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The Audience completes the performance how?
*interprets
*Theatre can't exist without audience, it then becomes a rehearsal
What is the purpose/goal of a production?
To affect the audience in a specific way.
The subject and medium of theatre are what?
Human Beings
What are the 4 points of STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS?
1. EXPOSITION: back story
2. POINT OF ATTACK: asks major dramatic question
3. CLIMAX: answers the question
4. DENOUMENT: Conclusion
SUBTEXT
underlying meaning
Aristotles 6 elements
1. PLOT
2. THOUGHT
3. DICTION
4. CHARACTER
5. SPECTACLE
6. SONG
Characteristics of a tragic hero?
1. Extraordinary person (high rank, status)
2. High status enables fall from a lofty position
3. Tragic flaw
Difference between a modern tragedy and a classic tragedy?
*Hero is not special; ordinary
*Written in prose vs. verse
MELODRAMA
Action adventure
exxagerated events; frighten or suspense
What is the difference between talent and creativity?
Talent = Natural
Creativity = Implies effort
Uta Hagen's 6 Questions
CHARACTER ASKS HIMSELF:
1. "Who am I?"
2. "Where am I?"
3. "What time is it?"
4. "What do I want?"
5. "What is in my way?"
6. "How do I get what I want?"
Stanislavski's Training was
Body: relaxation & movement
Voice: breathing & speaking
Mind: concentraion & discipline
Stanislavski's objective
Always a verb
Stanislavski's "Magic if..."
Empathetic, if I was this character in this situation, what would I do?
Why was a director needed?
When was a director "invented?"
To unify production elements, around the 1860's
3 steps in the directoral process
1. Preparing production
2. Rehearse production
3. Finish production
Directors preparation of the production includes:
1. READ THE SCRIPT
2. Research the playwright
3. Research historical period
4. Define the SPINE
SPINE
General action that motivates the play. A verb. Must apply to all characters.
What are the two directoral styles?
1. Interpretive
2. Creative
An interpretive director...
interprets the script and puts it on stage.
A creative director...
becomes the author of the production.
Another name for a creative director is...
"Auteur"
STYLE
Manner in which the spine is articulated.
The DIRECTORAL CONCEPT does 3 things
1. Embodies the spine and the style.
2. Defines point of view
3. Creates a unified experience for the audience
6 Styles of Directing
1. Discussional
2. Instructional
3. Coaching
4. Criticism
5. Experimental
6. Problem solving
DISCUSSIONAL DIRECTING
forges agreements
INSTRUCTIONAL DIRECTING
Imparts previously envisioned specifics
COACHING
Induces a fusion of the actor and the role.
CRITICAL DIRECTING
Sets fresh objectives
EXPERIMENTAL DIRECTING
Spirit of total freedom
PROBLEM SOLVING DIRECTING
Accuratley diagnoses actual problems and instigates effective countermeasures
Functions of Costumes
Communicate:
historical period
individual character
identify groups/ relationships between characters
style = realism or not, etc.
6 DESIGN ELEMENTS
1. Line
2. Shape
3. Mass
4. Composition
5. Color
6. Texture
6 STOCK SCENIC ELEMENTS
1. Flats
2. Stair units
3. Platforms
4. Door & Window flats
5. Drops
6. Scrims
2 types of COSTUMES
1. Built
2. Pulled
Design elements that are unique to COSTUMES
FABRIC (instead of mass, they look at texture)
SILHOUETTE or outline
ACCESSORIES
2 types of lighting instruments
1. Fresnell
2. Elipsoidal
Sound
Motivated vs. enviromental
Electricity in lighting allows us to
1. Control lighting
2. Make it brighter
3. Make it safer
4. Computers allow greater control & flexibility
ELEMENTS OF LIGHTING
1. Intensity
2. Direction
3. Color
4. Form (beam)
5. Movement