama is conflict.

8
Licensing Act of 1737
  • An English law that gave the Lord Chamberlain the
    authority to license plays. Fr over 200 years, no
    play could be performed on the English stage
    without authorization. This is often cited as one
    of the primary acts of theatrical censorship.

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The Basic Elements of Theatre
  • 1) What is Performed
  • 2) The Performance
  • 3) The Audience. The most basic definition of
    theatre is someone performing something for
    someone else. A performs B for C.

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What is performed?
  • What is the essence of theatrical performance?
  • Possibilities
  • The Staged performance of a text
  • Storytelling
  • Entertainment such as juggling or improvisation.

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The Audience
  • The Audience completes the cycle of
    Creation/Communication.
  • It also provides immediate feedback to the
    performers.

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3 Way Theatrical Interaction
  • Performs ? Audience
  • Audience ? Performers
  • Audience ? Audience

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Conventions?
  • Recognized social customs (shaking hands). In
    theatre, conventions are specific rules (no
    talking in the theatre, cell phone policies,
    etc.) and customs (ushers, flashing the lights
    before, dim the lights before the show starts)
    traditional to certain forms of theatre in
    certain societies. (Also programs, getting
    autographs, etc.)

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What makes theatre a unique art form?
  • Theatre is often a collaborative art form.
  • Theatre is live.
  • Theatre is ephemeral.

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Say What?
  • Collaborative multiple individuals combine their
    talents/efforts to achieve a goal.
  • Ephemeral fleeting, short lived, momentary. That
    which is ephemeral can never truly be repeated.

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What makes theatre a unique art form?
  • Good theatre holds a mirror up to life We get to
    see ourselves, or society, and out world being
    acted out on stage.

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What makes theatre a unique art form?
  • Theatre is often a collaborative art form
    Theatre is live performance, and becomes a part
    of the past immediately after it occurs.

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What makes theatre a unique art form?
  • Theatre is ephemeral Each performance is unique
    and those moments in time can never be repeated
    just as in real life.

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End of Chapter 1
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