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Difference between drama and theatre
Drama is the written play. theatre is teh production of the written paly.
Plot
The action, the organizing principle of a play.
Language
Choice of words in the play. A heightened version of human speech.
Orchestra Pit
In proscenium theatre, a sunknen area between the apron and teh audience.
Raked
Set at an angle (the elevation of the stage).
Proscenium Space
Configuration where actor is on one side and teh audience is on only one side of the production area.
Thrust space
Audience is on three sides of the actor.
Black box
small flexible performance space which can be easily configured for each production
Arena space
Audience completely surrounds performance area.
Aesthetic distance
Psychological separation or a sense of detatchment; the recognition that what happens on the stage is not reailty, but art.
Interpretation
An audience member's intuitive response; the meaning assigned to what is observed.
Dialogue
Words spoken by characters in the play.
Playwright
Author or crafter of the play.
Casting Director
Specialist in finding actors for specific roles who assists the director.
Lighting designer
Designs all visual effects by controlling focus and mood with color, placement, and intensity of light.
Composer
Artist who creates original music for a theatre production.
Stage Manager
Makes sure things run smoothly on and back stage. Cooordinate a show during rehearsal and keep director's artistic choices intact during its run.
Producer
Person in charge of financial and business aspects of a production. Negotiates the rights to a play and hires a director who does the artistic side.
Scenic designer
Creates a visual home for the play onstage.
Sound designer
Creates acoustic and recorded sound for a production.
Lyricist
Artist who writes the words for songs.
Difference between theatre and film
Film-- all from the different camera angles, you can practice it and then tape it. theatre-- in theatre, the action will be different every time.
Apron
Extension of the sage that continues toward the audience below the proscenium arch
Wings
Spaces to the left and right for actors, etc, not yet visible in performance space.
Proscenium Arch
Large open arch that marks the division between the audience and performers. Frames action of performers and obscures the backstage area.
Grand drape
Front curtain in prscenium theatre used to hide things, or to indicate beginning and ending of acts or scenes.
House
Audience area of theatrical space.
Orchestra
Seating at floor level in front of stage.
Empathy
Emotional identification. A sense of participation, identification with the character.
Empathy
Emotional identification. A sense of participation, identification with the character.
Observation
Audience recognition of what is physically happening on stage. (change in color, change in light, etc)
Style
Manner of expressions and methods of onstage behavior as they affect compsotion and performance. Identified by character movement, changes in fashion, etc.
Stage directions
Written descriptions of physical or emotional action or physical appearance.
Point of attack
The time in the story at which the playwright chooses to begin dramatizing the work.
Exposition
Information needed to understand the play.
Inciting incident
Destroys the uneasy balance and sets off the major conflict.
RIsing action
The build in intensity
climax
emotional high point; critical stage reached and outcome decided.
falling action
events from the climax to the end of the play.
Character
Fictional person used to perform the action of the play.
Character credibility-- how do you learn the most about a character?
by their ACTIONS
Levels of characterization
Biological, physical, emotional (and psychological), social, ethical.
Thought
Ideas in a play
Language
The playwright's choice of words in the play. Can provide social class and regional information.
Role of Music
Encourages emotional identification.
Spectacle
The visual elements of a play. (setting) Based on culture adn teh preferences of the playwright.