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Greek Tragedy

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Carolynn Scherle

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Greek Tragedy
Start Of Greek Theatre
Greek theater started all the way back to Grecian times. A common ritual called Dithyramb was often sung at the alter of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. These rituals soon turned into competitions for prizes at the nearby city.
There are many misconceptions about Ancient Greek theater. A lot of people misunderstand what the ancient dramas were actually like. Theater productions in Ancient Greece were actually very symbolic; to understand a play, you had to have some kind of knowledge of the significance and mythical background behind every part of dialogue. The plays actually included audience participation (much like modern stand-up comedy) and were originally part of religious rituals in honor of the Gods.
Main Parts of the Theater
The three main parts of the common Greece theater consisted of the
Orchestra
, the
Theatron
, and the
Skene
. The
orchestra
was where the main performance took place on stage. The
theatron
was pretty much the "house" of greek times. It was where the audience would sit to watch the play. The
skene
was the structure behind the orchestra. It contained all the dressing rooms, storage, and props.

Group 7
Created By:
Jace Olson, Ashley Long, Tyler Jones, Cheyenne Saizar, Carolynn Scherle
Ms Horne's Period: 1
Common Dithyramb competitions soon turned into
play
competitions, which was the start of Festival of Dionysus. The festival consisted of three whole days of pure theater and play writers. City Dionysia was growing very large. They built big theaters for the people to be seated and watch the fun performances. The theaters could hold up to 7,000 people!
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GREEK THEATER
Parts of the Ancient Greek Plays
Prologue:
It is the beginning scene that sets the play up.
Parodos
: The background information that happens while the chorus is singing and dancing.
Episode:
When the actors come into the orchestra and begin the first scene. Actors range between 1-3.
Stasimon:
It follows each episode with different types of songs and dances before the next episode.
Exodos
: At the end of the performance, the chorus summarizes the whole play in one song.
Importance of the Greek Chorus
The Greek chorus used to entertain the audience and really set up the play. It added in all the needed details that weren't given through the dialogue. The chorus were to sing and dance all the time. Without the chorus, the show would be useless!
The Importance of Costumes, Masks, and Scenery in Greek Plays
CITATIONS:
-listverse.com/2013/03/08/10-common-misconceptions-about-greek-theatre
The masks were used as covers for actors to take on multiple role throughout one performance. They also struck fear in the hearts of the audience, due to their extremely exaggerated facial features of the masks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_ancient_Greece#Mask_functions
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