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THEA 1206- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 35 pages long!)


Department
Theater Arts
Course Code
THEA 1206
Professor
Cooper Sivara
Study Guide
Final

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THEA 1206
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Topic: Live Performance
Theatre
o Collaborative
o Concerned w/stories
o Cosidered oe of the fie arts
Requires skills and training
Other fine arts include dance and music
o Art form
o Temporal each performance is unique
Theatro Greek = seeig place
Audience comes from Audentia (Latin) those who hear
Peter Brook Empty Space
o Space | Actor | Spectator
All 3 elements required
Spectrums
o Amusement Art
o Entertainment Efficacy
Efficacy: power to produce an effect
o Empathy Aesthetic Distance
Epath: uderstadig ad relatig to other’s eperieces
Aesthetic Distance: differentiating art from reality
Ritual: ceremonial act or actions
Theatre ca…
o Reinforce/subvert common beliefs
o Tell or reimagine a story
o Build a community
o Offer different perspectives
5 C’s of Theatre Appreciatio
o Culture
Ex: The Rocky Horror Show
o Creativity
Ex: Curious Incident
o Coolness
Fuerzabruta
o Commentary
Ex: Mother Courage
o Craft
Ex: The Lion King
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Theatre Spaces
Proscenium (picture frame)
o Coes fro Greek proskeio/Roa prosaeiu
Pro {in front of] + skene/scaeneum [scenery]
o “kee oes fro Greek ord for hut or tet
Used for storage
o Proskenion/proscaenium was the main playing area for theatre
o Playing area grew back into the skene
o Proscenium arch- gies piture frae feel
o Allows for imaginary fourth wall
o Characteristics
Deep stage/playing area
Typically large wings and fly space
Most prevalent in contemporary western theatre
Audience all facing same direction
Stage is a few feet higher than audience setting
Audience may be raked (constructed at an angle)
o Ideal for opleteess
Elaborate /intricate settings
Strong central focus
Hide the theatrical magic
Distance/formality
o Ideal for spetale
Ability to hide/store machinery
Size, depth, and scale
Quick, fluid scene changes
Singular audience perspective
Thrust
o Origins in Greek and Roman theatre spaces
o Medieal pageat agos to “hakespeare’s Gloe
o Characteristics
Playing area that thrusts out into audience
Area behind provides a focused background and/or backstage space
Most widely used venue throughout history
Audience wraps around main playing area
Either stage is raised (like Globe) or raked (Greek)
o Ideal for lassis/stortellig
Increased intimacy
Focus on dialogue and action
Great works of Elizabethan/Spanish Golden Age Drama
Close performer-audience relationship
Arena
o Evolved from an ancient tribal rituals, dances, and sacrifices
o Plays on hua’s desire to gather i a irle – to commune
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