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Title: Introduction to Theater:


1
Introduction to Theater
  • Chapter 1
  • You and the Theater

2
Stage language conventions
  • Conventions-special or traditional ways
  • of doing things.

Ex Curtain going up Places Break a leg
3
Dramatic Tradition
  • Drama-second only to dance as the oldest of
    the humanities.

Humanities-the areas of human interest which
attempt to answer eternal questions Who am
I? Why am I here? Where am I
going? The humanities include drama, music,
art, literature, and philosophy.
4
Dramatic Tradition
  • Drama-second only to dance as the oldest of
    the humanities.

Drama- comes from a Greek word meaning to do or
to act.
Doing is what theater is all about! Acting
Building Directing Writing Producing
5
Dramatic Tradition
  • dance pre-done the acting out of wished-for
    events a forerunner of ritualistic drama.

Drama- comes from a Greek word meaning to do or
to act.
6
Essentials for Drama
  1. Actors


7
Essentials for Drama
  • Actors
  • Audience


8
Essentials for Drama
  1. Actors
  2. Audience
  3. Place


9
Essentials for Drama
  1. Actors
  2. Audience
  3. Place
  4. Lighting


10
The Ingredients of Drama
  • Character (s)


11
The Ingredients of Drama
  • Character (s)
  • Situation-problem or challenge


12
The Ingredients of Drama
  • Character (s)
  • Situation-problem or challenge
  • Drama becomes interesting when
  • We empathize with the character.
  • There is conflict.


13
The Ingredients of Drama
  • Character (s)
  • Situation-problem or challenge
  • Drama becomes interesting when
  • We empathize with the character.
  • There is conflict.

Empathy-emotional identity with someone or
something outside ones self. Sympathy is
feeling sorry for someone, empathy is
feeling with someone.

14
The Ingredients of Drama
  • Character (s)
  • Situation-problem or challenge
  • Drama becomes interesting when
  • We empathize with the character.
  • There is conflict.

Conflict-a struggle between two opposing forces.

The struggle can be with himself, another
character, or with a force. Ex Hamlet struggled
with himself. Robin Hood fought against
authority.

15
More key terms

16
More key terms
  • script- drama that is written down.

17
More key terms
  • script- drama that is written down.
  • Like a novel, a play almost always tells a
    story and has a beginning, middle and an end.
    However, drama is meant to be acted out-not
    merely read.

18
More key terms
  • script- drama that is written down.
  • Like a novel, a play almost always tells a
    story and has a beginning, middle and an end.
    However, drama is meant to be acted out-not
    merely read.
  • legitimate theater term used to distinguish
    live performances from other media-like TV and
    movies.

19
More key terms

20
More key terms
  • critique- the evaluation of a work or
    performance.

21
More key terms
  • critique- the evaluation of a work or
    performance.
  • stage fright-the nervous anticipation of going on
    stage to perform.

22
The study of drama
  • Is the study of human nature.
  • Improves the art of communicating. (feelings,
    important events, political statements, etc.)
  • Allows you to become more expressive.
  • Allows you to entertain-to make people think,
    question, smile, laugh, and cry.
  • Allows you to discover yourself .

23
Chapter 1 Vocabulary
  • 1. Convention
  • 2. Humanities
  • 3. Drama
  • 4. Dance pre-done
  • 5. Situation
  • 6. Conflict
  • 7. Empathy
  • 8. Script
  • 9. Legitimate Theater
  • 10. Critique
  • 11. Stage fright

24
The origins of Western Drama
  • Western drama originates in classical Greece.

25
The origins of Western Drama
  • Western drama originates in classical Greece.
  • The theatrical culture of the city-state of
    Athens produced three genres of drama tragedy,
    comedy, and the satyr play.

26
The origins of Western Drama
  • Western drama originates in classical Greece.
  • The theatrical culture of the city-state of
    Athens produced three genres of drama tragedy,
    comedy, and the satyr play.
  • Writers (dramatists) participated in competitions
    held as part of festivities celebrating the god
    Dionysus.

27
The origins of Western Drama
  • Western drama originates in classical Greece.
  • The theatrical culture of the city-state of
    Athens produced three genres of drama tragedy,
    comedy, and the satyr play.
  • Writers (dramatists) participated in competitions
    held as part of festivities celebrating the god
    Dionysus.
  • Thespis was an early Greek dramatist.
  • (thespian)

28
Ancient Greek Theatre
Many theaters seated up to 14,000.
29
Tragedy/ComedyMasks (Roman Period)
30
The origins of Western Drama
  • Roman Period (27 BCE-476 CE)
  • The Romans adopted many of the Greek traditions
    in their theatre productions.

31
The origins of Western Drama
  • Roman Period (27 BCE-476 CE)
  • The Romans adopted many of the Greek traditions
    in their theatre productions.
  • Medieval Period (fall of Roman empire thru 13th
    century)
  • Most medieval theatre is not well documented due
    to
  • a lack of surviving records and texts,
  • a low literacy rate of the general population,
  • and the opposition of the clergy to many types of
    performance.
  • It is known that mimes, minstrels, bards,
    storytellers, and jugglers traveled in search of
    new audiences and financial support.

32
The origins of Western Drama
  • English Renaissance Theatre Period
  • aka Early Modern English theatre
  • "Elizabethan theatre" the plays written and
    performed publicly in England during the reign of
    Queen Elizabeth (15581603).

33
The origins of Western Drama
  • English Renaissance Theatre Period
  • aka Early Modern English theatre
  • "Elizabethan theatre" the plays written and
    performed publicly in England during the reign of
    Queen Elizabeth (15581603).
  • Jacobean theatre (associated with the reign of
    King James I, 16031625)

34
English Renaissance Theatre Period
  • Renaissance theatre derived from several
    traditions, such as mystery plays that formed a
    part of religious festivals in England.

35
English Renaissance Theatre Period
  • Renaissance theatre derived from several
    traditions, such as mystery plays that formed a
    part of religious festivals in England.
  • The Globe Theatre was a theatre London associated
    with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by
    Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord
    Chamberlain's Men.

36
Shakespeares Globe Theatre built circa 1599
37
Inside Shakespeares Globe Theatre
38
Modern Theater
  • Constantin Stanislavski
  • Theatre director and actor
  • Stanislavski organized his realistic techniques
    into a coherent and usable system.
  • Most consider his system to be the forerunner
    of American Method Acting.
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