NOVEMBER 3-6 IS YOUR FINAL OUTSIDE OF CLASS REQUIRED PRODUCTION! BE
SURE TO SEE IT ON November 3-5 AT 7:00 P.M. IN TUCKER THEATRE OR ON
SUNDAY, November 6 AT 2:00 P.M. IN TUCKER THEATRE.
***READ THE RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY AS THERE ARE THREE
PARAGRAPHS AND FOUR TERMS THAT ARE TO BE INCLUDED IN EACH
Write one fully developed paragraph ( 5-7 complete sentences) for EACH question ( Acting, Theme &
Meaning and Design) and be sure to provide specific examples of moments from the performance to
support all of your thoughts; you should find yourself using words/phrases like “because,” “such as,”
and “for example” often. There are four underlined terms for each question, choose at least three of
those terms to include in your paragraph and be sure that it is clear through your writing that you
understand their meaning! However, do not feel compelled to answer each of the sub-questions, but
rather use them as a general guide to frame your complete response on each topical area. Please note:
Length of essay answers must go beyond the specified length to get full credit. The length specified for
answers are the minimum. If you only meet the minimum, you will receive a C “passing” (equivalent
points) for that question. Points will be deducted for misspelling, lack of punctuation, texting acronyms
and improper case use.
1) Acting: Were the performers believable, given the requirements of the play? If so, how did they
seem to accomplish this? If not, what occurred to impair or destroy believability? (As you discuss
this, be sure to separate the performer from the characters. For example, you can dislike a
character but admire the performance. ) Did the technical abilities of the performers support
their work? [i.e. vocal traits like loudness and articulation; physical traitslike appropriate
movement and natural gesturing: believability of specific actions ( as opposed to general) and
relationship to other characters] How so or how not? Suggestions: compare & contrast more
than one character!
2) Theme and Meaning: What is the theme of this play (the main idea?) How does the overall
theme and meaning of this play relate to and express the present day culture and values of
society? Identify this form of drama (for example: comedy, tragedy, Shakespeare, musical,
storytelling?) Explain how these characters in the play and the form of drama is relevant to
American Culture today.
3) Design: OVERALL- Did the elements of the production seem to be unified and to fit together
seamlessly? How was this reflected in the visual elements (the scenery, props, costumes,
lighting, etc.)? Select ONLY ONE of the following design areas (either scenic, lighting, or
costumes) for your response.
SCENERY – Was the style of the scenery realistic (like rooms of a real house or space) or
nonrealistic (abstract forms and shapes on a bare stage?) Was the setting a specific place, or
was it recognizable or a real locale? Did that choice seem appropriate for the play? Discuss the
effectiveness of the set (scenery or pieces of scenery which stand independently in a scene) and
the props ( properties; objects that are used by performers onstage or are necessary to
complete a set – usually props will be carried and used by an actor onstage.) What sort of
atmosphere did the set suggest? How was this atmosphere created? How was color used in the
set? Did it suggest mood or place?
COSTUMES – Did each of the character’s costumes seem appropriate for the style (realistic or
nonrealistic) of the piece? Did the costumes indicate or help you identify a character’s
personality, social status, occupation, etc.? Why or why not? Did the costume help establish
who these characters were? How was color used? Did the costumes support the actor’s work
(i.e. could they move, walk, etc. appropriately to the demands of the show?)
LIGHTING – Describe the mood of the lighting. How was color and intensity (how bright or how
dim the lights are set) used to affect mood? What other characteristics of light were used to
affect mood? Was the lighting appropriate for the style (realistic or nonrealistic) of the piece?
Was it appropriate for each scene? Why or why not?
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