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What is Theater 8th

Intro to Theater MCA 8th Grade

Monique Parker

on 5 November 2014

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What is Theater?
Defining Theater:
A Live Event
1. A live event
2. Actors
3. Audience
4. A particular place
5. A particular time
Actors & Audience
Theater is present tense.
Recordings can play back something at an earlier time, but they're not the REAL experience of theater any more than a boring video replay of winning touch down--it's not like being in the Super Dome cheering on the Saints.
Defying Gravity "Wicked"
People call theatre the “all encompassing art
form” because it combines visual, musical
and performance art in a way that reaches us
through the 5 senses.

Watch this clip and write a journal about all
the ways that Wicked incorporated the visual
arts. Which of the 5 senses are not reached
through this form?.
live event that involves actors and audience
happens in a particular place at a particular time
has a lasting impact on audience
uses conventions to communicate all 5 senses
Ten Traits of Theater
6. The present tense
7. A predetermined structure
8. Understood conventions
9. Communication through all 5 senses
10. A lasting impact
Theater takes place only once.
No matter how carefully actors rehearse, each performance is a different experience.
The excitement of the live event comes from the knowledge something could go wrong and the unexpected possibilities that has made theater popular for more than 2,000 years!
Anything can happen
Never the same thing
Without Actors - theather can't

Really? Honestly - this and the next slide go
without being said. However, they are elements
of theater so you have to know them.
Without an audience, theater can't happen.

Theater is an EXPERIENCE...it's something you enjoy when you respond to the actions performed by actors with a group of people.
Your laughter and applause influences the actors' performance--which in return shapes your EXPERIENCE!
A Particular Place
A Particular
Theater happens in a particular place.
We go to the theater, it doesn't come to us.
Theater is performed in places designed for it.
You can't just go to the theater any time you'd like...it only happens when actors and audience convene in a particular place at the same time. Like a wedding or the Super Bowl
The Present Tense
Theater has an organized structure.
It's divided into acts and shorter segments called scenes.
The printed program give the acts and scenes.
Predetermined Structure
Theatrical conventions are the agreed upon rules.
For example: actors take a curtain call at the end of a performance and bow to the audience.
Understood Conventions
Mrs. Parker's Favorite :)
Lightwire Theater
Another convention, when an actor talks to directly to the audience it's called an

That's when the actors on stage pretend they don't hear what is being said.
Another convention is the willing suspension of disbelief...what this means is when the audience consciously sets aside its knowledge that what is happening on stage is fiction and pretends to believe that what's it's watching is really happening.
The willing of suspension helps you better understand the convention of the
fourth wall.

For example, if a play is set in a kitchen, the actors pretend that in addition to the 3 walls, a fourth wall exists facing the audience. The audience can see, but the actors pretend you can't see through the wall!
we are the TV
The last 2 conventions are virtual time and virtual place.

This describes our understanding that the action onstage is happening in a time/place different from our own. Theater happens in a place we escape to.
We receive theater through all 5 senses:
We See it
We hear it
We smell it
We taste it
we feel it
Your experience is called empathy...when you participate in the actor's feelings on stage..we flinch when an actor scalds his mouth from drinking hot coffee on stage.
Communication Through All 5 Senses
Lasting Impact:
Theater is an experience that stays with us..hopefully, a performance is so funny or so moving it stays with us.
Lasting Impact:
Theater is an experience that stays with us..hopefully, a performance is so funny or so moving it stays with us.
Finding your motivation
Major Contributions of Drama
It instructs
It can be used as protest
It amuses or entertains
It reflects some part of society
Drama should contain conflict of:
Man vs. Man - Streetcar named Desire

Man vs. Society - The Crucible

Man vs. the elements - Tempest

Man vs. Himself - Hamlet
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