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What is Theatre?
6 May 2011

This course has allowed me to reflect upon what I thought theatre was at the beginning of the semester. Although I have learned a lot about theatre and now knowing more than I used to, I still think of theatre the about the same way. Not much of what I define theatre has been changed because the performances I saw and what I have read have only supported my thought of theatre in the first place. I think art is a talent that many people use to express emotions and feelings. Art conveys a message or purpose to an audience. It relates to society in various ways which then are appreciated and valued by many. And I still think that performing arts are arts that are performed. Some forms of performing arts are music, drama, magic, and dance. These types of arts stray from paint and clay because the art itself is admired after it is complete. The arts that must be performed are admired in the process. Theatre to me is a collaborative art where many people come together and perform their role. Some people are the actors, but others work behind the scenes to help make the acting a better show. Theatre is a branch of performing arts. So as a part of performing arts, theatre focuses on the individual performers and how they create a drama. Theatre combines the performing arts and visual arts to create a single artistic form. Some of the besides the actor roles include: stagecraft, stage manager, costume artist, make-up artist, and even artists and musicians. I now know more about what tasks are included in these roles. I still like the set designer or architecture job the best. Anything that involves the actual building or creating of the set is the job for me. I would find myself thoroughly enjoying being able to build sets even if I don’t create them. What I like best about theatre is that a theatre…...

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