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Intro to Theatre, Week 2 Notes

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Theatre, Week 2 Notes CO 1503

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These notes cover class notes script structure, plot lines, playwrights, characters, subtext, theatre spaces, and theatre etiquette.
Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Tuesday February 9, 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 71 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.

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Date Created: 02/09/16
Intro to Theatre Script Structure  Scripts are meant to be performed  They are incomplete until they have been translated onto a stage  Audience is most important because without one it is just a rehearsal  Script doesn’t change but audience and performance change Theatre vs Film  Theatre is live whereas film is not  Theatre is different every time  Film is the same every time  Theatre is ephemeral- doesn’t last Aristotle  Said all stories have to have a beginning, middle and end”  This is known as completeness  Story has to have magnitude and depth Shape of story Climax Rising action Denouement Inciting accident Point of attack  Point of attack o Beginning of story o Where action starts  Inciting accident o First conflict o Interesting point  Rising action o Ebbs and flows o Catches audience’s attention  Climax o Biggest decision character makes o Crisis  Denouement o Falling action/epilogue o Fulfills audience o Puts story back in stasis- sense of normal, everyday life Playwright  Come up with story and characters  Defines characters by stage directions, dialogue, and subtext  Subtext is the meaning behind the lines  Subtext is more prevalent in modern plays How to find subtext  Reading the text o What the characters are saying o How does it fit into the setting  Taking a close look at stage directions o What the characters are doing  Structure of conversation o Is one person talking more  Relationship of characters o Do they talk differently to people  Objective o What do characters want o How the characters act o Super-objective  What is their primary goal out of life  Made up of smaller objective Character  Made up of: o Age o Profession o Social status o Relationships o Actions o Desires o Personality  Tone o Mood of play o Influences how the audience feels emotionally Theatre spaces  Arena o Audience is on all sides of the playing space o Entrances and exits for actors are located between the audience platforms in the manner of voms o Minimal scenery, low to ground o Actor has to keep on moving and project o Can pack in lots of people  Proscenium o The audience is positioned in front of a stage o Most common and youngest stage since 18 century o Allows for a presentational style of action and spectacle design o Details have to be bigger because of theatrical distance  Thrust o Combination of arena and proscenium o The audience is on 3 sides of the stage o Replacing a section of the audience is a staging are that allows for scenic elements, entrances, and exits o One of the oldest forms of theatrical presentation  Black Box o Flexible space theatre o Audience platforms can be configured in any way to suit the creation of multiple spaces o Comes with movable seating and platform  Found space o Find a space and do theatre in it o Benefits include different experience for audience and throws them off Theatre etiquette  No phone usage  Don’t show up late  Lobby lights flash twice when intermission is over  Hypoallergenic haze, stage guns, and strobe lights usage are mentioned in program  Performance are copyrighted and have to be paid for so no pictures or videos can be taken


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