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Unformatted text preview: DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 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 DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 o Spontaneity Im provisation o Society Audiences o Learning Rehearsal o World Stage ( All the worlds a stage ) Theatres 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 m irror o The Elizabethans thought the theatre m irrored life. Shakespeare had Ham let describe the purpose of acting in Act 3, Scene 2 ( Speak the speech I pray you ). Looking into a m irror is in a sense, like going to the theatre. The actor o Acting is doing. Acting is portraying a characters wants and needs through art istically t ruthful behavior that reflects a characters psychological and emotional life. Acting is NOT: o Showing o Narrating o Illust rat ing o Exhibit ing 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 characters needs within the given circumstances of the play The actors reality o The actors goal is to tell the characters circumstances in the plays story as effectively as possible o Those circumstances are the essential conditions in the plays world that include time (when), place (where), and surroundings (what) o The actor must concentrate on the truth of the characters behavior his or her sensory responses, psychological motives and objectives in the context of the performance or the audience External techniques (outside to inside) DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 o He or she approaches a role through a deep and passionate study of human...
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