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Elements of Drama

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Ericka Sidbury

on 24 March 2014

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Transcript of Elements of Drama

Elements of Drama
Opening
What is the difference between film actors and theater actors? What is the difference between film and theater?
Drama
a particular type of fiction designed to be performed by actors on a stage in front of an audience.
Types of Drama
tragedy
CHARACTERIZED BY ITS FOCUS ON HUMAN SUFFERING. ALLOWS THE AUDIENCE A SENSE OF CATHARSIS. ALSO USED TO HIGHLIGHT THE POWER OF CULTURAL IDENTITY AS WELL AS THE CONTINUOUS IMPACT OF HISTORY.
Comedy
ANY PRODUCTION (THEATER, TELEVISION, OR FILM) WHICH USES HUMOR AS A PRIMARY MEANS TO TELL A STORY.
Cast
is a list of characters who are the people or animals that speak and perform the play. The cast list often briefly describes each character and how they are related to each other.

Narrator
is generally an inactive role in a play. The narrator's comments often explain or move along the action of the play.
is information about the time and place of a play's action. The setting is usually described in stage directions or at the beginning of each scene.

Setting
are written explanations of the time and place of the play as well as instructions about how actors and actresses should speak their lines.

Stage Directions
the conversation between and among characters in a play.

dialogue
is a speech by one character that is alone on the stage. A monologue is an important, dramatic moment because all attention is focused on a single character.
monologue
an introductory speech or poem addressed to an audience at the beginning of a play.
prologue
objects used in plays to create the setting of the play.

props
the background screens or hangings used to create places or setting of plays.
scenery
the placement and movements of characters on the stage during
the play.
staging
the focus of lights to draw attention to a single actor or a group of actors or the color mixture of the lights to create indoor/outdoor light or a time of day.
lighting
are created offstage to duplicate the normal sounds of the play's setting.

sound effects
instructions to the cast after a performance that are designed to help the players better perform their roles.
production notes
When the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not know.
dramatic irony
A character is much like another character in class, rank, and background, but has opposite traits which provide a contrast and conflict between the two characters.
foil
Exit Ticket
1. What is dramatic irony?
A. When a character knows something the reader doesn't.
B. When the reader knows something a character doesn't.
C. When a character uses sarcasm in dialogue.
D. a and b

2. What is a conversation between characters?
A. Monologue
B. Dialogue
C. Soliloquy

3. What is a way to divide the events that happen in a play?
A. Acts
B. Scenery
C. Scenes
D. Script

4. What are instructions for actors, directors, and the stage crew?
A. Props
B. Dialogue
C. Drama
D. Stage Directions

5. If you are looking at a list of characters in your program you are looking at a what?
A. attendance
B. checklist
C. bibliography
D. a cast of characters
an episode within the larger structure of the play, defined by rising action, climax and resolve

act
Play
literature scripted specifically for its performance; the combined dynamics of dialogue, drama, and impersonation
scene
a change in the grouping of characters within the larger structure of an act
Silent Reading
Use the worksheet to complete the web quest on Edmodo.com for your silent reading.
Objective
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of drama which are the components through which drama is structured and composed.
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