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Final discussion - What distinguishes"theatre from other expressions or experiences Do you think of theatre as"art or"entertainment Are these term

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What distinguishes “theatre” from other expressions or experiences? Do you think of theatre as “art” or “entertainment”? Are these term mutually exclusive? Why, or why not? What value does theatre have for you? Theatre itself is easily distinguishable from other forms of art or entertainment. The live performance is one aspect, but the quality of the performance is based on its continuity. Different live performances may come and go, such as concerts, and often change their venues; but some theatres perform the same play many days a week for months on end. Even though the performance is the same, people still go to see the same performance, because the experience is different. It’s not like a static movie or soundtrack, a play can change subtly during each of its incarnations. When I think of theatre, I think of it as both art and entertainment. The creation process, the costumes, the acting, the entire production is an art form. But through that art form, it is given to the public in the form of entertainment. These terms are not mutually exclusive, but it certainly depends on the person who is evaluating the theatre. Participants—such as actors, lighting crew, etc—could possibly view the entire thing as art, since they are the ones creating it. It isn’t
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2008 for the course THE 103 taught by Professor Steele during the Fall '06 term at Mt. Wachusett.

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Final discussion - What distinguishes"theatre from other expressions or experiences Do you think of theatre as"art or"entertainment Are these term

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