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Lecture 1

THEA 1100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Stage Fright


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 1100
Professor
Hanna R.Cusick
Lecture
1

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Chapter 1:
Oral Interpretation- art of communication to audience in intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic
works
Can be nonfiction/fiction prose, poetry, or dramatic scripts/writings
1. Starting the Interpretation Process
a.i. Writer orders ideas, words, sounds, and rhythms into prose, poetry, or script
a.ii. Writer bring own personal experiences and feelings and communicates to
audience those thoughts/emotions
b. Desired result- communicating shared experiences, both writer, and interpreter
c. Three Touchstones of Good Literature
c.i. Universal- something to say for all people for all time
c.ii. Individuality- unique and creative approach to universal subject
c.iii. Suggestion- leaves room for reader/audience to inhabit the work, uses own
background for enrichment
2. Analyze both Content and Structure
a. Content- what is being said
a.i. Intellectual or Logical- understanding meanings of piece
a.ii. Emotive- capacity of words/groups to create emotion/feelings
a.ii.1. Pain, pleasure, laughter, sadness
b. Structure- organization of the text
b.i. Prose Structure- patterns of phrases and individual sentences
b.ii. Poetry Structure- all patterns, sounds, stanzas, etc.
b.iii. Dramatic Structure- rhythm of characters’ speeches, word choice, sentence
structure, etc.
c. Common Obstacles- performance anxiety (stage freight)
c.i. Rehearsal- more you know material the better you will preform
c.i.1. Read/practiced out loud
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