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Elements of Drama and Reading a Play

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Tabitha Pickle

on 3 March 2011

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Transcript of Elements of Drama and Reading a Play

Drama Elements and Reading a Play How do you read a play? Think about the setting Visualize the characters Read with expression Understand stage directions Drama Vocabulary act - a major division within a play, similar to a chapter in a book. cast of characters - a list of all the characters in the play, usually in order of appearance. comedy - dramatic work that is light and often humorous in tone, usually ending happily with a peaceful resolution of the main conflict. drama - form of literature meant to be performed in front of an audience. narrator - the voice that tells a story. scene - the action is divided into acts and scenes. Typically occurs at a single place and time. script - text of a play. stage directions - the instructions to the actors, director, and stage crew. (Might suggest scenery, lighting, sound effects, and ways for actors to move and speak.) tragedy - dramatic work that presents the downfall of a dignified character or characters (who are involved in historically or socially significant events. Succeeding events are linked in a cause-and-effect relationship and) lead inevitably to a disastrous conclusion. playwright - person who writes the drama.
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