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Purposes & Strengths of Live Performance24/01/201314:23:00←Storytelling:←1. Theatre grows out of our natural desire to tell stories←2. It’s the root of modern storytelling←3. Film and TV are built from it←4. Stage used as metaphor for life←5. Theatre focuses on human stories←←We use stories to •TeachoMorals, ideas, history•Ask QuestionsoOffer new ideasoChallenge audience opinions•EntertainoA place to laugh/be awedoStorytelling and spectacle•Create communityoFace to face interactionoA place to debate and enjoy ourselves collectively not as individualsoSimilarities to religion
←Theatre and its Audience←- Simple Relationship•Actor + Audience = theatre•They react to each other in the moment •Audience completes the event←- Conventions•“rules of the game”•contract•agree what is realoThe “willing suspension of disbelief”•Conventions change←- Presentational – a presentation is going on •Non-realistic•The fourth wall•Actors “ignore” audience←
The Production TeamThe Basics of Play reading24/01/2013 14:23:00←Remember: a play is meant to be spoken aloud←Elements of Playscripts•Cast of characters (dramatis personae)•Notes from playwright•Look at structure – understand the play one scene at a time•Dialogue – spoken words•Stage directions←Toast by Brian Rotman←←The Production Team←- A tightly organized group of people who work together to bring the play to life onstage•Artistic DirectoroOversees all artistic elements of the companyoSuggests which play will be performed•The ProduceroFinance the ProductionBroadwayGroup of investorsCommunity TheatreVolunteer effortLocal businesses
OSUDepartmental support•Business ManageroFinancial life of the productionoOversees publicity/advertising/box office•House ManageroHouse vs. StageoComfort and safety of the audience•Stage ManageroOversees all aspects of productionoMain information conduitoRuns rehearsals and runs the show•DramaturgoBackground researchoIn house criticoAudience education•Technical DirectoroImplement the designs oOversee Construction Crews←The Production Schedule- Pre Production
•Director/designer meetings•AuditionsoCattle call or open auditions, invite onlyoCallbacks←- Rehearsals•Read through•Blocking•Off Book – memorize all lines←- Tech Rehearsals to opening•Technical rehearsals: add lights, sounds, moving scenery, props•Dress Rehearsal: add costumes, makeup and hair•Final Dress (preview)•Opening Night•Strike←←