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I.Storytellinga.Theatre grows out of our natural desire to tell storiesb.It’s the root of modern storytellingc.Film and tv are built fromitd.Stage used as metaphor for lifee.Theatre focuses on human storiesII.We use stories too..a.Teacha.i.Morals, Ideas, Historyb.Ask questionsb.i.Offer new ideasb.ii.Challenge audience opinionsc.Entertainc.i.To laugh, be awedc.ii.Storytelling and spectacled.Create communityd.i.Face-to-face interaction importantd.ii.A place to debate and enjoy ourselves collectivelyd.iii.Similarities to religionIII. Theatre and its audiencea.A simple relationsa.i.Actor +audience= theatrea.ii.They react to each other in the momenta.iii.Audience completes the evenb.Conventionsb.i.“Rules of the game”b.ii.Contractb.iii.Agree what is real- “the wiling suspension of disbelief”b.iv.Conventions changePLAY READING BASICS (not tested on)I.Remember: a play is meant to be spoken aloudII.Elements of play scripts:a.Cast of characters (dramatis personae)b.Notes from the playwright?c.Look at structure-understand the play one scene at a timed.Dialogue- spoken wordse.Stage directionsTrue Beauty, by Max GlennDiscuss with a partner…•How would you describe each character? How they stand out from one another?
•What are the tragic elements of this play•What are the comic elements of it?•What is the overall metaphor for the play? What is it saying?I.The Production Teama.How many people create a theatre production?b.Definition: a tightly organized group of people who work together to bring the play to life onstage.c.Artistic Director-c.i.Oversees all artistic elements of the companyc.ii.Suggests/determines the seasond.The Producerd.i.Finance the productiond.i.1.Broadwayd.i.1.a.group of investorsd.i.2.Community Theatred.i.2.a.Volunteer effortd.i.2.b.Local businessesd.i.3.OSUd.i.3.a.Departmental supporte.Business Managere.i.Financial life of the productione.ii.Oversees publicity/ advertising/ box officef.House Managerf.i.House vs. stagef.ii.Comfort and safety of the audienceg.Stage Managerg.i.Oversees all aspects of productiong.ii.Main information conduitg.iii.Runs rehearsals and runs the showh.Dramaturgh.i.Background researchh.ii.In-house critich.iii.Audience educationi.Technical directori.i.Implement the designsi.ii.Oversee construction and run crewsII.The Production Schedule (from page to stage…)a.Pre-productiona.i.Director and designer meetingsa.ii.Auditionsa.ii.1.“Cattle call”
a.ii.2.Inviteda.iii.Callbacksb.Rehearsalsb.i.Read-throughb.ii.Blocking – where to walkb.iii.“off book”- no longer to carry script anymore. Totally memorizedc.Tech Rehearsals to openingc.i.Technical Rehearsalsc.i.1.Add lights, sound, moving scenery, propsc.ii.Dress Rehearsalsc.ii.1.Add costumes, makeup, hairc.iii.Final Dress (Preview)c.iv.Opening nightc.v.StrikeI.Euripedes (480-406 BC) & Bacchaea.Wrote 90+ okays—only 19 survivedb.Won Dionysus play competitionc.