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notes from exam 1

notes from exam 1 - Drama 116 1 Theatre a Theatre is a...

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Drama 116 1/12/07 1) Theatre a) Theatre is a performance that places human experience before a group of people—an audience—in the present moment. i) Weird phenomenon that we love to get together and experience theatre. ii) It will never ever happen again in the way that it did before. There will never be this live collaboration. b) For theatre to happen, two groups of people, actors and audience, must come together at a certain time in a certain place. c) Films are pictures done one after another, just photographs. Theatre is very different. Theatre as opposed to film has history—has been performed for 2,500 years. Why do we go to films more than the theatre? Theatre isn’t as convenient (not run several times a day everyday), it often isn’t advertised as well as films, and it requires more work as opposed to film because you have to use your imagination (you are not tired after a film because it does everything for you—edits for you, focuses in and out, adjusts the sound perfectly, etc…). d) Our society is too focused on things being convenient to appreciate theatre. We love melodrama (good vs. evil with good eventually prevailing). e) Theatre is one of the most immediate ways of experiencing another’s concept of life—what it’s like to be human. f) Theatre is a collaboration. There is a structure and discipline we live by when we go to the theatre. It is alive—a living art form. The experience begins from the moment you enter the auditorium. g) Theatre as a living art form. i) Theatre us a living art form, continually before us in the present time until that final moment of the play. ii) In some ways, theatre parallels life. Humans experiencing theatre are involved in a collective presence as they laugh, cry, enjoy, and applaud. iii) Four essential parallels between theatre and life: (1) Actors  humanity (2) Simulation  reality (3) Rehearsal (memorization is the road to failure)  spontaneity (4) Audiences  society h) Theatre’s doubleness: i) Shakespeare said it best in As You Like It “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” ii) Suspension of disbelief is when you let go and feel emotion during theatre. i) Theatrical Illusion i) Theatre creates the illusion, as we watch, we are sharing an experience with others for the first time. ii) Aristotle: mimesis (action) in book. j) Theatre’s spaces i) Theatron (1) The “seeing place” or special place
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ii) What are the 3 basic components of theatre? Audience. Actors. Stage. iii) What are the two basic components of “theatre space?” auditorium area, and stage. iv) Different kinds of theatre space—proscenium stage—could also be called an apron stage because about 99% of proscenium stages have an apron to them (the type we have class in and in memorial hall) or picture frame theatre space (specifically made to distance the audience from what is happening on stage).
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