2-12 (Scene Design) - Notes: 2/12/08 Acting Q: what is...

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Notes: 2/12/08 Acting Q: what is acting? A: chosen behavior in given circumstances Q: what is an actor? A: the actor is one of the craftsman who create the theatrical work of art Acting History Craft pre-dates written history Formal roots in ancient Greece o Festivals honoring Dionysus Elaborately staged choral hymns or poems Thespis (534 BC) o Poet o Singled out one member of chorus o Created dialogue o Thespian = actor Greek tragedy o Speaking actors = 3 The Middle Ages o Dramatized bible lessons Actor – monks Mystery plays o Actors – tradesmen o Producer – trade guilds Renaissance o Commedia Dell’Arte (Italy) o Professional actors Stock characters Extensive improvisation Elizabethan England o Companies Wealthy patron support o 1572 English law recognizes acting as legal profession o William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Actor, playwright, “director, producer” 19 th century o Theatre popular with all classes o Repertory companies
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course TAR 103 taught by Professor Yarnelle during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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