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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: What is Theatre?
Introduction to Theatre San Antonio College Instructor: R. Watson Basic Definition of Theatre Basic Definition of Theatre
For theatre to occur there must be: 1. A performer (actor). 2. An audience. 3. A designated space. The Ten Traits of The Ten Traits of Theatre 1. A Live Event 1. A Live Event The event only takes place once. Each performance is a separate “event.” The possibility for change and the tension that results is what is exciting about live theatre. 2. Actors (Performers) 2. Actors (Performers) Without them, there is no action. They get all the attention. They provide what is seen or sensed. 3. Audience 3. Audience The response to a theatre piece is an en mass reaction. An audience responds to a theatre piece much like a herd of animals responds. Individuals’ reactions make them a part of the theatrical event. How could an audiences reactions effect the performance? 4. A Particular Place 4. A Particular Place We go to the theatre, it doesn’t come to us. Theatre takes place in a specially designated space. What are the possible places for theatre to occur? 5. A Particular Time 5. A Particular Time Theatre occurs at a predetermined time. It is a special event. Standard curtain time is 8:00 p.m. 6. The Present Tense 6. The Present Tense Theatre is a present tense event. A recording of a theatrical event is not the same experience as watching it live. Why is the excitement of a live performance lost when watching a video or DVD of a performance? Most plays are organized into Acts and 7. A Predetermined Structure 7. A Predetermined Structure Scenes. Usually between acts is an intermission. The program gives the audience that information. What is the longest a contemporary audience can sit without a break? 8. Understood Conventions 8. Understood Conventions A convention is an understood “rule” known by all who participate. What are the standard theatrical conventions that occur during a performance. Willing Suspension of Disbelief. The Fourth Wall. Virtual Time and Place. 1. Communication Through 1. All Five Senses Theatre is experienced by all five of the senses. (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Feel, Taste) That make theatre the most subjective of all the arts. 10. A Lasting Impact 10. A Lasting Impact A good theatre piece will have an effect on you as an individual. We relate our own experiences to what we see on the stage. Universality ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2010 for the course DRAM 1310 taught by Professor Watson during the Spring '10 term at Alamo Colleges.
- Spring '10