Upgrade to remove ads
New material just for Test 3
Terms in this set (25)
almost all working actors take class; new way of looking at roles
all actors audition. Opportunity to demonstrate to director their talent. Director looks for ease, spontaneity, power, and charm.
Most creative time for actors. Lasts 1-10 weeks (3-5 is customary). Some up to a year. "Preview" or "out of town" run. During Rehearsal actors learn their lines, create a character biography, create subtext, and reveal playwrights vision. Directors help memorize lines, create blocking, and stage actions. Line changes can be made by playwright.
True test. Strive for consistency - give same solid performance night after night. Don't "ham" it up. Audience is often invisible due to lights, but can be felt. Veterans know how to "hold for laughs" and find the "moment of tension". Keep it fresh by total immersion in part, and rework the lines. Acting/performing is a "high" addictive.
Actors calling card
given a script to audition with no rehearsal
What would I do here if it was me?
18/19th century. Father of realistic acting - founded the Moscow Art Theater. Independent theater movement; 1st season: Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Subtext is what audiences come to see.
plot, period, time, place, conditions, environment, interpretation, "playing field, ground rules, equipment"
Michael Chekhov - memory of emotion; sense memory.
Emotional memory: difficult and should only be done by someone who knows what they're doing; psychological.
Centers of Energy
Gut, Groin, Head, Heart
Directing is an exercise in leadership, imagination, and control. Organizes production (scheduling, acting, design, staging, tech), conceptualizes, gives it vision and purpose.
A. Director needs to be able to see the inherit theatricality of a script (new/different)
B. Audience interest is most important.
C. Can play be performed? Right theater space? Have the rights to do it? Can you cast it? Money?
-Focuses and informs an entire production, provides insight into characters, conscious or unconscious choice
1. Social Statement
3. Specific interpretations
-sets tone, texture; director's creation; can be personal, helps focus production, becomes director's starting point
Director/designer teams: exclusive partnership. Should have a mutual respect, give/take relationship, collaborative relationship
90% of directing.
Look for perfect actor for part/learn to settle. Look for chemistry between actors. Monologues & cold readings. Look for 1. Training, 2. Physical characteristics, 3. Vocal technique, 4. Suitability to play, 5. Intelligence, 6. Presence
From paper to stage - get the play "up on its feet". Funnel effect of rehearsal with time. Time pressure.
comes with the job, director must lead - no choice. Manner in which director uses power; puts his brand on the production.
positioning actors on the set and moving them about theatrically. Common view of the director's job. Special blocking: choreographers, dueling masters. Good blocking is not noticed and creates excitement.
Major movements - blocking pattern becomes over all staging.
on paper before rehearsals. Also improvise and then set.
small scale movement: mixing drink, answering phone, adjust tie, etc. usually actor originated. Prop: short for property.
Director selects a play, conceptualizes its production to guide dramaturgically, intellectually, and aesthetically. Assembles a team of designers technicians and actors.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...
TCU THEA 11003 - Dr. Walsh - Final (Combination)
Walsh survey of theater-- final
OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR
ENSC 10143 Final Review
final essay questions
True/False Questions Review