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Acting Basics

Subject : performing-arts
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. The quality of an action or performance that makes it seem to be happening right now - before our eyes - as if for the first time.






2. Showing the audience something about the character instead of simply doing what the character does.






3. Everything an actor does in a performance has to be _______ by the character's internal need.






4. _____ causes an _____ directed toward an __________






5. Recalling a significant moment in your past to fit a character. WARNING: Must be appropriate for the character.






6. The reduction of self-consciousness from the total engrossment in a role.






7. Recalling a significant moment in your past to fit a character. WARNING: Must be appropriate for the character.






8. Male choir groups began competing against one another reciting poems at religious festivals in Ancient Greece. Gradually the choir leader began to speak as an individual character and acting was born. As a second actor was added - dialogue emerged -






9. He developed a presentational and overtly theatrical style of acting.






10. The acceptance of responsibility for your own development through systematic effort.






11. This occurs when: Everything the actor does as the character should grow directly out of the needs of the character - so that the 'inner' world of the character and the 'outer' world of the performance are unified.






12. Although it has a literal - physical dimension - being in a state of________ implies a unified sense of self that allows actions to involve the whole body and be well focused.






13. Heightening the drama of an action or scene by making it more significant or urgent.






14. The great unifier of body - mind - and voice.






15. Stanislavski's classic question. If I were in the situation of the character - and if I wanted what the character wants - what would I do?






16. Bertolt Brecht's idea that the actor does not become the character completely - but rather demonstrates the character's behavior for the audience while still expressing some attitude about it.






17. Finding in the character's situation some need or objective that has true personal significance.






18. The ability to function on more than one level of awareness at a time. Ex: A character pursuing his or her objective simultaneously observing and adjusting the performance for the sake of the spectators.






19. The job a character was created to perform within a story.






20. The ability to function on more than one level of awareness at a time. Ex: A character pursuing his or her objective simultaneously observing and adjusting the performance for the sake of the spectators.






21. The event itself. It is not 'about' something.






22. Actresses began to appear on stage.






23. Singular - Immediate - & Personal. (SIP)






24. Actresses began to appear on stage.






25. _____ causes an _____ directed toward an __________






26. Three finger widths below your navel. The origin of breath and therefore your voice - as well as all large motions of the body. The undistorted source from which our work begins in order to develop the unique ways of using our bodies and voice requir






27. Stanislavski's physical approach to acting.






28. Believed the qualities of a good play and a good actor should be: 1) Believable 2) Connect with the audience in a personal way. AKA Empathy 3) Immediacy 4) Communicate 'truthfulness'. Present experiences in a meaningful way relative to the audience.






29. He developed a presentational and overtly theatrical style of acting.






30. Something a character lacks or wants that drives him to pursue an action to satisfy that lack or desire.






31. The quality of an action or performance that makes it seem to be happening right now - before our eyes - as if for the first time.






32. Becoming the new version of yourself by needing and doing what the character needs and does.






33. Immediate and urgent needs cause actions in the pursuit of objectives within given circumstances.






34. All parts of the actor--body - voice - and mind--work together in an integrated way.






35. The goal of a character pursues through action to satisfy a need. It is best identified using a transitive verb such as - 'to persuade him to give me a territory in town.'






36. Bertolt Brecht's idea that the actor does not become the character completely - but rather demonstrates the character's behavior for the audience while still expressing some attitude about it.






37. German word for power. The actor's physical and vocal tools.






38. The ______ is what his or her character does to try to fulfill a need by attaining some objective. Stanislavski spoke of both spiritual (inner) and physical (outer). Note that speaking is one of the most common forms - in other words speaking is doin






39. A unit of action with it's own specific conflict and crisis. In each one a character has a single objective. They are formed of interactions and flow to create the underlying structure of a scene.






40. An actor's ability to put himself in the place of another person - both for purposes of observation and for applying the Magic If to a role. It is possible to empathize with someone without sympathizing with that person.






41. The physical form of the action of the scene expressed in changing spatial relationships between the characters and their environment.






42. Meyerhold. The fusion of mind and body; teaching the 'body how to think'.






43. German word for power. The actor's physical and vocal tools.






44. A unit of action with it's own specific conflict and crisis. In each one a character has a single objective. They are formed of interactions and flow to create the underlying structure of a scene.






45. Our relationship to ______ implies internal states to the audience. Ex: Willie Loman with a bent back is hopeless and defeated and losing his battle with _____. In musical theatre it is convention that lovers actually defy _______ by skipping - as if






46. Singular - Immediate - & Personal. (SIP)






47. The job a character was created to perform within a story.






48. Meyerhold. The fusion of mind and body; teaching the 'body how to think'.






49. Won an acting competition in Athens - Greece in 534 B.C. Considered the first actor.






50. The physical form of the action of the scene expressed in changing spatial relationships between the characters and their environment.