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Intro to Theatre Arts

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Intro to Theatre Arts THEA*101*05


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Introduction to Theater Art
K. McIntyre
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Theatre 101
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Date Created: 05/18/16
Introduction to Theatre Arts 101 Week 2 Notes for Exam 1  6 Elements of Theatre 1. Plot - The most occurring element - Life and soul of the drama - Arrangement of the incidents - Plot is different from the story- the story is what happens; the plot is HOW it happens. Elements of Plot  Rising Action - Exposition - Antecedent Action/ Inciting Action - Point of Attack  Conflict - The clash of opposing forces  Climax - Point at which one or the other of the forces is favored; the point at which events must turn in one direction or another.  Resolution/Denouement - Whatever happens after the climax - Not always resolved satisfactorily  2. Character - “The agent for the action” - There is no play without characters  Four basic types of conflict - Protagonist against antagonist - Protagonist against protagonist - Protagonist against society, for example, the movie Mean Girls - Protagonist against nature, for example, the movie Day after Tomorrow - Protagonist- the person you are rooting for to win  3. Thought - Message or theme of the play - The universal truth learned by all audience members - Can only be conveyed through the use of the plot and characters - Spoken reasoning of human characters and can explain the characters or story background  4. Diction - Refers to the quality of speech in tragedy, the language the playwright uses to indicate their characters’ personalities, education level, social caste, etc.  5. Music - Every intentional sound is incorporated into the show  6. Spectacle - Visual appeal - Least important/least connected with the work of the poet (Playwright) Roman History - Founded in 753 BC - Theatre said to have begun in 240 BC with imitations or translations of Greek plays - Earlier performances existed, but were primarily acrobatics, trained animals, jugglers, athletes, music and dance.  The Romans were very unoriginal - Less of a religious influence - Still had Gods, but also worshipped household spirits and animistic forces and very superstitious - More about aesthetics - Audience so rude the actors would soon begin to mime - Most comedies involving mistaken identity, especially gods disguised as humans - Fewer than 30 plays survived, mostly those of Plautus and Terence  Periaktoi- method of changing scenery (sometimes credited to Greeks)  The Code- what types of clothing certain actors would wear - Black wig or purple robe- Young man - Gray wig or white wig- Old man - Red wig- Slave - Yellow robe- Woman - Yellow tassel- God  Along came the Christians - Fall of the Roman empire - All Theaters destroyed because they were considered hedonistic - Romans buried books, art, sculptures, and plays beneath the sand  Dark ages or Middle ages - After the fall of the Roman empire cities were abandoned - Took several hundred years to re- emerge - Areas became increasingly more agricultural - The Roman Catholic Church ruled religion, politics, and education - Theatre could only be performed to teach Christianity  Next movement - The Pageant wagon - The Mansion stage - Liturgical Drama- Boring, Latin - Vernacular Drama- Spoken Volgate, the common man - Mystery or cycle plays - Miracle Plays - Morality plays- teaches a moral, most popular


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