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Introduction to Theatre
INTRO THEATRE
CLASS CODE: TA 115 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: THEATRE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Arts requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Non-performance oriented. This course is designed to develop discriminating appreciation of theatre in relation to the other fine arts. Fundamentals of play analysis and dramatic structures are included. All facets of theatrical production and the artists who accomplish them are discussed.
DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the Theatre is an appreciation course designed to acquaint you with the art of the theatre. Theatre is an expression of the society it comes from, a "mirror" of history, philosophy and value systems in our culture. As Latter day Saints, we have a unique opportunity to emply the theatrical art for the advancement of the Lord's purposes among his children. Discussion of this aspect of our art will be a major part of the course.
TOPICS: Theatrical production; playwriting; play analysis; producing; directing; scenic, lighting, sound, and costume design; running a show; the business of theatre; theatre criticism; audience appreciation.
OBJECTIVES: To define theatre as one of the fine arts, to explain its principles, and to be an aid in evaluation of what is excellent threatre.
REQUIREMENTS: Attend BYU-I theatre productions, and written reviews.
Read a minimum of 5 plays and turn in 5 play reports.
Write a research paper which meets BYU-I writing standards.
Write an analysis of a professionally written critique.
Write a Statement of Theatrical Philosophy.
Respond in writing to the videotape presentations of plays viewed in class.
Two major exams are given during the semester.
Quizzes are given on reading assignments.



PREREQUISITES:
OTHER: TA 115 is required for students with an emphasis in Theatre or Technical Theatre.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1981