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THEA1000 Intro to Theatre- Test 2 Study Guide

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Study guide to Test 2 covering chapters 6-10 referencing: Patterson, & Donahue. (n.d.). The Enjoyment of Theatre.
Intro to Theatre
John Carlson
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theatre, Play, stage, Director, costume, lighting
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Date Created: 10/11/16
THEA1000: Intro to Theatre  Test Two Study Guide   Differences between a Traditional Director and an Auteur Director:  Traditional Director Auteur Director  Auteur is the French word for “Author”  Directing originated in the time of the   Important development in the 20  century  Defined as “a director who takes the text  Greeks, only without the title “Director” and presents his/her own interpretation of   Ultimately responsible for the overall unity of a production and for coordinating the  it”  work of contributing artists   Ultimately it is the directors vision that   Often a lead actor or the playwright would  controls what the audience sees on stage  Did not hesitate to: serve as the direct r  Alter texts drastically  Combine texts from difference sources  Introduce other elements such as film,  video, dance, and the visual arts  Difference between a Director, Producer, and Stage Manager and their specific  jobs: Title: Director Producer Stage Manager Description:  Responsible for   The director’s   Vital to any  counterpart in the  production examining the text to understand  business and   Helps coordinate  dramatic purpose  management side of schedules, and the  and dramatic  a theatre production actual running of  structure, the   Not all theatre  the performance playwrights  productions have a  producer, but any  intension, the  truly commercial  fundamental  drama or conflict  production does  of the play, and  the “spine” or  main action of the  play  Must find a way to translate the play  from the page to  the stage Job roles:  Responsible for  Producers in   Calls rehearsals casting his/her  commercial theatre   Lets performers  production are responsible for  know their  the entire business  rehearsal schedule  Hold auditions  side of a   Makes all  where actors try  production: important  out for different   Raising money to  announcements roles finance the   Coordinates all   Works closely  production elements of light,   Securing rights to  sound, and scene  with the costume  designer, set  the script changes during the  designer, lighting   Dealing with agents technical rehearsal, designer, and  for any involved in  previews, for the  sound designer to  the production run of the show  develop the visual   Hiring the director  and aural aspects  designers and stage  of the production  crews, she/he may   Running  even have a hand in rehearsals casting  Dealing with   Gives the actors  their Blocking  theatre unions (Blocking­ actors’   Renting theatre  on stage  space  Keeping the  movement, where  production on a  they will go at  budget what point in each  scene)  Publicity   Keep in mind  what he  production will  look like from the  audiences  perspective (the  Stage Picture) and  aware of the pace  of the production  Difference between and Technical Rehearsal and a Dress Rehearsal: Technical Rehearsal Dress Rehearsal   Just before a play opens all the elements   The Dress Rehearsal is run just like it will are brought together in a technical  be preformed for the public rehearsal  Serves as a chance for the actors and crew   Combines all the elements together for the  to solidify what they are doing and polish  first time: Actors, props, costumes, lights,  the performance set sound etc.  The director must coordinate these  rehearsals, and fix what                        doesn’t work  Types of theatre spaces:  Proscenium Thrust Arena Found  “Frame Stage” separates   Has been most widely used of   Also called “circle theatre”   This means that a  the stage from the  all theatre spaces or “theatre in the round”  theatre is set up in a  auditorium and forms an   First introduced in the time of  has a playing space in the  space not ordinarily  outline for the stage  the Greeks center of a square or circle, used for performance  Most familiar stage set up  The audience sits on three  with seats for the audience   Street Theatre is set   First introduced in Italy  sides or in a semicircle around  all around it  up in this style  during the Renaissance  the stage  Sporting events use this  wherever there is   Because most of the   At the back of the playing area kind of set up space for a  action takes place behind  is some form of stage house,   Advantage of this set up  performance and  the opening or frame, the  providing entrances, exits and  offers the most intimacy  people to watch it  seats in the auditorium­or  scene changes because the audience  house­all face the same   Stage setup offers a sense of  surrounds the action from  way intimacy, giving the  every angle, there is no  “wraparound” audience a  frame or barrier to separate feeling of surrounding the  the performers from the  action audience  Offers staging challenges for   This stage set up offers the  directors because the audience  challenge of Blocking  is on three sides of the action  (There may be times in an  instead of just one arena performance when an actor has their back to a  certain part of the  audience)   Objectives of theatre designers:  Types of designer: Scenic Designer Costume Designer Lighting & Sound Designer Objective: 1.  Help set the tone and  1. Help set the tone and  1. Provide visibility style of a production style of a production 2. Help establish time and  2.  Establish the local and  2. Indicate the historical  place  period in which the play  period of a play and the3. Help create mood takes place locale in which it is set 4. Reinforce the style of  3.  Develop a design concep3 t . Indicate the nature of  the production consistent with the  individual characters or5. Provide focus onstage  director’s concept groups in a play: their  and create visual  4.  Provide a central image  station in life, their  compositions or metaphor where  occupations, their  6. Establish rhythm of  appropriate  personalities  visual movement  5.  Ensure scenery is  4. Show relationships  coordinated with the  among characters:  other production  separate major  elements  characters from minor  6.  Solve practical design  ones, contrast one  problems group with another 5. Meet the needs of  individual performers:  make it possible for an  actor to move freely in  a costume; allow a  performer to dance or  engage in a sword  fight. When necessary,  allow a performer to  change quickly from  one costume to another  6. Be consistent with the  production as a whole,  especially with other  visual elements   Elements of Design: Scene Elements of  Scene  Line Mass Compositio Texture Color Design: n Description: Outline or  Overall bulk of Balance and       The “feel”  Shading and  silhouette of  scenic  arrangement of  projected by  contrast of  elements  elements –  elements          surfaces and  color  onstage –  very large,  – vertical or  fabrics –  combinations curved or  heavy  horizontal?       chrome, glass,  angular lines platforms or a  Equally  wood, brick bare stage distributed or  all to                  one side?  Vocabulary:  Flat­ canvas over a wood frame used to create walls or divisions   Down light­ a direction in which lights are placed directly overhead so  that illumination comes from a particular angle   Footlight­ common at one time, a direction in which lights are placed but  they create strange shadows on the face  Trap Door­ cut out in the floor  The Stanislavski System­ the actor must believe in everything that takes  place on stage  Backlight­ a direction in which lights are placed from behind so that  illumination comes from a particular angle  Wagon­ platform low to the floor; used to support and transport movable  scenery  Scrim­ gauze or cloth screen that can be painted but also allow light to  pass through, used for special effects and flashbacks  Floodlight­ scoops, strip lights, and border lights o Bathe a section of the stage in a smooth defused wash of light  Blackout­ one of several hundred lighting cues in a production   Citation Patterson, & Donahue. (n.d.). The Enjoyment of Theatre.


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