Week 2 notes: Envisioning the Stage
Week 2 notes: Envisioning the Stage DRAMA101
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Erica Jingozian on Thursday September 10, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to DRAMA101 at University of Connecticut taught by Dr.Macki in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 67 views.
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Date Created: 09/10/15
Envisioning the Stage theatrical space and production primary staging con gurations Theater and Sports Similarities staging area structure beginning middle and end happening live audience can react coaches and directors engages the audience different positions and different characters Differences audience is divided in sports statistics in sports vs theater sports you re always trying to win the end goal is winning You re not trying to win anything while putting on a play An athlete is ALWAYS an athlete At the end of the day Robert Downey Jr is not Iron man but Tom Brady is always Tom Brady There is no impersonation and illusion quotWilling suspension of disbeliefquot even though audience knows events are not real it agrees to believe them Rocky Musical on Broadway ightening boxing wing was rotating needed a lot of space Types of Stages 1 Amphitheaters a A lot of eating b Goes down c Outside 2 Proscenium a Has the most potential for realistic spectaclescenery b Audience is on one side c Arch way with a lot of drapery and curtains where you can hide all scenic elements d Special effects y system objects come up from stage elevator e Changeable scenery f Box set i Allows for 3D illusion of different rooms audience is 4th wall intricate set design ii Typically installed into the space so it won t change iii Advantages intricate set focus attention lots of backstage space good view iv Disadvantages may not be intimate for people in balcony 3 Thrust a The stage thrusts out into the audience allows audience to have a more intimate relationships with each other and actors b Less like you re watching a tv show no hidden scene changes bc no curtain to hide behind c Audience becomes part of it d Advantages focus more on costumes lightening is more important audience is connected to the actors e Disadvantages limited set changes 4 Arenas a Every audience member will get a different point of view b Audience on 4 sides no backstage c Set is xed d Lightening and costume is extremely important e Very close to actor see those intimate moments More realistic f More people in front row g Actors are incredibly vulnerable bc audience crowds the stage no place to hide In a black box theatre the audience seating and performance is very exible can set up audience or action anywhere you want in this space manipuation tend to be smaller with the black box you can mimic a thrust proscenium or arena but on a small and intimate scale