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Intro to Theatre, Week 5 Notes

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Theatre, Week 5 Notes CO 1503

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These notes cover Midieval theatre
Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Monday February 29, 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 27 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.


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Date Created: 02/29/16
Intro to Theatre Medieval Theatre Fall of the Roman Empire Medieval Europe  Western Roman Empire falls 476 AD  Different factors going on everywhere  Europe in chaos o Black Death o Scattered people and towns  Pagan religions of old o Superstition o Witchcraft  Crusades o Try to take back Holy Land o Lasted for a long time The Church and the Theatre  Christian church is in control of many aspects of people’s daily life  Mid-400s AD theatre stops because Roman theatre is unmoral  Outside entertainment o Dance and music o Mummers  Masked performers o Jongleurs  Wandering poets Return of Theatre  Church banishes theatre after fall of Roman Empire o How are they going to teach illiterate common folk and convert uneducated pagans o Answer: through art  Stained Glass Windows o Depicted Biblical stories o Exploded throughout churches in Europe as a teaching method  Sculpture o Symbolic and allegorical o Church built on stories and held up by Bible characters  Painting o The development of painting spread throughout Europe o The subject was often stories of the Christian New Testament o Creatures and spirits were depicted to show the consequences of morality  Theatre o Theatre is reintroduced by Catholic church to show live scenes of Christian stories and used as a method of teaching Liturgical Drama  Short dramatic episodes acted out during mass  Inside the church  Often happened on/around festival/religious holidays o Like a passion play or nativity  The subject was Biblical stories  Playing space o Each scene the actors/monks would move to a different location o Alter o Choral stalls o Mansions  Small booths containing a stage arranged around the nave of the church  Performed by monks, priests, altar boys Drama gets banished again  Productions grew more spectacular and elaborate  Moved the mansions/scenes outside  Other people helped because it was too much for just the monks  Humor was added  Church didn’t like it so they gave up doing it Pageant Wagon Drama  Independent groups picked theatre up o These groups were often guilds (where surnames come from)  Subject is still Biblical stories that taught Christian morals  Tableau roulant o Rolling scenes o Festivals had scenes on wheels that people would visit  Tableau vivant o Living representation o During festivals people would pose and were wheeled around town Pageant Wagons  Booths with wheels on them that held scenic elements for the production  Lined up by each other or a circle to make a stage  Each wagon would often be sponsored by a guild and they would be responsible for the special effects  General atmosphere would be like aa festival or carnival  Church began to separate themselves further  Hell Mouth- demons came out of mouth of beast Morality Plays  Very popular form of medieval drama  Subject was salvation through stories o Not Biblical but inspired by Christian morals  Allegorical drama o Characters= moral qualities  Stories o We see the entirety of a character’s life from birth to death o Hero’s qualities or morals are attacked by sin o Good vs evil o Reward and punishment


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