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What Is Theatre? Essay

525 words - 3 pages

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 ...view middle of the document...

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 performance is original and unique. No two are exactly alike because each performance is never exactly repeatable. I also like how in theatre, a stage becomes more like a lifestyle and the actors themselves become more like a community. And although I have never performed in a play or musical, I can understand the thrill of performing one. And how much effort it must take to be able to memorize all the songs or all the lines. I would not ever be good at performing one, but I give much credit to those who do. I admire how the efforts will be paid off and how theatre is so impactful.
Theatre is something that people perform because humans perform to entertain. They entertain themselves as well as the audience. Society seeks to be entertained and bases their decisions off whether they are going to get anything out of what they do. People like to perform to improve their skills at performing. The audience likes to see others’ talents, so they go see performances.

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