Notes - DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2008 TO PERFORM o Create...

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DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2008 AUGUST 22, 2007 TO PERFORM: o Create a character that is both a part of and separate from ourselves o Human need; fundamental o Heart of theatre 3 types of performances: personal, community, and professional “We perform to protect ourselves” – We perform for power and security AUGUST 24, 2007 Community Performance o Ritual – bond community by reinforcing values, history, goals Wedding ceremony Graduation Birthdays Sporting events Funerals Beauty pageants Parades AUGUST 27, 2007 Multiple Realities? o For an audience, it can be one of the most powerful experiences. o Mysterious phenomenon Professional performance (3 rd  type of performance) In many ways theatre parallels life o Theatre is “alive” with its immediate communion with its audience o Theatre, ten, is a living art form, continually before us in present time until the  final moment Theatre bears a unique relationship to the aliveness it mirrors o What are these parallels between theatre and life? (see lecture notes from 8/29) AUGUST 29, 2007 6 parallels between theatre and life: o Humanity   Actors o Reality   Simulation
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DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2008 o Spontaneity   Improvisation o Society   Audiences o Learning   Rehearsal o World   Stage  (“All the world’s a stage…”) Theatre’s doubleness o Provides a sense of life reflected on stage o Audience experiences the actor as actor and fictional character o The actors are human beings playing at being other people; the stage is a  platform that pretends to be another world The mirror o The Elizabethans thought the theatre mirrored life.  Shakespeare had Hamlet  describe the purpose of acting in Act 3, Scene 2 (“Speak the speech I pray  you…”).  Looking into a mirror is in a sense, like going to the theatre. The actor o Acting is doing.  Acting is portraying a character’s wants and needs through  artistically truthful behavior that reflects a character’s psychological and  emotional life. Acting is NOT: o Showing o Narrating o Illustrating o Exhibiting AUGUST 31, 2007 Acting is not dressing up and displaying emotions! As a creative artist, the actor… o Selects sensory responses (both physiological and emotional in search for: Selected behavior pertinent to a character’s needs within the given  circumstances of the play The actor’s reality o The actor’s goal is to tell the character’s circumstances in the play’s story as  effectively as possible o Those circumstances are the essential conditions in the play’s world that include  time (when), place (where), and surroundings (what)
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