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THE 095 – TAP: Audience & Crit Eye

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Fall. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Section Description: Theatre is a form of entertainment where the audience is as important as the actor and the script. In this class we, the audience, study the many facets of live performance by attending productions around the Burlington area. We consider how the play text has been translated into performance by analyzing the choices made by directors, actors, designers, and the choreographers. We also consider the kinds of questions the performance asks: What ideas within the play are being communicated? How do those ideas express or connect with our time and place? Is the playwright, director, or choreographer trying to communicate a message about our society, and how have the choices made in the production expressed that message? As the audience, we engage with the makers of theatre and learn how we affect their work. By learning how to be educated audience members, we can better understand what is expected of us. GOAL: To leave this class appreciating live performances, understanding how they reflect society, and how they can initiate critical thought and public discourse. By the time they complete this course students will be able to • Critically analyze a production by applying Aristotle’s 6 elements of Drama as outlined in The Poetics • Gain a working knowledge of the process of production from page to stage • Understand the relationship between the audience and the play in the context of community and culture • Understand personal opinion is more than a matter of taste but based in substantiated facts

CRN: 95737

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 17/20

Days Time Location
TR 14:50 - 16:05 ROYALL TYLER THR 210

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Robin Modereger

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017