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THEA 100 Final Exam Study Guide

by: Nichole Notetaker

THEA 100 Final Exam Study Guide THEA 100

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This is a study guide for our exam based on what Professor Dirden has said in class.
Robert Dirden
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Nichole Notetaker on Tuesday April 26, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to THEA 100 at Ball State University taught by Robert Dirden in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 74 views. For similar materials see Introduction/Theatre in Theatre at Ball State University.


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THEA 100 Final Exam Study Guide  Chapter 1: Performance and Art  ● The definition of art: man­made; subjective; wants an aesthetic response; its success  depends on its audience  ● The 5 A’s of Performance:  ○ Arena: where the action takes place  ○ Audience: people watching the action  ○ Actors: person who performs an action  ○ Action: the thing being done  ○ Arrangement: rules for how the actions are arranged  ● What is the difference between TV/film and live action  ○ TV/film is made to make money and is eternal  ○ Live action is ephemeral, and is usually performed for entertainment purposes  ■ Ephemeral = temporary  Chapter 2: The Text  ● The script: tells the story  ● Title: gives clues about the story’s plot  ● Character list: descriptions of characters  ● Preface/prologue: gives background information for the play  ● Stage directions: describe the actions that happen  ● You should always read a play at least twice because during the first read through you  are focused mainly on the plot. Once you know the plot, you can focus on the details of  the play.  ● Plays can be linear or episodic:  ○ Linear: follows a timeline  ○ Episodic: told in a series of stories; not always connected  ● 5 elements of plot:  ○ Exposition: beginning/background  ○ Rising action: introduction of conflict  ○ Climax: marked change; turning point  ○ Falling action: conflict starts wrapping up  ○ Resolution: how the story ends  ● 6 elements of a play:   ○ Plot: the story   ○ Characters: who are the people in the story?  ○ Theme: central idea; questions raised; topics discussed  ○ Diction: language  ■ Monologue: 1 person speaking on stage  ■ Dialogue: 2 or more people speaking to each other  ■ Soliloquy: 1 person expressing their inner thoughts  ■ Aside: when an actor breaks the 4th wall and talks to the audience  ○ Music/spectacle: sound and visuals perspectively  ○ Genre: type  ■ Tragedy  ■ Comedy  ■ Melodrama: mixture of tragedy and comedy  ■ Musical theatre  Chapter 3  ● Critic: reviews and can preview a play and publishes their opinion  ● Dramaturg: specialist who works with cast and designers during rehearsals; discuss  what is right and what is wrong; knowledgeable about the subject of the play; it’s their  job to make the play authentic  Chapter 4: Performance Locations  ● Proscenium:   ○ Framed stage   ○ The audience sits in front of the stage, on one side  ● Black box:  ○ Flexible staging, can be manipulated however the director wants  ● Arena:   ○ Audience is seated all the way around the stage  ● Alley:   ○ Like a runway; the audience is seated on both sides  ● Thrust:   ○ Proscenium with the audience on three sides of the stage  Chapters 5 & 6 not on the test  Chapters 7 & 8: Designers  ● Lighting designer: set the mood with intangible things  ○ They’re in charge of the atmosphere and how the lights look on stage  ● Scenic designer: they’re in charge of the set and the furniture  ● Costume/Makeup designer: they tell the visual story based on the look of the actors  ● Director: pick a play and a concept and make sure it becomes a reality  ● Props designer: choose every prop that isn’t a set piece  ● Producer: not seen much, pay for and advertise the play  ● Technical director: in charge of every other designer except for costume and makeup  Chapters 9 & 10 not on test  Chapter 12: Musical Theatre  ● Elements of a musical:  ○ Music: sound created by composer  ○ Lyrics: words put to music  ○ Libretto: outline of dramatic development (like a script)  ○ Dance: movement to music 


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