One of the imperative objectives in an Acting Techniques course is to view a Professional Performance. In addition to performances at the university, professional shows provide artists an opportunity to view the collaborative work of trained professionals.
Please view a live theatre play at a professional theatre house. Professional Plays can be viewed at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, or a theatre equivalent. Viewing a professional live theatre production is an opportunity to explore theatre from an audiences’ perspective. It also provides a clear look into persons pursing theatre full-time. The work you view should be polished, innovative, and should display a high level of expertise. This is an optimal experience for persons enrolled into an Acting Techniques course.
Although the work is valuable, seeing work at a elementary, middle, high school, university, or community theater will not be accepted. Although this work can be enjoyable, this work typically serves as a training ground for professional performers.
Although a professional performance option is optimal, to accommodate all schedules, there are three options for your viewing pleasure.
Professional Theatre Make-up Requirement:
Note: This is a two-part assignment. Both a.) and b.) must be completed to receive credit.
A.) First, in a 2-3 page double-spaced Times New Roman 12-point font size, please provide a written validation for the importance of viewing live professional performances as a theatre artist. Note: A separate Cover Page should be provided.
B.) Next, please view the 1953 film version of KISS ME KATE and write a 5-10 paper covering your experiences. Please use the Guide to Writing a Theatre Critique (found in this digital booklet)
KISS ME KATE is available for a fee via Amazon Video, iTunes, GooglePlay, VUDU, and Microsoft.
a.) write a 2-3 page double-spaced Times New Roman 12-point font paper in which you provide a written validation for the importance of viewing live professional performances as a theatre artist.
b.) Purchase the digital viewing rights to view the 1953 Film Version of KISS ME KATE and submit a 5-10 page review using the Guide to Writing a Theatre Critique paradigm posted within the digital booklet.
Guide to Writing a Theatre Critique
1. Thesis Statement
a. Supported throughout the critique (yes) (no)
2. Brief Synopsis
a. Was the synopsis used as an effective foundation and/or lever for discussion points?
3. History of play
a. Other works of playwright (yes) (no)
b. Themes typically explored by playwright in other works are presented (yes) (no)
c. Other locations/ venues of production? (yes) (no)
4. Theme Statement
a. If/then statement is utilized (yes) (no)
b. Statement includes cause and effect (yes) (no)
a. Favorite and least favorite actors/actresses are discussed including analysis of students’
viewpoint. (Remember: It is NOT enough to say “I loved it” or “I hated it”. Why do you feel this way? What would you have done differently? Why?)
b. Did the actors live “truthfully in imagined circumstances”? Why or Why not?
c. Were the actors cast consistent with the style of acting required by the piece?
d. In regards to articulation, were you able to understand the actors? Why or why not?
e. If dialects were used, were they believable and/or effective?
• Did the director’s concept support the playwright’s vision?
• Were the visual elements showcasing the play’s given circumstances used effectively?
e. Black box (capable of being used as a proscenium, thrust, arena, or stadium space)
• If a black box space was used, please state which theater space(s) were most prominent in executing the production.
a. Which props were used? Were the props used effectively?
b. How were the props used? I.e. Was pantomimed used in telling the story?
• If so, was the pantomime effective?
a. Describe the set.
• Was it a unit set? (yes) (no)
b. Describe the scenery.
c. How was the space used? (consider production concept and blocking)
d. Were there changes in location? (yes) (no)
• If so, how was the transitions executed?
1. Were transitions executed effectively? Why or why not?
a. Discussion of characters’ apparel: Were the costume choices in line with the given circumstances and personalities of the characters?
a. How was the lighting utilized? Did it add or take away from the mood of the play? Was it effective?
a. Did the sound design work well? Was it a welcomed addition or a distraction? Why? Was the sound necessary for the production to be effective?
13. Special effects
a. Discuss the use of special effects if applicable.
14. Playwright/ Director
a. What was the goal of the playwright and the director? Were they similar or different? Why or Why not? How were the goal(s) of the playwright(s) and/or director(s) executed? Was the attempt worthwhile? Why or Why not?
a. What did you learn and/or take away from this performance experience?
a. Was the paper summed up with a thorough conclusion connecting to the thesis?