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THEA 101A Introduction to Theatre

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    Feb 03, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I'll be the first one to tell you that I am not a huge fan of theatre and I did not originally sign up for this class, but after this course I was extremely grateful that I took it. It was a genuinely an energetic, creative and fun class, grant it Professor Cooper had a high admiration for theatre and is a Director for an upcoming play , but THEA 101 was never boring.

    Course highlights:

    For me, since I studied Scott Fitzgerald, author of "The Great Gatsby", and Tennessee Williams, author of "A Streetcar Named Desire", in high school those were definitely the highlight for me. However, the beginning of the course was interesting too because we studied the significance of Ancient Greek theatre and how it shaped the Modern Era of theatre, the creation of the chorus, the producer, and the director. And here's a fun fact, in the Shakespearean Era, plays were performed outside rain or shine, and the peasants that went to see the plays had to sit on the ground where they would eat, fall asleep, and defecate. That's just a little insight into the course, but it's so worth it.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are definitely considering taking this course, make sure that you take notes because the professor will give you information that is not located in your textbook--so always take notes. I would say the most important thing to do in this course is to just have fun, I'm not really into theatre but studying it really gave me insight into the history and origins of modern day drama and theatre. Even if you're not majoring in theatre, this course also helps with your writing too because the essays are usually argumentative based and not informative essays; so, give it your best and have fun.

    • Fall 2016
    • Trevin Cooper
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Final Paper

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