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Theatre Glossary - Printed

Theatre Glossary - Printed - Fine Arts Curriculum Standards...

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Fine Arts Curriculum Standards Approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education August 31, 2001 Jeanette Crosswhite , Arts Education Director THEATRE GLOSSARY Acting. The process of creating roles and characters in dramatic context. (see Characterization). Aesthetics. The branch of philosophy that deals with theories of art and beauty. Aesthetic Distance. The perspective of a member of the audience in relation to performance. A work is "distanced" so that it can be seen aesthetically and not confused with reality. Aesthetic distance permits objective response even in the face of subjective experiences. Aesthetic Qualities. Those characteristics of a work that place it somewhere on the scale of beautiful to ugly. Aesthetic Response. A person's reaction to the emotional values and cognitive meanings of a work of art (e.g., a theatre experience). Artistic Discipline. Adherence to beliefs, values, and behaviors deemed accepted in the artistic field. Audience. One or more persons who observe actors in a scene or play in a classroom or a theatre. In theatre education, audience is sometimes loosely used to mean the reflective performer as well as classmates, other students, faulty, or the public. Character. A person, animal, or entity in a story, scene, or play with specific distinguishing physical, mental, and attitudinal attributes. Character Dimensions. Physical aspects (e.g., sex, age, external traits), social aspects (e.g., family, occupation), and psychological aspects (e.g., attitudes, motivation, values) of a character. Characterization. The process of exploring the physical, social, and psychological aspects of a role in order to create a believable character. (see Acting) Communication. Verbal or nonverbal interaction between persons to share meaning. Concentration. The ability to focus and maintain attention upon an object, image, idea, action, or experiences while excluding distracting factors. Concept (Design). The designer's interpretation of the director's vision in scenery, properties, lighting, 1 of 7
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sound, costumes, and makeup. Concept (Directional). A vision which the director develops about the meaning and significance of a play which is then rehearsed to fulfill that vision. The test of the validity of the director's concept is the degree to which it clarifies the meaning and enhances the power of the text. Concept (Production). The unified, physical expression that fulfills the director's vision. Costume. An actor's stage clothing. Creative Drama. (see Drama/Theatre and Dramatic Activities) Dialogue. Words spoken by the characters in a play to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Directing. The process of guidance, bother external and internal, incorporating the development of leadership skills; the unification of a production from its basic interpretation through all the acting and technical phases up to the time of performance.
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