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Performing Arts What is performing Arts Forms of creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music, and dance.

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Performing Arts

What is performing Arts

Forms of creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music, and dance.

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What is Theatre Arts

Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place.

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What Is Drama?

A drama is a story enacted on stage for a live audience.

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Origins of Drama• The word drama comes from the Greek verb dran, which means “to do.”

• The earliest known plays were written around the fifth century B.C.

• Produced for festivals to honor Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility

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Dramatic StructureLike the plot of a story, the plot of a play involves characters who face a problem or conflict.

Complicationstension builds

Climax point of highest tension; action determines how the conflict will be resolved

Expositioncharacters and conflict are introduced

Resolution conflict is resolved; play ends

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Dramatic StructureConflictIs a struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces. A conflict may develop . .

between characters who want different things or the same thing

between a character and his or her circumstances

within a character who is torn by competing desires

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COMEDY: light humorous dramas with a happy endingTRAGEDY: the main character suffers a disastrous endSATYR (satire): made fun of Greek legends

Types of Drama

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Types of Drama A tragedy is a play that ends unhappily.

• Most classic Greek tragedies deal with serious, universal themes such as

right and wrongjustice and injustice

life and death• Tragedies pit human limitations against the larger

forces of destiny.

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Tragic HeroesThe protagonist of most the classical tragedies is a tragic hero.

This hero• is noble and in many ways


• has a tragic flaw, a personal failing that leads to a tragic end




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ComedyA comedy is a play that ends happily. The plot usually centers on a romantic conflict.

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Comedy• Comic complications always occur

before the conflict is resolved.

• In most cases, the play ends with a wedding.

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The main characters in a comedy could be anyone:


Common peoples

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The CharactersThe characters’ speech may take any of the following forms.

Dialogue: conversations of characters onstageMonologue: long speech given by one character to othersSoliloquy: speech by a character alone onstage to himself or herself or to the audienceAsides: remarks made to the audience or to one character; the other characters onstage do not hear an aside

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The Audience

Finally, a play needs an audience to

experience the performance

understand the story

respond to the characters

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