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Intro to Theatre, Week 1 Notes

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Intro to Theatre, Week 1 Notes CO 1503

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These notes include the "what is theatre" notes from the first week of class.
Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Thursday February 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CO 1503 at Mississippi State University taught by William Stockstill in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 102 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.


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Date Created: 02/04/16
Intro to Theatre Theatre  Form of art that combines all the fine arts: dance, music, and visual art Drama  Has lots of emotions, made up of 6 elements  Anything can be a drama if it has emotion in it Elements of Drama  Spectacle o Heightened reality o Skewed but relatable  Music o Vocal or instrumental o Creates moods and expectations  Character o Protagonist- we want them to succeed o Antagonist- working against protagonist  Plot o The story line  Thought o Idea behind the story/event o The “why” o Provides cultural importance to society  Diction o Vocal transmission of words to audience How old is Theatre  Is as old as civilization  Every group of people has had theatre  Oral tradition o Telling stories verbally to teach morals and history o Different ways to tell a story  Re-enactment (Egypt)  Poetry  Music  Dance Theories of Theatre’s Origin  Hunter-gatherer ritual o Talking about spirits o Make up stories to explain nature  Community historian o Comes from oral tradition o Write down everything that happens o Is responsible for passing down history o Re-enacts history o Makes re-telling interesting by embellishing o Enlists people to act out while they narrate  Religious ritual o Re-enactment as a religious ritual o Thing people do as a group to worship gods or to appease spirits o Egypt  Abydos Passion Play  First recorded play  Re-enactment of Osirus ( dying and rising god)  Pharaoh plays the part of the god  Travels to perform at actual location  Performed every year for 2,000 years Theatre vs Drama  Theatre o The building  Drama o What we perform on stage  Theatre o The art form o Envelops both theatre and drama o Imaginary connection between audience and performance  Conflict o Makes story more interesting for the audience  Purpose of Theatre o Entertainment o Escape reality o Challenge audience Elements of Theatre  Story o Loose plot or thought  Performance o Actual actors translate story  Audience o Have to have one o Most important element


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