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Theater Exam

TermDefinition
Playing the conditions the way in which an actor uses elements such as time and place and weather to meet his or her objective
Concentration the ability to direct your thoughts energies and skills in to what you are doing at any given moment
Monodrama a play written and performed by one person
Pathos a quality in drama that arouses pity
Presentational a theater style in which the characters on stage acknowledge the presence of an audience
Humanities the areas of human interest that deal with the arts and literature
Henrik Ibsen the playwright of "A Doll's House"; has been called the Father of Realism or Modern Drama
Internal Stimuli thoughts and emotions
Subtext the hidden meaning that lies between the lines
Substitution a technique in which an actor recalls a personal experience in order to capture the emotional response called for in a scene
Fade Off Lines lines that actors trail off rather than finishing
Ingredients of drama Actors, audience, place, light
Cut Off Lines lines interrupted by another speaker
Symbolism the use of one element-a character, prop, a piece of scenery-to represent something else
Spontaneity the naturalness needed to keep a production fresh
Inflection the term for variety in pitch
Script drama that is written down
Range the span between the highest and lowest notes on the musical scale that one can reach without straining
Volume the relative strength, force or intensity with which sound is made
Body Language another term for nonverbal communication
Situation the problems, challenges and circumstances character must face
Versatility the ability to change in and out of character easily
Avant-Garde the term that applies to new and experimental styles
Catharsis a purging or cleansing that results in emotional release
Adrenaline the body chemical that can provide "superhuman" abilities
Caricature a type of comedy that uses exaggeration of physical or personality traits as a source of humor
Motivation the causes and reasons for a character's behavior
Nasality the undesirable voice quality that reduces resonance as vowel sounds are diverted from the nasal cavities
Projecting reaching out with your character to all members of the audience
Paraphrasing stating the meaning of a line in your own words
Representational a theatre style in which the audience views the action of the play through an imaginary "fourth wall"
Allegory a play that teaches moral principles through characters that personify abstract qualities and concepts
Drama means "to do or to act"
Improvisation an impromptu portrayal of a character or scene
Diction the selection and pronunciation of words and their combinations in speech
Created by: KeyLime1600